By Angela Olu Ajetunmobi
If there is one hair problem that bothers ALL women today, it is dandruff. I get more letters and messages on that subject than any other. Otherwise called â€˜pityriasis capitisâ€™ it is described by Dermatologists as a physiological state wherein scales are trapped between the hairs by a film of sebum [the natural oil secreted of our glands.
Dandruff scales are small, silvery grey and dry; may be accompanied with or without itching. When the scales get heavier and greasier, it is referred to as â€˜seborrhoeic dermatitisâ€™.
Now, dandruff can persist all through adult life; more importantly, everyone presents with varying degrees of involvement. Both sexes are equally affected and treatment is often unsatisfactory for 2 reasons: firstly, you need the right product and then you need to know how to use it EFFECTIVELY and EFFICIENTLY. Scaling can definitely be kept under control with a clever combination of techniques, shampoos and topical preparations.
TAKE NOTE however, that dandruff treatment may need to be continued indefinitely as the aim is to remove masses of recurring scales from the scalp. You may find that it never ends; sometimes, the flakes disappear and then they come back with a renewed vigor [hence often connected to stressful times in our lives.
If you are battling PERSISTENT dandruff, you can order [by text only please] Angelâ€™s anti-dandruff kit which contains all you need to hold the flakes at bay. It comes complete with all the products and step-by-step instructions that can help you achieve almost 3 flake-free weeks. The kit is ONLY available from our studio in Lagos; we do not have any branches anywhere in the country.
Cause of Breakage
Dear Angela, I have been following your articles for over 13 years, from one news publication to another, and now in the fantastic ALLURE magazine every Sunday. In your opinion, what is the single most common reason for hair breakage/damage among Nigerian women? Please reply by text. Thanks for all you are doing for us ladies with all our hair problems.
Nicole via text
Thanks Nicole. Unfortunately, I can not answer any requests by text so that majority of women can benefit from the responses given.
Most women are quick to apply
chemical Relaxing cream, but they will never invest in the one product that will effectively remove all traces of the chemical from their hair: neutralizing shampoo. I am not a great fan of the no-lye straightening creams, but even I concede that if there is one advantage to the kitâ€™s relaxing cream, and that is the inclusion of the neutralizing shampoo in the kit.
No responsible company will or should make a chemical straightening cream without providing the most effective means of shampooing it out of the hair.
If you are one of those women who hopes to reduce her hair bill by buying a solitary jar of relaxing cream for your touch-up [i.e. you have brought your own cream, therefore you should pay less!], please reconsider unless you are prepared to also invest in neutralizing agents. When you do not use the right removing agent, the relaxing agent remains in your hair. And I have tested this so many times in the studio. If a client had a touch-up 3 weeks previously without shampooing with a neutralizing product, you find that the suds will still come out with a vibrant pink color 3 weeks on.
This means that there remained traces of the chemical in the hair for all 3 weeks.
Do not forget that if relaxing cream is left too long in the hair, its depilatory properties come to the fore. The hair will continuously slide out of the follicles leading to reduced volume because the chemical reaction never came to an end.
Every woman NEEDS a bottle of neutralizing shampoo in their salon bag. You do not need to rely on the salon to provide none for you, or when they do, it is watered down. Angelâ€™s studio neutralizing shampoo works for all chemical creams- from â€˜cupâ€™ or sodium formulas to â€˜kitâ€™ or no-lye formulas and Texturizer creams.
The trick is to make sure that the chemical is completely rinsed out with cool water first; next pour shampoo on to the palm of your hands before shampooing hair. The suds will turn a pink color and will continue to be pink until all traces of the chemical is removed from the hair. Proceed to apply conditioning treatments when the suds turn white. If you use a neutralizing shampoo every time you have your touch-up, you will have reduced the risk of breakage by as much as 80%.