|Haya asks: |
I’m at a dead end with my hair at the moment. I’m 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 don’t know if this is a factor, but my hair started to get more dry and frizzy from the age of 13 and onwards. Now it’s 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 it’s the hormones? Not sure. Please if you have any idea why it’s happened and how I can either deal with it or get my hair to it’s original state that would be amazing. Thanks.
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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 hair’s 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 Kérastase Résistance 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 haven’t 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 – internal layers, for example, can help to reduce the weight in your hair, leaving it looking less thick – as this will help to make your hair more manageable on a daily basis.
|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.
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