Every morning when women wake up, they silently pray for a great hair day. But like all prayers, this one doesn’t get answered all the time.
It’s not that the heavens are cruel, but it’s sadly because the heavens often can’t compete with all the harmful elements that damage the hair. The scorching sun, smoke, dirt, and pollution.
These and more were the source of woes during a hair care forum at Powerplant Mall’s Blo Bar, organized by Dove of Unilever.
Leading the discussion was dermatologist Dr. Jean Marquez, who listed “dry, dull, lackluster, frizz, brittle, and split ends” as the most common hair problems of women—and even men—today.
“Every woman spends an average of six minutes each day brushing their hair, and about 30 to 70 percent keep their hair tightly tied. With these practices alone, our hair is already subjected to stress, which can cause damage,” the doctor continued.
He further talked about the application of chemically infused dyes, heat when styling, and even aging as compounded causes of hair damage.
“When you color the hair, the chemicals destroy its protective covering. And if its subjected to heat, it becomes more brittle because it loses its moisture, especially when its wet since your hair expands,” Marquez informed.
“As you age, the pigments of your hair age as well. And because of long periods of exposure to the sun, its protein strands tend to break, which leaves your hair dry.”
As part of the largest organ of the body, which is the skin, there are several hair care solutions one can work on to restore the crowning glory to beauty and health.
Dull and dry. Usually caused by various treatments, daily washing and frequent hairstyling, Marquez suggests washing hair with cold water and having a daily hair vitamin treatment such as “intense repair” Dove Daily Hair Vitamins to seal the hair strands and lock in nutrition.
Brittle. Heat is one common cause of weak, easy-to-break hair strands. As it’s always good to give your hair a break from the blow dryer or curling iron, or by going for a simple trim. According to Marquez, cutting unwanted split ends prevent further damage.
Frizz. Whether it’s genetics or lack of nutrients, crazy or untamed hair can ruin a good outfit. Besides using hair vitamins with mineral oils and botanical extracts, an intense repair shampoo and conditioner will help tame that “electrocuted” look.
Age. Besides having gray strands, the thickness one’s hair changes with age. Hair follicles produce fewer pigments and proteins, which causes the graying and thinning. While no amount of nourishment can stop graying hair, applying daily hair vitamins can stimulate hair growth and repair.
All in all, working on a good hair care regimen will do away with bad hair days.