|Vikki asks: |
I’ve had my hair chemically straightened and now I can’t get a brush or comb through it! My hair feels like straw and looks terrible! Naturally my hair is wavy and VERY frizzy. Is my best option cutting it all off? Before the treatment it was never like this. I don’t know what to do!
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It sounds to me like your hair has become damaged by the chemical straightening process, which is why it now feels so dry and brittle, and why it is so difficult to brush through. It is impossible to say with certainty why your hair has suffered in this way, as it could be due to a number of reasons, but I would strongly recommend returning to the salon that carried out the treatment and voicing your concerns. Repairing damaged hair can be a lengthy process, depending on what has caused the damage and the extent to which the hair cuticle has been affected. A cut is probably going to be necessary, as split ends can turn to split lengths if left, although it might not be vital to cut away all the length, so don’t panic! Visit a hairdresser you can trust and let them decide how much needs cutting off, as it may be less than you think. I would also recommend trying a professional treatment to inject some moisture, elasticity and strength back into the hair and to temporarily smooth the damaged cuticle. At SJ Forbes we offer Kérastase Fusio Dose, which is a made-to-measure haircare treatment that is tailored to your hair’s needs. The treatment involves combining a concentrate and booster, both of which are chosen according to you hair’s needs, to create an exclusive mix of active ingredients. Ask your hairdresser for the Concentre Vita-Cement, which reinforces the hair, replenishing lost protein and strengthening the hair fibre, combined with an Omega 3 & 6 booster, to restore elasticity. In the meantime, avoid damaging the hair any further by avoiding using any heated appliances, and by treating the hair very gently, particularly when it is wet and at its weakest. Finally, you should stock up on products that you can use at home to help repair the hair, while making it more manageable. A deep conditioning mask and a leave-in conditioning spray that are designed for dry, frizzy and damaged hair, will help to add much-needed lost moisture and shine back to your hair, while reducing frizz.
|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.
|Jess asks: |
How do I get my naturally curly hair back after nearly ten years of straightening it every other day?
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The good news is that the extent to which your hair curls is determined by genetics and the curl is formed within the individual hair follicles, so continuously subjecting your existing hair to heated straightening cannot technically reduce the amount of curl within the hair on a permanent basis. As new hair grows from the follicle, it should return to its naturally curly shape. If, however, you have noticed that the amount of curl in your existing hair has lessened due to repeated use of straightening irons, it is likely that the hair has become heat damaged, and so is behaving in a less manageable way. As you cut back on your use of straightening irons, your hair’s health should improve, but it’s a good idea to start incorporating some hair health-boosting habits into your routine, to restore manageability, encourage new hair growth and boost your hair’s integrity. Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week, and visit your hairdresser once every six weeks for a trim and a professional deep conditioning treatment. Kérastase’s In-Salon Rituals are ideal for improving your hair’s health over time, as they can be tailor-made to your hair’s needs each time. When you switch from straightening your curly hair to embracing your natural bounce, you need to start using different products and should embrace a different haircare regime. After years of straightening your hair and fighting your natural curl, you will need to learn how to encourage your natural curls, while at the same time fighting frizz. Products designed to boost body, reduce frizz, enhance curls and create shine in naturally curly hair should be at the top of your shopping list. I would start with a gentle shampoo, a deeply nourishing conditioner, a lightweight, but hard-working, serum and a body-boosting mousse, ideally from a range that is designed for curly hair. Also consider how frequently you wash your hair, as over-washing curly hair can strip away natural oils that are essential to maintaining curly hair’s shine and its ability to stay free from frizz. A co-washing product such as Kérastase Cleansing Conditioner Curl Ideal (£31.70) is something that I often recommend to my curly-haired clients. The way you style your hair will also need to change – I would recommend leaving your hair to dry naturally, to avoid any further heat damage. After washing, smooth a leave-in conditioning spray or serum through the mid-lengths and ends, and comb through. Add a little volume-boosting mousse through the roots and ends, while hair is still damp, but then avoid any further combing or brushing, which can cause the hair to frizz. Your cut and style will also determine the amount your hair curls: for example, hair with more layers cut into it has more of a tendency to curl than hair that is one-length, which sits heavier and can cause curls to drop. Speak to your hairdresser to work out the best cut for your hair, that will not only encourage your natural waves, but will also suit your face shape, your hair’s texture and thickness, your personality and the level of maintenance you’re able to commit to.
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