Stylists get a lot of questions from their clients, many about hair care. From what products are best to how often to use shampoo, maintaining the health of your hair care can be confusing with how much conflicting information there is out there.
This week we'll be talking to Amber about some of the questions she gets asked most frequently by her clients regarding hair care. So, if you've ever wondered how to tell if your hair needs protein, how to get your hair to grow faster, or when to use hair oils, read on!
1. Do you recommend hair oils?
In my opinion hair oils are good as a finishing product but not as a stand-alone treatment. They can help seal moisture into the hair and smooth down the strands to help with frizz and shine, but don’t usually have a moisturizing property on their own. If you use oil heavily on hair that is already dry you can actually seal moisture out of the hair.
2. How often should I shampoo my hair?
There is no magic number of days to go between shampoos. Shampooing frequency really depends on the individual’s skin chemistry (dry, oily, combination), their age, and internal factors like medication and diet. I usually recommend slowly increasing the number of days between shampoos until you find your ideal number and using a professional shampoo designed for your hair type as other products can leave buildup which can make the hair feel more oily.
3. What’s the difference between hair that needs protein and hair that needs moisture?
Chemically damaged hair usually needs protein more than other types, but all types of dry hair can benefit from moisture. Damaged hair can feel mushy or spongy when wet and can benefit from a routine of protein and moisture to nurse it back to health. Dry, brittle hair is usually in need of moisture more than protein, as too much protein can actually cause the hair to become rigid and break more easily.
4. How can I get my hair to grow faster?
Hair has a natural growth rate that is difficult to alter to make it grow faster. Hair can be encouraged to grow healthier and sometimes a little bit faster with the aid of certain dietary supplements, but the best way to encourage hair growth is a healthy diet and keeping it trimmed so split ends don’t get ahead of your growth progress. Though supplements can help a little, it is always best to check with your doctor to be sure they are right for you, especially if you suspect your hair growth goals are being hindered by potential health issues.
5. What ingredients should I avoid in hair products?
Avoiding sulfates, parabens, and sodium in products is generally a good call. These tend to be harsher on the hair and can even fade color quickly, especially bright fashion colors. Alcohols can dry hair out in an effort to make hair feel clean. Waxes cause buildup on the hair and seal out moisture while trying to imitate a healthy hair sheen. It is also easier to maintain generally healthy hair by using good products without these ingredients.
Using quality products, keeping a healthy diet, and getting regular trims are the best ways to make sure your hair is beautiful and healthy. Have any questions of your own? Leave them in the comments or get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram! And if you're due for a trim, click the button below to book a cut with Amber or any of our stylists.