Healthy Hair Care and Styling Tips

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Nicole Rogers of the Hair Foundation provides an overview of healthy hair care and styling tips.

    Nicole Rogers: Today we are going to talk about hair styling and basic hair care tips. Many of the patients who see me for hair loss, ask me about the safety and use of hair color and it's actually completely fine for them to use hair color. I do like to ask my patients if they have etching after they color their hair, because if they do, there may have a contact dermatitis to one of the ingredients in hair dye or hair color. This ingredient is called Paraphenylenediamine or PPD and it also can be found in henna dyes and henna tattoos.

    If they have this problem, they should ask their hair stylist to use a different dye that does contain that PPD derivative. When patients complain that their hair is brittle and break seasoning, the first thing I like to ask is whether they have used any heat treatment such as curling irons and flat irons or a hair dryer at a very high setting because what they don't realize is that high heat can be very damaging to the cuticle.

    If you love to curl or straighten your hair and you don't want to give it up, what I would recommend is using a curling iron that has an adjustable heat and use the lowest heat possible and also don't do it every single day, maybe just do it twice a week. It can be very helpful to use protective coatings on the hair. Look for products that contain either silicone or dimethicone, some of them have natural oils, such as linseed oil or safflower oil and those can help to protect the cuticle and minimize damage from heat.

    Almost everyone develops split ends at some time over the course of their lifetime. The only real cure for split ends is a haircut, we can use things such as silicon or dimethicone-based coat to split ends, but these only last until the next hair washing, the products have to be reapplied. There is no magic treatment that glue those split ends back together.

    If you are looking to have very cool beautiful hair, one step might be to install a water softener that will certainly have on your showerhead because this will help remove some of the elements like magnesium and calcium that are contained in hard water and notice you know these leave behind a soap scum on your bathtub and when your hair dries, they can actually leave the same residue behind on your hair.

    Carotene treatments are certainly the rage right now and the thing I would say is be cautious who you go to and what the content of chemicals are that are used in the treatment because the FDA has recommended that the percentage of formaldehyde be kept to a very low level and in some salons they are exceeding this level or doubling, tripping even using 10 times the recommended amount and this can be damaging not only to the hair but also the vapors to the eye or when inhaled.

    William M. Parsley: Hair highlighting procedures have been done all over the country, all over the world with huge success, they are very popular and complications are very rare. However, there seemed to be an increasing number of cases of all source for the highlighting procedure and we are trying to investigate why.

    The cases that we have so far seemed to be predominantly in teenage girls, possibly perhaps because they don't know that it's not supposed to burn so they may tolerate it longer than a moment to a person at his head several highlighting procedures in the past.

    We don't know exactly the cause of these answers, but we suspect that heat and the persulfate the powder bleach that would caution anyone who's having hair highlights particularly if it's their first session to let this saloon know immediately if you are having the evening pain and also request that they use the lowest setting of the heat if they use to heat at all.