|Shia asks: |
I have African hair. I have done a Brazilian blowout treatment 3 weeks ago. A few days ago, after shampooing my hair, I applied Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral and left it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing it out. I towel dried my hair, and applied Kérastase Nutritive Creme Magistral as a leave-in product. Even before blow-drying my hair, I could feel my hands being quite sticky when I ran them through it. After blow-drying, the hair looked fairly shiny but not very bouncy. And while I was styling it (with a ceramic curling iron), I noticed white residue on my scalp.
What did I do wrong? What could explain the stickiness, lack of bounciness or the white residue? I realise all of these issues can be due to different things. Also, is it better to wait for a few days before washing my hair and go through the blow-dry/ironing/styling process all over again? Are there any risks in keeping it as it is for a few days, or because of these issues is it better if I wash it again as soon as possible?
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Experiencing too much residue after using a deep conditioning mask usually means that you are using too much product, leaving it on for too long or not rinsing it out effectively. Whenever you use a deep conditioning mask, apply just a 10p sized amount and leave on for five minutes – building up to longer if necessary – before rinsing properly. Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral is a restorative hair mask that is very nourishing for severely dried-out, thick hair, so it sounds ideal for your natural hair type and texture, however it could be that while this product is perfect for your natural un-treated hair, it is no longer suitable for your hair after a Brazilian Blow-Dry. A Braziian Blow-Dry is a treatment that penetrates the hair with Keratin, so moisture is sealed into the hair cuticle, leaving it more manageable, less frizzy and more resilient. The needs of your hair after a treatment change and the products you use should reflect this change to your hair’s behaviour. This could also be the reason Kérastase Nutritive Creme Magistral is leaving your hair lacking in bounce and volume – again, it is a product designed for severely dried-out hair, so it could be too heavy for your hair now, following your Brazilian Blow-Dry. As you regularly use a hairdryer and heated curling tongs, I would advise switching to a lighter leave-in product, that is designed to be used when blow-drying, to encourage volume and body, while providing nourishment, heat protection and shine. Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Crčme is a heat styling cream designed to be used when blow-drying thick and unruly hair, so should be ideal for your hair type and your styling habits. Not only will it help to reduce blow-drying time – which will in turn protect your hair health – it will fight any frizz that grows back in, as the effects of your Brazilian treatment wear off, and will provide thermo-protection from your hairdryer use and protect the hair’s integrity, which can be compromised by regular use of a curling iron. Again, stick to the recommended amount for your hair length, and avoid using on your scalp or too close to your roots, to avoid leaving that residue you describe.
Following a Brazilian Blow-Dry, the hair must not be washed for four days. As your stylist will probably have advised, during this time you must also avoid tying your hair back or wearing it pushed behind your ears. After that, you should wash and style your hair as advised by your hairstylist, using a recommended shampoo and conditioner. There is absolutely no harm in then leaving your hair for a few days until your next wash – in fact, it is sometimes advisable: washing hair too often can strip the scalp of the natural oils that keep the hair and scalp healthy and that encourage healthy hair growth. Also, when you wash your hair more frequently, the effects of the Brazilian Blow-Dry treatment wear off faster, so to enjoy the results for longer, you should avoid washing your hair daily. When you do wash your hair, be sure to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates or sodium chloride and try to limit use of heated appliances to every other wash.
|Cheyenne asks: |
I’m having issues finding elegant updos for undershave. I wanted something unique exotic elegant but rocker look. Any suggestions? It’s for my wedding so I want it extra special if possible. My hair is long and touches halfway down my back.
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Hi Cheyenne, I love the truly messy bun, set your hair first in large rollers as this gives extra body and volume but also means the tendrils that fall from the messy bun have a cool wave to them. Apply a styling cream to the hair after you take the rollers out as this really separates and defines the movement but also makes the hair less formal looking. Using padding in the bun if you need to, but make sure the whole thing is very loose and soft looking without too much hair spray. Have you thought about having something elegant to go with the wedding theme shaved into your undercut?
I have seen some amazing, really beautiful looks and so edgy especially in the wedding pics from the back? Good luck and have an amazing day.
|Alrika asks: |
I have very thin straight hair and would love a fuller, thicker hair look, but cannot seem get my hair any thicker, no matter what i try. Is there any specific thing i should be doing to get thicker hair? Also, i love the short wavy hair look, but i struggle in getting the waves to look right and to stay, should use a different method for the waves, or should I just give in and grow my hair longer.
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When trying to achieve thicker hair there are various ways of enhancing the look of hair. The most common complaint amongst women with fine hair is that their style lacks body and bounce. For this problem, it is recommended to look for volumizing shampoos, conditioners and styling products containing plant proteins, such as quinoa and also hydrolysed keratin, which helps to give bulk to individual strands of hair. People with thin hair have more oil glands on their scalp which means it gets weighed down easily and appears flat. Philip Kingsley Tricho Pro is recommended as it helps to protect the hair – reducing breakage by hair being easier to comb. Damage and breakage can thin the appearance of the mid-lengths and ends. For a voluminous foundation style, use of a lightweight body building shampoo such as Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo is advised followed by Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner, to smooth the cuticle and help prevent flyaways. When applying conditioner, apply from mid-length to ends to avoid limp and lacklustre roots. After washing your hair, the PK Tricho pro thickening protein spray (part of the Philip Kingsley Trichotherapy Range) can be applied from mid lengths to ends. Trichotherapy contains stimulating anti-androgenic scalp drops that help to encourage healthy hair growth from the follicle - a thickening, strengthening protein spray that adds immediate body and helps to improve the integrity of strands over time. When styling hair it is important to remember that fine hair is more fragile, so use of a thickening heat protective spray such as PK Perfecting Spray is essential when applying heat. PK Prep Plumping Cream is also available for thickening hair, this can be used to add bulk to strands of hair. Hair trimming is feared by some because of loss of length but hair trimming helps to create the appearance of thicker hair whilst maintaining healthy hair by eliminating split ends.
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