Hair Q & A: your most hair-raising questions answered

By on March 25, 2014, in Beauty Knowledge Center, Soft Surroundings


You asked, we answered. We’ll explore the whys and hows of your most curious hair questions.

 question1 Color-treated hair is more porous, so it’s more susceptible to damage from the sun’s rays and even hot water. Shampoos and conditioners designed for color-processed hair coat and seal the hair for greater strength and volume. This added protection will help your hair color last longer. Try not to stay in the shower too long or let the water be too hot either. This is especially hard on processed hair.
Hair doesn’t become “used” to your haircare regimen, but it does get weighed down by product buildup. Get rid of the product residue with a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar rinse. Sometimes a product switch is necessary because of seasonal changes. During drier months, you might need more moisture. During more humid months, you might need frizz control. Whatever you use, be sure to rinse hair thoroughly when washing. A cool rinse is best to seal the cuticle and give you shinier tresses. question2
question3 When your hair starts to turn gray is largely determined by genetics. There are some environmental factors that can also be a contributing factor, though. Smoking, poor nutrition, anemia, B vitamin deficiency and untreated thyroid conditions can also speed up the appearance of grays. Hairs turn gray because the pigment cells in the hair follicle slow their color production, until eventually, they die off, leaving the hair gray. Be sure to eat a balanced, scalp-friendly diet to promote the best hair health.
 Your hair has a natural growth (and loss cycle). At any given time, different hairs are in different stages of growth, rest and falling out. It’s natural for women to lose from 50-100 hairs a day. That number can jump to 250 on shampoo days. So if you see a wad of hair in the drain or on your pillow, don’t fret. You probably just have more hairs in the shedding stage. Hair growth serums and shampoos are also available to help boost sparse locks. question4
question5 Flakes can have different root causes, not just dandruff. Larger flakes are dandruff and surprisingly, they are a result of too much oil on the scalp. A clarifying shampoo with Salicylic Acid or a few drops of Tea Tree Oil added to your regular shampoo can help sweep away dandruff.  Tiny little flakes can be caused by product buildup or a dry scalp. A final rinse of ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¾ cup water can leave hair flake-free and shiny. To combat a dry scalp, look for deeply hydrating formulas with humectants to seal in the moisture.
Washing your hair every day can actually have the opposite effect. When you strip the oil from your hair day in and day out, your scalp goes into overdrive to produce more oil, creating a vicious cycle. Try skipping a day or two and you just might find that hair is healthier and naturally shiny, not greasy. A dry shampoo can be a great solution on the in-between days. question6
question7 Take your hair in a whole new direction by parting your tresses a different way. Even better, make the part zig zag a little bit. A different part will not only cover the gray, but give you an added boost of volume. Color-boosting shampoos and conditioners provide temporary color coverage to incoming grays and even freshen all your locks. Spot coverage from a temporary, budge-proof hair powder can also be the perfect disguise.