Beauty Files: Haircare Q&A Part I
Posted on 05 August 2019
You asked, we answered. Today on Zeena Uncovered, we're tackling your toughest haircare questions with pro-tips and advice from certified cosmetologist Zeena COO Amany Jondy. From how to treat damaged hair to healing split ends once and for all, in this two-part series, you'll discover how to slow down premature hair loss and the secret to bouncy, nourished hair even in hijab. Plus, see which products we trust the most to keep your locks healthy, smooth and resilient. It's time to re-think your hair care regimen!
Certified cosmetologist and Zeena COO, Amany Jondy
During the summer, our hair is exposed to intense environmental conditions, including heat, humidity, air pollution, not to mention the sun's harmful UV rays and if you're a swimmer...chlorinated water. And while we do our best to treat our hair with kindness, age and genetics also play a role in how our hair will change over time.
What can I do to slow down my thinning hair?
One of the most common issues I've noticed with my clients is premature hair loss. Thinning hair is especially needy and requires special care. If you experience overall thinning (either hereditary or environmental), keep your scalp conditioned always with lightweight oils like coconut or argan oil. Take a multivitamin religiously and use Nioxin (stick to system 4, 5 or 6 for max assistance). Also, alternate using only the Nioxin shampoo or conditioner at any given time. This helps to ease your scalp into the system as you may experience tingling as it stimulates the scalp for hair growth. Avoid straining your hair follicles and don’t tug or use rubber bands. Instead, make the switch to clips, and do your best to not touch or run your fingers through your hair. If your hair is falling out in patches, that could be more serious. I'd recommend seeing a dermatologist.
I recently trimmed my hair and my split ends returned. How do I get rid of them once and for all?
Plain and simple, dryness causes split ends. Whether your hair is naturally dry or you use hot tools (blow dryer/flat iron/curling iron), repair your split ends with a two-hit combo of prevention + moisturizing. Getting a professional trim is good for a short-term fix, but ideally, you want to get to the root of the problem. After washing your hair, always use an invisible oil and especially coat your brittle ends. If you plan on using a hot tool, protect your hair from high temps by using a heat protector spray. If you're serious about banishing your spit ends, I highly recommend my must-have deep conditioners: Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 and L'Oreal Absolut Repair Lipidium Treatment.
I've heard of using eggs in homemade hair cream. What is your secret recipe for a great DIY moisturizer?
Inside an egg, the yolk contains most of the fat, while the whites hold the majority of proteins. Just like your skin, muscles, and tissues, your hair can absorb nutrients just like a sponge. Dry hair needs regular moisture to stay healthy and strong. Too much heat or excessive use of chemicals can actually weaken the hair strand and contribute to protein loss. Here's my favorite hair mask recipe for naturally restoring protein and shine:
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp egg whites
Can wearing a hijab for too long damage my hair?
Hijab and hair issues is actually a myth. Wearing hijab for too long cannot cause dandruff, baldness or split ends. However, if the fabric is stretched too tightly around your scalp, some rubbing may occur, which can damage the finer "baby bang" hairs along the edges of your forehead. I recommend wearing a comfortable undercap and keeping your wrap relatively loose, yet secure.
Since it's summer, I go swimming with my daughter in a private pool, but we wear hijab on the way home. What can we do to prevent dry, "straw-like" hair?
Keeping your hair moisturized after a swim is easier than you think. Chlorinated water causes dryness and can slowly strip your hair if you swim often. My trick: use a leave-in moisturizer and comb through with a wide-tooth comb before putting on your hijab. When you get home, rinse with warm water in the shower and moisturize lightly with oil. Argan oil is the best because it's light, smells amazing and doesn't leave the hair feeling greasy, but I am very much a fan of Hairdresser's Invisible Oil by Bumble & Bumble.
What are your toughest haircare issues? Leave us a comment below and we will try to answer them in Part II of Beauty Files: Haircare Q&A. Follow our Beauty + Skincare Board on Pinterest for more product recommendations and inspiration. See you next time!