Long or short, the road to healthy hair is paved with a good diet, quality products, and tricks and tips from your stylist trial. Left to its own devices, we know hair problems can ruin your whole day!
We have a few simple ways you can sort out those common hair issues.
1. Lack of volume
Your hair may be tired, fine and damaged. The lack of texture may weigh it down and make it greasy.
Solution: Dry your hair in an upside-down motion (with the hairdryer) to create instant volume. Use a back brush method (teasing) to whip up some soft volume. Hot rollers are great for flat hair too.
2. Dry hair
Essential oils are the answer to your problem. Your hair could be lacking moisture thanks to blow-drying once too often, and strong shampoos that have left it dry and brittle. Nutritional deficiencies also play a role, so bulk up on foods that are rich in Vitamins A, E and B7.
- Rosemary oil stimulates the scalp, increases circulation and improves hair growth.
- Moroccan Argan oil provides antioxidants, nourishes and moisturises hair.
- Lavender oil helps control dandruff, keeps your hair shiny, increases hair growth and deep-conditions your mane.
- Jojoba oil is packed with Vitamin E, Omega-3 and fatty acids, making it ideal to nourish the hair and scalp.
- Coconut oil has been used for years in many cultures, thanks to its benefits in boosting growth. It’s said to make hair follicles healthy, and keep your hair soft and shiny.
- Chamomile oil soothes the scalp, adds shine and softens hair.
These white flakes are caused by a fungus which feeds on oil of the hair follicle. The build-up of dead skin causes redness and itchiness in the scalp and flakes appear on the surface of the hair and scalp.
Solution: Look for anti-dandruff shampoos that have active antifungal ingredients. Minerals and vitamins like Vitamin A, B, C, and zinc can help keep your scalp healthy. Add healthy oils to your diet to prevent dry hair and a dry scalp.
4. Hair loss on the edges of your hairline
Excessive hair loss can leave you with bald patches. This type of hair loss happens over time, but it’s controllable. It comes from certain hairstyles that put a strain on the outer corners of your hairline (edges). Tight hairstyles could thin out your hair or pull out the hair roots completely.
Solution: Give tight ponytails and plaits a miss. Try Black Jamaican oil, castor oil and coconut oil, which are known for stimulating hair growth.
5. Oily/greasy hair
Excessive sebum (natural oil) production is the culprit of oily hair. Glands in your hair roots secrete oil that lubricates the skin and hair. You will always produce sebum; the trick is to keep it under control.
Solution: Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties that can help minimise oil from the roots. Add a few drops to your shampoo and lather up. Dry shampoo can also help absorb excess oil. Wash your hair more frequently to remove oils as they build up. When it comes to conditioning, apply the product only to the ends of your hair. Try not to touch your hair frequently as your fingertips produce oil that you’re easily transferring to your hair.