|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.
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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 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.
|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 hairís health should improve, but itís a good idea to start incorporating some hair health-boosting habits into your routine, to restore manageability, encourage new hair growth and boost your hairís 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. Kťrastaseís In-Salon Rituals are ideal for improving your hairís health over time, as they can be tailor-made to your hairís 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 hairís shine and its ability to stay free from frizz. A co-washing product such as Kťrastase 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 Ė 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 hairís texture and thickness, your personality and the level of maintenance youíre able to commit to.
|Alexis asks: |
Iíve had an ombre hair disaster. I used to have long dark hair and was after an ombre effect on the ends. I had balayage highlights done last week but didnít want highlights all over so decided to go elsewhere to have it írectifiedí. The end result is unfortunately awful. Instead of dying the whole top dark brown, they just painted over the highlighted sections and it doesnít match my colour so is very patchy. The ombre itself is not well integrated and is an unflattering ash colour, which also comes up quite high. With this much hair there is no hiding it. Iíve already spent a huge amount of money so canít justify another salon trip. If I use a DIY dye will this work or will the bleached ends create a problem? What are my options? Thanks in advance!
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Hi Alexis, The options you have are a little bit limited but I think the best one is to use a semi permanent colour all over. If you choose something a colour of shades lighter than your natural colour with a warm tone of colour that you like, so gold, copper or red. I would suggest you buy 2 boxes of colour and apply all over to dry hair. This should totally tone and blend and give you a more subtle but multi tonal effect. The disadvantage is that it will shampoo out but you can use colour conditioner to help prevent the fade or re apply every month. I donít suggest you using a permanent colour on long thick hair as it will be too hard for you to get an even result. Good luck
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