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
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
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
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
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 helps.
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
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 Caucasian
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
There are also dreadlocks wigs, but they can look a little
funny at time.
Have fun but think carefully before you go down this route.
Dreadlocks are more than just a fashion statement.