Hair care - What's an effective haircare routine?

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What's an effective hair care product?

Considered an adornment for thousands of years, having beautiful hair, hair that shines with vitality, is considered an important asset, a real gift from nature. Yet who hasn't complained at some point, despite careful care, about hair that's too greasy, dry and damaged, dull, brittle, split, thin and lacking volume, or about unsightly dandruff or uncomfortable itching?

In addition to its unrivalled expertise in the treatment of hair growth problems and hair loss, Clauderer has developed unrivalled expertise in the treatment of these ailments, which can be unpleasant and disabling in everyday life.

Of course, here too, everything starts with a hair diagnosis. This diagnosis will enable your Clauderer specialist to understand the origin of your problem, to determine the precise results you can obtain, the time required and the personalised treatment that will enable you to achieve these results.

Clauderer's expertise doesn't stop at helping you find the solution to these common problems. We can also provide you with effective solutions to combat hair loss, dull, porous hairthinning hair or even electric hair.

Clauderer Specialists know how to take care of all hair types.

We distinguish between "treatments" and hair care:

  • Treatments are aimed at tackling a major problem such as hair loss, thinning hair or fewer hairs.
  • Hair care is geared more towards a daily hair routine to keep your hair and scalp healthy.

Good hair care requires the right gestures and the right hair care products

Here are the main things we recommend to take proper care of your hair.

Use lukewarm water when shampooing

Very hot water during showers or baths and when shampooing is certainly very pleasant and relaxing. Many of us love it. But the problem is that our hair doesn't like hot water at all - quite the opposite. Hot water dissolves the sebum that surrounds the hair keratin and protects our hair. Water that's too hot makes it dry, dull and, above all, more prone to breakage. The first daily beauty routine to take good care of your hair is therefore to shampoo your hair with lukewarm water.

No heat either during drying or styling

Our hair hates heat, as we've seen with shampooing. It's the same for what you do after shampooing, even if you apply a hair mask or protective oil beforehand! If you use a hairdryer or a straightening iron to tame your curls, make sure you set these tools to the most moderate heat possible and keep them at least 20 cm away from your hair. Follow this rule for your hairstyle and you'll see the difference!

Which comb should you choose to detangle and style wet hair after shampooing?

Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle wet or damp hair perfectly. Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage, even after applying a mask or oil bath. Water makes hair more elastic (up to 30% more elongation) and therefore much more fragile. Comb your hair very gently and don't force it through any knots that may appear after shampooing. Take your time, very gently, to work your hair. This method protects the hair fibre and also preserves its natural curls where appropriate. 

Air-dry your hair

Whenever possible, take breaks from using a hairdryer. Let your hair air-dry after shampooing as much as possible. Your hair will love it. We recommend wrapping your hair in a towel and "dabbing" it dry (don't rub) if you want to speed up the drying process.

Give your hair the gift of silk

Cotton or linen pillows can damage your hair because of their texture, which is often a little rough and always highly absorbent. Silk (a scarf or pillowcase) remains your hair's best beauty ally.

Give your hair a rest after styling

Pigtails, ponytails, braids, hair accessories, etc... all these hairstyles allow us to change our look to suit our mood and circumstances, and that's great fun! But they're not exactly friends of our hair's health. They put a lot of stress on our hair roots, our scalp, and of course our hair itself, which can become brittle. Our first beauty tip is therefore to achieve these hairstyles without "pulling" on the hair. Another Clauderer tip is to let your hair rest between styles.

Haircare

The haircare products (oils, creams, etc.) you choose must absolutely be adapted to your hair type and any problems it may have. As is often the case, quality is more important than quantity. Organic haircare isn't essential, but make sure you choose your haircare products with full knowledge of the facts, for a healthy scalp and lengths that look their best!

An effective shampoo is a shampoo which cleanses without damaging the scalp or keratin. For very dry hair (especially Afro or mixed-race hair), a cleansing cream can be much more effective - because it's more nourishing for the hair fibre - than a 'simple' shampoo. Use lukewarm water, or even cold water if you're brave enough, and wash only once (not twice), for successful hair care.

Often haircare products are to be applied after shampoo, on damp hair. Clauderer experts advise differently and often recommend applying a moisturiser before shampoo. Why is this? Because once the hair fibre is damp (even if it's well towel-dried after shampooing), it remains impregnated with water and is unable to absorb as many nutrients as desired. When you apply a mask or cream to dry hair, the products' nourishing, moisturising or sheathing ingredients have plenty of time to penetrate the keratin for effective deep conditioning, especially if you leave them on for as long as possible. For easy detangling or curl definition, there's nothing to stop you reapplying a dab of Baume Clauderer (healing mask or nutritive mask) or cream on towel-dried hair. For Afro hair, which is drier and more dehydrated than average, these treatments should be applied to damp hair (by spraying on a little spring water or a mixture of water and plant oils such as shea, jojoba, etc.) to help the active ingredients penetrate, and also to dry hair to deeply nourish the lengths every day if necessary.

Shea, castor, jojoba, coconut, argan, olive, ... vegetable oil, pure or diluted, can be used to complete your hair routine or as part of a haircare product. If you want to use a vegetable oil in a "homemade hair treatment", make sure you choose a good-quality, organic, cold-pressed 1st oil to get all the benefits.

Read labels carefully when buying haircare products, and choose natural or organic ingredients.

Do the same if you choose to colour your hair: at home or at your hairdresser's, be careful about the products used to colour your hair. Some hair colours, even those based on henna, an ingredient that is supposed to be "natural", can have damaging effects depending on the condition of your hair (weakened, natural or already coloured, etc.) and cause the colour to "fade". In this case, instead of enhancing your hair, colouring turns into a nightmare.

Obviously, by choosing natural products, including colouring, you're in the best possible position to benefit from treatments that will contribute to the beauty and health of your hair.

In conclusion, here's a summary of the good (and not so good) haircare practices to be aware of when you find yourself in the following situations:

How can I look after my oily hair?

3 essential steps:
  • I wash and rinse my hair with lukewarm water
  • I use a very gentle shampoo
  • I only shampoo once
3 things to avoid:
  • I don't rub my scalp when shampooing
  • I avoid baby or anti-seborrhoeic shampoos
  • I avoid overly-processed foods

How can I look after my dry hair?

3 essential steps:
  • I regularly use masks made from plant oils
  • I set my hairdryer to medium temperature
  • I regularly eat foods rich in essential fatty acids
3 things to avoid:
  • I do not use products containing silicones
  • I avoid exposing my hair to too much sun
  • I space out the frequency of my shampoos

How can I get rid of my dandruff and itching?

3 essential steps:
  • I drink a lot of mineral water
  • I gently massage my scalp
  • I choose the right shampoo
3 things to avoid:
  • I avoid scratching my scalp
  • I avoid aggressive styling
  • I avoid using the same shampoo over and over again

How can I look after my brittle, split ends?

3 essential steps:
  • I check that my thyroid is working properly
  • I regularly apply masks
  • I use a very mild shampoo and add a little lemon juice to the rinse water
3 things to avoid:
  • I avoid aggressive brushing and blow-drying
  • I avoid using hairspray and styling gel too often
  • I avoid colouring too close together
Jean-François Cabos

Jean-François Cabos is the creator of a unique hair care method based on the research he coordinated, which led to the publication of the book "Cheveux, Racines de Vie" with Hélène Clauderer by Robert Laffont (Collection "Réponses/ Santé").

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