I love getting your questions and we have yet another reader hair care question to tackle. For this particular question, I enlisted the help of Michele Dietz, hair care and color specialist at Pure Hair and Shave Studio in Calabasas, California.
“I have baby fine hair which has to be washed every single day or it looks flat, lifeless and greasy. I bought WEN cucumber aloe conditioning cleanser to specifically address the dry hair but oily scalp issues, since I do color my hair (myself) and the ends can be a little dry. I want volume and healthier hair, and the problem seems to be that healthy hair products are too heavy. I do blow dry my hair, but I rarely use any kind of hot iron on it. The WEN cleansing conditioner works okay for a short period of time, but then it leaves me flat and super greasy within a few hours. I wanted to love WEN and the no foam philosophy behind it, but I just don’t. Any suggestions? Thanks–Laurie C., Rhode Island”
The true answer to this question is that you need a different hair care product (period), especially if after a few hours your hair is flat and super greasy. What you really need is a volumizing shampoo and conditioner for your color treated hair, and yes, it’s true, some of the “healthy hair” products are too rich. There are also products that have spray-in, leave-in conditioners that are not heavy that would be beneficial to you, as well. Also the fact that you say your hair is dry, but your scalp is oily could be that you are creating more oil on your scalp by over washing your hair. Many people think they have to shampoo their hair everyday, but they don’t really need to if they are using the right products.
For your type of hair, I would recommend Pureology Volumizing Shampoo with their color seal spray leave-in conditoner (smells amazing too!) Also use a volumizing mousse or root lift spray before drying your hair. Aveda’s Volumizing Shampoo and conditoner are also great products and they have a spray-in conditioner called Damage Control that is effective at detangling while adding shine without weighing the hair down at all. They also have an amazing root lift spray and mousse called Phollmollient (it is excellent!) Paul Mitchell’s volumizing products are good too, as well as Matrix Vavoom shampoo used with their Instacure leave-in spray. Other products I would recommend are Big, Sexy Hair and Tigi’s Catwalk Extra Strong Mousse.
Most of the products I mentioned don’t contain sulfates, parabens, SLS, detergents and so on. Hope this answers your question–good luck!
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