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Three Common Hair Problems Solved

Joico guest artist and owner of Cocoon Hair Design, Felicity Bruce, knows a thing about what it takes to get strong, healthy hair. We asked Bruce to solve three common hair problems for us.

My scalp is irritated and flaky after I get my coloured. Why does this happen and what can I do to prevent it?

Flaky scalps can occur immediately after a colouring service or up to two weeks later. This tells me there is a sensitivity to the colour service, so I’d look for alternatives to the type of colour or the technique that has been used. Perhaps change the colour from a permanent to a demi-permanent, or look at off-scalp colour options. 

I’m trying to grow my hair long. How often should I get it trimmed and is there anything I can do to speed up to process?

I would still get your hair trimmed regularly – but instead of every five to six weeks stretch it out by a couple more weeks. Also, the trim needs to be tiny, so go to a hairdresser that believes in millimetres not centimetres. Keep your diet well balanced and look into supplements to ensure you have all the necessary goodness to grow your hair.

How often should I wash my hair?

The common recommended frequency is every couple of days but there are many variables that can change this. If you work in hospitality or hit the gym often you might wash daily – or if you have a bright colour you will want to wash it less to avoid colour fading. If you’re struggling to figure out what is right for you, talk to your hairdresser as they know their products and your hair best. They can help you to figure out which shampoo and washing frequency will work best for you. For those washing their hair every day consider using a co-wash (cleansing conditioner) as this will provide cleaning to the hair and scalp with minimal disruption to your hair’s colour and natural oils. 

Kiwi Fashion Designers Collaborate for You Are Us/Aroha Nui Concert

In Auckland, this Saturday 13 April, and in Christchurch, next Wednesday 17 April, New Zealand will come together to raise money for those affected by the Christchurch terror attacks. The You Are Us/Aroha Nui charity concerts will see some of New Zealand’s leading musicians, performers and speakers take to the stage to remember the victims with all proceeds going to the Our People, Our City Fund. 

To show their support, a handful of New Zealand’s top fashion designers – Harman Grubisa, Karen Walker and Zambesi – and New Zealand artist Ruby Jones, who designed the cover for Time magazine in the wake of the attacks, have designed commemorative T-shirts. A very limited number of the special designs, which have been made with the support of Love Police, will be available to purchase at both concerts. The T-shirts will cost $40 each and all proceeds will go to the Our People, Our City fund. 

Artist Ruby Jones, whose image of two women from two different cultures embracing became a powerful representation of New Zealand’s resilience, explains the meaning of her design.”This design represents us growing closer as a nation, moving forward from the Christchurchattacks. A greater closeness, a greater openness to others, which I hope will not fade into a moment, but instead will bind us to a national identity we can truly be proud of.”

Mike King will host both events and the line-up will vary in Auckland and Christchurch. The Auckland concert will feature Anika Moa, Bailey Wiley, Bene, Bic Runga, Chaii, Dave Dobbyn, Diggy Dupe, The Dilworth Choir, Don McGlashan, Hollie Smith, IllBaz, Jason Kerrison, JessB, Marlon Williams, Mitch James, Seth Haapu, Shapeshifter, Six60, Stan Walker, Soraya Lapread, Swidt, Teeks, and more.

The Christchurch concert will feature The Adults, Amatai Pati & Moses Mackay (SOL3 MIO), Anika Moa, Bailey Wiley, Bene, Bic Runga, Boh Runga, Chaii, Christchurch Combined Choir, Dave Dobby, Diggy Dupe, Don McGlashan, The Exponents, Hollie Smith, IllBaz, Jason Kerrison, a special guest appearance by Lorde, Marlon Williams, Melodownz, Mitch James, Seth Haapu Shapeshifter, Shihad, Six60, Stan Walker, Soraya Lapread, Teeks, and more.

To find out more visit youareus.co.nz.