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Thursday, February 7, 1980
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Hair needs special attention for warm -weather styles
By BEVERLY SHEPARD
Summer sun, wind and salt water can
extensively damage the hair's
cuticle layer. Shorter hairstyles, perms
braids and pin-ups are popular during
warm weather. Summer hair, however,
needs special attention.
Bill Simmons of Head Over Heels in
Carr Mill Mall stresses that hair itself does
not change over the summer, but hair
conditions such as managability do.
Summer sun and wind can dry out hair.
Sweat band and caps can be useful
protection, but worn too tightly, they can
cut off circulation. Removing them
frequently and running your fingers
through the scalp will stimulate blood
Chlorine from swimming can strip hair
of its protein. Wear a bathing cap, but
most importantly, shampoo after every
swim. The shampoo used should be Ph
balanced, without a strong detergent
base. The best shampoo products are
found in haircutting establishments and
are f ranchised.
Some salons recommend that
customers shampoo every day, others
leave it up to individual preference as
long as the hair does not look greasy.
Some signs of dirty hair are curls that
won't hold, an itching scalp, strands that
break off when combing and permed hair
that tightens at the roots. Blacks tend not
to wash hair as often as whites. However,
all hair needs to be washed at least every
five days. Use a moisture or placenta
based conditioner with protein. It is not
how often one shampoos but with what
one shampoos that is important.
Even though summer hair is drier, hair
has its own sebaceous glands that provide
natural oils. Scalp massages (fingertips
only) and regular brushings are essential.
Grease and oils are not good for the hair
because they clog pores and attract dirt.
For an extremely dry scalp that needs
additional oils, use a very light oil
sparingly. Do not scratch dandruff with a
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Many people prefer shorter hairstyles
in summer because increased activity
leaves less time to care for it. Delia
McCray of the Hair Zoo in Carrboro says
short hair calls for an overemphasis of
Some salons specialize in natural
haircutting, in which hair is cut in the
different directions (usually two or three
in which it grows). Gary Carden, formerly
of Hair Unlimited Inc. on Franklin Street,
says, "art and precision integrate in
natural haircutting, and if you can see how
a person's hair grows, then you can tell
how to cut it."
Whether it is short or long, hair ends
should be trimmed every six to eight
weeks or sooner, if split ends develop.
Curlier, wavier styles also appear in
summer. Curly perms or waves like the
Jheri Curl, California Curl or the Free Curl
are . not recommended by most
hairstylists. Philip Hales of the Hair Zoo
says, "You almost have to have a perfect or
extraordinary head of hair to get a Jheri
Relaxing perms can be lifesavers for
coarser hair textures. The most important
reminder about doing home perms is
don't. If you want a perm, see a
professional. Blacks should exercise
precaution in relaxing hair too
dramatically, leaving no curl for body.
For hair coloring, choose a gentle
based product and a color that is as natural
as possible. Don't color immediately after
a perm, which can weaken hair and cause
baldness and dryness. .
Henna is a natural conditioner that
builds body and adds highlights because it
coats the hair shaft." It can be applied over
a perm but definitely not vice versa. If
added at the same time as a perm, it
produces an undesirable hair color. Wait
at least one week after a perm before
using henna and do not re-apply for three
If you f ind your hair breaking off during
the summer, it may be due to poor
combing and grooming habits. Hair that is
thick or coarse should be combed from
underneath to avoid tearing. Also, rubber
bands and cheap hair ornaments with
jagged ends can snag hair.
Braids and pin-ups are practical and
attractive summer wear. Don't allow
yourself to neglect your hair care because
of them. Do not braid your hair tightly
enough to cut off circulation and do not
wear braids more than two days.
Remember, your hair is counting on
you this summer. Shampoo as frequently
as needed, especially if you do a lot of
swimming or outdoor activity. Wear head
coverings but not too tightly or too long.
Exercise precaution in wearing braids and
pin-ups. For perms, see a professional to
get the job done right. If you're not sure of
a hairstylists's credibility, seek a free
consultation first. Q
Beverly Shepard is a staff writer for The
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