- Published on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 01:00
You. Yes you. I want to solve some of your most concerning hair issues. Keep reading and you’ll find out how.
Ever wonder why your hair color doesn’t last, no matter how often you refresh it? An important rule of thumb to keep in mind is that reds and purples wash out easily, but most other shades tend to stay in well. There are a few factors that cause this. First, if your previous color was lighter or blonder and you put in a darker color (especially red) on top of it, it’s like applying a red coat of paint on top of white paint; meaning you’ll have to put primer first and then more than one coat before you will get the desired intensity since the underlying color will trickle through.
Second is how you care for it. Spending the money for a gorgeous hue then skimping when it comes to home care is sacrilege. You wouldn’t buy a new car then never give it a wash or take it in for maintenance, right? Proper care protects your investment (the color service from your amazing colorist). There are a few important hair care features to look for in a cleanser. It should have hydro-resist, which has the ability to repel excessive hydrogen which degrades good color and is more delicate than other cleansers. Another much-hyped (for good reason) feature is something that’s 100% sulfate-free, or something that is 100% detergent-free; the cleansing agent is probably going to be something botanical.
Have you been trying to grow your hair long but it seems like it’s taking forever? There’s a pretty mundane explanation: split ends. The bane of every girl’s existence. As your hair grows from the roots, your split ends climb up the length of your hair and eventually break off making your hair-growing mission fail. Caused by daily heat styling, lack of moisture in the hair, and severely chemically-treated hair or chemical hair processes. How to get rid of it: snipping is the only way to make it completely disappear. You can try treating your hair with deep conditioning masque or applying a hydrating serum or in-salon protein treatments to help, but dusting your ends every eight to ten weeks is the unbeatable prevention.
Oily or Dry Scalp
Greasy or dehydrated scalp is typically the result of excessive washing with too much detergent in your shampoo or not using a good conditioner. Detergents wash away the body’s natural moisturizer -- sebum -- and cause dry skin which kicks the body into high-gear and orders the scalp to produce an excess of sebum as a defense mechanism, which we interpret as drab, greasy-looking hair. In other words, if you wash your hair too much, and you don’t use conditioner, the result will usually be dry or oily scalp - or both!
Other causes include stress. When you’re stressed out, the sebaceous glands either over- or under-produce sebum, causing dry or oily hair. Try using a mild cleanser (don’t forget to condition!) with soothing peppermint cleansers to remedy your scalp problem. Make sure it’s color-safe if you have color-treated hair.
Limp, Lifeless Hair
Trying to get volume in hair that is fine or lacks density is quite a mission. Thick, heavy hair is no cakewalk either, it has the tendency to drag your face down and give it a long appearance. Try plumping it up with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner and use light styling products designed to increase volume to maximize the effect of the products. Avoid using anything with silicone or over-using hairspray, as it will waste your product, weigh-down your hair, and counteract the other products you might be using.
The enemy of most anyone is frizz. Porous hair is susceptible to absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. But if your hair is properly nourished and protected before you go outdoors, it should stay smooth until your next wash. If you’re using anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner, make sure you have the whole system and use humidity proof leave-in treatment before you blow dry and a sealing serum to seal the cuticle.