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Hair problems can kill your vibe. Here are five common issues that women face, and the products that may help.


Help, I’m losing my hair!

Excessive hair loss is more common than you think — androgenetic or hormone-related hair loss, telogen effluvium or stress related hair loss, medications, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, even excess styling can cause hair loss and thining.

But don’t worry, there are viable solutions. You can get prescribed anti-androgenetic shampoos which prevent testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, hormones that are associated with the loss of hair through targeting hair growth at the follicle. The shampoos also usually help to interrupt the hormone cycle locally that causes thinning.

If you’re looking for something you can buy off the shelves, steer clear of those with parabens, sulfates and fragrances, which can irritate hair and dehydrate it. Look for formulas with antioxidants like B vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants.

Note that if you are suffering from postpartum hair loss, there is not much you can do to stop losing hair because the surge of hormones from pregnancy no longer exists in your body, but you can use products to stimulate hair growth.

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom™ Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo, $35


I’m styling my hair too often and the heat damage is not pretty!

The good thing is you’ve quit your chemical straightening habit and made way for your natural curls, but you can’t quite quit the flat iron, or the curling wand.

Did you know that the steam that comes out when you’re styling is the hair’s internal moisture? You can’t curl hay, so you need to put moisture and hydration back for it to cooperate.

Try a concentrated treatment that strengthens hair from within, whether a leave-in mask or a wash-off formula, to reduce breakage and improve its look and feel.

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, $47

My scalp is itchy and flaky

So many things can contribute to itchy and flaking scalp, including issues like eczema.

Again, choose products that don’t have parabens, and sulfates which will irritate your already sensitized scalp further.

Look for products with tea tree, and castor oil to help treat and calm your scalp.

Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, $62


My hair is dull and lacklustre

Like your skin and the rest of the body, how you live your life and what you eat will reflect in your hair too.

Consider changing what you eat, increase intake of fatty fish, good fats, nuts, and green, leafy vegetables.

Also, invest in a deep conditioning mask that you can do repeatedly at home, instead of in the salon.

Not only is it more economical, when it comes to treating hair, it’s about consistency, so keep at it at least once a week!

Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment, $61