Healthy hair prescription

Pasquale Caselle knows what it takes to have a good hair day – it’s been his passion for more than 20 years. The international hair stylist and image consultant, who lived in Cayman for six years and continues to visit on a regular basis from his home base in Miami, offers some tips to diagnose and treat those troubled tresses.

Problem:
Colour treated shampoos
I’m sceptical about how effective shampoos for coloured hair really are. I’ve only recently became blonde and don’t know whether to just stick to my regular high performance frequent wash shampoo. My hair gets greasy if it isn’t washed daily but I’d hate to wash out the colour after just a few washes.

Prescription:
Shampoos formulated for colour treated hair are very effective. The ones for blondes help to keep the brassiness out of the hair. Also regular shampoos, especially store brands, contain sulphites. This agent is what gives a lot of suds to the shampoo but also contributes to hair colour fading. Shampoos for colour treated hair do not lather up as much as regular shampoos but they gently cleanse the hair and scalp, while keeping your colour fresher for longer. To counteract greasiness, try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your colour treated shampoo.

Problem:
Male pattern baldness I’ve got male pattern baldness. My girlfriend says I look fine but I hate how it puts years on me; it’s eroding my self confidence. Do any of the men’s hair loss products like Rogaine actually work?

Prescription:
Yes Rogaine does work. Also take Biotin 25, it is available at GNC or the health food store, this supplement helps with hair regrowth, also Selenium is essential. Make sure you use a clarifying shampoo to keep the scalp clean. You can also talk to your GP about Propecia, this works for some men but you need to be monitored by a physician.

Problem:
Hair straightening
I’d love to have my curly hair look sleek. I’m seriously thinking about trying one of those intensive hair straightening procedures but they’re very expensive and seem to get mixed results. Is there one system that is better than the others? How long should the straightening last?

Prescription:
All of them are chemical processes on the hair. Make sure you have healthy hair before doing any of the straightening processes. The Brazilian Keratin is the best one to go with. They generally last three to four months. Do the process before adding a colour as straightening will fade your colour and highlights. WH

 

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