Published: Thursday April 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:54:24 AM

Coloured hair quandary

I HAVE queries regarding my hair texture. I dye my hair practically every three months in order to cover up the grey hair. Of late, friends have been recommending dye hair with herbal ingredients instead of chemical ones. My hair has become very dry and there are split ends. Will herbal ingredients have any harmful effects on the hair? Are there any other solutions which I can resort to so that my hair becomes smooth and manageable? – Connie

According to Shiseido Professional senior technical manager, Steven Chan, there is a clear difference between the ingredients used in professional colour dyes and herbal colour dyes.

Generally, professional colour dyes contain an alkaline agent that works to open up the hair cuticles for better colour absorption and lightening effect. They also have artificial colourant (which gives the dye its colour) as well as repairing and conditioning qualities, depending on the technology used to create the colour dye.

Herbal colour dyes might still contain an alkaline agent as it is key to colour absorption. As such, all colour dyes, chemical or otherwise, can affect hair texture, and result in dry and sometimes, even coarse hair.

Some may tout to have “natural” ingredients, but there are no guarantees that these will not give the same unwelcome results.

On the other hand, henna powder, a type of herbal colour dye, is a “direct” colourant that coats the hair without giving it a smooth texture due to the lack of conditioning agents. This will also have a drying effect on the hair.

That being said, it is always recommended that one should visit a professional salon to dye your hair.

Proper handling and usage of colour dye will minimise hair texture damage caused by the colouring process.

After-colour care is also vital to maintain the hair colour quality and prevent hair damage. Usually, at the salon, your hair will undergo various treatments to replenish hair moisture and texture.

At home, you could try Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Luminogenic, a complete range of products designed specifically for coloured hair. The shampoo, treatment and masks are all formulated to ensure the salon colour lasts visibly longer and hair maintains its shine.

You can also use the Shiseido Professional Hair Care The Luminogenic Protector, a leave-in hair treatment to add moisture and lustre, which will protect your hair from damaging UV rays.

Consistent use of hair conditioners and masks will ensure that your hair stays hydrated and split ends are minimised. With the right hair care products, it is possible for coloured hair to stay shiny, supple and lustrous.

Shiseido will be giving Connie a Shiseido Professional Hair Care The Luminogenic Protector worth RM105.

I am 54, I regularly cleanse, tone and moisturise my face and neck once in the morning and once at night. I have some fine lines beneath my eyes. But when I apply eye cream, serum and moisturiser on my face, I often get oil seeds around the forehead, beneath the eyes and on the nose bridge area as well as on the cheeks. What can I do to get rid of the oil seeds? Am I applying too much moisturiser? Despite using neck cream, the skin around my throat is still slack and makes me look old. What can I do to make it more taut?

I do find your column interesting and helpful. I hope you can answer my concerns. – Jasmine

Sounds like you already have a good daily skincare regimen, says Biotherm trainer Michelle Tay. While a regular beauty routine helps, fine lines are unavoidable due to ageing and external factors. A good moisturiser can alleviate skin dryness and help keep fine lines at bay.

However, if it’s too rich, it can result in a breakout or oil seeds. Also known as milia seeds, these are often seen as white or yellowish skin or “dots”, and appear around the eye or temple area. They are congested whiteheads caused by excess sebum secretion.

How do you get rid of them? Start with a daily deep clarifying (double cleanse) routine in the evening. This serves to wash off the sebum and sweat secretion on the surface of your face. Focus on your areas of concern such as the forehead and bridge nose.

Then, apply a toner to ensure any remaining dirt is wiped off. Use a scrub, Biotherm Biosource Clarifying Exfoliating, at least twice a week to exfoliate impurities and dead cells.

The skin around the eye area is 10 times thinner and therefore more susceptible to irritation such as fine lines and milia seeds. As you have existing milia seeds around the eye area, avoid oil-based eye make-up removers, serums and moisturisers. Although a good serum and moisturiser can help rebuild the skin’s moisture barrier, they are not recommended for the eye area.

To reduce milia seeds at the eye area, your eye care product should absorb well. Try using an anti-ageing eye care product that’s gel-based or an emulsified cream version.

You could try Biotherm Aquasource Eye Perfection that has a 360 degree hydra-massager, as well as calcium and manganese crystals to enhance circulation and reduce/lighten dark eye circles.

To enhance penetration, you can also massage gently with your ring finger and then tap very gently around the eye area.

Sometimes, hardened milia seeds could also be due to other reasons such as genetics, or a high cholesterol level.

If they have hardened, a faster and safer way to remove them would be to consult a dermatologist or seek professional assistance at a salon for proper treatment.

As for the neck area, try this technique when applying neck cream.

Firstly, turn your head towards the left when you apply your neck cream, starting from your right chin downwards to the right side of the neck bone. This will make your skin around the neck stretched and ensure that the cream reaches the creases as well.

Do the same for the left side. Make sure you protect your neck from the sun by applying sun protection as well.

For a more precise skin analysis, do drop by any nearby Biotherm counter for a consultation.

Biotherm will be giving Jasmine a Biotherm Aquasource Eye Perfection worth RM150.

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