Do you have moments when you suddenly realise that the efforts you put into your hair are going nowhere?
Indeed, we are lucky to live in a country that offers plenty of options for creative individuals. You only need to go to your local shop to find a variety of items and products to transform your hairstyle, from hair dyes to hair curling irons. There is genuinely something for everyone. And that’s the cause of most hair-related issues. Because everything is so easily accessible, you can be tempted to do it yourself. After all, you’ve seen tutorial videos online. It seems easy enough. Yep, that sense of security and comfort you experience right now is the very reason why you will be crying in a few minutes when you discover that, unfortunately, it takes more than a few videos to become a hair expert.
Did you accidentally damage your hair with dye, bleach, heat? You could pick the correct answer but, more often than not, it’s a mix of all the above. The first rule is not to panic. The situation might seem desperate right now, but there are a few things you can do to save your hair.
Long and healthy hair
Your first contact: a pro
Depending on the level of damages, it’s always a good idea to call your local hairdressers and explain the situation. For a start, you need to understand that hair stylists are uniquely trained to tackle your hair crisis. Do you know why? Because they’ve seen a lot of hair issues during their training, and because they’re probably guilty of making similar mistakes while they were still learning. A professional can not only help you to rescue your hair, but also find a suitable solution during the recovery period. Ultimately, burns, excessive bleaching, bad dye reactions can affect your hair follicles beyond repair. In other words, you might need a haircut to manage the issue. But, it’s important to know that your stylist knows best and will try his or her very best to turn a crisis into a manageable and appealing hairstyle. Additionally, cutting off the damaged bits can help your hair to grow strong and healthy.
My bleached hair feels like straw
Brunettes know it better than anyone else. Going blonde comes at a cost. You need to bleach your hair to lighten up the colour. Bleach, even if you use it carefully, can affect your hair balance. It leaves your hair dry – it’s, unfortunately, part of the expected effect of chemicals – and can make it brittle too. Left unattended, your platinum blonde style can rapidly turn into what can only be described as a disorderly arrangement of straw. Not quite the mermaid beach look you were after. You can, however, treat your hair to keep it hydrated and smooth with specialist shampoos and conditioners. Products that maintain a warm colour – with a purple tone to neutralise the yellow – help to keep your colour. You will need revitalising and moisturising conditioners and masks to fight off the dryness from the bleach. The good news is that you’ll notice the difference after the first hair mask!
I can’t get rid of dandruff
If you’re the kind of person who struggles with an itchy skull, you probably know exactly how unpleasant dandruff can be. It doesn’t matter how often you try to brush the flakes out of your hair; they keep coming back. One thing is for sure, though, dandruff has nothing to do with your hygiene. In fact, the most common cause for it is environmental exposure – ultimately, high urban pollution rates are not helping your scalp. Thankfully, you can get rid of dandruff naturally by helping your skin to manage the issue. You can use raw honey diluted in warm water to rinse your hair, use your fingers to work the mixture over the scalp. As honey has a healing effect, it can soothe your dry skin within a few applications. A dilution of tea tree oil or lemongrass oil can also target the fungus responsible for your dandruff issue and calm your skin.
Grey roots alert
Grey and white hair is not a sign of ageing. Hair depigmentation can occur at any point during your life. It can be caused by age – as it is often the case — however, external factors such as pollution and stress can also accelerate the phenomenon. You can find people in their 20s struggling with unpleasant greys and whites. There’s no miracle here; if you don’t like it, you need to colour your hair. The only problem is that your hair keeps growing all the time. So, within a handful of weeks, your grey and white roots might be visible again. You’ll be pleased to know though, that you only need a tint brush, a custom colour set and a bowl to touch up your roots like a pro.
Why does my hair feel greasy?
You’ve only washed your hair the other day, and it already has an oily shine. However, before heading back to the shower to wash it off, you might want to consider how shampoo affects your hair. Indeed, washing your hair too often can increase the production of sebum, which makes it look greasy. You should also switch your glossy and smoothing shampoo for something that actively targeted oil production. Last, but not least, don’t touch your hair. If you unconsciously run your hands through your hair during the day, you deposit grease and dust on it.
Sure, using a hair straightener or a curler can dramatically change your look. But the heat also damages your hair. You need to take precautions to stay stylish and safe. First of all, never skip the heat protection spray; it’s a life-saver! Try to work with an iron of 180°C or below, anything higher can put your hair at risk. And lastly, always start straightening or curling at least one inch away from your roots. Anything too close to the scalp can dry out your skin and weaken the hair follicle.
The hair is, along with the nails, the only part of the body that doesn’t experience pain. As a result, you need to be extra attentive to avoid causing damages. Dryness, greasiness, heat, and aggressive treatments put your hair at risk. Learning the critical gestures and cures for all issues can help you to keep your hair healthy while staying stylish.