Understanding Your Hair, Start Now or Pay Later!

Did you ever have a bad hair day? Week? Month? Or do you feel like you are having a daily battle with your precious locks? You’re probably asking yourself, do I have a hair problem or am I just not understanding my hair?

Hair problems can range from minor issues like dandruff, dryness, and unruly locks to more severe conditions like hair loss and alopecia. Recognizing a problem and knowing the root cause are things that we will dive into today to help you in your hair journey.

Let us begin by getting to know the most common hair problems and how to treat them;

  • Dandruff is caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the scalp, which can lead to itching and flaking. Dandruff can be caused by dry skin, sensitivity to hair care products, and not shampooing frequently enough. To prevent dandruff, it is important to keep the scalp clean and moisturized and to use a gentle shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals.
  • Dryness or Dry Hair can be caused by exposure to sun, wind, and heat, as well as by using harsh hair care products. To prevent dryness, it is important to use a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, and hair oils and to make sure to avoid using heat-styling tools like blow dryers and flat irons. 
  • Hair Loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, stress, and poor nutrition. To prevent hair loss, it is important to maintain a healthy diet, use hair growth supplements, and avoid using harsh hair care products.
  • Alopecia is a problem that affects both men and women, however more prevalent in men. It is characterized by hair loss in specific areas of the scalp that can be caused by autoimmune disorders, stress, other medical conditions, and sometimes hereditary. To prevent alopecia, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid harsh hair care products. Additionally, you can use hair growth supplements and products.
  • Hair Damage is usually caused by chemical treatments, heat styling, and environmental factors. To prevent hair damage, it is important to use the right products for your hair type. Additionally, you can use hair care products like oils and masks that are designed to treat specific hair types and help with hair damage.

By understanding the causes of these problems and taking steps to prevent them, you can keep your hair healthy and beautiful. Knowing your Hair Type is crucial for maintaining healthy hair. Each hair type has its unique characteristics and needs, and it’s important to consider those when caring for your hair. 

Different hair types require different types of care and styling, let us look into those:

  • Straight Hair is characterized by hair that is smooth and falls straight down. This hair type is easy to style and manage, however, it can be prone to frizz and breakage. When caring for straight hair make sure to use a paddle brush when your hair is wet, to avoid breakage.
  • Wavy Hair is characterized by an “S” or “Z” pattern, rather than the straight or tightly coiled patterns of other hair types. This hair type is easy to manage but can be prone to frizz and tangling. When caring for wavy hair, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle wet hair, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots.
  • Curly Hair is characterized by hair that is tightly coiled and can be either fine or coarse. This hair type is more prone to dryness, breakage, and frizz, and can be more difficult to manage and style. To care for curly hair, use a shampoo and conditioner that is formulated for your hair type, and use a wide-toothed comb or brush to detangle your hair. Avoid using heat styling tools too frequently, as this can cause damage to your hair.
  • Coily Hair is characterized by hair that is tightly coiled and can be either fine or coarse. This hair type is the most prone to dryness, breakage, and frizz, and can be more difficult to manage and style. Caring for coily hair is quite similar to caring for curly hair.

In addition to these four main hair types, there are also several subcategories, such as thin or thick hair, and hair that is naturally dry or oily.

  • Thick Hair can be naturally straight, wavy, or curly and can be of any texture. It tends to hold styles well and can withstand heat-styling and chemical treatments. People with thick hair may find it difficult to manage, as it can be heavy and prone to frizz.
  • Thin Hair, on the other hand, has a lower density of hair follicles per square inch. It tends to be finer in texture and may appear limp or lifeless. People with thin hair may find it difficult to achieve volume and fullness in their hairstyles. It may be more fragile and can be damaged easily by heat-styling and chemical treatments.
  • Dry Hair is characterized by a lack of natural oils and moisture, which can cause the hair to appear dull, brittle, and frizzy. The scalp may also appear dry and flaky.
  • Oily Hair on the other hand is characterized by an overproduction of natural oils, which can cause the hair to appear greasy and heavy. The scalp may also appear oily and shiny. Oily hair can be caused by genetics, hormonal changes, and certain hair care practices. People with oily hair may benefit from using clarifying shampoos, avoiding heavy hair care products, and washing their hair more frequently.

Now that we know how to identify our hair type and problem, let us take the next step and look into treatments. Hair treatments are a variety of techniques and products that are used to improve the condition and appearance of hair. These treatments can address a range of issues, including dryness, damage, frizz, and dullness.

At-Home Hair Treatments: 

  • Hair Oils such as coconut, argan, and olive oil, can be applied to the hair to nourish and moisturize it. They can be used on their own or in combination with other treatments. For example, a hot oil treatment involves heating the oil and applying it to the hair, then wrapping it in a warm towel to allow the oil to penetrate the hair shaft.
  • Hair Masks are typically more intensive than regular conditioners and are designed to deeply penetrate the hair to provide nourishment and repair. Hair masks can be made at home using ingredients such as avocado, eggs, and honey, or they can be purchased from a salon or beauty supply store.
  • Hair Serums are lightweight, leave-in treatments that are designed to smooth and tame frizzy or unruly hair. They can contain a variety of ingredients, such as silicones, oils, and polymers, to provide shine, control, and protection.

Salon Professional Treatments:

  • Keratin Treatment can help reduce frizz, add shine, and make hair more manageable. However, it is a formaldehyde-based treatment that can be harmful if inhaled, so make sure to do your research and find a salon that uses formaldehyde-free keratin treatments.
  • Deep Conditioning Treatment is designed to add moisture to dry, damaged hair. It can help repair damage and leave hair looking and feeling healthier. The treatment typically takes between 15-30 minutes to complete.
  • Olaplex is a hair treatment that helps to repair and strengthen damaged hair. 
  • Hair Spa is a treatment that is designed to nourish and rejuvenate the hair and scalp. It typically includes a deep-cleansing shampoo, a hair mask, and a scalp massage.

It is important to note that all these treatments have different aftercare instructions and it’s important to follow them to maintain the treatment’s effects. Also, it’s most important to do your research and find a reputable and trusted salon and stylist to ensure that you get the best results. Now that you understand your hair, it’s time to care for your hair the right way, look up the nearest hair salon and book an appointment with a stylist today!

Francis O'Palick 03/02/2023

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