Un­tan­gling your HAIR IS­SUES

Your burn­ing hair ques­tions an­swered

Move! - - HAIR - By Alexis Tshangana

Q MY HAIR BE­COMES OILY WHEN THE TEM­PER­A­TURE GOES UP. WHAT CAUSES THIS AND HOW CAN I PRE­VENT IT?

A In win­ter, your hair soaks up all the mois­ture, in­clud­ing oil. This makes your hair ap­pear dry and can seem like you are not ap­ply­ing enough oil. In sum­mer, it is the com­plete op­po­site. The heat causes your scalp to sweat and the oils do not pen­e­trate as deeply as they should. Use a mois­tur­is­ing con­di­tioner once or twice a week. This will pre­vent hav­ing to use a lot of oil to mois­turise your hair. You can just use an oil-based scalp cream to keep your scalp from flak­ing.

Q CAN I RELAX AND COLOUR MY HAIR ON THE SAME DAY?

A I would strongly ad­vise against this. The chem­i­cals used in a re­laxer and colour prod­ucts are quite harsh on hair and us­ing them on the same day will cause your hair to break, re­sult­ing in longterm dam­age. Wait at least four weeks after re­lax­ing be­fore colour­ing your hair. By this time, your hair has gained some lost mois­ture and strength.

Q DOES HAIR MAY­ON­NAISE CAUSE YOUR HAIR TO BE OILY?

A Hair may­on­naise is a rich cream which re­vi­talises and re­pairs dam­aged hair. It does not cause oili­ness un­less oil has been added be­fore it is ap­plied. The may­on­naise is also not meant to sit on your hair for longer than a cou­ple of hours. It is meant to be washed off. Stick to the rec­om­mended amount when us­ing it.

Q WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO USE CHEM­I­CALS ON YOUR CHILD’S HAIR?

A There are sham­poos for ba­bies and chil­dren and the ages are spec­i­fied on the con­tain­ers. It is ad­vis­able to only start us­ing chem­i­cals such as re­lax­ers after the age of eight and gen­tle kid­dies re­lax­ers are rec­om­mended. If your child has scalp is­sues such as eczema or pso­ri­a­sis (a con­di­tion where skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches), then cer­tain brands, in­gre­di­ents and chem­i­cals are to be avoided. Con­tact your near­est doc­tor or der­ma­tol­o­gist for full in­for­ma­tion.

Q CAN SHAR­ING HAIR TOOLS CAUSE OR SPREAD DAN­DRUFF?

A Dan­druff is a fun­gus, so you will not get it by shar­ing hair tools. The flakes will just make your hair a bit dirty, so rather use your own tools. The only scalp dis­or­der you can catch when shar­ing tools is scalp or hair mites. You can also get such from shar­ing or ex­chang­ing wigs.

Q WHAT IS THE DIF­FER­ENCE BE­TWEEN A HAIR SERUM AND SIL­I­CONE?

A hair serum is thicker in con­sis­tency and is meant to pro­tect your hair from heat or break­ing and leaves it feel­ing stronger. It is only needed once ev­ery two weeks as it can be too heavy on your hair. It also costs more than the av­er­age sil­i­cone. It is ap­plied on damp hair for bet­ter ab­sorp­tion. Sil­i­cones are ei­ther an in­gre­di­ent in prod­ucts or come raw. It’s a thin liq­uid that is meant to add shine to dull un­man­age­able hair. Most sil­i­cone oils are used for weaves and wigs.

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