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As many women know, it’s not good to wash your hair every day. But how do you maintain your locks to look amazing even on the second day? Understand your hair. Is it oily or dry? Does it break easily when brushing? Do you have a lot of split ends?

The first step in hair care is finding a shampoo and conditioner that work for you. These should be two separate identities; 2-in-1 concoctions are not as efficient because these two products do different things and are used differently. Shampoo is a cleanser that rids the hair of dirt and oil while conditioner may not be used as often or with the same amount, as it strengthens and heals the hair. Also, with shampoo, the roots should be the focus. With conditioner, concentrate on the ends. On one hand, most women shampoo their hair every other day. On the other hand, many women condition as often as or less often than shampoo.

If you work out or engage in a lot of physical activity, you can rinse your hair with water but not use shampoo. This gives your locks a light wash while not ridding the hair of its essential and natural oils that it needs to grow and nourish itself. Washing your hair with shampoo too often can strip your hair of these oils, damaging it and causing breakage and split ends. You can also dry out your hair by shampooing too much. Though it can seem like your locks are oily, they may be, in fact, dry and trying to compensate by producing more oil.

If your hair seems lackluster or even a bit oily on the second day, you can use a dry shampoo to give it some life. As an alternative, you can run a bit of baby powder through your hair to absorb oil, but don’t use too much, as it may leave a white residue.

Natural remedies are also great for your hair. There are many store-bought oil treatments to help condition, but your best bet is to stick with all natural ingredients to maintain oil levels and overall health. Popular ingredients for hair masks and conditioners are eggs, yogurt, and coconut oil. These can make your tresses look amazing like they came out of a shampoo commercial! See Jeni Ross’ article on allwomenstalk.com for thirteen different remedies.

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