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The Best Hair Products for Your Hair

Looking after your hair is very much like looking after your body. It’s so important to ensure it gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs to grow healthy and strong, and pay attention to your natural hair type in order to properly take care of it.

At Crown Clinic, we want to help you take care of your hair and give you the natural, full look that you’ve always wanted. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of products for each hair type, to help you take care of your natural hair type with ease.

Paying Attention to Your Hair Type

When it comes to natural hair types, most heads of hair will fall into at least 1 of 4 main hair categories:

  • Straight Hair
  • Wavy Hair
  • Curly Hair
  • Kinky Hair (Afro)

Each of these individual hair types needs special care and attention according to their natural state. One product catered for straight hair, may not have the same benefits for those with kinky hair, so it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients and product recommendations.

Curly and kinky hair in particular, may require a special routine or specific products to help tame and style it. That’s why we’ve put together a handy infographic to help you figure out:

  1. What your natural hair type is
  2. How to look after your natural hair type

 

How to Maintain Straight Hair

Naturally straight hair can range from very fine to very thick, but it hardly ever displays any kinks or curls. It can also be difficult to style, especially if you want to go from naturally straight to wavy or curled.

Some of the biggest issues with naturally straight hair is frizz and lack of volume, especially in hair that is very fine to medium in thickness.

Best products to control straight hair frizz:

  • High quality hair oil, such as Moroccan Oil or for a slightly cheaper option, try Aussie’s 3 Miracle Hair Oil for Damaged Hair.
  • Treat your hair to a bit of luxury with Bumble and Bumble’s Straight Hair Shampoo and Conditioner. This will help to smooth any flyaways and keep frizz at bay.

 

Best products for volumising flat hair:

  • Tigi Bed Head Queen for a Day Thickening Spray is great for giving you volume and texture, you only need a quick spritz and you’ll be loving your new voluminous hair!
  • A volumising powder can also help to inject some volume into your locks, especially if you have short hair. Try Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It – it comes in a range of different holds, so no matter how much hold you need, this will have you covered.

 

 

Best Products for Wavy Hair

Everybody wants soft, beachy waves these days. The boho, just rolled out of bed look is very much in fashion, but for those with naturally wavy hair, it can be hard to get that smooth defined wave we all crave.

This is where products like smoothing serums and creams come in handy. The main thing you need to keep in mind, is keeping moisture in the hair and ensuring you get regular trims to remove split ends. Regular cuts can help to combat frizz and help maintain the texture and fullness of your natural hair.

Best products for smoothing wavy hair:

  • Choosing a product like Philip Kingsley Smooth Cream, will not only provide UV protection for your hair, but it also contains natural oils to ensure you are nourishing and smoothing your hair.
  • Hydrating styling products will also help to tame any frizz and help you to show off your shiny wavy hair. Try a hydrating product like Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream to finish off your look before heading out of the door.

Best products for defining wavy hair:

  • Investing in a good salt spray will allow you to really make your wavy hair stand out, helping you to create texture and more defined waves. Give the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray a try, Bumble and Bumble are known for their amazing salt sprays and this one has been at the top of the market for a long time now!

 

How to Take Care of Curly Hair

With curly hair comes amazing volume, but it can also come hand in hand with major frizz! That’s why naturally curly hair often needs particular routine to keep it in tip-top condition.

Naturally curly hair can take a fair bit of styling, so it’s very important that you choose the best and most essential products for your hair. Piling on the products can weigh hair down, make it feel greasy and make it hard to style, so keeping your styling products minimal will actually vastly help your hair.

Best products for styling curly hair:

  • A good mousse such as the Boucleme Curl Cream will leave your hair feeling super soft and give you a light hold to keep curls in place. By using natural ingredients, this product will keep your hair nourished and frizz free!
  • A hydrating weekly hair mask is also essential for keeping curly hair frizz free. This Kérastase Discipline Curl Ideal Masque has been rated highly by those who struggle to tame their wild locks!

 

How to Maintain Natural Afro Hair

Those with naturally kinky or afro hair will know how difficult it can be to find products that do it all. Whether you want to hydrate, define or relax your afro hair, this hair type needs a bit of TLC to keep it looking on top form.

The main products to consider when figuring out how to maintain naturally afro hair, are good hydrating curl creams, hair oils and clarifying shampoos. Combining these 3 products will help you to keep your hair healthy and looking amazing all day long!

Best products for defining curls:

  • Cantu Coconut Curling Cream has been raved about by those with natural afro hair. Many bloggers and beauty fanatics have written about the amazing results they have experienced after using it. Filled with hydrating properties, this will not only define curls, but keep hair healthy and strong!

 

Best clarifying shampoos and conditioners:

  • For an affordable option, try Tresemme Cleanse and Replenish shampoo and conditioner range. For a little more luxury, try Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo, but try and stick to using these clarifying shampoos to once a week, just to remove build up and keep hair fresh and clean.

 

Starting your hair care routine with identifying your hair type will not only massively help you to choose the right products, but you’ll also find it a lot easier to style your hair and keep it healthy for longer.

Wondering how your hair type might affect you having a hair transplant? Why not pop in to see us for a consultation and we’ll be able to tell you exactly what your options are and what results you can expect!

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 

 

For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.