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When it comes to using hair shampoo, how often is often?

It all depends on the individual and the environment in which you live. The main aim of everyone of course should be clean healthy hair.

Whether you need to shampoo daily or not will depend on whether you live in an urban environment where your hair is likely to pick up dirt and grime more quickly.

It can also depend on the season of the year. For many people, hotter seasons of the year require them to shampoo more often than in the cooler seasons.

That aside, the steps outlined below will help you avoid unnecessarily subjecting your hair to harsh treatment or even damage when using shampoo and at the same time get great results.

Be sure to choose a shampoo that is suited to your hair type, whether it be oily, dry, or chemically treated.

Step 1

Either go through your hair with a wide-tooth comb to loosen dirt and dead skin or gently massage the scalp for a couple of minutes which will do the same job.

Combing also has the advantage of making sure your hair is not tangled before you wash it. Wet hair is fragile and trying to de-tangle wet hair can cause damage.

Step 2

Thoroughly wet the hair with WARM water, avoid high temperatures.

Step 3

After putting a dollop of shampoo on the palm of one hand and then dividing it into the palm of the other hand (simply rub hands together), gently distribute the shampoo over your hair as evenly as possible, preferably using a stroking action. (See Appendix regarding quantity)

Step 4

Rinse the hair with generous quantities of warm water.

Step 5

Rinse your hair again with generous quantities of warm water. (For many people, one time is insufficient. It takes a lot of water to thoroughly rinse away the shampoo. Remember, shampoo residue left in the hair can contribute to dull looking hair.)

Step 6

Use a towel and dab your hair, (don’t rub), to remove excess water.

Step 7

Put a dollop of conditioner into the palm of your hand, divide it into the palm of the other hand and evenly distribute over the surface of the hair. Generally this light application will be enough to treat the hair. Usually it doesn’t increase the effectiveness of the conditioner to leave it on for extended periods. As soon as conditioner comes in contact with hair and cuticles it starts working.

Step 8

Rinse the conditioner away thoroughly with WARM water.

Step 9

Dab or pat your hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. Wet hair is fragile and easily damaged so don’t rub wet hair or give it rough treatment. Wrapping the towel around the head for a few minutes can be effective in getting rid of the moisture.

Appendix

How much shampoo should you use?

If you wash your hair every day one application of shampoo, a dollop roughly 1 inch in diameter, should be enough.

If you wash your hair after two or three days, you may need to repeat the application.

The pH factor

Some hair shampoos are advertised to give your hair more bounce or body. It is possible some shampoos just give the impression of added bounce because of their alkaline content. The reality is they can make your hair brittle and stiff.

Good quality hair shampoos that really add volume to your hair should have an acid balance between pH 4.5 and pH 5.5.

Regarding the pH factor, Proctor and Gamble give this helpful information:

“When a shampoo with a different pH factor is applied to the hair, the pH levels of the hair and scalp are altered temporarily. Often within minutes however, the hair and scalp return to their normal pH after the shampoo has been washed away and the hair and scalp dry out.

It is only when the pH of a shampoo does not fall within the normal range of 4 – 9 that it can affect the hair. If left on for a long time, highly acidic products with a pH under 4, or highly alkaline products with a pH over 9, can break down the bonds which hold the hair shaft together and cause permanent damage.”

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How Can You Burn More Calories

by Karen Brooks on November 15, 2009

If you do not have time to go to the gym you can easily burn calories doing your daily duties. You would be surprised at how many pounds/kilograms you can lose without even suspecting.

Lets get to the essential part now, namely how to lose more calories without this being our main purpose?

Rule # 1– Use the stairs. No matter whether you use the stairs in the building you live or at the place where you work, it is always an advantage if you take the stairs instead of the elevator. There are thousands of different ways to climb up and go down the stairs so that you are never bored and most importantly lose some extra weight. You can take 2-3 stairs at a time; you can jump, skip a few stairs, climb sidewise, or simply do a little run up the stairs.

Rule # 2- Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier. Waking up and doing a short series of morning exercises will get you far. It will not only accelerate your blood circulation and warm up your muscles, but it will also charge your batteries for the whole day. Make sure you complete at least 3 different exercises with 15-20 repetitions each. Only after you are done you can go ahead and have breakfast. Burning calories before you have your first meal is much more effective for your body than burning calories late at night after you have already consumed a lot of food.

Rule # 3- Choose the longest route possible. Wherever you go to work, home, to the store, and etc., always take the longest road. You either way have to get where you want so why not actually burn some calories while you are doing that? Put it in your mind that there are no shortcuts to your destination. If you need to drive in order to get there, try to always park at the furthest location possible so that you can at least walk for a bit.

Rule # 4– Sleep naked at night. When your body feels cold it burns more calories in order to warm itself. If you want to burn even more, you can simply keep the air conditioning on all the time. However, I recommend that you to keep the air on during the day when you are awake and can control it constantly. Falling asleep while the cold air is blowing in your face can really make you very sick. However, some people love sleeping with the air on and some don?t. It is up to you what you decide, but remember that the most important is that you are healthy.

Rule # 5– Dress up warm while working out. Some of you might say hmmm, why is it better that I sleep without clothes but at the same time I need to put more clothes on while working out? Yeah, it is very strange, but it is a fact that sleeping without clothes and working out with more clothes have an equal positive effect when it comes to burning calories. The more you sweat during active physical exercising, the more effort your body needs to make to get you back to your normal body temperature. That is the main reason why you tend to burn more calories when you are dressed warm.

Rule # 6 – Burning calories in front of the TV. Do you enjoy watching TV shows? I am sure you do. Do not forget that during each show there are plenty of commercials a few minutes each. During that time you need to get up from the couch and do a few exercises. You can do jumping jacks, pushups, crunches, or simply stretching exercises. The choice is all yours. You will be amazed how these couple of exercises can really make you mood and body feel better.

Rule # 7– Buy a pedometer (a step counter). You can wrap this little device either around your wrist or around your waist and it will automatically start counting the steps you make. In this way you can keep track of how many steps per day you make walking or running. Once you know how many steps you make on a regular day, then you can start increasing this number by a little every day. You can even turn it into a game where you need to make more and more steps each day in order to win.

Rule # 8 – Start walking faster. If it usually takes you 15 minutes walking to get to the gym or somewhere else, try to shorten the time to 10 minutes. You can even rotate by walking 2 minutes fast and 2 minutes slow and so on. This way of walk will accelerate your heart rate and therefore it will be easier to burn additional calories.

Rule # 9– Chew gum. It might really sound crazy to you but every time you chew gum you burn calories. Scientists have found that you can burn 12 calories for every 1 hour of chewing gum. It is not a lot but it?s really something. Additionally while chewing gum you produce extra saliva which helps clean your gums and teeth as well. Well, as you can see there are many creative ways of losing some extra weight without putting any effort in them.

About the Author

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My name is Gergana Ganeva and I am the owner of website called Healthy Body Exercises at http://www.healthy-body-exercises.com . I have been intensively involved in sports for 18 years now. A few years ago I ended my professional career as a tennis player and since then I have been working with people who want to lose weight by exercising . My main goal is to teach you how to stay healthy and lose some extra weight the healthy way

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