WHAT’S STRESSING YOU OUT ABOUT YOUR HAIR?
THINNING AND SLOW GROWTH
Our poll shows 27 per cent of you are anxious about these. Thinning is genetic, but physical and psychological stress can cause shedding, says derm Dr Joshua Zeichner. A healthy scalp grows 1.3cm of hair a month.
THE RELIEF: Dermatologist Dr Mona Gohara recommends a weekly scalp scrub to remove product buildup. Then start a supplement, like Viviscal ($69.95) – it helps strengthen hair and promotes growth.
1. CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt from Sephora, $41
‘I’ve seen girls as young as 18 with greys,’ says colourist Meri Kate O’Connor. In fact, a quarter of you have grey anxiety. ‘It’s genetic,’ says Dr Zeichner.
THE RELIEF: The future may involve antioxidants, but until then, hair dye and temporary fixes are your best bet. ‘Touchup sticks for the hairline and sprays for larger areas help buy you time in between colouring and are perfect for covering surprise greys,’ says Priscilla Valles, a celebrity colourist. 2. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Bb. Color Stick from Mecca, $37
3. L’ORÉAL PARIS Magic Retouch, $15.99
‘It’s the numberone complaint among my clients,’ says hairstylist Joseph Maine – and, not surprisingly, 25 per cent of you say it’s the biggest stressor of all.
THE RELIEF: If you can block water, you can prevent frizz. Like the technology used in waterresistant fabrics, John Frieda’s spray acts as a water sealant for smooth hair all day. Look for products that soften frizz and increase shine, too (like Eleven’s).
4. JOHN FRIEDA Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protecting Spray, $16.99
5. ELEVEN AUSTRALIA Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, $24.95
Damage to the hair can expose the cortex, a ropelike structure of protein strands. ‘If enough strands are severed, the rope will break – that’s a split end,’ says Randy Schueller, cosmetic chemist and cofounder of The Beauty Brains. ‘Sometimes you’ll also see a white dot,’ he explains – one likely reason 36 per cent of darkhaired women feel split ends are a bummer.
THE RELIEF: A trim is the only way to remove split ends, but a hydrating lotion can temporarily hold frayed ends together. After your snip, keep ends hydrated with a deeply restorative shampoo and conditioner. 6. OUAI Hair Oil from Sephora, $43
7. KEVIN.MURPHY Repair-Me. Wash, $42.95
8. KEVIN.MURPHY Repair-Me. Rinse, $42.95
Going from relaxed hair to your natural texture is a process, and for 14 per cent of black women, it’s also a concern. Either you make a big chop or you’re left with two different textures, explains Mia Emilio, a senior stylist.
THE RELIEF: If you’re not into short hair, then hydration will be your BFF. Focus a nourishing cream or masque on your treated ends to help blend textures. ‘The more moisture in your hair, the faster curls will become more defined,’ says Emilio. 9. HAIR RECIPE Honey & Apricot Moisture Hair Food Mask, $19.99
10. PANTENE Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Smooth & Sleek Conditioner, $6.99 >