We got a question from our reader ‘Yuliya DaCosta’ about best hairstyle for school and hair care. In this article our expert Dr. Mally is trying to address her questions. Let’s go straight to the answer.
Question 1 – What is best hairstyle for school?
Answer: Any hair style that is acceptable to your community and school administration. Too tight braids, ponytails, etc. can lead to injury to the hair follicle, disruption of the hair structure (they become brittle and brittle) and thereby stimulate hair loss. To avoid the risk of injury, a relaxed weaving method can be used. This will prevent damage to the hair follicle.
Question 2 – Now it is fashionable to weave multi-colored threads into pigtails. But, they say, it is very bad for the hair. True?
Answer: If the method of relaxed braiding is applied again, it will look very nice, and there is nothing harmful in such a hairstyle. Previously, ribbons were woven into braids. Braiding small African braids with threads is not very good, as this changes the structure of the hair, affecting its cuticle, and sometimes even deeper layers, which can generally lead to adverse consequences. Especially if you practice such hairstyles often. It will be more difficult for the hair to recover, it may be necessary to apply treatment for injured hair, cuticles, etc…
Question 3 – High school girls sometimes dye their hair pink or blue. Is it not harmful?
Answer: Much depends on the paint, its composition. If it’s a good quality product, you can let your teenage child dye their hair. But again, don’t overdo it, don’t do it often. If these are persistent dyes, then due to the action of ammonia, they can have a damaging effect on the hair cuticle. Substances of permanent dyes, as a rule, replace the natural pigment of the hair with a dye pigment, thereby radically changing the color (pink, red, blue, etc.). Accordingly, it is worth remembering that in some cases, with incorrect application and selection of paint, even damage to the deeper structures of the hair is possible – cortex, etc. Therefore, it is better to avoid radical change of the image or use natural dyes such as henna or bhasma. These natural dyes create an indelible film on the hair surface and thus do not damage the hair.
Question 4 – There are hairstyles when teenagers, including girls, shave off their whiskey, the back of their heads. What can you say about them?
Answer: I don’t see anything criminal in this. If someone wants to – please, such a hairstyle does not affect the health of the hair.
Question 5 – Do children and adolescents need to use special hair care products – shampoos, gels? Or ordinary enough?
Answer: Most people themselves experimentally select their own care products. And if there are no problems, for example, and others, then you can use these funds further. Of course, there is a special line of gentle baby shampoos on a natural basis. There are a lot of them now. You can choose them. By the way, they often do not contain sulfates. There is still a discussion among trichology experts about sulfates in cosmetics. Some people think that sulfate-free shampoos are better, others – that the presence or absence of sulfates does not affect hair health in any way. So, for example, sulfate shampoos cleanse the scalp well, for example, with seborrhea, but can disturb the pH of the skin, as well as negatively affect the hair cuticle. Sulfate-free shampoos can be used for patients with sensitive scalp. Hair becomes shiny, ends do not split and stays clean longer. However, various styling products, sulfate-free shampoos, wash off poorly and are more expensive. Thus, further research is needed in this direction.
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Question 6 – In what cases should parents with a child or teenager go to a trichologist?
Answer: If you notice that your child’s hair has begun to fall out strongly, you should consult a specialist. Moreover, the hair can become very thin both in a separate area and on the entire surface of the scalp. The cause may be an autoimmune process (alopecia areata, which often occurs in childhood), fungal and bacterial lesions of the scalp, unhealthy diet, such as a protein deficiency in the diet, a lack of vitamins, in particular vitamin D, which is involved in the formation of the structure of the follicles, deficiency of certain microelements (zinc, copper, selenium). If alopecia is found in a child, you need to consult a doctor in time in order to timely identify the cause of the disease and prescribe adequate therapy.
It is also worth paying attention to a congenital defect in hair growth. This is a genetic pathology when hair grows to a certain length, for example 2 cm, and no longer grows. This is a genetically determined hypotrichosis.
Also, the reason to go to the doctor may be increased fat content (seborrhea) or, conversely, dry scalp, itching. There are special examinations that will help identify the cause of violations and eliminate them in time.