I have been a little lax on my blogging. My apologies. No excuse.
Now, on with the show.
I have a couple things planned today, mostly based around products and product usage. I will be answering some questions that pertain to that subject, so away we go!!!
" Is it true that you should change your shampoo/conditioner every so often, to avoid build-up?
- Tess Chappell, Edmonton, Alberta.
This is always an interesting question to answer because part of the answer is yes and part of the answer is no.
'change oil' light is on. This means that your car needs oil, so you go out, get some oil and put it in your car. The next day you are driving and you see the 'low fuel' light. You stop at the nearest gas station and put gas in your car because that is what it needs at that time. You wouldn't put oil in your car every time there is an issue with it because it doesn't always need oil.
It is the same with your hair. Sometimes, after a colour for instance, your hair may need protein and re-hydration because colour can pull the moisture out of your hair; However, after a time, your hair needs will change because it has been repaired/your colour has grown out/etc...Your hair may not need extra protein and re-hydration, it may instead need a great cleansing shampoo and a light conditioner to get rid of tangles. This is why it may sometimes feel like there is a build up on your hair and why people feel that their s&c are no longer working. So, yes, it is good to change your s&c periodically based on your hair's needs.
" What is a good way to tame fly-away hair? My hair is so fine, it kind of sticks up all over the place! I don't like to use a lot of product, but is there something I can use to help? "
- Amanda Mullins, Edmonton, Alberta.
This is a problem that is quite common with finer haired people and many people in dryer climates, like Alberta! Unlike people with coarser hair who can use almost any product on the market without their hair being weighed down and looking greasy, fine hair with flyaways presents two problems.
1. Keeping the hair from fluffing up all over.
2. Not weighing the hair down, making it look greasy.
Luckily there are a bunch of solutions to solve problem #1 without causing problem #2.
The first thing to look at, especially if you do not like using a lot of product, is your s&c. A lot of s&c's for fine hair actually encourage the hair to puff up because that is what many fine haired clients are wanting. This is great if you are going to be styling your hair on a regular basis and using other products, but if you are not, then this now becomes an issue. If product is not your thing, I suggest staying away from the volumizing and thickening s&c's ( Unless your hair is thinning, in which case you should be using products designed specifically for that, if that is a concern ) If your hair is coloured, you want to go with a light s&c for colour treated hair, but be careful you are not getting anything that has super conditioning in it as that will weigh the hair down and make it flat and greasy. Most professional s&c's are formulated to be safe for colour treated hair. A particular product I recommend in this case would be the Alojoba s&c from Bumble and Bumble. This combination has the great properties of aloe and jojoba, both great for repairing the hair without being too heavy.
If you have a s&c that you love already and just want a simple styling product to help combat flyaway hair or if you want to combat them on the days that you do not wash your hair, then there are a couple options. In this case, I always recommend sprays as opposed to creams or serums. Why? you may ask. It is not that the product would not work well, in fact they work great! It is because many people, myself included at times, tend to over use products, especially products that are put into the hands first. Saying a tiny drop will do only works for the first week or so and then we forget and go back to the much larger drop of product in our hands. Sprays also tend to distribute more evenly throughout the hair so you don't end up with a clump of product in the front of your hair and none in the back.
So, what products work for this? Light hairsprays ( and I mean light!! ), spray waxes ( but used sparingly ) and dry shampoos. I love the Does It All hairspray from B&B ( yes, I love my B&B )
It has a great light hold and also works well with your heat styling tools if you decide you want to curl your hair. Multi-use products = win. A dry shampoo is also an option in this case, especially if you are a wash every second or third day person. Dry shampoos help soak up any excess oils in the hair and scalp, helping the hair feel clean without stripping anything away, it is also nice because it adds some grit and weight to the hair without greasiness, keeping those flyaways in check.