|Louise asks: |
In the last six months Iíve found that my hair is greasy immediately after washing it and nothing I try to solve this seems to be working. Iíve changed to sulfate free shampoo and conditioners, diluted apple cider vinegar, rinse in cooler water, even had a water softener fitted as I live in a hard water area. But as soon as I go to use a hairdryer there are patches which look worse than before I got in the shower! Any suggestions would be great, itís really starting to get depressing.
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Hi Louise, I would try a clarifying shampoo to gently strip out natural oils as well as minerals, medication and product build up. Do two shampoos leaving the shampoo on for 5 minutes before rinsing both times. Then invest in a clear protein based shampoo and spray on leave in conditioner, then you wonít have any build up or residue from the shampoo and conditioner. What do you use styling wise as that could be causing a problem, make sure whatever you use that you donít apply to close to the root area. Hope this helps!
|Amy asks: |
I have fine stick straight hair. At a very young age I started going grey (sometime around 14) now in my 30ís Iím not really concerned about showing my grey hair but everyone thinks I am much older than I am because of it (which actually does influence things when considered for employment) so I dye it. My main problem now is that my grey hair is coming in curly. Not kinky like some people but spiral curls and waves. Itís the top layer that is the curliest thus leaving me with a top layer of curly or frizzy hair. My hair leans toward the greasy side of things so heavy conditioners or straightening serums wonít work for me. How do I marry my two kinds of hair? Any advice?
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Amy, I am thinking how about a chemical smoothing treatment on the halo section of your hair, you should only have to do it once per year and have total control of your flyways. Really good luck.
|Joanne asks: |
I have naturally curly, frizzy hair and I live in a very humid climate. I have found that Keratin treatments and Brazilian Blow-Dry treatments have really worked wonders on my hair. Please can you tell me if it is safe to do these treatments often? Also, which one do you think is best for my hair type?
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Professional hair smoothing treatments, such as Keratin treatments and the Brazilian Blow-dry, are ideal for your type of hair. The perfect candidate for this type of treatment is someone with naturally frizzy curly hair, who would like to smooth the hair, reduce the amount of volume and weight, and reduce frizz on a longer term basis than is possible with a blow-dry or from using straighteners. These treatments also increase the hairís ability to fight humidity Ė ideal for you, living in a humid climate. Further benefits of smoothing treatments include increased shine, hair that feels softer, and more manageable locks that take less time to blow-dry. It is perfectly safe to use these treatments to alter your hairís naturally frizzy state, however it is essential that you receive the right information before you commit to any kind of smoothing treatment. A consultation at a reputable salon with an experienced stylist is the first Ė and most important Ė step to ensuring that a treatment is suitable for your hair and achieving the desired results.
In terms of which treatment is most suitable, an expert will be able to advise you upon seeing your hair, but a general point to bear in mind is that keratin treatments, which work by boosting the hair with keratin, are designed to calm unruly locks Ė making them the perfect option for hair that is overly curly and voluminous. As the treatment reduces the volume and apparent weight in the hair, I wouldnít necessarily recommend their use on hair that is very fine or thin already. If your aim is to keep volume and movement then the Brazilian Blow-dry may be a better choice, as this treatment performs well with fine to medium texture hair.
In terms of safety, the latest types of treatment contain less hazardous ingredients as their predecessors: early keratin treatments contained formaldehyde or methylene glycol, but these are now banned. Modern formulations use ingredients such as a glyoxylic acid-carbocysteine mix, which safely strengthens, repairs, smooths and straightens. How often you need to have the treatment depends on how well your own hair takes to it and how keenly you stick to a post-treatment maintenance programme. Ideally, a professional treatment, when applied correctly, should last up to three months. To ensure successful and long-lasting results, stick to sulphate-free shampoos (sulphates break down keratin), follow with a professional-grade hydrating conditioning mask, and wash your hair less often than prior to treatment.
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