Q: My name is Paula and I live in Brazil. I have an 11-year-old daughter and a year ago her hair became dry only at the top of
her head. I think it is involved with hormones. She is very upset and I don’t know what she can do to make her hair less dry. Some
people recommended keratin but I am afraid of starting chemical procedures so early. What would you recommend for her?
A: I agree with you that 11 years old is much too young to begin subjecting your daughter to chemical hair services. Here’s is what I recommend:
You should help your daughter begin a habit of daily hair care to ensure that her hair stays strong
and healthy. The hair should be shampooed whenever it is needed to keep it clean, but it should be conditioned every day – whether you
shampoo or not. Select a shampoo and conditioner that is moisture-rich.
If you dry your daughter’s hair with a blow dryer, be sure to use an additional spray leave-in
conditioner to protect it from heat damage. Use a diffuser attachment on the hair dryer and only dry the hair to a “mostly dry” state,
allowing it to finish drying naturally. This will help prevent dispersing all of the moisture the conditioners have put into the hair.
Finally, once a week, give your daughter a deep conditioning treatment. Do this by applying your
favorite conditioner to the hair, comb the conditioner through the hair with a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute it. Cover the hair
with a plastic cap, then wrap the head in a towel that has been warmed in the clothes dryer. Leave the conditioner in place for 20
minutes then rinse it from the hair using lukewarm water.
After a few weeks you should see a marked improvement in the condition of your daughter’s hair. If
you feel it’s needed, you could use a hot oil treatment once per month. However, once the hair shows improvement, try backing down on
the number of deep conditioning treatments to every other week. This should give your daughter the shiny, smooth, healthy hair she can be proud of.