|Secrets of Healthy, Beautiful, Easy-to-manage Hair|
|Written by Tomo Kikuchi|
New guests consistently tell me that their ultimate goal is to have beautiful, healthy and manageable hair – or in other words, no more bad-hair days. There are several causes of damaged, hard-to-manage hair. Often hair problems are caused by poor technical work (colour, highlights, perms or straightening), or from damage caused by prolonged exposure to sun, sea or chlorinated water. Damage from thermal styling (blow-dryers, flat irons and curling irons) is another major factor for hair damage.
Sometimes correcting the problem can be as simple as giving clients a good haircut or guiding them to shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are designed for their hair type or scalp condition. There are very real differences between professional hair-care products and mass-market products. Professional products are pH balanced for your hair and use a surfactant (cleansing agent) that is mild, while almost all mass market products have a pH level that is too high, so the cuticle of the hair is left open, and most use sodium lauryl sulfate – a very harsh, inexpensive cleansing agent. The result is dry, unmanageable hair. If you are experiencing premature colour fading, check your shampoo. Chances are your shampoo’s pH level is too high and the cleansing agent too harsh.
Even if clients have been using professional products, they may be products that are not ideal matches for their hair type or scalp condition. Today’s products are hair type and scalp condition specific, so always ask your hairdresser which products you should be using. Now we also have a wide variety of in-salon treatments that can work wonders on dry, damaged hair. Admittedly, there are some levels of severe damage that can’t be completely fixed in one appointment. If you fall into that category, work with your hairdresser to develop a plan to get your hair healthy.
Seasonal changes can cause some short-term scalp problems including dandruff. These are common and most salons have products that can help you with this. Hair loss is another issue that can affect hair quality and appearance. Some hair loss is normal; the average person loses 80 to 100 hairs per day. If you are experiencing more severe hair loss, it may be caused by Androgenic Alopecia, heredity, hormone problems, age, stress, medical conditions or medication. If you believe that you fall into this latter group you should seek a physician’s help.
For the majority of people, there are plenty of things you can do to protect, nourish and enjoy your hair. Below are the top ten secrets of beautiful hair:
Above all, find a stylist you trust and check in regularly to have your hair trimmed and to discuss your changing needs. And enjoy your beautiful hair!