There's an array of hair-care products on the shelves. But if you're often left staring, for want of more know, on what's best for your hair, Asha Hariharan of Beyond The Fringe, helps you with her professional advice.

While choosing a hair product, understand what you want from your hair, ask for guidance from your hairdresser and follow the instructions on the product. Don't just buy something because you think it will look good. Buy a product your hair needs whether it is a leave-in conditioner or a gel.

 

Shampoos


Each person's hair is different in texture, condition, length and thickness, so its important you choose a shampoo which is best for your hair. For those with naturally healthy and lustrous hair, there are the "maintenance" shampoos. Some shampoos are designed to combat thin, limp, frizzy or coarse hair. Then there are shampoos for greasy hair. And now you also have many shampoos designed to meet the specific demands of colored or fashionably altered hair.

  • For thin limp hair, TiGi's thickening shampoo with protein containing soya and B5 vitamins. And Loreal's Volume Energy.

  • For greasy hair, TiGi's Deep Cleansing Shampoo which removes excess oil and Loreal's Sebo Control Shampoo which gently eliminates excess oil to balance greasy scalps.

  • For colored hair, TiGi's Treatment Shampoo which helps repair color treated or damaged hair and Loreal's Vitomino Color Shampoo, color protecting shampoo for colored hair.

  • For sensitised scalp, there's TiGi's Scalp Cleansing Shampoo that combats the problem of irritated sensitised scalp.

  • If your hair is very dry and damaged, try TiGi's moisture and shine shampoo for its ingredients provide softness, vitality and shine. Loreal's Intense Repair Shampoo is another good bet.

  • For dandruff affected hair, Nizoral from Johnson and Johnson.

 

Hair Conditioners

They are 3 types of Conditioners, the "Rinse Out" which are applied after hair has been shampooed, then left on the hair for around three to five minutes and then rinsed out thoroughly. There are "Leave In", these are serums applied into wet hair or after hair has been dried to add shine and smoothness to the hair. Then there's "Deep Conditioning Treatment" an intense repair system which help hair reconstruct from within. Applied and left on the hair for fifteen to thirty minutes, massaged in and then rinsed off.

Those with dry, frizzy, or coarse hair, especially need to condition their hair- thru any one of the above methods, atleast once or twice a week.

Good buys, Redken Peppermint Treatment and Loreal's Spa Hair Treatment.
 

Styling Aids

While choosing a hair product, understand what you want from your hair, ask for guidance from your hairdresser and follow the instructions on the product. Don't just buy something because you think it will look good.

From TiGi, there's wax stick that emphasises the texture, movement and dimension of haircuts. Head Banger, a way out wax which doubles thickness. And Power Trip which moulds and shapes hair into dimension, also provides volume and texture.

Loreal's styling products include Air Fix, an instant fixing spray to style hair instantly. Techni Art Glue, a fibre gel that gives extra hold and creates a spiky effect. Techni Art Aqua Gloss, a wet look liquid gel that creates high shine effects.

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