Hair cosmetics

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Nina Madnani ; Kaleem Khan (2013)
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
  • Journal: Indian Journal of Dermatology (issn: 0378-6323)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.116734
  • Subject: hair | Dermatology | herbal | hair-dye | RL1-803 | Cosmetics | lanthionization
    mesheuropmc: otorhinolaryngologic diseases | sense organs | integumentary system

The hair cosmetic industry has undergone a revolutionary change over the last two decades. The focus has dramatically veered from merely cleaning to repair, increasing the tensile strength, reducing oxidative damage, and stimulating growth. Newer shorter procedures to make hair look naturally more lustrous, smooth, and manageable have evolved. Specialized grooming products have been formulated to cleanse, calm, and condition the hair, and are tailored for different hair-types, for example, dry, dry-damaged, oily, colored, and gray hair. Other products are formulated to alter the color or structure of the hair shaft, for example, hair dyes, perming/relaxing. Hair sprays and waxes/gels, can alter the ′lift′ of the hair-shaft. Although dermatologists are experts in managing scalp and hair diseases, the esthetic applications of newer cosmetic therapies still remain elusive. This article attempts to fill the lacunae in our knowledge of hair cosmetics and esthetic procedures relevant in today′s rapidly changing beauty-enhancing industry, with special emphasis on the Indian scenario for chemical and ′natural′ hair products.
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