Be fair to your hair

Be fair to your hair

IN my previous articles, I have featured entertainment, personality, fashion, style, love story and other happenings in showbiz and community events. This week I want to answer some queries from our readers, who emailed me about their hair concerns.

With my experience in the hair and beauty industry, I was able to gather information and answers about this topic. Some of these concerns are common. I’ve encountered most of them personally in my salon.

I am frequently asked if hair color causes major damage to hair. Hair coloring products today are not enough to weaken hair. In fact, some contain extra ingredients that may leave hair shinier than before. It can’t hurt to consult a professional stylist the first time you do anything permanent to your hair or scalp, for the right tone and shades.

Scientifically hair grows a half-inch per month. Whether you cut it or not, it will grow slightly faster during summer, but that has nothing to do with cutting it often. Doctors say that it is because of hormones, which affects hair growth. The only thing a trim will do is to take out and eliminate split ends, to make hair look better.

Comb your wet hair from roots to ends. A comb is easier on fragile wet hair than a brush is. Stretching it from scalp to tips can cause damage. First, smooth out knots with a leave-in detangler. Then start to comb at the ends, working up in sections.

Hair looks its best when the natural oils from the scalp are allowed to reach tends. That’s why I suggest it for a person with dry hair or scalp to shampoo every other day and let the natural oil add shine to your hair. If you feel you need a freshener, simply spritz roots with water and restyle with a blow dryer. Some say that it’s healthier to switch shampoo from time to time, but hair can’t tell the difference between brands or build up the tolerance to any product. Your favorite shampoo will work the same every time you lather up, week after week, month after month.  If you have very oily hair or favor a particularly sticky styling product that contains wax, it does pay to use a clarifying shampoo once a  week to wash away residue and product build-up.

I was also asked if stress can make your hair fall out. Although your hair is falling out all the time, approximately 50 to 120 strands per day. It’s possible that you may lose a few more strands when you’re “catastrophically” stressed, meaning you have experienced a major life change such as a divorce, lost job, or surgery, says Gerome Litt, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

“Other culprits are pregnancy or antibiotics. After a few weeks, it will almost certainly grow back.” I totally agree with him.

The road to healthy hair is paved with products, potions, protein, and deep conditioners. If your hair is fried or suffering from split ends, sun damage, tangles, and broken brittle pieces, it’s time to take charge of your hair’s health.

It’s easy to forget that our hair can be very fragile. Exposure to the sun, hair dryers, flat irons, and even daily brushing can take its toll and really mess up your mane.

It’s important to remember that repairing damaged hair won’t happen overnight, but over time.  Developing these habits will aim you down the road to recovery

Entrust the care and welfare of your hair to a trusted hairstylist.  Turn to them when you feel your hair is under the weather, for a review of how you should properly take care of your hair.

Brittle damage and breakage due to too much chemical process, after the summer or do-it-yourself-color went bad, needs a professional salon visit.  We can trim away damaged hair and fix the bad color.  Avoid split ends and enjoy shiny healthy hair by trimming every eight to 12 weeks.

Do not overuse heat-styling products.  They damage hair from root to sorry split-ends.  Fortunately, hair now has a lot of new innovations, with new solutions like keratin treatment, hair spa and products designed to repair the damage.

For extremely dry hair use an extra moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

When choosing your heat styling tool, look for the new hair care words and descriptions: tourmaline, ionic, and ceramic.  They are better than your everyday tools. Unlike traditional dryers and flat irons that stripped hair of moisture as they dry, the new generation of tools helps hair stay hydrated and conditioned, as moisture, natural oils, and even your styling product enter the hair shaft which gives you shine a healthier hair. For overprocessed dry damaged hair, the hair reborn spa treatment is definitely a must!

I hope that these beauty tips will help you. I hope I was able to share you my knowledge on how to take care of your hair, your one and only crowning glory. If you need more info please call us at (213) 216-4923 or


Monet Lu is a Marikina-born, award-winning celebrity beauty stylist with his own chain of Monet Salon salons across Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultimately, Monet is known as an all-around artiste who produces sold-out fashion and awards shows as well as unforgettable marketing campaigns. Monet is also the founder of the revolutionary all-natural beauty products such as Enlighten, your solution to discoloration . To contact Monet, please visit or email him at

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