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CHEMICAL APPLICATIONS : Avoiding Scalp Burns

By Angela Olu Ajetunmobi

Yes, it is possible to apply relaxing creams without burning the scalp, and I can tell you why: because these products are so readily available, we tend to forget that these straightening agents are SERIOUS chemicals that should not be taken for granted!

So firstly, I would watch the stylist’s attitude to the process she is about to undertake. This is because apart from speed being of the essence, stylist needs to concentrate to make sure the cream does not touch the scalp until the process is almost complete; No room for nonchalance here! As you know, once cream comes in contact with the scalp, you can not avoid burns.

The Angel’s studio HAIR CLINIC guide to a ‘burn-free-perm’:

Do know your hair and scalp characteristics

Do not shampoo hair for about 7 to 14 days before touch-up
Do not take out braids or weave at least 7 days before touch-up
Do not swim for at least 7 days before touch-up if you don’t want hairline to burn
Do not massage, scratch or stimulate scalp in any way for up to 7 days before touch-up
Do check scalp for bruises and abrasions that will hurt if chemical is applied
Do apply petroleum jelly to every inch of scalp about 24 hours before application
Do not wear any head-gear for at least 3 days before so edges won’t burn
Do have your application done in the morning to avoid perspiration on scalp
Do avoid using gels, spritz and sprays on hair the week of your touch-up
Do consult a professional to tell you the ideal product for your hair
Do use the right strength of product for your hair type
Do not massage hair while the chemical is on it, rely on cream to straighten
Do not comb hair while applying cream so comb-teeth will not touch scalp

The best advice though, is for you to ALWAYS utilize the services of a professional every time you want a touch-up; scalp burns MAY lead to bald patches if the follicle is damaged [hair will never grow on that spot again]. Do not ignore the burns when they happen; you MAY need to see a Doctor so that the wounds do not get infected as well.

War against dandruff

My Anti-Dandruff treatment starts with a dry scalp; contrary [I know!] to what many are used to. FLAKE KONTROL shampoo must be applied to a dry scalp. As a Trichologist, my mission is to solve your hair and scalp problems using techniques and a combination of products that should deliver on the promise of healthy hair. Now, Patricia wanted to know [by text] why I insist that FLAKE KONTROL shampoo should be applied on to the dry scalp. She got the Anti-Dandruff treatment kit and has noticed a difference after ONLY the 2nd application.
It is natural: Patricia is curious about why the scalp is clearing up after suffering dandruff for all her adult life without any reprieve, and then getting this result.

One of the challenges I have faced as a hair consultant is how to give clients suffering from perennial dandruff, a

minimum [at least] of 3 weeks free-of-flakes. I have tried many products, preparations and mixtures; I have tried many methods and techniques. Now, I can say for sure that the shampoo I have TRULY works, but, it must be used the way I have described. I can tell you however, that I do not use any other shampoo this way; shampoos are ordinarily poured on to the palms and applied to wet or damp hair. Flakes will never be completely cleared from the scalp surface after the shampooing if hair was wet before application.

However, the FLAKE KONTROL scalp crème can be used by anyone [male or female] who wants a clean, clear healthy scalp. It is not restricted to only those who suffer from dandruff. At Angel’s studio HAIR CLINIC, we use the scalp cream for every head that we handle. It promotes a healthy scalp because it contains only the purest Natural ingredients [coconut oil, Shea butter, hemp oil, jojoba oil etc] with a generous serving of peppermint oil to counter any itching one may experience from time to time. It is an excellent growing aid, guaranteed to soothe scalp and keep hair moisturized for up to a week without needing to oil the scalp. The scalp cream works best when combined with massage, concentrating on those areas that need ‘help’

UNDERSTANDING MAKE-UP

Organic Or Inorganic

Make-up is a wonderful and exciting way of enhancing one’s features to achieve a natural look, a high fashion look or even a combination of the two. The natural look is NOT a face devoid of make-up but one that simply does not look made-up. So you can be wearing foundation, eye shadows, blushers, lipstick and mascara, and still look natural. That is why it can be amusing when you meet women who say they never wear make-up, as if it is a badge of honor; every woman needs to wear make-up. It is the way in which we apply it, how subtle the tones used are or will be, and how it is all harmonized, that determines the natural results we get. Remember that the rule of thumb is this: make-up should not make you look different; you should still look yourself, albeit a more attractive you. The compliment you should be getting is “you look good today” and not “your make-up looks good today”.

The term ‘natural’ cosmetics are often used as a marketing strategy to create an image of wholesome products. Completely natural products do NOT exist, at least in make-up that we wear. They are not only aesthetically unpleasant but they can and do not survive idly on the shelf. Where water is present, preservatives MUST be included as they are essential if one seeks to prevent deterioration. No doubt, many plant oils have beneficial properties, but generally, they can not be used in isolation. They are normally greasy and can cause irritation if used un-diluted. As far as colors are concerned, natural ones are sometimes used by the cosmetic industry, but they will fade in sunlight if inorganic pigments are absent.

Unfortunately, we all are wary of using chemicals because the chemical industry has a bad reputation. Science has a great deal to offer; for instance, skin care has benefited immensely from advances made in research. But plants on the other hand, have been used effectively also for centuries. We should not disregard our past and present; ideally, we must try to achieve a balance by combining the two and extracting the best from both fields.


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