Handy rules and tips to help you get through bad hair days.
- SAY NOT TO PAIN – Cornrows, weaves and braids should not be tight. Pain means your hair is being pulled too tight, which will cause damage. If it hurts while the stylist is working on you request that they undo it and start again.
- HEAT DEFENCE – It's important to use a heat protecting product before heat styling your hair. Apply the product as directed to wet or dry hair before applying any heat to shield your hair shaft from extensive damage caused by styling tools. Use this tip on weaves as well (Remy and human hair only).
- BE CAREFUL WITH COLOUR –The warmer times of the year often call for a change in hair colour. Be extra cautious when selecting your next hair hue as professionals strongly recommend that you remain within your natural hair colour hues. Go for colours that are nothing more than 3 shades lighter than your own hair. Going any lighter requires a high volume of peroxide which will result in hair damage.
- WATCH OUT FOR THE SUN – The sun can make your hair weak, dry, rough, faded and brittle. This is especially true if you dye, bleach or perm your hair. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when you go outside.
- PERFECT FINISHING – A new innovation in the world of weaves has made wearing a weave look more natural. The lace closure offers women with natural and relaxed hair the option to cover all their hair and still have a seamless looking parting. This little piece eliminates any chance of nasty bumps at the top of your head or damage to the area of hair left out at the parting due to straightening and blow drying.
- CO-WASH – A co-wash is ideal as a 2 in 1 convenience method for cleansing and conditioning; ideal for your summer holidays. Co-wash gently cleanses with no suds/sulphates; leaving hair soft and frizz free. Mix 1/3 of sulphate free shampoo with 2/3 of conditioner. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off.” says Betito Ebengo: ORS Head Stylist and Educator.
- RELAXING THE RIGHT WAY – The minimum time in between relaxing processes should be 6 weeks unless your stylist has advised differently to cater to your curl type. If you choose to relax your own hair, please follow instructions provided by the brands in order to avoid over processing and damaging your scalp.
- USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS – To keep the scalp and hair healthy we need to use products correctly. An oil moisturiser is commonly used to soften and hydrate hair however if used in access it will do more harm than good. Refrain from drenching hair with products that will weigh it down. Never leave your conditioner on for more than the time that has been prescribed. Always stick to the directions given on pack.
- TREAT IT RIGHT – “Apply conditioner or oil treatment to the hair and scalp, cover with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can wrap your head in a towel. Avoid overuse of products with mineral oil or petroleum. They tend to block the pores and are not readily absorbed," says hair expert Hanson Ndabeni.