With physical distancing a norm at least within the next few months, Americans might have no other choice than to tackle hair by themselves. The good news is that some of the most common crowning-glory problems come with solutions.
1. Bulky Hair
Got big hair? It is one hairstyle that’s maybe best left in the eighties. Bulky hair can cause many issues, from tangling to clogging the drain.
Solution: Thinning shears! Thinning is removing some strands to manage frizzy, thick, and curly hair. While some do it with a pair of scissors, thinning ones are the most ideal. These are scissors with either one or two rows of teeth. This way, they can remove hair while softening the ends or the fringes of the strands.
Here’s a word of caution, though. It doesn’t work for already-thin hair. Thinning hair is also a delicate procedure. Cut a lot, and the hair becomes puffier and frizzier. Incorrect use also leads to serious split-end problems.
Users can cut their hair little by little until they are happy with the results. If they need help, they can consider Skyping their favorite hairstylist for amazing tips.
2. Faded Hair Color
People use hair to express themselves, be unique, and experience various looks. That’s why many love to sport colored hair. But even the permanent ones last for a few weeks only. At some point, men and women must deal with faded dyed hair.
Solution: Revive the color. For those who want to avoid re-dyeing, they can refresh the look with a shine gloss or lightening treatment. They can also go DIY with coffee, apple cider vinegar, and cranberry juice.
For men and women brave enough for a touch-up, they can use a dye closer to their natural hair color. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, stay out of the sun, condition it with the right shampoo, and voila, colored hair’s back.
3. Split Ends
Although split ends are not dead hair, they can still cause severe hair problems later. The split can go all the way to the shaft, making the strands more prone to breakage.
Solution: Get to the root of the problem. Split ends are a sign of unhealthy, frayed, or damaged hair. The strands might be lacking hair moisture or overly exposed to heat. Consider applying hair conditioners often or moisturizing it with oils like argan. Cutting the ends can also help.
4. Hair Loss
Hair loss happens for many reasons. It can be genetic, such as in male-pattern baldness. It can also be due to damaged hair, excessive combing and rubbing, and aging.
Solution: Depends on the cause. Those showing signs with androgenetic alopecia can use a hair grower like minoxidil. It is available over the counter. Severe ones need a scheduled visit to a hair surgeon. Otherwise, it pays to temper combing and hair rubbing. Women have to avoid tight ponytails.
5. Hair Removal
With nonexistent trips to the salon, hair’s growing back in undesired places. How does one deal with it?
Solution: Use hair removal tools. These days, pharmacies and groceries sell hair wax creams and strips. Those who favor DIY, they can look into waxing with melted sugar and honey. Women need to use single-blade razors for thinner strands, such as those on the face.
Touching hair used to professional stylists can be daunting, but consider it a new (and even fun) learning experience. The tools are available, and when the going gets tough, many salon experts are a virtual call away.