If your hair hasn’t been responding the way it used to even though you are still using the same products- then pull up a chair. This could be down to a number of reasons but fear not..we’ve put together a list of some of the main culprits for you and what to do.
Gentle cleansers (eg. Sulfate-Free Shampoos, Co-Washes) are very moisturising but they do not remove stubborn debris over time. Try using Clarifiers/Detoxifiers such as African Black Soap/ Bentonite Clay/Clarifying Shampoos once every 1-2 months. Make sure you always follow with a Moisturising Deep Conditioner.
Check your ends regularly. If they are crazy dry, it will remain the same no matter what products you put on them. This is a good sign that it is time to snip them off. Other signs are seeing single strand knots or if your ends are always tangled. Don’t delay/hold on to them, they will do more harm than good in the long run.
Hard water contains a buildup of minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium. These leave a film on the hair, which makes it makes it much harder to moisturise. Some options are to install a water softener shower head, bentonite clay, chelating shampoos or a clarifying shampoo that states it works at removing hard minerals too.
Giving your hair a Protein Treatment is a good solution if your hair is lacking its usual body. Don’t be afraid of protein – all hair needs it in varying amounts. Protein provides your hair with strength and structure, plus it makes up around 95% of your hair.
Alternatives such as Greek yoghurt, eggs etc. hair masks are not suitable as their molecules are too large for the hair. Use hydrolysed protein instead – once every 6-8 weeks.
If your hair isn’t curling how it usually does, it may be due to damage caused by excessive heat/styling tools.
Limit the heat you use in your hair and make sure you Deep Condition regularly as well as seal your ends. Use heatless ways to stretch your hair such as Braid outs. Give it a month of consistent care and if you still don not notice a change, see a professional.
In Humid weather, Straightened hair won’t last, so embrace the puff and wash n go’s. Try using gels for extra hold, lighter products and anti humectants such as Olive Oil, Shea Butter.
In Dry weather make sure you Mist your hair more regularly. Also use creamier products and embrace humectants (unless the climate is excessively dry).