There is no hard and fast rule to achieving great-looking hair. Once you establish what the peculiar characteristics of your scalp and hair are, it would make things easier for you. You will then learn to target your specific challenge[s], instead of doing a one-size-fits-all type of treatment, which may not be beneficial to your hair’s needs.
Start with your scalp; what do you know about it? Is it dry to touch and do you feel a certain tension after shampooing, as if your head has been or is being squeezed? Is the scalp clean and clear, or is it covered in large flakes that you can practically strip/peel off? Is it sensitive? Does every procedure turn out to be an ordeal of sorts?
If yes, then these are all the factors you will need to consider in designing a suitable deep-conditioning treatment for one’s hair/scalp. Don’t forget that the products you apply to the scalp must not be antithetical to the products you will apply to your hair. This means that if you have fine hair, but a dry scalp, do not be in a rush to saturate hair with excessive oil because you feel that a hot-oil treatment would benefit your taut scalp. Oil is not moisture, remember that.
In such a situation, be sure to treat scalp differently; apply a light moisturizing aid to damp scalp immediately after shampooing and conditioning, and then some leave-in conditioner to the hair. With dry scalp, it is not the quantity of oil one applies to the scalp that matters; nor is it the frequency of the applications that will get rid of the flakes or dryness.
If you are applying oil, pomade or any type of hair cream you fancy, to scalp that is already dry, the dryness will persist. It is impossible to force dry hair to ‘drink’ the cream applied when it is already dry. For best results, always apply any creams and oils to damp hair. The products will be absorbed more naturally as hair starts to air-dry, leaving hair with a natural-looking coating of oil’.
Do not allow yourself to be bullied by those salons that threaten you with more hours spent ‘roasting’ under the dryer. It is not the oil that stretches your drying time under a dryer; it is the continuous wetting of the hair with setting lotion while the stylist is rolling the hair that is responsible for all the time you are spending under the dryer.
Ma’am, if you are spending upwards of 20 minutes under a dryer with your rollers, something is definitely wrong. And if you continue to spend all that time, year in, year out, do not be surprised that the quality of the output from your brain will deteriorate! Okay, maybe not; but you must agree with me that it cannot be a good thing anyway.
Thanks for reading and do make it a great week!
Angela AJETUNMOBI, Esq.
NMMA TV Presenter of the year 2010