|Hannah asks: |
I have very thick, long and dark hair. My scalp gets very greasy, while the length and ends are very dry. My hair is also prone to being frizzy, with numerous flyaways. I donít know how to keep it from getting too greasy while also controlling the frizz. I normally wash my hair every other day and have thought about washing it more often to help control how oily it becomes, but Iíve heard that washing your hair too often can actually damage it. I also have a problem with styling it. It is naturally wavy and about half of the time I leave it like that. I also sometimes like to straighten it and other time I create more defined curls, but I have heard that too much heat can damage your hair, and I would like to prevent that. I just have no idea on caring for my hair properly.
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Firstly, Iíd suggest a visit to your hairdresser, to discuss whether your current cut and style are working for you. It might be that with a few minor changes, your stylist can give you a cut that will help to make styling your naturally wavy hair and managing your thick locks much easier. A cut is also the best way to rid your hair of its dry damaged ends Ė which if left uncut could end up fragile and prone to further breakage. Youíre very lucky to have naturally wavy hair Ė as youíve found, you can quite easily style your hair both straight and curly Ė so embrace your natural kinks without relying on heated appliances using products that will encourage your natural texture and play up your natural waves. Sea salt sprays are a great way to do this; simply spritz in to damp hair and watch your hair fill with movement and natural waves of varying sizes. Using these sprays also gives the hair more texture and body, and will help to conceal some of the natural oils through your roots. ...More >
If you prefer to reduce the weight in your hair (which is common in women that have very thick hair) then smoothing the hair out is an alternative. For a long-lasting smoothing solution that wonít straighten your hair, but will instead make it more manageable, will restore moisture to your dry ends and will smooth away frizz, you could try a professional keratin treatment. This type of treatment Ė which we offer at Westrow, but is widely available at many salons Ė can make hair that is very thick and difficult to control much easier to style on a day-to-day basis, and it will prevent the need to rely on heated appliances so much.
As youíve rightly pointed out, the downside of using heated appliances, such as your hair straighteners, is that excessive use can cause lasting damage. There are, however, several ways to protect your hair from heat damage on the occasions when you do rely on your straighteners, so donít worry. If youíre going to straighten your hair, prep it first with a shampoo and conditioner that will inject a serious dose of moisture to your dry damaged ends. This will help to kick-start the smoothing process, meaning you donít need to rely on your straighteners quite so much. Choose products from a professional haircare range that offers nourishment to undernourished locks, like yours, that can easily become prone to frizzing and breaking. Look for a great thermal protectant to, to provide protection from appliances. When looking for a heat protective product, choosing between a cream, oil and spray comes down to personal preference Ė but donít shy away from oils thinking they will make your roots greasier. Formulas rich in oils can actually create an effective protective barrier for the hair, without making it feel greasy or heavy. Next, make sure youíre always using a high quality straightening or curling iron and select the right size iron for your hair, to help minimise damage. Finally, avoid falling into the trap of over-washing your hair, thinking it will prevent it from becoming greasy. Over-washing can actually strip away precious oils, which then causes the scalp to go into sebum overdrive to compensate. Instead of washing your hair more frequently, you can rely on a dry shampoo to absorb excess oils and leave your hair looking refreshed and oil-free between washes.
|Angela asks: |
I had my hair permanently straightened at a salon using Wella products. The straightening itself was fine, but my hair was terribly dry and brittle afterwards. It had a crimped look to it and felt like straw. Itís been a year now and although my hair feels better, it still gets full of knots and feels rough at the ends. My curls have started to come through at the scalp and my hairdresser keeps asking if Iím going to have the roots straightened but Iím worried itís going to to be the same again. She says it wonít and that my hair was in poor condition first time round thatís why the straightening left it so dry. Iím not so sure. Advice please?
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Hi Angela, this is a tough one for me as I have had the same experience. If the application can be carried out on the roots only and not through the mid lengths and ends I would do it. I have a treatment applied to the mid lengths and ends so the chemical doesnít work and I donít have those areas ironed. Make sure you use the best moisture products possible in your hair care regime too. Hope this helps!
|Helen asks: |
I went to a salon Iíve used off and on (due to the high prices) for some years now. The owner cuts it and Iíve always been happy with it, but he was away and I was told a stylist of the same grade could do it then.(I had a one length bob just below the chin). I have very fine hair and said I didnít want layers but he said because I have a lot of hair- though no hairdresser has ever said that before- I needed long layers to give it movement. When it was finished it looked fine but when I washed it again myself two days later, I realised heís cut the fringe SO far back that itís level with my ear, and so most of the right side is about two inches shorter than the other side and there is hardly any hair which is the same length as the left. The only way I can deal with it is to push it back to try and blend it in but because itís so fine it falls forward most of the time! Can you please give me some advice, as it looks ridiculous when it falls forward and it will take till the end of August for the length to equal the left side? Thanks in advance Helen
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Oh Helen, Iím so sorry for you, I would go back and ask for a free consultation with the owner and ask her advice! I am sure that it can be made to look better whilst growing out and as she knows your hair she will help sort for you, hopefully free of charge.
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