For The Love Of Hair

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No matter how you choose to wear your hair, it is important to take care of it to ensure that it remains as healthy and lustrous as it should, at all times.

While many may not know it, a slight hair related mistake can seriously damage it. Here are some common hair mistakes that people make.

Lack Of Consultation

Proper inspection of the hair is important before carrying out any procedure. What is the condition of your hair and what needs to be done first? Most hairdressers in Kenya leave out this key aspect, which the client should demand of them.

“A good hairdresser checks the condition of the scalp and the hair before administering any treatment. Is it dry, brittle, or breaking? Is the scalp flaking, does it have dandruff, are there any open wounds or abrasions? From there, they should know where to start in terms of shampooing, treatment and everything,” says Dennis Mwangi, a hair specialist at Bella Beauty Parlour in Hurlinghum.

Additionally, it is important to ensure that your hairdresser is professionally trained, otherwise, they may end up handling your hair without any form of consultation.

Wrong Choice Of Product

This is as a result of ignorance on the part of the client as well as the hairdresser. For example, a person with dandruff or a flaking scalp should use an anti-dandruff shampoo while a person whose hair is dry should use a moisturising shampoo and thereafter a moisturising treatment. Product knowledge is also a key aspect that a client should be aware of. Most people do not understand their hair needs and the products that they should use.

Use Of Wrong Appliances

Using the wrong appliances on your hair is a common mistake that will cost you your healthy hair.

“Most people don’t understand how much damage direct heat does to the hair. While you can regulate the heat on a drier, by blow drying, you totally compromise the condition of the hair as you are using too much direct heat. A heat protector should always be used whenever you apply heat to the hair,” says Dennis.

Treatment regimens and how to alternate them

Hair is made up of 95% protein and only 5% moisture. Our hair tends to lose more moisture to the environment. This means that you need to do more moisture treatments as opposed to protein ones.

“Ideally, one should go for three moisture treatments before going for one protein treatment. But then again, it depends on the state of your hair. For example, if it’s breaking a lot, it might be breaking due to lack of protein or/and it might be breaking due to lack of moisture. So you have to know the reason,” explains Dennis.

 “Most people relax their hair to make it easily manageable. But you find that someone with relaxed hair is not treating it on time, or that they are applying more of the protein treatments as opposed to the moisture treatment,” adds Joseph Wanga, a hair specialist at Revitalize Wellness Centre in Westlands.

Aftercare

For both natural and treated hair, once you leave the salon, it is important to follow up on proper hair regimen to ensure that the hair stays in good shape. Keep in touch with your stylist in order to ask any questions that you may have on maintenance and general care of your hair. While going to bed, it is advisable to wear a protective cover on your head and to use silk pillow cases in order to preserve the moisture of your hair.

Colouring

Colouring is a chemical process. When you colour natural hair, the hair gets compromised and can no longer be purely natural. Coloured hair should be followed up with a treatment regime as the natural structure of the hair has already been altered. If you have natural hair and are planning to relax your hair, you should use a relaxer first, otherwise, you’ll end up with breakage. If you are planning to chase length, do not go for bright colours.

Fixing Hair Mistakes

Chemicals, relaxers, colours and heat damage the cuticle of your hair leaving it prone to breakage. However, you can get back your hair into shape by using products that correct its porosity. Additionally, heat protector should always be used before any heat applications. Whether your hair is natural or not, proper treatments will ensure that your hair remains strong.

“For someone who’s made a lot of hair mistakes, the first step is consultation and analysis with the hair stylist, who will then be able to advise the way forward,” says Joseph.

“My definition of good hair is healthy hair. If your hair is not healthy then it is not good hair no matter how long it is. Maybe you’ve been supporting it with everyday oil or you’re doing lots of weaves. You may have a very good weave but if your hair is not healthy it’s not good hair,” insists Dennis.

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