Untangling your HAIR ISSUES
Your burning hair questions answered
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.