|Claire asks: |
About 14 years ago I suffered an allergic reaction to permanent black hair dye (home colourant-Loreal Casting). My face swelled up and I had an itchy rash on my head. About 3 years after this I tried a couple of semi-permanent red tinted home colours and though the first time I was fine, the second time I had the same reaction. Since then I have steered clear of any hair colourant. My fear now is that as I am in my thirties at some point I will start to go grey and at this point I know I will want to colour my hair again. I would not try home colouring and would be quite prepared to go to a salon; I wondered if I were to explain to a salon and have my hair coloured using foils would I be OK? Are there any natural
colours that salons use and would foils be enough to keep the colour off my skin?
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Hair colourant allergy is something really serious that you should not mess with. I would suggest perhaps you have few tests in your local hair salon. These must be done behind the ears, if you experience any type of discomfort to any of these tests you must wash the area affected immediately with soapy water and apply some cows milk to the area, this would restore your pH to the area. If you are allergic you can have the colourants in the form of highlights, however I cannot stress enough the importance that the colourant MUST NEVER touch your scalp and it must be washed very quickly to avoid minimum contact. There are a few companies that produce more friendly colourants in a more natural way but I must tell you that those very rarely have a decolorant property try J.F.lazartigue colourants
I would also recommend you test any products before using.
|Carl asks: |
10 days ago I noticed a significant amount of hair loss by my crown. I have recently also had a burning sensation and the last 2 days a itchy scalp. I have begun to use a hair loss shampoo and conditioner and started to use Regaine as it contains Minixol, which is meant to help the follicles. My GP thinks itís just normal hair loss, but I know itís not. I think itís deeper.
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I suggest you go to a specialist Thricologist they will be able to determine what this problem is whether itís normal or not.
|Naomi asks: |
I have extremely thick, shoulder length hair which is wavy. Whenever I go out somewhere I straighten it but would love to try it curly instead. I have tried to curl it using a curl cream, tongs, etc. but it just always looks messy! I would like to have loose curls throughout my hair can you help me achieve this please!! Also, whenever I leave my hair to dry naturally my scalp itches; do you know what could be causing this?
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The best tip for maintaining stunning curly locks is to reduce straightening as this will only weaken your natural curl. To motivate your curls, visit your stylist and ask for a technique called twist-cutting which will extract some weight whilst increasing movement. In regards to styling, use products which will help you achieve your desired look for example conditioners such as Sebastians Potion 9 Ė an ideal product to nourish your hair and help lock in your curls. Following this, take small sections and twist them using your hands, alternating the direction of the twist between each section. Leave to dry naturally or defuse to secure the look.
Your itchy scalp could be a result of the wrong shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Alternatively, a common problem with thicker hair is that whilst washing your hair, the shampoo and conditioner is not thoroughly washed out, causing itchiness and irritation to the scalp.
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