Sussex Trichology blog to help your hairs survive the Summer (when it
arrives). I am Shuna Hammocks and I am a consultant Trichologist who
specialises in all conditions of the hair and scalp.
Prevention is always better
From hat hair to static
electricity, split ends to dry frizz, when warm weather begins, a bad
hair day can last an entire season. To prevent your tresses
looking dull and broken in the Autumn let’s try to limit the damage
our hair receives:
If like me, you have
just had your colour (moreover highlights) done in preparation for
the summer period- these need protection. The sun acts like bleach
and permanently lifts colour out of your hair, this causes the shaft
to become more porous and often the leads to breakage and frizzy
looking hair. I suggest an intensive conditioning mask is used such
as Elasticizer by Philip Kingsley.
Used weekly on damp
hair really reduces the porosity of the hair, gives added strength
and elasticity (hence it's name) and prevents further breakage. This
is a treatment we offer “in house” at Sussex Trichology and worth
mentioning that apart from hair loss and scalp conditions, we also
treat out of condition hair too. Please see here for a video
can have some of the most damaging effects on hair in both summer and
winter, however in winter it's often worse because people generally
don't take as many precautions to protect their hair," says
celebrity stylist Nick Chavez, owner of the Nick Chavez Beverly Hills
Salon and a QVC hair care expert.
Assuming we are all
having regular trims and are washing the hair daily- as we wash our
skin each day, the scalp skin behaves in the same way, this is the
very best habit.
If however one insists
on blow drying and possibly even using the dreaded straighteners (
you know who you are)! Then a cool setting with the hairdryer used a
head distance away from the hair and ideally only used to finish off
the styling process, is preferred.
It may be obvious to
most, but if the hair is split the only destiny for " Fragitalis
Crinium" is the hairdressers floor:( these split ends will not
heal themselves and have to be cut.
Nutrition plays a part too
Diet plays a large part
in the strength and repair of the hair shaft from within. The
following is guidance in accordance with The Institute of
Trichologist's, who I both qualified with and am a member of:
2 portions daily of an animal protein- such as 200g of chicken or
250g of salmon will each benefit the hair formation for up to 6 hours
per portion. This has the added benefit of delivering just the right
amount (if absorbed) of essential amino acid, to aid things such as
iron absorption. A subject I will cover in another article as it’s
too important to cover briefly here.
We can obviously find
proteins in other food groups such as nuts, seeds, tofu, humous,
soya.... However due to the fact these do not store as effectively as
first class animal proteins, need to be consumed more frequently. A
handful of nuts, even those with high selenium content such as Brazil
nuts, would still only benefit the structure of the hair shaft for up
to 2 hours per portion- planning ahead would be the key.
Protection for the hair, just
like the skin
Much like our
skin, our hair needs to be protected against the elements. There is a
large array of creams and sprays available, but my opinion is to
apply after styling- let me expand:
Assuming we are
using shampoos and conditioners that are the very best quality and
viscosity for our hair type. We are trimming the hair regularly,
minimising the amount we brush or comb the hair in aggressive manor.
Turning down the heat of our hair dryers and irons (if not cutting
out the use altogether)- the hair will thank you in return. Depending
on the length of your hair, a typical damaged head of hair (for
example from a hair band worn too tight, repetitively in the same
location) could take between 9-12 months to grow out.
While I appreciate
a large majority of readers will have a " heat protection
spray/serum" already, consider; when you apply something
containing a high concentration of oil, how can it actually protect
against heat of up to 270 degrees? (Typical straightener
we protect our hair with an SPF (to prevent green hair)?
Green tinged hair is caused by
the hairs reaction to the copper ions in chlorine, and is most
prevalent in those that have naturally blond or bleached hair. Most
people associate this colour change with swimming in a chlorinated
pool, and quite rightly too. Chlorinated pools often contain copper
algaecides – a compound that helps prevent the growth of algae.
There are a few things
that can be done to avoid getting green hair. One is to wear a
swimming cap in the pool, or use a waterproof protective hair product
such as swim cap (see link below) If you already have green tinged
hair, a lemon juice rinse can be quite effective.
When we hear “SPF”
we think sun lotion for the face and body, poor old hair often is
forgotten! This Philip Kingsley cream works just like wearing an
actual swim cap and can be used a little like a serum on the ends of
the hair or more throughout the length before swimming in the sea or
pool. It is suitable for children too.
We are running a summer
hair care give away and hair assessment, please click through here
for your chance to win:
Shuna Hammocks MIT