Ask Chuck: Pets can have bad hair days, too

April 7, 2011 at midnight
Updated April 6, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.

By Charles Colson

My pet has a problem with his hair tangling after shampooing. Will my personal hair conditioner be sufficient to control this?

Most definitely. However, if the shampoo consistency is too thick, you will need to dilute it with water. It will rinse much quicker and allow the hair to absorb the conditioner easily. Be sure to comb the conditioner completely through your pets hair. This will distribute it all the way to the skin, where tangling usually begins. Leave on a bit longer than you would for yourself, rinse thoroughly and you will be astonished how easy it is to blow dry the hair. I bet this will create an even closer friendship for you and your pet. He will proudly prance around because of the added attention. They are little people, also.

It seems like when the weather is cooler, my hair is filled with electricity. How do I remedy and control this problem?

This can be a problem at different times throughout the year, not only in cold weather. Electricity in the hair can even be caused by dry or brittle hair. The solution can be quite simple. While styling hair, spray the comb or brush with hair spray. This can be repeated throughout the day if necessary without retaining any buildup on the hairshaft. If hair is extremely dry, place a very small amount of hair conditioner in your hands, rub together and lightly apply over the hair style. You will be amazed of the immediate sheen that appears, no matter what type of hair or color.

I have heard that proper shampooing should consist of two latherings of shampoo. If I really take the time and shampoo twice, it does seem my hair is more manageable. Is this all a myth, or a real fact?

For the best results in cleansing the hair, it is a fact that two shampoo latherings are more beneficial. The simple rule is that the first shampooing cleans the hair and the second lathering adds luster and sheen. I realize that many shampoo their hair daily; just shampoo lightly and quickly twice. You won't believe the results. This method has been taught to student hairdressers for many years.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to crcolsonrmt1



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