to avoid daily washing. The sebaceous glands are overstimulated,
secreting more grease onto the hair. This creates
a vicious circle where the more you wash is the greasier
Another problem with regular washing is that although
the roots are greasy the rest of your hair is stripped
of oil and the ends become dry and brittle. Use a
mild ph-balanced shampoo and wash hair without rubbing
the scalp too much. Only apply conditioner to the
mid and ends rather than at the roots.
Watch your diet. Oily and fatty foods can contribute
to greasy skin and scalp. Best of all is to use those
days when you're at home to give your hair a rest
washing. Try using a children's shampoo as these are often
mild enough for greasy hair.
coarse and brittle hair needs to be nourished
from within; a conditioner that just rinses out
won't do the job. Use an intensive moisturising
shampoo which will cleanse without excessive rubbing
(which will damage the hair more) and follow with
a hot oil conditioner. Heat opens up the hair
cuticles allowing the moisturiser to penetrate
the hair shaft giving it suppleness, bounce and
movement. Mousse on dry hair will make it look
dull, use a blow drying or thickening lotion instead.
your hair well conditioned with a rich moisturising
product. The hairstyle is also important. If your
hair is very frizzy you don't want too many layers.
Have a few longish ones that will allow your hair
to flow. Always use a diffuser when blowdrying
which will help control the frizz but will not
remove all the body.
you only have a little grey a semi-permanent colour
wash (stays for six to eight washes) will cover
it. For more than 30 per cent grey then a quasi
colour covers grey whilst keeping a natural look.
When you go grey in patches, a permanent tint
or a foil and tone technique - where highlights
are woven around the top and crown and a semi-permanent
colour is put through the rest of the hair - is
the only way to cover up. This creates warmth
and depth throughout the hair.
mums often find their hair thins quite a lot,
particularly around the crown area, after the
birth. This is quite normal and don't worry about
it. Stress can cause hair loss as well. Eventually
your hair will return to normal. Meanwhile you
can follow the tips for thin hair.
is essential you have a good cut, just below jaw length
is recommended with a few layers using clever graduation.
Colour enhancing can also help to create the illusion
of body and blow-drying technique is very important.
Start from the crown and take long sweeping sections.
Use a wide-toothed vent brush parallel to the hair
line an lift the hair up and towards the crown putting
a slight crease at the root so you put the lift in
at the roots before styling the rest. Use a few large
Velcro rollers around the crown when the hair is still
warm from blow-drying; this can give added lift. Put
them in, spray with hairspray and then dry for five
minutes with a hairdryer before allowing them to cool
more of your hair you colour the more noticeable
the regrowth will be, particularly when going
blonder, and the more colour you apply the greater
the damage. For that blonde look a few carefully
chosen highlights, focusing the lighter ones around
the face will give a natural look without obvious
regrowth. When colouring light hair remember dye
will always come out darker than shown on the
box so if, for example, you want dark brown hair
choose a mid-brown colour.
products such as serums can contain silicon, which
build up on the hair and need regular cleansing.
When possible leave off the styling products to
give your hair a rest. Change shampoos occasionally,
especially when using moisture rich shampoos.
Try switching to milder ph balanced shampoos.
is no way to speed up the growth of hair but you
can keep it healthy. Regular trimming every six
to eight weeks will keep thin ends in check. Watch
your diet as well - make sure you get sufficient
vitamins and minerals especially B12 and Iron.
your hair has split the damage is done and will
require cutting so protect it by keeping it supple
and moisturised. Use a leave-in conditioner.
Blow drying the hair can damage it so always use
a nozzell on your hairdryer concentrating on the
hair shaft. If the damage has already been done
a serum applied to split ends will help disguise
them and can help protect the hair when applying
direct heat such as from curling tongs or heated
rollers. The only real solution is to cut the
offending ends off.
a picture with you is good if you have an idea of
a style, or you could ask the stylist to suggest something.
Give as much information about yourself as possible,
such as how much time you have to spend on you hair
and what you think the limits of your styling abilities
are. Generally if you have a long narrow face then
a style with width does the trick. If it's round then
a soft textured style should suite.
If it's a new look you want without having 'the chop'
try changing your fringe! Wispy fringes are flattering
to most face shapes. If you usually wear a fringe
try gelling it back or wearing your parting on a different
side. You'll be amazed how much this can change your
Hair too thick? Get your stylist to feather
or razor cut, it will add texture + shape without
drastic changes to length or style.
hair will benefit from using a paddle brush during
blow-drying. Use the concentrator nozzle fairly close
to the brush and finish with a gloss spray to boost
Remember - you don't need to loose length when
having layers. Layers give movement and interest to
any style. Long hair looks stunning with a few subtle
layers, adding height, and can help limp hair look
If you're the
modern, creative type you'll no doubt be using gallons
of products to achieve the look. But remember, most
things benefit from a rest from time to time. So next
time you've a gap in your social diary, try using
one of the de-tox products to remove product build-up,
follow with a good, conditioner and just enjoy that
'natural-look' for a while. Who knows you may decide
it suits you!
Highlights are probably the best way to liven
up mousy hair. Go for lots of very fine highlights
for the most subtle look and for the choice of colour
do take your stylists advice. The overall colour will
depend on several factors including original colours
& condition for example. Your stylist will have a
good idea of what's best for you.
hair can easily be disguised by a really good cut.
The natural look is back in fashion so go for a style
that suits your hair type as well as your face shape
rather than trying to get your hair to do something
which doesn't come naturally.
Choose a style that is not too long and shaped into
the nape of the neck. There are a variety of products
that can also help. Thickening shampoos work well
and also make the hair more controllable. A semi-permanent
vegetable wash-in colour can also give a feeling of
thickness. Careful drying with a blow dry lotion can
also help control flyaway static hair.
Hair looks like dreads the same day and reaches maturity
faster than other methods. You can control the size
and shape of the dreads, anywhere from thick and smooth
to thin and sexy. It is an all natural method. Backcombing
will work on all hair lengths 3" and longer.
Disadvantages: The initial dreading takes a
few hours and is pretty labour intensive, nothing
a good friend or two cannot handle. The best way to
back comb is to take your time and make the dreads
as smooth and tight as possible.
First section the hair into squares. Square sections
make round dreads. Between 1" and 2" squares works well
for most people. Smaller sections make thinner dreads.
The sections can be secured temporarily with rubber
bands. After the hair is sectioned use a dread comb
to comb the hair backwards. Start close to the scalp,
not more than an inch away. Comb repeatedly towards
the scalp. Eventually hair will start to pack up at
the roots. It is not necessary to twist the hair. It
is helpful however to roll the hair you are holding
between your fingers a little while you are backcombing.
Continue backcombing, slowly working towards the ends
of the hair, making the dread as tight as possible as
you go. When you reach the ends you can secure the dread
with a rubber band. Another rubber band on the roots
will help the dread stay tight at its base. The rubber
bands can be removed after the dread has a chance to
mature. After the rubber bands are applied to each dread
the dreads should be waxed with a dread wax that does
not contain petroleum. A good dread wax will tame loose
hairs and help the hair dread much faster.
Dreads formed by backcombing look very much like dreads
right after you do them, however they will tighten and
smooth out a great deal as they mature. Using a good
soap and wax is key to the development of the dreads.
Well maintained dreads can reach maturity in as little
as 3 to 4 months! The hair continues to dread as it
grows in some cases by itself but in most cases it will
need a little help. You can wear a rubber band on the
root of stubborn dreads to help them lock up. Rubbing
the root of the dread clockwise against the scalp also
Tips: Starting with clean, residue free hair
makes the process go much faster. Any residue in the
hair tends to help the hair slip out of knots as you
backcomb. Also be sure that the hair is completely dry
when you back comb it.
Advantages: It is all natural. You have control
over the size of the dreads and how they form. Many
salons are familiar with this method and the cost is
usually much lower than a dread perm.
Disadvantages: It only works in African textured
hair but that does not mean salons will not try it on
Instructions: Hair should be sectioned into squares.
Square sections make round dreads. Between 1" and 2"
squares works well for most people. Smaller sections
make thinner dreads. As you section the hair you can
secure each section with a rubber band. When the whole
head is sectioned twist each section clockwise using
a comb to snag the hair at the ends and twist. As each
section is twisted dread wax should be worked in to
hold the twists. Thick waxes without petroleum hold
the hair much better when starting the dreads. After
the dreads mature thinner waxes can be used to add fragrance
and sheen. Rubber bands can also be used at the roots
and tips to hold the hair for the first couple of weeks.
Be sure not to attach the rubber bands too tightly,
nice and snug will do the job just as well and should
not break any hairs. Hair should be twisted by hand
regularly to help it lock up.
Dreads can also be started in short black hair without
sectioning by hand. The hair can actually section itself.
To do this you need short curly African textured hair
about 1/2" thick. Take a soft bristled brush and rub
it gently in clockwise circles on the surface of the
hair. As you rub the hair will magically form little
nubs or balls of hair. These little nubs can be twisted
by hand into dreads. Twisting and working in a little
bit of thick dread wax will help them hold together
and mature much faster. The nice thing about these sections
is that they are chosen naturally by the hair and for
this reason they dread nicely by themselves as they
continue to grow Natural dreadlocks are created by the
hair being naturally twisted with wax. If you currently
have non dread locked hair, it would need to be backcombed
with some wax and rolled in order to create that individual
Dread Locks Extensions.
You could get pony tail styled dreadlocks attachments
if you want to wear your hair as a fashion statement
for a while.
There are also dreadlocks wigs, but they can look a
little funny at time.
Have fun but think carefully before you go down this
Dreadlocks are more than just a fashion statement.
Whether shampoo, colour conditioner or treatment:
Rinse your hair with plenty of water and make
sure its not to hot
More is less, so use shampoo moderately. And your
daily hair wash rule is - Only lather once!
Give your hair more attention: shampooing has
made it soft and extremely sensitive. Pat the
wet hair carefully with a towel and dry it gently.
Then wrap the towel around your hair in a turban
so moisture can work into your hair for a couple
The ideal distance between your hair and the blow-dryer
is 30 cm. And don't forget: medium power is the
max! Remember, styling products containing little
or no alcohol are kinder to your hair and keep
it soft, shining and beautiful
your hair properly is a matter of practice
Wet hair should be combed systematically. To do
so, first disentangle it and start by combing
the ends. Then, step-by-step work your way up
to the hairline
Managing your hair requires different kind of
combs: for wet hair you should only use combs
that are softly rounded and have wide teeth
Your hair hates sharp edges, ordinary elastic
bands and damaging back combing can cause long
lasting damage, so avoid those stressful extremes