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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!

Hayley Gibson-ForbesAnswered By:
Hayley Gibson-Forbes
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!

Hayley Gibson-ForbesAnswered By:
Hayley Gibson-Forbes
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.

Soniya asks:
Hi, I had hair smoothing done 1 year ago. Now I’m facing lots of hair breakage; please tell me what to do..can I do smoothing again?

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
If you are going to have the treatment done again you must make sure you have a great hair care regime, use the best professional brand shampoo, condition and treatment mask you can each week. Also ask the hairdresser if they can apply a protein porosity equalizer to your hair, before, during or after the process to help make sure the hair stays in the best condition possible. Thank you

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