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How do I protect my hair?

Don't over wash your hair

Try not to wash your hair every day.  This tends to dry it and strip it of natural oils.  Your hair will soon adjust to a different routine or every 2 - 3 days instead.

Consider using filtered water

If you live in a hard water area, it may be a good idea to get a shower filter.  This takes out the fluoride and other additives as well as softening the water.

Choose your products carefully

Look for gentle, sulphate free shampoos and natural styling products. People with dry, damaged or coloured hair, dry skin and conditions such as eczema, should find a marked improvement by going sulphate free. “I have used sulphate-free shampoo, body soap, and baby wash exclusively and I have definitely noticed less flare-ups of eczema and dry scalp/dry skin, my hair is less frizzy, and my body feels softer — my hair even seems to respond better to my hair products after each shampoo!” (Tamara Floyd). Apply conditioner to the ends of the hair – it can make your hair oily if you massage into the scalp.

Be careful when styling

When drying your hair, do not rub it vigorously with a towel as this can split the ends.  Instead, wrap it in a soft towel and leave for five minutes for the water to absorb, or pat gently if you are pushed for time! When possible, let hair dry naturally without use of the hair-dryer. If there's no time for this, then do not overheat your hair with styling tongs, straighteners  the hottest setting on your hair dryer as this can cause brittle, dry hair that breaks easily. If you are using a lot of heat on your hair, consider using a specialist heat protecting product first, or investing in ceramic appliances which spread the heat more evenly.

Is colouring bad for the hair?

No, it doesn’t have to be.  If it is done professionally by a hair-dresser, then your hairdresser will ensure that they use the right product for your hair type and condition.  Colouring yourself at home could sometimes cause damage if you do not select an appropriate product for your hair type and condition.

My hair is dry and brittle – how can I repair it?

If your hair is dry and brittle, has probably been damaged, either by excessive colouring or bleaching or by chemical relaxers or by styling products, heated or otherwise.  Firstly, think about going a bit more natural.  Have a really good cut.  Seek advice from your hairdresser as to the best style to suit the shape of your face as well as your hair type.  If you don’t want a full cut, at least have the split ends cut off.  Then start using natural and sulphate free shampoos that are much gentler on the hair and don’t strip the hair of its natural oils.  Apply your conditioner as a ‘hair mask’: after shampooing, apply a generous amount of conditioner all over the hair.  Wrap your hair up in a shower cap or a wrap and leave on for 15 to twenty minutes before rinsing.

Try to stop using harsh chemical based styling products; or at least reduce the amount you use these.  Naturally shiny natural hair is far more attractive than over processed hair! Also, let your hair dry naturally, or use the lowest heat setting on your hair dryer to help prevent further damage.

My hair goes lank and greasy quickly; what can I do?

First of all, do not over condition your hair, or leave out the conditioner entirely if you hair does not tangle after shampooing.  Secondly, do not use harsh shampoos that strip the hair of its natural oils.  This just makes the hair produce more oil to compensate.  Use a natural, sulphate free shampoo.  These may not lather quite as much as normal shampoos, and it may take a couple of weeks for your hair to adjust, but you will soon see the difference!

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