Lets face it oily hair is inevitable. For so long it’s been associated with unhealthy or unhygienic hair. Little did we know it’s actually the opposite? It’s a natural part of the hair repairing process that our hair follicles and scalp go through. I hate it when my hair has dried nicely and when I attempt to wear it out and style it there is an unattractive gloss. Ahh! Why? I used to get extremely frustrated at this, until I did some research and realised that it’s completely normal.
I’ve mentioned this before but the recommended routine for washing your hair is 2-3 days a week, so basically let the oils out, it will restore natural hair chemicals and maintain shine and strength. But it doesn’t look good and it sure doesn’t feel good, you might say. This is why I am proud to introduce you to my new friend. Dry Shampoo.
About a year ago after my hairdresser got sick of my complaints; he recommended I try dry shampoo. Can I say it’s probably just as essential as having shampoo for me as I use it 2-3 times a week. The non- greasy and easy to use spray makes my hair feel smooth and dry, and the one I buy has a great smell too. It’s my favourite and the best thing is you get a free funky shower cap with it. Cheering!
Here are the top 3 causes of oily hair:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Constantly running your fingers through your hair
- Brushing too often. This, strips out the oils towards the roots
- Oil lubricates the hair and protects it. Finer hair gets oilier quicker because there is more exposure to natural chemicals in the air and bacteria of fingers through your hair
- Lack of hydration
Scrubbing your hair in the shower too hard can increase oil production
Don’t jump to conclusions just yet. Especially those of you who have used keratin before or are reading this while having the treatment done. This is not a personal attack, just honest advice about the pros and cons of this chemically rich straightening product, as we break down the ingredients and how it actually works. Not to forget the long- term effects that many users are unaware of, until they are unfortunate enough to experience them.
I can understand that for girls with extremely thick curly hair, it gets too much to handle. I have a lot of friends and family members who have almost given up and use keratin to lighten their hair and make it easier to maintain, wash and style. I would admit, it looks great, but I also have so much appreciation for their natural locks and I don’t want to see them slowly flatten out. No one wants straight hair forever, do they?
One of the main ingredients ‘formaldehyde.’ The primary cause of side effects, which includes irritated skin and watery eyes. It’s a chemical used in household products and detergents. This chemical protein changes the structure of the hair and manipulates it to the desired straight form. In worst cases it can change the texture of the hair.
Think about it, a natural protein found in your hair is re applied to your hair and sealed with a straightener. The process seems dramatic in itself, followed by intense rounds of drying and straightening.
The good stuff:
- Cuts styling and straightening time by over 60%
- It does strengthen hair
- Lasts up to six months
The not so good stuff:
- Over straightening during the process can lead to breakage
- Rough texture on natural hair after may treatments
- Over a few years, hair can loose its natural volume, curl or wave
- Causes fizziness
Just like hair straightening there is a sense of confidence and peace of mind when your hair is well groomed and you are in control of it, not the other way around. Although it’s a great alternative to constant straightening, it is nearly as damaging due to the strong heat it is exposed to.
Blog 6: The frizz frenzy. How to tame those frantic strands, for good.
Lets face it, the worst part of trying to style your natural hair is having frizz. One of the most common reasons as to why people straighten their hair is to tame the fizziness, but it will actually cause more of it it in the long run. It’s a never- ending cycle, but I’m going to give you some hair friendly advice that is easy and affordable. These simple, yet valuable tips are sure to make you feel more confident to embrace your natural hair.
The firs thing you should do when working on your frizz is to adopt a regime for a few months. This well get the hair follicles used to the treatment and the results would be more consistent, long lasting and effective. I don’t want this to be something you dread doing because it takes forever and requires a long process, instead you will find that it involves a few changes to your daily hair routines, ones you will look forward to doing.
Let me know your thoughts by commenting below and if you have any other tips I might have missed don’t be shy to share. My favourite tip, and the one you will probably find the most bizarre is to actually wash you hair less. Yes I said less.
• Wash hair every second or third day: constantly washing your hair strips it of its natural oils which can cause it to become dry and frizzy
• Dry your hair gently by dampening the hair: Drying the hair in different directions won’t let the cuticle lie flat.
• Use a soak in conditioner weekly: this restores the hairs smoothness, after exposure to x=chemicals and changing weather
• Anti- frizz oils: these are great products that provide temporary smoothness
• When blow drying direct the heat down to keep the hair smooth
• Trim hair regularly (every 2-3 months)
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