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Danny asks:
I have had this issue for a few years where conditioner causes my type of hair to become excessively shrunken, unmanageable, dry and frizzy. I used to only use shampoo back then and my hair looked and felt how it should. Whenever I use shampoo alone, my curls become defined and elongated and is able to absorb products, whereas when I use conditioner, all my products sit on top of my hair instead of soaking in and it feels somewhat crunchy?
I’m going back to using shampoo and pure oil as conditioner, however can you enlighten me (if possible) on why conditioners do this to me?
Thank you so very much!

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi Danny, Have you tried a conditioner for fine limp hair? The lighter the consistency the less of an issue you will have – more deep conditioning versions do tend to weigh the hair down and make it look flat and lank at the roots. Make sure you apply to the ends and comb through whatever conditioner you do choose to use so it doesn’t weigh the roots down. Also try leave in conditioner, the lighter formula will work for you I think.

Brianna asks:
Big Question! I am mixed, I am African American Caucasian and Native American. I have shoulder length hair, which I straighten with an instyler, that is frizzy to the point of an afro when its humid. I also like to wear hair extensions and when its humid or rainy outside it doesn’t blend at all. I was wondering what products I could use in my hair or what I could do to stop it from frizzing. I want my hair to be tame and blend in with my extensions on even hot days. Thanks so much!

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi Brianna, Have you tried a smoothing system, not relaxing? This will make the hair less prone to frizz, easier to style and less affected by humidity.
Make sure you are using moisturing products that will help smooth and soften and always comb the conditioner through before rinsing.
You can also get hair sprays that claim to be humidity resistant, definitely worth trying. Good luck

Nikki asks:
Please can you recommend products for hair with greasy roots and dry ends?

Hayley Gibson-ForbesAnswered By:
Hayley Gibson-Forbes
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.

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