Is your hair in need of some TLC? Here’s our top tips for treating common hair complaints.
Dryness and Split Ends
A split end is where the hair becomes dry and brittle, usually at the end, and begins to split. This is usually caused by:
- Lack of effective conditioning agents
- External agressors such as wind, salt and sun
- Over brushing/combing
- Over colouring, especially when using inferior lighteners or colour products
- Insensitive use of heated hair appliances.
Once a hair splits it cannot be treated or repaired. The only thing you can do is cut it off. The best way to avoid developing split ends is to treat your hair with care. Products such as the Kerastase Nutritive range and the ultra conditioning Kerastase masques nourish the hair fibre, helping to prevent dry hair and split ends.
However, prevention is the best cure and as the summer months approach we recommend the awesome Kerastase Apres Soleil range. This range incorporates an incredibly effective sunscreen designed to save your hair and protect your colour investment. As Christmas approaches look out for a fabulous gift with every purchase.
A flaky or itchy scalp produces those little white flakes of dead skin that many of us are all too used to seeing. The main causes of this condition are improper shampooing/rinsing, a poor diet lacking in essential vitamins, allergies and external factors such as central heating and air conditioning. The best thing you can do to treat this problem is use a good quality hair bath specifically designed to address this issue. We highly recommend Kerastase Bain Exfoliant Hydratant for rapid, visible results.
Limp, flat hair
Limp, lifeless hair is one of the most common hair complaints, yet few women know the best remedy. Heavy conditioners just leave hair flat. A better bet is to use products like Kerastase Volumactive and Volumintense. These products coat each strand with a thin film, creating fuller hair that doesn’t look greasy.
Oily hair is caused by a common imbalance of the scalp’s oil producing glands which secrete sebum, our skin’s natural oils.
Oily hair is most likely genetic but it can also be aggravated by stress, anxiety, an unbalanced or high-fat diet, exhaustion, different shampoos and excessive use of low quality chemical dyes.
To combat oily hair use a shampoo designed specifically for the problem such as Kerastase Bain Divalent. This product is especially effective as it treats oily scalps and moisturizes the dry ends of your hair. Avoid washing your hair in very hot water or using a very hot hair dyer close to the roots as this can also stimulate the oil producing glands on your scalp.
Many men and women over 40 suffer from a hair condition known as androgentic alopecia. This is a thinning hair condition that are caused by hormone changes. If you think you are losing more than 150 strands a day, you may be suffering from this condition.
Yet, you may have thinning hair, be over 40 and not actually have this condition. It is normal to lose a bit of hair each day and there are a couple of times each year where you may seem to lose more hair.
If you are concerned about thinning hair consider using Nioxin, a product designed specifically to improve hair density. When styling use a wide tooth comb while wet and a soft bristle brush once dry. You can also try adding primrose oil and black currant oil supplement to your diet.
Frizzy hair is generally caused by your hair follicles absorbing too much moisture from the air. This produces the dry, uncontrollable effect. However, some women’s frizzy hair is caused by their natural moisture level dropping below normal levels. The condition can also be caused by too much brushing or simply through the genes passed onto us from our parents. They key to dealing with frizzy hair is to use deeply moisturising products such as the Kerastase Oleo Relax range to control and smooth the hair fibre.
Whatever your hair problem, your Reds stylist will prescribe the best hair care products to ensure your crowning glory is aways looking it’s best.