It’s the battle of the strands, but this time we have a stellar arsenal of tricks and tips that will transform split ends & dry hair into shiny, voluminous locks.
Our Commander of the shiny, healthy hair battalion is Virginie Gayssot, Head of Education & Talent Manager for Franck Provost Australia (the beautiful hair people!). As chief educator, Virginie has faced every hairy question and issue known to women – and won. Here, Virginie answers all those frizzy questions…
Q. How often should you apply hair masks to dry hair?
A. “We recommend an in-salon treatment every six weeks,” says Virginie. “In between these treatments you should be continuing the regime with appropriate at home care products as recommended by your hairdresser. As far as frequency goes, if you wash your hair on average twice a week, then once a week you should use an appropriate leave-on mask. If you wash your hair every day, I would recommend applying a mask twice a week.”
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Q. What in-salon treatments do Franck Provost recommend for dry hair?
A. “It depends on what type of dry hair the person has – naturally dry, damaged, or dehydrated, for example. We have solutions for every hair type. The Kérastase Fusio Dose treatment is great because it addresses two hair concerns simultaneously. So you can provide nourishment to dry hair and strength/reinforcement for damaged or over-processed hair as well.”
“The Pro Fiber in salon treatment from L’Oréal Professionel is also excellent for dry and damaged hair. Then there’s the Franck Provost Diamond Treatment, which makes the hair beautifully soft and shiny. But it doesn’t just stop at the salon – you need to complement the in-salon treatment with an appropriate program at home. The client really needs to commit to both of these programs to get the best results and all of the above three treatments have home care options to follow through.”
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Q. Is hair naturally dry or caused by styling?
A. “Yes, some people do have naturally dry hair. For example, Negro or African ethnicities naturally have dryer, coarser and more fragile hair. In Australia, the dry hair is generally due to sun and damage. The hair doesn’t really have a lot of break from the sun in this country, so the hair becomes weak. Also, many clients have bad hair habits! For example, they don’t use heat protectant products on their hair prior to using styling tools like tongs and straightening irons. This can cause long-term damage. In addition, sometimes they buy low quality or unsuitable products for their hair from supermarkets, which can add to the problem. In Australia, generally the main problem is weather, followed by bad hair habits.”
Q. What at-home products are good for dry or damaged hair?
A. “Kérastase products are very specific and cover every type of hair concern, plus you can mix the range depending on what your hair needs are. We take into consideration how often the client likes to shampoo and what sort of finish they like for their hair. That’s why it’s important to get professional recommendations so the products you buy are doing the best job possible for your hair. There are three Kérastase ranges suitable for dry and/or damaged hair – repairing and nourishing – so it’s important to identify if the hair is naturally dry and coarse in texture, or if it’s damaged with breakage. Here are my recommendations:
Kérastase Nutritive Collection: “This nourishing range has products suitable for naturally dry hair that ranges from slightly dry to very dry and sensitised. It is a Gluco-Active enriched haircare program to provide conditioning nourishment so the hair feels replenished, soft, light and supple with incredible shine. Plus, it doesn’t weigh the hair down. There are three shampoos, two masks, a conditioner and a heat protectant crème in the range.”
“If your hair is naturally dry, it needs hydration and nutrition. One of the most effective ingredients for dry and dull hair is essential oil. Nutritive oils, such as Argan, Avocado and Cranberry, have the unique ability to deeply penetrate each hair fibre, allowing for nourishing components to thoroughly works from roots to ends.”
“Oils also leave a protective barrier and moisture retainer without feeling greasy or heavy, allowing your hair to feel and look hydrated and nourished all day long.”
L’Oreal Professionel Mythic Oil: “This range is the perfect match for dry hair. It includes a shampoo, conditioner, mask and heat protection cream that locks in hydration while protecting the hair. Voila!”
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Kérastase Resistance Therapiste Collection: “This collection rebuilds the internal substance of hair weakened by chemical or mechanical aggression to restore its strength and solidity. The prescription can be tailored to damaged hair that ranges from fine to thick in texture. The range includes pre-shampoo treatments, nourishing masks, serums, heat protectants and the first balm-in shampoo with a unique jellified texture that repairs the hair fibre while cleansing.”
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Q. Can you ‘fix’ split ends – or do you need to chop them off?
A. “It depends on how damaged the hair is. It’s normal to have a few split ends on the ends of your hair, as that is the oldest hair on your head. This is why we recommend having regular trims.”
“If the hair is very damaged with lots of visible breakage, it’s advisable to have a good haircut first to give your hair the chance to repair itself with the support of in-salon treatments and at home care. These are my picks for split ends:
Soin Premiere Thérapiste: “A Reverse Fibre Renewal Care Conditioner created to use before shampooing to protect and repair very damaged, over-processed hair without the weigh-down effect. It acts like a caring gauze to protect the fibre before applying the bath (shampoo). Hair is soft with a lightweight touch.”
Bain Thérapiste: “A shampoo with a unique jellified texture that repairs the hair fibre while shampooing. Suitable for fine, medium and thick hair, it envelops the fibre during cleansing and reduces friction, so each fibre is revitalised and shiny.”
Sérum Thérapiste: “Double Serum Thérapiste combines a repairing cream and a bind serum. It’s ideal for very damaged, over-processed thick hair. It also protects against the heat (up to 230 degrees) and makes blowdrying two times faster than normal. The hair fibre is instantly repaired, reinforced and resurfaced and the ends are sealed.”
Nutritive Touche Perfection: “A replenishing balm for dry ends, Touche Perfection quickly re-pulps ends at the first sign of dryness. It also protects against UV damage and provides an instant touch-up.”
Q. How often should you wash and condition dry hair?
A. That depends on the texture and whether the hair is dry from the ends to the roots, or whether it’s mainly just the ends that are dry. You can have an oily scalp and still have dry hair on the mid lengths and ends. For this situation, there is a shampoo and conditioner from Kérastase called Nutritive. It is excellent and doesn’t make the hair dry. It’s quite nourishing and not heavy, which is especially great for fine hair. With the conditioner, you should of course focus on the mid lengths and ends rather than the roots if your hair is oilier on top. Be careful of washing naturally dry hair too much as it can strip the natural oils out of your hair.”
“If you have really coarse, dry and unruly hair, the new Discipline range from Kérastase is brilliant. There is a host of care and styling products to smooth and treat the hair and protect it from humidity and frizz.”
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