|Nirmal asks: |
My hair is very thin, dry, and weak. Please can you recommend the best products to use including a smoothing treatment?
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Damaged hair can take on many forms – thin, dry, weak hair that is prone to breakage is typical of hair that has been damaged either through bleaching, excessive heat, over-use of certain products, or through lifestyle changes or trauma. What you need is a dual-pronged approach, to try and rebuild the hair fibres and reinforce damaged hair, while protecting it from further damage. Start by speaking to your hairdresser: a good stylist can help you detect and diagnose weak hair, and make recommendations on appropriate product usage. They can also give you a haircut and style that will minimise the appearance of thin hair. ...More >
Using the best products for weak, delicate and dry hair is essential to restoring troubled hair. Take a look at the ingredients in the products you are using: avoid products containing alcohol, parabens or sulphates, which can really dry out the hair, and instead look for products that infuse protein, amino acids and other strengthening properties into the hair. A gentle yet moisturising shampoo and a lightweight yet reinforcing conditioner, such as Kérastase Soin Premier Therapiste Ł22.90 will help to repair dry damaged hair but without weighing down finer locks. Use a weekly restructuring conditioning mask, such as Kérastase Masque Force Architecte Ł31.70 working it throughout the hair, to penetrate the hair follicles and restore lost strength, moisture and structure, reinforcing brittle weak hair. Do bear in mind however that it is possible to overdo it on product use and excessive product usage over time can actually exacerbate damaged and weak hair, and it can also weigh the hair down, making it look dull and rough.
If you want to try a smoothing treatment, keep in mind that not all treatments work the same and with hair that is already sensitised, you must choose one that will help the hair, rather than damage it further. At SJ Forbes we offer 72 Hair, which is a smoothing treatment that injects and locks keratin deep into the hair, leaving the hair shaft smoother. The process helps to repair damaged locks and would most likely be suitable for you – however, make sure you book a consultation with a professional before trying out any smoothing treatment.
As an alternative to a professional smoothing system, you could opt for a gentle yet effective in-salon treatment designed to boost moisture, reduce frizz and smooth weak damaged locks. Something like the Kérastase Fusio-Dose ritual, which is a bespoke treatment tailored to your hair’s needs, would be ideal as a temporary yet highly effective treatment, particularly as part of a long-term plan to restore your hair’s condition.
|Marissa asks: |
I had the Shiseido hair straightening treatment done recently and I was very careful not to do anything to my hair for 3 days. When I washed it for the first time my hair went out of control and very frizzy. I was told that the treatment would straighten my hair but the results are terrible. Do I need to get this done again? What do you recommend please?
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It is very difficult to say with accuracy why your hair has reacted in this way. It may be that the products you used when washing your hair weren’t quite suitable for hair that has been treated in this way, or it may be that the process has damaged your hair in some way – perhaps it wasn’t applied correctly by an experienced professional – or perhaps the unmanageability and frizz you are experiencing have been caused by something else entirely.
The first thing I would advise you to do is inform the stylist who carried out the treatment; they may be able to advise as to why this has happened and rectify the problem for you. It may be that the treatment was never suitable for your hair in the first place, or it could be that your hair needs a second treatment. If you aren’t satisfied with their reaction and they aren’t willing to help you, then seek advice from another professional that offers similar treatments, instead – although this will probably cost you again.
I would also look at changing your product use and haircare regime. In the meantime, you need to use products that will restore manageability and reduce frizz: start with smoothing products that are gentle, sulfate-free and designed to target frizz, but without weighing down the hair or reducing the hair’s natural movement and volume. The Kérastase Fluidealiste range, which we sell at SJ Forbes, is directed at hair that is frizzy and flyaway and will help you to regain control of your hair by encouraging smoothness and leaving hair feeling more lightweight.
|Lucy asks: |
I have naturally dark blonde thick, long hair. Around 2 years ago I began using John Freida go blonder controlled lightening spray that I didn’t realise was damaging my hair until I went to the hairdresser and had a test on my hair to see if it could handle the bleach. The hair was too damaged and they told me to stop using the spray and come back in 6 months, I did this and during that time I used a bunch of hair repairing products so I could definitely have my hair dyed the pastel pink I wanted. After the time had passed they did another test and said I would have to come back again later, now I haven’t used the spray in over a year and their current advise is to fully grow out my hair before I can bleach it. I am willing to cut my long hair short in order to be able to bleach it, however it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between my natural hair and the hair that has been treated and damaged cause they’re a similar colour. Obviously I can’t have it cut ridiculously short but I have no idea how much my hair has grown. Any advise on how to tell and if I could get I dyed ?
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Hi Lucy, Have you thought about having some highlights (with bleach) that way much less commitment and damage? You can then apply the pastel pink you want and it will be true on the highlights but a slightly darker pink on the natural hair. I think you will love it, you must keep up a good hair care regime and get a decent trim but I think you should go for it.
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