|Nikki asks: |
Please can you recommend products for hair with greasy roots and dry ends?
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This is a very common hair complaint, particularly for women with finer hair. Avoid the temptation to reach for clarifying shampoos in a bid to strip your oily scalp, as these will only make your dry ends worse.
Start with a shampoo that addresses oily roots, removing excess sebum and purifying the scalp, while nourishing the lengths and ends. Kérastase Specifique Bain Devalent £19.50 treats oily roots, but replaces lost moisture from any sensitised areas and drier ends, helping hair fibres to regain softness and shine. Only massage shampoo in to your roots, and let it cleanse the rest of the hair as you rinse the product out.
When it comes to conditioning, look for a fairly light conditioner, that won’t weigh down greasier roots and limp locks, but one that is still rich in moisturising ingredients. Kérastase Soin Premier Therapiste £22.90 is a lightweight conditioner for damaged hair – so it repairs dry damaged ends, but without weighing down finer or oilier hair. This particular product can be used either before or after cleansing, so adapt its use according to your hair’s needs each week.
The ends of your hair are the oldest part of the hair length, so have been exposed to far more damage. They need protection from further damage to avoid drying out further and this product actually acts like a gauze on the hair fibre, protecting it from further damage and really nourishing any dry ends.
If you want to invest in extra products, look out for a pre-shampoo mask, designed to absorb scalp oils using natural clays, which won’t strip your hair of moisture. You could also try adding a lightweight oil, such as Moroccanoil Treatment Light £13, 45, to your routine, using it on damp hair after washing and conditioning, but sticking to the ends and lengths and avoiding the root area.
|Amy asks: |
I have fine stick straight hair. At a very young age I started going grey (sometime around 14) now in my 30’s I’m not really concerned about showing my grey hair but everyone thinks I am much older than I am because of it (which actually does influence things when considered for employment) so I dye it. My main problem now is that my grey hair is coming in curly. Not kinky like some people but spiral curls and waves. It’s the top layer that is the curliest thus leaving me with a top layer of curly or frizzy hair. My hair leans toward the greasy side of things so heavy conditioners or straightening serums won’t work for me. How do I marry my two kinds of hair? Any advice?
|Answered By: |
Amy, I am thinking how about a chemical smoothing treatment on the halo section of your hair, you should only have to do it once per year and have total control of your flyways. Really good luck.
|Joanne asks: |
I have naturally curly, frizzy hair and I live in a very humid climate. I have found that Keratin treatments and Brazilian Blow-Dry treatments have really worked wonders on my hair. Please can you tell me if it is safe to do these treatments often? Also, which one do you think is best for my hair type?
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Professional hair smoothing treatments, such as Keratin treatments and the Brazilian Blow-dry, are ideal for your type of hair. The perfect candidate for this type of treatment is someone with naturally frizzy curly hair, who would like to smooth the hair, reduce the amount of volume and weight, and reduce frizz on a longer term basis than is possible with a blow-dry or from using straighteners. These treatments also increase the hair’s ability to fight humidity – ideal for you, living in a humid climate. Further benefits of smoothing treatments include increased shine, hair that feels softer, and more manageable locks that take less time to blow-dry. It is perfectly safe to use these treatments to alter your hair’s naturally frizzy state, however it is essential that you receive the right information before you commit to any kind of smoothing treatment. A consultation at a reputable salon with an experienced stylist is the first – and most important – step to ensuring that a treatment is suitable for your hair and achieving the desired results.
In terms of which treatment is most suitable, an expert will be able to advise you upon seeing your hair, but a general point to bear in mind is that keratin treatments, which work by boosting the hair with keratin, are designed to calm unruly locks – making them the perfect option for hair that is overly curly and voluminous. As the treatment reduces the volume and apparent weight in the hair, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend their use on hair that is very fine or thin already. If your aim is to keep volume and movement then the Brazilian Blow-dry may be a better choice, as this treatment performs well with fine to medium texture hair.
In terms of safety, the latest types of treatment contain less hazardous ingredients as their predecessors: early keratin treatments contained formaldehyde or methylene glycol, but these are now banned. Modern formulations use ingredients such as a glyoxylic acid-carbocysteine mix, which safely strengthens, repairs, smooths and straightens. How often you need to have the treatment depends on how well your own hair takes to it and how keenly you stick to a post-treatment maintenance programme. Ideally, a professional treatment, when applied correctly, should last up to three months. To ensure successful and long-lasting results, stick to sulphate-free shampoos (sulphates break down keratin), follow with a professional-grade hydrating conditioning mask, and wash your hair less often than prior to treatment.
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