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Theresa asks:
Hi, I am going through the menopause and suffer extreme scalp sweats. Is there anything I can use to help with the embarrassment of this? My hair is short but I still suffer terrible sweating.

Hayley Gibson-ForbesAnswered By:
Hayley Gibson-Forbes
Extreme sweating is an unfortunate side effect of many things, including the menopause. There are certain lifestyle changes you can make to try and reduce the amount of sweating Ė diet, for example, can play an important role Ė so speak to your doctor about ways to try and tackle the issue. Unfortunately hair and scalp products wonít help to solve this problem, however, there are certain products you can use to try and alleviate any side effects and to try and mask the appearance of excess sweat. ...More >

Firstly, a sweaty scalp can clog your pores and affect your hair follicles. This can prevent healthy hair growth, so using a product that removes the build-up and prevents clogging is essential to maintaining scalp health, hair growth and length. Sweat can also dry out your scalp, which can also have a negative effect on hair growth. A gentle clarifying shampoo, used every couple of washes, or an exfoliating shampoo, used once a week, will help to remove build-up caused by over-sweating, that can lead to itchy flaky scalp and that can inhibit healthy hair growth. If your scalp sweats all the time, youíre probably tempted to wash it daily, so that it feels and looks clean, but bear in mind that over-washing your hair can over-stimulate oil production, which will mean further build up. Try to avoid daily hair washing if you can and instead use a good dry shampoo, to soak up excess oil and sweat and add volume in between washes. Dry shampoo is designed to absorb excess moisture away from your hair and scalp, leaving the hair looking clean. Apply it directly to your roots and rub it in.

Aside from leading to blocked follicles and a flaky scalp, sweat can also dry out your hair and scalp. Finding a hydrating shampoo that will protect your strands and keep your hair healthy is a great way to fight against this. A deep-conditioning treatment will also help to replace lost moisture, as will a leave-in conditioner. The leave-in conditioner will have the added benefit of acting like a barrier, between the sweat and your hair, preventing over-drying.

Finally, the natural salts in sweat can cause your hair to lose its colour quickly, so if you colour your hair, you may need extra protection from colour fade. A colour preserving shampoo, conditioner and spray will do the trick.





Cassidy asks:
1. What type of haircut would you recommend for me? My hair is currently shoulder length. I am looking for something that I can part on either side of my head, and ideally still pull up into a ponytail.
2. How do I get my curls to "bounce back" on the top layer of my hair/not look stretched out?
3. My current wash and style routine is a very delicate process that usually requires my diffusing my hair, which takes a lot of time. Is there a shorter regimen that I should follow (I am a college student with little time in the morning)?
4. Are there any products within a college studentís budget that are go-toís/must-haveís for people with curly hair? Any other suggestions and/or guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance! Best, Cassidy

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hello Cassidy Letís tackle you questions one at a time:

1. What type of haircut would you recommend for me?
I think with Curly hair a bob shape, of any length works perfectly, slightly inverted is good as well. This way you can switch the parting and still tie it all back or just the top if you opt for a short version. ( see some images above) using a wand or heated rollers can help create softer curls too when you feel like a change. ...More >

2. How do I get my curls to "bounce back" on the top layer of my hair/not look stretched out?
Having long layers through the top sections so losing a bit of the old over straightened hair will really help for starters.

3. My current wash and style routine is a very delicate process that usually requires my diffusing my hair, which takes a lot of time. Is there a shorter regimen that I should follow (I am a college student with little time in the morning)?
I would suggest that you squeeze as much water out of your hair with a towel before combing through and leaving to dry naturally with product in or diffusing, donít shampoo everyday use a water spray bottle with conditioner added to spray on day old hair to revitalize your curls and dry shampoo at the roots if required.

4. Are there any products within a college studentís budget that are go-toís/must-haveís for people with curly hair?
I think as long as you are using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, a weekly moisture mask and you comb through the conditioner or mask before rinsing. As far as styling your custard seems to work well for you so I would continue with that, but as you dry (diffuse) or leave your hair to dry naturally, put your fingers into the root area and shake it out, this will stop the product drying so hard and so flat to your head. It will aslo prevent the triangle affect that you currently experience. I really hope this helps you!







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.

Hayley Gibson-ForbesAnswered By:
Hayley Gibson-Forbes
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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