In our new Hair Q&A series with hair experts, we connect Madame Noire readers with various experts and stylists to answer their most pressing questions about hair care. In this edition, celebrity hair stylist Fabrice Montes responds to reader-submitted questions about dealing with hair loss along the frontal edges and dry scalp. If you have a hair care issue you’d like to have addressed, Facebook us or email us at editors_at_madamenoire.com.
Question 1: My hair came out, due to tight breads, what would you recommend to help grow back right, along the front edges?
To start, you should definitely take a break from braids for awhile, or if you can’t do that, stay away from the front edge of your scalp. The hairline is the most sensitive and delicate area of your scalp, and the tensions from any braids will pull out some hair. Luckily it’s a temporary hair loss, and you should easily be able to get that hair to grow back by regularly using a temple balm and massaging all along your hairline. The balm moisturizes and protects the delicate hairline, while the rubbing stimulates blood flow to your hair roots, stimulating hair growth.Question 2: I have extremely dry scalp almost to the point where within 2 days of washing(selsun Blue medicated) and conditioning(organic root hair mayonaise)& using a hair grease(organic root stimulator coconut oil) my hair is itching like crazy. What products (shampoos or hair conditioner) could I use to help alleviate the itch? I am pretty much at war with my scalp?
It sounds like your scalp is irritated by layers and layers of product build up. It is also getting irritated by a very drying shampoo, and that build-up and irritation is causing the itch. I’d recommend you stop using the hair grease, which tends to clog the pores on your scalp. I’d recommend a few of the scalp oils from Rene Furterer – you massage in their Complexe 5 oil before you shampoo, which uses natural essential oils to get rid of all that product build-up. Then I’d recommend a gentle shampoo and conditioner – nothing that says medicated or for dandruff! Finally, I’d use the Rene Furterer Karite oil, which will soothe and moisturize your scalp. It also feels great, like little baby angel feet on your scalp!
Fabrice Montes has worked as a hairdresser for nearly 10 years and is currently stationed at the Avanti Salon in Boston.