|Marissa asks: |
One year ago I started suffering from a lot of hair breakage in the shower, for which my doctor prescribed a special shampoo. It didn’t really work so I stopped using it and ignored the problem. About 6 months ago I started getting really bad dandruff but my scalp wasn’t itchy at all, so I bought some Head and Shoulder’s shampoo and both of my problems went away, however my new hairdresser told me that she doesn’t believe in Head and Shoulder’s and that it doesn’t work, and that I had no dandruff. Does Head and Shoulders really work? On a slightly separate note, I’m considering investing in the Shiseido Hair Straightening, as my hair has always been very ‘puffy’ and very hard to maintain. My hairdresser gave me some shampoo and conditioner that has helped with the puffiness but my dandruff and hair breakage have remained. Is Head and Shoulders ok to use with this treatment, if I do go ahead and have it? Please help as I’m very confused!
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There seem to be a few different issues here that need addressing – and that is perfectly normal, as very rarely do we fit into one particular category of hair type! From the way you describe your hair, it sounds like it has quite a brittle, dry texture, which is leaving it prone to breakage. Setting aside any hormonal, dietary or genetic reasons why you might be losing hair (and bearing in mind that a certain amount of hair loss is perfectly normal) it sounds to me like your hair is breaking away, rather than falling out at the root. If you are worried that the hair is falling out at the root, then you should speak to a qualified trichologist, however, if your doctor didn’t seem concerned that the issue was hair loss, then I’d recommend a haircare regime that targets dry, damaged, brittle and weak hair. The dandruff that you experienced as a result of the shampoo recommended by your doctor could indicate that residue from the product was remaining on your scalp – either as a result of using too much product, not rinsing it out effectively or using a product that is too heavy and rich for your natural hair type and scalp. This would also explain why you didn’t experience any itching or tightness in the scalp – both of which are common complaints when experiencing dandruff. The reason your hairdresser advises against using Head and Shoulders could be due to the commonly reported negative side effects of many anti-dandruff shampoos – effects such as skin irritation. Certain anti-dandruff shampoos also contain toxic carcinogenic ingredients, which has also earned them a bad reputation. Head and Shoulders contains sulphates and sodium chloride, which can strip the hair of its natural oils, as well as of its colour, and can actually lead to dry. Itchy. flaky scalp – all of which could be reasons why your hairdresser is right to steer you away from it. In terms of semi-permanent hair straightening treatments, you should do plenty of research and speak to a qualified, experienced professional, who is able to recommend a type of treatment that is suitable to your hair. If you already suffer from hair that is brittle and breaks easily, you will need to make sure that the treatment doesn’t subject your hair to further damage. It may be that your hair would benefit from a smoothing treatment – rather than a straightening one – which would help to reduce the ‘puffy’ effect you describe, reducing frizz while nourishing the hair. At SJ Forbes we offer a Nanokeratin Hair Smoothing, which smooths the hair, while locking keratin deep into the hair, to repair damaged locks, and leave them deeply nourished, conditioned and shiny. I wouldn’t recommend using Head and Shoulders products after a keratin treatment, as I would avoid using anything containing sodium chloride and sulphates. Aftercare advice is an integral part of any treatment, so if you do decide to try out a smoothing or straightening treatment, then make sure you follow the aftercare program you are prescribed, to keep your hair and scalp in optimum condition and to maintain the benefits of the treatment.
|Mohamed asks: |
I have been using the wrong products on my hair for the past few years, which has resulted dry, frizzy, and unmanageable locks along with a flakey scalp. Please can you recommend a treatment and products that will help with this problem?
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Use a deep conditioning treatment on a weekly basis, and make sure that a good hair oil or restructuring product is part of your haircare routine.
The Kérastase Résistance collection is a range of haircare products that fight the symptoms of damaged hair and will help to keep hair in optimum condition. If you don’t want to try the full range of products, incorporate either the Masque Thérapiste or the Masque Force Architecte in to your hair routine, once a week, to encourage weaker damaged hairs to repair themselves. The Sérum Thérapiste is also a great investment, as it helps to seal and heal hair and reduce the appearance of split ends, while protecting hair from heat damage.
Kérastase has an excellent range of products you can use to stimulate the growth cells on your scalp, so it’s worth investing in these to help with your problem. I recommend Kérastase Bain Stimuliste GL, which is an energising shampoo for hair prone to hair loss, and Kérastase Lotion Densitive GL, which will add texture and substance. There are also a few lifestyle and diet tweaks you can make to ensure hair is in optimum health. Try swapping a cotton pillow for a silk or satin one, to avoid overnight hair breakage, and be gentle when brushing delicate wet hair. Usually our hair growth is determined by our genes, however diet and lifestyle can also have an effect on hair growth rate. Stress, alcohol and excess sugar can all contribute to poor scalp and hair health. Foods thought to improve hair growth include salmon and organic eggs, which are both full of hair health-boosting protein and omega 3, oysters, which are rich in zinc, (a zinc deficiency has been linked to hair loss), avocado, sweet potato and almonds. There are supplements available at health food shops and online, which can supplement your diet with additional vitamins and minerals, if you feel you need some extra nutritional support.
|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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