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What is the best type of styling product to use on my hair?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Today's styling products are available in a variety of preparations from an array of manufacturers. These products work in similar ways and contain many of the same ingredients. The primary active component found in most of these products is a plastic resin. This resin works by coating the hair shaft, remaining pliable while the hair is being styled, and setting, once the hair has been styled, to hold the hair in place. Additional constituents in these products may include pleasant-smelling perfumes, conditioners, and silicone or oil to impart sheen to the styled hair. The potential problems of using these products appear to be primarily cosmetic, including the flaking that can occur with excess product use and chemical reaction of product constituents with other hair products. Occasionally, medical issues may develop from the use of these products. Such issues generally entail skin irritation or allergy and can typically be managed by discontinuing use of the product and cleansing it thoroughly from the affected area(s). Again, the right styling product for a given individual amounts to the one the produces the desired results at a price he or she is willing to pay.

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