|Meena asks: |
I have greasy hair and I am looking for a clarifying shampoo that will clean my hair and result in a matte look. Most shampoos I have tried leave my hair looking glossy, which I donít like.
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It is important to note the difference between hair that looks glossy and shiny with health and hair that simply looks greasy. I suspect that years of battling greasy locks have left you craving a matte look, because you associate shine with grease and oily locks, so I would advise that you use products to try and achieve a healthy balance that has a hint of natural shine: an oil-free scalp, grease-free lengths that have a natural healthy shine, but no sign of oil.
I advocate the use of clarifying shampoos from time to time, to remove product build-up, excess oil, and environmental pollutants, however, while clarifying shampoos do cleanse and purify the scalp, overuse can have the opposite of the desired effect, over-stimulating the scalp over time and leading to excess of sebum production, as well as dry hair. KMS Head Remedy Deep Cleanse Shampoo is a great product however, it removes build up from hair products, minerals, pollutants and hard water. Avoid the temptation to reach for clarifying shampoos frequently in a bid to strip your oily scalp Ė I would recommend using once a fortnight only.
Regularly use a shampoo that addresses oily roots, removing excess sebum and purifying the scalp, while nourishing the lengths and ends. Kťrastase 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 Ė a natural Ė shine. Remember that washing too frequently can also stimulate oil production, so try to stick to washing your hair twice a week, instead of daily, to keep grease at bay on a long-term basis.
If this look still isnít matte enough for you, I advise adding styling products to create a matte finish, rather than stripping the hair of its natural oils in the hope of achieving this look. Dry shampoo is an easy way to soak up natural oils in the scalp and hair and will leave hair looking drier and full of volume, without stripping away too much moisture. Styling wax and texturizing powder work equally as well to create a matte effect.
|Jayne asks: |
I dyed my hair a few months ago now from dark brown to red. The problem is that I donít know if it is from this that when I wash or brush my hair it falls out in handfuls or strands . My hair is thinning badly now at the age of 31 years. I asked a hairdresser but they never told me anything that can help. If I need to would it be best to cut shorter? Please can you tell me what is causing this? It is at shoulder length right now and Iím fed up with it falling out.
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Hi Jayne, Try not to worry, I suggest you start checking the brush and shower as itís normal to lose around 100 hairs per day. Medication, diet and hormones can have a big impact on hair and encourage loss too. I suggest you invest in some protein shampoo and conditioner, perhaps take a vitamin supplement or specific hair version. Make sure you have plenty of oily fish in your diet and if you donít see an improvement check medication you are taking or see you GP. Good luck
|Haya asks: |
Iím at a dead end with my hair at the moment. Iím Middle Eastern but live in the UK, and as a child my hair was bone straight, black, smooth shiny and glossy, now in my teen years my hair has completely changed. I used to swim from the age of 8-12 - I donít know if this is a factor, but my hair started to get more dry and frizzy from the age of 13 and onwards. Now itís rough, I have no significant curl pattern or hair pattern it just looks like a scribble. My hair is puffy, frizzy, high porosity and very very thick. The weird thing is when I oil my hair or apply any moisturising cream to it (at home) and braid my hair then sleep with the braids in, when I wake up and take them out my hair looks shiny smooth and soft. But as soon as I step outside in the cold rainy English climate my hair completely frizzes up into a cloud of tangles and knots. I have never dyed my hair and I rarely straighten it. I have tried everything from keratin protein masks to not shampooing my hair at all. Nothing works and I have no idea what to do. Maybe itís the hormones? Not sure. Please if you have any idea why itís happened and how I can either deal with it or get my hair to itís original state that would be amazing. Thanks.
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It is difficult to say with certainty why your hair has changed in texture over the years. A drastic change in hair can occur as a result of illness, lifestyle change, age, a change in product use and/or a change in diet. Hormones definitely play a role in the way our hair behaves, with pregnancy and the menopause having a potentially drastic effect on our hair, so it may be that going through puberty altered your hairís natural structure.
The best way to treat your hair right now is to deal with the type of hair you are currently experiencing. It sounds like your hair is highly porous, resulting in it becoming frizzy very easily. Highly porous hair has a raised cuticle and as a result tends to suffer easily from breakage. I would therefore prescribe products that will protect it from further damage and breakage, while injecting lost moisture. The Kťrastase Rťsistance range is ideal for your hair type, designed to target the symptoms of damaged, weakened hair that has become brittle and prone to knotting. As at-home keratin masks havenít worked for you in the past, I would recommend trying a professional keratin treatment instead. This would inject your hair with much-needed moisture, smooth the raised cuticle, reduce frizz and make the hair more manageable. The Nanokeratin Hair Smoothing we offer at SJ Forbes for example smooths the hair, while locking keratin deep into the cuticle, to repair damaged locks, and leave them deeply nourished, conditioned and shiny. Due to its concentrated formula and professional application it would be far more effective than the masks you have already tried at home. I would also discuss with your hairdresser whether there are any cuts that would suit your hair type better than your current style Ė internal layers, for example, can help to reduce the weight in your hair, leaving it looking less thick Ė as this will help to make your hair more manageable on a daily basis.
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