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Here are some of the commonly asked questions we've received over the years.
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ISSUE: Minimizing Damage

June 2, 2009 | Color-Treated Hair, Curly Hair, Dry Hair

Dear Philip,

I have highlighted blonde hair that’s wavy and a little on the dry side. But my big problem is my scalp, which is really sensitive and dry; I’ve had problems with it since I was a baby, and easily react to most shampoos and conditioning treatments. What do you think about Katira — do you think I’d be able to use it?

Absolutely. Like all of my products, it’s phthalate-, paraben- and petrochemical free; plus, the primary ingredients are water, glycerin and Katira, a pure, all-natural plant extract. (As with every product you use on your scalp, do a patch test before you apply it all over your hair — but I think it will work for you. Please let me know if it doesn’t.) My Rejuvenating Oil — a gentle mix of pure plant and flower oils — is another great option for sensitive types. Run it through your hair, blow-dry for a few minutes (so the oils sink in) and shampoo away the excess. The result will be bouncy, shiny, healthy perfection.

ISSUE: Author, Author

June 2, 2009 | African-American Hair, Color-Treated Hair, Curly Hair, Damaged Hair, Dry Hair, Fine & Limp Hair, Hair Masque, Special Cases, Thin Hair

Dear Philip,

Is Philip B. going to write any more books?

Funny you asked: I’m thinking about doing a book or a TV show and am gathering material. Please let me know if there are any particular subjects you want me to address!

ISSUE: Tight, Poufy Ringlets

June 2, 2009 | Color-Treated Hair, Curly Hair, Fine & Limp Hair

Dear Philip,

I have color-treated, baby-fine curly hair that barely seems to grow! As much as I enjoy the ease of wearing my hair curly (I usually let it air-dry), my ringlets always look frizzy and tight. Plus, they really shrink up by the end of the day. Any products that might relax my hair a bit and prevent frizz?

The trick is to load your hair up with the right blend of products before it dries: The more moisture you add initially, the less likely it is to expand and frizz. I suggest mixing some leave-in conditioner (like Lovin’ Leave-In Hair Conditioning Creme) with my soft-hold Styling Gel to make your curls supple and bouncy. If you see any flyaways, tamp them down with a touch of Anti-Frizz 57. (Simply rub a tiny bit between your fingers and smooth it over the surface of your hair.) As for maintenance, use a gentle shampoo like my African Shea Butter for All, and a Rejuvenating Oil or Katira Masque treatment once a week to boost strength and shine.  And finally, my cardinal rule: Try not to touch your curls once they’re dry — that’s a surefire recipe for puffiness and frizz.

ISSUE: Fading Red + Highlights

June 2, 2009 | Color-Treated Hair, Curly Hair, Fine & Limp Hair

Dear Philip,

My hair is very fine, a mixture of curly and wavy. It’s also flat on top with overall puffiness and the ‘ear muffs’ on the side. Recently I’ve noticed some thinning along my hairline and at the crown of my head: I used to have to search for my part; now it’s a bit more apparent. (I attribute the hair loss to peri-menopause — I’m in my late 40s — and heredity.) I want to nourish my hair and scalp and get it in the best condition possible. I like to wear my straight on most days, but want to be able to wear it curly (without frizz), too. What products do you recommend?

I love fine, wavy hair because it can look so angelic — while it’s silky, the natural bend gives it built-in volume. The catch, as you’ve found, is that it’s crazily prone to frizz. To keep the poufiness factor to a minimum, you need to plump your hair up with moisture before you style. I recommend a 4-Step Hair & Scalp Facial to start, followed by a Katira Hair Masque. Here’s how to do it: Once you complete Step 3 in the 4-Step kit, rinse off the Light-weight Deep Conditioning Creme and comb a generous dose of Katira through towel-dried hair. From there, blow it dry or let it dry naturally till the masque hardens; then rinse. Finally, spray on a bit of the pH Detangling & Toning Mist (included in the 4-Step Kit) and style. You won’t believe how manageable, thick and unpuffy your hair will be.

A side note: If your hair loss progresses, please see your doctor to make sure there’s not a hormonal issue or underlying medical condition at fault. And talk to a dermatologist, too: There are a few promising hair-growth treatments out there; used consistently, they might help stop your thinning or even reverse it a bit.

ISSUE: Fine and Wavy Hair

June 2, 2009 | Curly Hair, Fine & Limp Hair, Thin Hair

Dear Philip,

My hair is very fine, a mixture of curly and wavy. It’s also flat on top with overall puffiness and the ‘ear muffs’ on the side. Recently I’ve noticed some thinning along my hairline and at the crown of my head: I used to have to search for my part; now it’s a bit more apparent. (I attribute the hair loss to peri-menopause — I’m in my late 40s — and heredity.)  I want to nourish my hair and scalp and get it in the best condition possible. I like to wear my straight on most days, but want to be able to wear it curly (without frizz), too. What products do you recommend?

I love fine, wavy hair because it can look so angelic — while it’s silky, the natural bend gives it built-in volume. The catch, as you’ve found, is that it’s crazily prone to frizz. To keep the poufiness factor to a minimum, you need to plump your hair up with moisture before you style. I recommend a 4-Step Hair & Scalp Facial to start, followed by a Katira Hair Masque. Here’s how to do it: Once you complete Step 3 in the 4-Step kit, rinse off the Light-weight Deep Conditioning Creme and comb a generous dose of Katira through towel-dried hair. From there, blow it dry or let it dry naturally till the masque hardens; then rinse. Finally, spray on a bit of the pH Detangling & Toning Mist (included in the 4-Step Kit) and style. You won’t believe how manageable, thick and unpuffy your hair will be.

A side note: If your hair loss progresses, please see your doctor to make sure there’s not a hormonal issue or underlying medical condition at fault. And talk to a dermatologist, too: There are a few promising hair-growth treatments out there; used consistently, they might help stop your thinning or even reverse it a bit.

ISSUE: Thin, Fine Ethnic Hair

March 15, 2009 | African-American Hair, Curly Hair, Fine & Limp Hair, Thin Hair

Dear Philip,

What products are best for my thin, fine, curly, black hair? I’ve been using Samy Big Curls Curl Defining Creme. It works pretty well, but I’m over 50 now and would like more volume and curl definition.

It’s not always about the finishing product. Your situation is a case in point: Volume and defined curls start at the roots and with the condition of the hair itself. First, please give it a strong foundation with weekly deep conditioning – a Rejuvenating Oil treatment followed by the Katira Masque. That combination will make all the difference. And finish your hair by putting a leave-in conditioning cream like Lovin’ Leave-In on the ends. Alternately, try Anti-Frizz Formula 57: Rub 2-3 pumps of it between your palms, work it through wet hair, and let it air-dry. Your curls will look soft, bouncy and shiny – in other words, naturally gorgeous.

ISSUE: Curly Hair On The Thin Side

February 14, 2009 | Curly Hair, Fine & Limp Hair

Dear Philip,

What do you recommend for fine, curly, mixed-texture hair? I live in North Carolina and the weather is mostly warm.

Your hair needs moisturizing shampoos and intensive conditioners that don’t add extra weight. I think you’d see great results from the White Truffle Ultra Rich Moisturizing Shampoo and Nourishing & Conditioning Creme. They both contain over 22 percent pure botanical extracts – a level that’s unheard of in the beauty industry, and means that you get a serious dose of emollients that come from plants and flowers instead of animal fats. So your hair will be light and bouncy and moisturized – not heavy or flat. The Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo (an all-in-one cleanser and revitalizing treatment), the African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo, and Scent of Santa Fe Balancing Shampoo would all be great for you, too.

ISSUE: Curly, Poufy Hair

February 14, 2009 | Curly Hair, Damaged Hair

Dear Philip,

Do you do permanent hair straightening in Los Angeles? I’ve done Yuko, which damaged my hair, and Keratin, which just gave it shine. I hate my hair. It’s always curly and frizzy and I love it straight. The flat iron is ruining my hair.

You’re a Katira girl. My own sister deals with the same issues, and blows her hair out 3-4 times a week. Here’s the regimen we’ve perfected for her – she’s seen breathtaking results with it: 1. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo followed by Katira Masque – that’s every few days. 2. Alternate that with the Four Step Hair & Scalp Treatment. I should add that I think permanent hair straightening is one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair – it ranks right up there with permanent waves. So please invest in some super moisturizing treatments, and use them faithfully. The more you torture your hair, the more you have to nourish it.

ISSUE: Thick, Curly, Frizzy Hair

February 14, 2009 | Curly Hair

Dear Philip;

I’m a Causasian male living in Singapore, where it is very warm and humid. I have hair that’s very curly, and so thick that my hairdresser keeps thinning it out. If I even touch my hair during the day, it gets very frizzy. Can you please recommend products for me? I want hold and a slicked-back style that stays “wet/oily/shiny” all day long, even if I run my fingers through it.

I agree that thick, curly hair in humidity can be a nightmare. First off, tell your stylist to stop thinning your hair – it can remove some bulk but you eventually end up with thin, wispy frizz. Secondly, start conditioning. You’ll find that your hair is a million times more manageable if it’s soft and supple as opposed to wiry and coarse. Here’s the regimen I’d recommend: 1. Once a week, use my Four Step Hair and Scalp Treatment. It will put essential lipids back into your hair, for more of a curl formation and less frizz. (Given your situation, I want you to take the Rejuvenating Oil and sleep with it in your hair overnight. The next morning, complete the remaining three steps in the kit. The Lightweight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse is great for your type of hair – it softens and silkens it. And the pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist will help counter frizz.) 2. Post treatment, apply Katira Hair Masque to damp hair, let it dry naturally, and rinse. That will smooth and hydrate your hair even more. 3. Cocktail your styling products. I’d mix a dab of Cream of the Crop together with gel and a dab of Katira Masque or Anti-Frizz Formula 57. That’s something I do all the time for my clients – just put it on wet hair and watch it dry into beautifully shiny ringlets. Bonus: You’ll be able to run your fingers through it and, unlike gel, it won’t flake.

ISSUE: Horrible Breakage

December 31, 2008 | Curly Hair, Damaged Hair

Dear Philip,

I come from such a racial mix, it’s insane – my ancestors are from at least 14 different countries. Therefore, I have frizzy, thick and curly hair. But my main concern is breakage. As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a lot of breakage, all in the front. I’m almost positive there isn’t a piece of unbroken hair on my head!!! I’m at a loss and sick of looking at this wild mane.

Katira Masque is incredible on hair like yours: It makes coarse, curly hair manageable and moisturized. I’d start with a dollop of Russian Amber – smush it into dry hair and lather it up in the shower, adding water gradually. Follow with a Katira Masque (comb it through and let it dry to a hard finish.) Rinse and use a little bit of African Shea Butter Classic Formula Conditioner – it’s particularly good for silkening and slip. And since curly, ethnic hair tends to be fragile, getting the right pH balance is really important, so finish with the pH Restorative Detangling Mist. If you want an alternate shampoo, I’d recommend the African Shea Butter Shampoo – it combines 3 different types of moisture and offers a way to cleanse your hair without stripping it.

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