Professional hair care tips from L’Oréal

Monday, 16 July 2012

Professional hair care tips from L'Oréal
If you’ve just had your hair done, you’ve probably forked out hard earned cash on those braids, weave or relaxer. So the last thing you’ll want is to cause unnecessary damage and waste it all.

Braids
When your stylist is braiding your hair, make sure they’re not too tight, as this may cause Traction Alopecia, which is hair loss mainly around the hairline area caused by pulling the hair out at the roots from the constant tugging of too-tight braids.

Shampoo your hair every week, as the scalp and hair still need to be kept clean. Heidi recommend’s Dark and Lovely 3 in 1 Shampoo, R24.99, that you can dilute in a jug of water to make the application easy and to avoid excessive scrubbing when shampooing – which may loosen the braids. Also condition the braids to nourish the hair.

After shampooing, make sure your braids dry well. If they remain damp for too long, they could become mouldy with an unpleasant odour. A great braid spray that contains apricot oil will polish them and prevent your braids from drying out. It will also refresh and moisturise the scalp.

Weaves
When buying a weave, it’s always best to get the best quality human hair that you can afford. This will enable you to wear versatile hairstyles as this hair can withstand heat from hair dryers and flat irons.

Shampoo and condition your weave weekly taking care to be gentle so as not to put stress on the hair underneath the weave. Treat it as if it was your own hair.

It’s best to sleep with a silk scarf layed flat on your pillow to allow for slip and ease of movement without creating tension on the roots of your hair or the weave. The daily application of product is unnecessary when wearing a weave, as it will look greasy and loose its swing.

Relaxed hair
Treat your hair in place of conditioning once or twice per month using Dark and Lovely Anti Breakage 5min Repairing Treatment, R31.99, which penetrates into over processed brittle hair shafts to restore strength, body and bounce.

Never relax and colour on the same day. Wait two weeks after relaxing before you apply colour to your hair. Heidi recommends relaxing your hair every eight to ten weeks to allow sufficient regrowth to apply the relaxer to, without overlapping the application into previously relaxed hair. If overlapping occurs, the hair will be considerably weakened.

Dark and Lovely products are available to leading retail stores and pharmacies nationwide.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Queen Shai

    I always wondered why braiding in some cases meant a receding hairline or little patches of hair missing.

    5 years ago •

  1. AmyR

    Nice article and very important tips. Having braids in can let your hair grow nicely but your hair can also get damaged if you put them in too tightly.

    5 years ago •

  1. Hlongwane

    I don’t stay with my weave for months. Changing my weaves gives my afrohair time to grow and my hairline is just fine.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I do all the above hairstyles

    6 years ago •

  1. Janice

    thank you for the information very useful. i relaxed my hair with dark and lovely anti-breakage relaxer and started to use the products and i can honestly say that it really works. I love the repairing treatment it works nice on my hair and my hair also isn’t that dry anymore. whoever wants to relax their hair must try these products.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    My daughter wanted braids so badly I let her have them. She ended up not liking them and besides that her broke off terribly. Had to have her trimmed very short.

    6 years ago •

  1. desiree

    Not to keen on the braids but def the relaxers

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    my braids, the last time i did them, after about 2 weeks the whole braid and hair started coming off at the roots that was scary.even though i lost several braids with hair intact in them, i was lucky because i have lots of hair and the damage was not visible, i’ll take better care next time.

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    thanks for the advise,i went to my hairdresser recently who wanted me to relax and color my hair at the same time, ofcourse i refused because i knew that was going to be harsh at least on my scalp, so now it is confirmed, maybe i will direct him to this article and discuss with him.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Just imagine Dark and Lovely Anti Breakage 5min Repairing Treatment, R31.99 but last week I took my niece to the saloon and I paid R120.00!!! Broad daylight robbery or my blonde moment day!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Will def show this to my friend

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks Heidi, great advise, I’m not into weave but I like the braids a lot.

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    As for the relaxers, I’m taking my time before I chemical process my hair.

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    Great article I must say. I for one didn’t know that braids need shampoo too

    6 years ago •

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