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Let's have a chat about how heat can influence your hair.
Unfortunately, both natural and artificial heat can have negative impacts on your hair.
This includes things like hot water, the sun, heaters in your home and car, straighteners, curling irons, hairdryers, rollers etc.
All these different influences can dry out your hair causing damage.
It can cause frizz, dry hair, split ends, colour fading in natural and artificial, minor hair breakage.
You can try different things to help your hair from being affected by heat.
Here are 4 easy tips to follow to avoid heat-stressed locks;
→ It is recommended when washing your hair to have the water cold.
If this is not possible then as cold as you can tolerate, even lukewarm.
→ When in the sun, using a leave-in conditioner that has UV protection and or wearing a hat can reduce heat stress.
→ If you are using electrical heat then try to keep usage to a minimum and use a thermal protection spray beforehand.
→ When using a straightener or curler, hotter is not always better.
If you have temperature control, set it to 160-185 degrees.
These tips can help reduce stress on your hair and keep it looking as healthy as possible in the future.
Our hair can go through a variety of different changes when we decide to have a chemical treatment. The different treatments can include;
When we choose to have these treatments it changes the structure of the hair. And how it changes will vary from head to head, and treatment to treatment. Today we want to talk about the changes that cause us grief on a day to day basis.
Some common symptoms of chemically treated hair;
Now don’t get me wrong there are many positives with these treatments and we’ll discuss these another day.
Most commonly, all of the mentioned symptoms are a result of the hair being over processed. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean in one visit to the salon or the supermarket (whichever floats your boat), although it can be in severe cases. Over processed simply means that you have applied strong or too many chemical treatments than your hair shaft or scalp can handle, and again the capacity in which the hair and scalp will handle will vary between individuals. However, keep in mind chemical treatments may not be the sole cause of those symptoms.
Hormones and medications can cause our hair and scalp to change, in addition to different types of water like bore water and chlorine, as well the use of copper piping in your house, all of these can cause a buildup of excess minerals on your hair.
Some of these issues are unavoidable but it can help if you are aware of these things, chat to your hairdresser about them so that they can recommend different suitable treatments and ways to help manage your hair.
It is important to remember before applying any chemical treatments what you have had done to your hair previously, because depending on the length of your hair you may have some old underlying chemical treatments still in your hair which ultimately results in the over processing of your hair. In the coming weeks we’ll discuss hair lengths and what to consider.
Are you struggling with dry, frizzy, knotted hair?
It could be due to wind… so let's discuss the how this happens and how you can fix and prevent damage from the wind.
Wind can cause a variety of issues to your hair, you can’t completely stop the effects of this happening but you can try different tips to help manage these issues.
Friction is the main issue with the wind causing the hair to become tangled which will then cause breakage, this breakage in your hair is a result of split ends from the hair strands rubbing against one another.
Unfortunately it's annoying but there are a few things that you could try to help you with these issues though.
The first step is to prevent the friction in the first place by protecting your hair from the wind by one or all of the following;
You could also carry a brush with you if possible to brush your hair after you have been in the wind, remember to start at the bottom and work your way up in small strokes, you don't want to be ripping the knots out causing more damage.
Furthermore, if you are experiencing dryness and split ends, it is important to keep the hair moisturiser with a daily moisturiser and regular treatments, then find a good hairdresser. A good hairdresser will be able to progressively remove your split ends without you having to loose your precious length.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you in the future when you're battling the wind .
Whilst red hair can be super fun, it can be just as costly in maintenance as being blonde, but here we're going to cover all the ways to get the most out of your red hair adventures!
The number one rule with red hair colour or any colour for that matter....
HEAT REMOVES COLOUR!!
Yes hot water, hair dryer, straightener or other heated appliances, and the sun, will all be responsible for your colour fading, some more than others.
For longevity in your colour avoid heat at all costs, so wash with cool water, let it air dry and wear a hat in the sun.
Secondly, if you've ever had a fashion colour and understand that the colours can run, be mindful to use a dark towel for your hair, and a dark pillow case if you must go to bed with wet/damp hair (should be avoided for scalp health), and depending on the colour product you have use, avoid getting caught in the rain.
The next problem with colour fade is the products you use. If you are truly committed to your colour adventure the ditch the shampoo!
Yes throw out your shampoo!
The main ingredients in shampoo's are usually water, salt, detergent and silicone. Salt is drying your hair out, reducing the hair's ability to retain colour and moisture.
Detergents being the cleaning agent is stripping the colour from your hair and also reducing the hair's ability to retain colour and moisture.
And silicones are responsible for making your hair feel amazing with every wash, but it is not easily removed and then builds up on the hair shaft coating it and preventing future colour from attaching to your hair as it should (not going to get super scientific for you, just going to keep it basic).
There are a huge range of cleansing conditioners commonly referred to as co-wash, that are ideal substitutes for shampoos, or if you really can't break away from a shampoo as a part of your routine, the you could look at some baby shampoos as they are incredibly gentle for both hair and scalp.
If you can follow everything mentioned above you should see a significant change in your colour longevity, however, if you hair is not in the best condition it is likely you will still be experiencing some fade. If this is the case for you there are two more suggestions for you;
• Pigmented Conditioners (warning, can be messy), and
• In salon colour refresher.
Your sleeping habits could be destroying your hair and scalp health!!
We all hear about the damage that chemicals and heat can do to your hair, but did you know that the next contributor to hair and scalp damage happens while you sleep.
I know you're thinking there is no way! But if you're suffering from any of the following, then chances are it's from sleeping:
• Frizzy hair
• Knotty hair
• Dry hair
• Split ends
• Itchy scalp
• Flakey scalp
• Smelly scalp
• Clumps of dandruff
So how could this be you ask?
Lets start from the beginning... Your pillow.
You pillow can be causing your hair to be dry and frizzy, being fabric it absorbs the natural oils from your hair as well as any moisturisers you put in, so it is important to replenish the moisture daily, and dry hair usually presents itself as frizzy.
Frizz, knots and split ends, amongst other things are a result of friction, ie, your hair rubbing on your pillow. The constant friction between your hair and your pillow creates a rough surface on your hair shaft (cuticle layer), this rough surface get caught on another resulting in knots, and with enough friction the hair shaft then begins to split. This is more commonly seen in finer hair but absolutely possible in all hair types.
Plaiting or putting your hair up and using a silk pillow case will go a long way to minimising friction.
Now for the easiest fix to the most embarrassing problems, itchy, flakey, smelly scalp and clumps of dandruff...
The most common cause of these scalp issues is a fungus overgrowth, (you can read more about it here) and yeast grows in dark, damp, warm spaces, to prevent this from happening is to stop going to bed with wet hair.
Yes there may be other underlying causes, but this is the most common that we encounter.
Think about it for a moment... you go to bed with wet or damp hair for 8ish hours (depends on how long you sleep), this is an ideal space and time for bacteria to start growing and before you know it you wake up itchy or worse your hair is still damp near the scalp, the itching continues, the flakiness starts and the best you can do is tie your hair up hoping no one notices, but your hair is still damp, you scalp has no fresh air to breathe and so it continues!
For help in resolving these scalp issues when they arise check out this article, but more importantly, don't go to bed with wet/damp hair.
So for best hair and scalp results try the following;
• Moisturise daily,
• Do you hair up and use a silk pillow case, and
• Make sure your hair is completely dry before going to bed.
This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.