Living well with Cancer Conference Aviva Stadium fri 29th & 30th Sept 2017 Hair Organic will be there to advise you on colouring your hair after treatment.
Let’s face it, curls are fabulous. Often they are said to be hard to maintain, but the payoff is luscious juicy curls that feel amazing and are the envy of all. Plus it’s really not time consuming if you know a few key insider tips. We’ve decided to condense our years of hair-care experience into some expert insights that will boost your curl confidence and deliver great results. Follow them closely and your curly hair will bounce with beauty.
Don’t just wish for it, wash it.Super hair care starts in the morning - just like you. Shampoo your hair twice in the shower - it removes the weight of all the residue build-up from any styling products you’ve been using. Ensure you rinse out the shampoo thoroughly each time. Pick an organic product designed for damaged hair - curly hair requires gentle ingredients and harsh chemicals will only dry out your hair.
Condition like a Pro.Apply a coin-sized amount of conditioner from your ears to your ends, stroke in gently to the hair then use a paddle brush or wide tooth comb to brush it thoroughly through your hair, which distributes it evenly and makes detangling easier when drying. Start brushing at the ends and work up to the root - the reverse could cause lots of breakage. Finally, toss your hair forward and let the water course through your hair from the nape to the ends. This will really help your curls tighten up while keeping them soft and luscious.
Prepare your hair
If you can, use a hair turban like those at www.aquis.com which are far more absorbant than a standard towel, otherwise use the most absorbent towel you have. While the turban does all the hard work preparing your hair perfectly for any product you may want to apply, you now have extra time for your skin care routine! Once your hair is only slightly damp, you can apply product – no combing or brushing at this stage, only ever comb curly hair while the conditioner is in before you rinse, this is the secret to big bouncy curls! If there are stubborn tangles, use your fingers - don’t risk damaging your hair.
Au naturel will serve you wellAir drying your hair naturally is by far the best way to encourage tight sprightly curls. However, this is not ideal on cold winter mornings or if you are in a rush - in this instance your best option is to attach your diffuser to the hairdryer and gently dry your hair on a low heat with your hair tossed forward over your head. A quick blast of cold air at the end reduces frizz and sets the curl. Try to leave it mildly damp and allow the air to finish it naturally. Your curls will thank you for it!
Be picky with your productsThe market is flooded with products promising perfectly poised curls. So many of the products are chemical filled rubbish - only trust reputable brands and expert advice for niche brands. Here at Hairorganic.ie we love Davines curl serum - an effective product for adding definition, shine and sleekness. A little goes a long way so it’s certainly value for money. Shine spray is preferable to hairspray - it leaves it sleek but not sticky or crunchy. Buy organic shampoo and conditioner at the least; the ingredients will nourish as well as treat your hair externally, offering double the benefit. Picking a select few products wisely is better than spending a lot on various ineffective but cheap products. We wear our hair all day everyday - yet often people invest more in handbags than their hair - so investing sufficiently in it will always pay great dividends.
Whether you are still on the journey post-chemotherapy / post-radiation or have said a firm goodbye to cancer permanently, you may find it re-energising to be able to start reclaiming your sense of self; your style, your health, your strength, your hair.
Our deep emotional connection to our hair means that after having cancer treatment, patients really look forward to the getting their hair back. Depending on the treatment you’ve been through, your hair will begin to grow back at different rates. The general principle is that the hair that you lose first, will grow back first. The hair on your head will typically grow back before your eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair. You can expect to have the first signs of soft downy hair post-chemotherapy after about 3 weeks, with your locks returning between three to ten months after that. If you received brain radiation treatment, you can expect three to four months to pass before the first hair regrowth appears.
Hair follicles are damaged as a result of both chemotherapy and radiation. This means that the hair that grows back may be different to your original hair - as weak follicles may die out and stronger ones recover. You may now have curly hair where you once had straight or straight where you once had curly; your hair may be thicker or thinner, and your initial regrowth may be grey until the cells which control hair colour properly reactivate once the effects of the treatment wear off. Your hair will go through many changes in texture and colour throughout this period.
You won’t need a hairdresser to tell you how much your hair needs nourishment at this time. Likely, you are more aware than ever of your hair’s unquenchable thirst for moisture, and of the quality and chemical nature of anything you are applying to your scalp or hair. With this in mind, it is advisable to adopt a more natural approach to your haircare as possible. Using organic hair care products will always benefit you more. They are much kinder on the hair and have many wonderful natural ingredients. By adapting a more natural approach to hair care you will see the benefits very quickly.
Here are our top tips for the optimal organic approach:
Organic and natural haircare products provide significantly less or no chemicals.
Check product labels and avoid the following chemicals which are known to dry out hair follicles or irritate the scalp:
For positive hair reinforcement, choose organic products that are packed with powerful vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B3 - Niacin - is known to boost circulation to the scalp, and increase hair thickness. Vitamin A helps your scalp produce its own natural oil (sebum), Vitamin D promotes healthy follicle growth and Vitamin E boosts circulation to the scalp, and repairs and builds healthy follicles.
Healthy oils result in soft, moisturised, shiny hair. Try to treat your hair from the outside and the inside by using organic products and organic food with naturally occurring oils. Avocado, coconut, olive and argan oil are all excellent sources of moisture and protein for your hair. Organic products will generally have the highest quality oils either as shampoos or treatments for your new and precious hair.
It is advisable to speak with your doctor or oncologist about hair dye before you take the plunge on altering your colour. Always do a patch test before applying colour.
If you are concerned with the levels of chemicals in hair dye and don’t want to dye your hair too often, there are non-toxic and temporary root touch-up solutions such as Colourstick which is free from PPD & PDD, washes out and will extend your colour application by two weeks. Less is always best!
Added minerals in your organic hair care can definitely boost your hair growth and hair quality. Minerals help the body absorb vitamins. Zinc helps the body with cell reproduction, as well as the production and maintenance of hormone levels, protein creation and absorption of vitamins and other minerals. Magnesium and iron are also key minerals in the creation and maintenance of healthy hair. Again, taking an ‘inside-and-out’ organic approach can really recharge your hair.
If you want all the benefits of the best hair care products, but without the grind of finding those that work best, we fully recommend Organic Colour Systems. We have been using Organic Colour Systems at Hair Organic for five years and love the gentle yet effective formulation. Davines is a sustainable hair care range made from natural ingredients, their ‘OI’ all-in-one milk is amazing for all hair types. For a root touch up solution that is easy to apply, fits in your make-up bag and is free from harsh chemicals Colourstick is a great product for when you have no time to cover your roots.
Organic Colour Systems for a professional hair colouring approach
Davines hair care products beautiful eco friendly range for all hair types.
Grey root cover up stick we don’t run in the rain!!
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