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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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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.

 

Why does sun damage the hair?

 

Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.

 

Protecting your hair from the sun

 

Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.

 

Protecting your hair from the sea

 

Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.

 

Protecting your hair in a swimming pool

 

Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 

 

Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 

 

Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 

 

Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 

 

If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 

 

Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 

 

It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 

 

Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 

 

If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.