As lockdown continues, not being able to frequent our usual beauty and hair salons has meant that we are all finding new ways of developing our individual self-care, beauty regimes. However, there may still be some areas where we require the help of a professional.
We have asked our resident hairdresser “Lisa” to answer some of our most frequently asked questions, when it comes to maintaining our precious lockdown locks. If you have any questions that you would like Lisa to answer, please submit to info@stmichaelsCJC.org
How can I make my hair Thicker?
Lisa says: “You can make your hair appear thicker by trimming it once every 6-8 weeks depending on how quickly it grows. Hair tends to look and feel thicker if there are no badly damaged ends, especially when trimmed in a layered way.
Healthy eating also has a lot to do with how healthy hair looks and feels. When you feed your body with a nutritionally balanced diet, the hair tends to get its vitamins and nutrients it needs.
There are some homemade solutions that can help to keep our hair looking and feeling healthy during this time, for example, applying natural coconut oil or natural castor oil to the hair. Coconut oil from your kitchen will be fine for this, but the less processed the better, so raw organic coconut oil would be preferable. Apply from the scalp to the hair ends for best results. After applying, leave the oil on the hair for about 30 minutes, or longer if you prefer, then use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to wash and condition the hair. Apply leave in moisturiser (using a generous amount on dryer thicker hair) and then plait or twist it, whilst damp, so it locks in the moisture.
Some people have very low iron levels and this can cause hair to be thin and weak in places, so make sure you are eating foods rich in iron to help to make the hair thicker.
How often should I wash my hair?
Everyone’s hair is different so the frequency of washing each individual’s hair depends on the type of hair, the products used and how quickly build up products or natural oils occur.
As a general rule, Afro Caribbean hair (afro hair) should be washed once a week or every 2 weeks. However, due to air pollution, afro hair tends to become dry and brittle, thus some hair needs to be shampooed more frequently than others in order to remain healthy.
For European hair, most experts recommend washing your hair every 2-3 days. This will, of course, vary depending on your hair type.
Fine hair shows grease and oil more readily than most other hair types, meaning that it looks oily so you may feel like you want to wash it, however washing hair too frequently can strip the nutrients from the hair leaving it dry. We recommend washing the hair every other day with a gentle shampoo and adding less products to prevent rapid build up.
Once or twice a week is recommend for this type of hair as it is less oily than fine hair.
Wavy or Curly Hair
Wash this hair type 2-3 times a week as waves and loose curls get weighed down by the oil and dirt in the curl, especially if the hair is fine. In order to maintain the volume and sheen wash the hair with a sulphate free shampoo and afterwards condition the hair using a lightweight moisturiser.
How often should I do a deep treatment and what products do you recommend?
Deep conditioning should be done every time you shampoo your hair, but this may not always be practical or convenient so do it as often as you can. Deep conditioning keeps the hair healthy and in good condition, it also makes the hair stronger and more tamed.
There are a lot of reasons why we should treat our hair to deep conditioning as often as we can. Activities such as swimming, applying too much heat and using styling products that are not always beneficial to the hair can all cause irreversible hair damage.
Some of the product we can use to deep treat the hair and add moisture to afro hair and curls include:
Briogeo deep conditioning mask (for best result leave on for 30 minutes after shampooing)
- Cantu leave-in conditioning repair cream
- Shea Moisture Raw Shea butter deep treatment masque
- Keratin hair conditioner and mask
- Neutrogena Triple moisture Deep recovering hair mask
After applying any of these products, cover the hair with a plastic cap and either sit under a hooded dryer or cover with a towel for 30 minutes to an hour.