WHAT’S STRESS­ING YOU OUT ABOUT YOUR HAIR?

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Beauty -

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

GREYS

‘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

FRIZZ

‘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

SPLIT ENDS

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

TRAN­SI­TION­ING

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 >

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