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Reviving Your Tired Hair

Jan 23, 2008
No one can look her best all day, every day. Into each life an unexpected date will fall (thank goodness!), usually at a time when your mirror says you're a mess. Don't despair! Try these quick pick-up tricks for different types of hair. Also, watch what you eat for the sake of your hair.

Did You Mean to Wash it Last Night?

But something more interesting came up? Or you were too tired? Well, here are several cleanups that don't involve your regular kind of shampoo.

For Oily Hair

1. Be a cotton picker: An oily condition can be freshened in several ways. Dampen cotton with cologne or witch hazel. If you use cologne, be sure to choose a light scent - heavy perfume and hair are not friendly. Part your hair, back to front and rub the cotton lightly over your scalp at inch-wide intervals. Next, part your hair from side to side and repeat. Discard cotton when it looks soiled. Use a fresh piece. Do not scrub! STROKE! With fresh damp cotton, wipe the length of your hair gently, separating it into fairly thick locks.

2. Pack your hairbrush: Use cotton, or put several layers of cleansing tissues or a piece of cheesecloth over the bristles. Now brush thoroughly down from the crown, all around and then, with head hanging, up from your hairline. Don't skimp. Be really sure that every hair has been wiped with the oil-absorbing material on your brush. You'll be amazed to see how lively your limp locks look after this simple treatment.

3. A dry Turkish bath: Take a nice soft, fluffy (and most of all clean) bath towel and rub your hair energetically, as if it were sopping wet. Part it and wipe your scalp, too.

Of course, none of these ways is as good as a real shampoo, but any of them are good "make-dos" and will pep up hair that is oily, limp and stringy.

For Dry Hair

Unless you're troubled with dandruff, a good brushing with a little grooming ointment on the brush will probably be enough to make your hair behave like a lady instead of a fly-away flibbertigibbet.

But if your scalp is dry and flaky, moisten cotton with a curative tonic. Then; part your hair first from back to front and next from side to side. Now, in paths about an inch apart, rub your scalp clean, discarding cotton as it becomes soiled.

For Normal Hair

This seldom suffers in looks if it goes a day or so over your usual shampoo schedule. If for any reason it feels a bit sticky or lifeless, rub it with a dry towel and then brush thoroughly.

What you eat conditions your hair

If your diet is all wrong, your hair will tell on you! A girl who thinks a Coke and a chocolate bar is just right for lunch will show it in her complexion and her hair. So look at yourself and if you're fault-finding, consider what you've been eating. The solution may be right there.

Too oily? Fat, greasy foods will show on your head as well as your hips. Keep away from anything that is fried, cut down on butter and cream and rich candy. A diet of fruit, milk, leafy vegetables, broiled or baked meat and fish should help to get you back to normal.

Too dry? Well, how do you feel? If you've lost your pep and enthusiasm, your hair has probably lost its bounce too. Maybe you need a tonic or some vitamins. Check with your doctor if your head is more like a hay field than a come on for "Hey! Hey's!"

If you've been ill, even with a common cold, it will be reflected in your hair, temporarily. You can make this period even shorter by using the treatment recommended for the current condition, whether it is dry or oily, lack-luster or just plain droopy. Brush regularly, wash with a conditioning shampoo and use a corrective rinse. You'll soon be shining and bright again.

Treat your hair well and you will be rewarded with many compliments.
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