|Dawn asks: |
I have long hair (to my chest), with a slight wave and have been having it highlighted for the past 10 years. I am coming up to 46 years old and have noticed that my hair is becoming a little thinner and is breaking off both underneath and at the sides of my head, leaving a fluffy look. My hair is also beginning to look a bit limp. I always let my hair dry naturally and seldom use straighteners. My hair is also beginning to feel quite dry from mid length to ends. I have it trimmed every other time I have my highlights redone....6-12 weeks but it doesnít seem to be getting any longer. I used Matrix Moisture Me for a while, which was great, but then it stopped being as íeffectiveí on my hair and now I am struggling to find anything that actually makes my hair look and feel healthy. Do you have any advice you could give me, and could you please recommend a good hair care brand. Thank you so much
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Hi Dawn, There are a number reasons that could be causing your hair issues, the first can be diet related make sure you are having lots of vitamin A, D 7 E and lots of Omegas. If possible take a hair supplement as I do believe they make a huge difference as itís so hard to have a well balanced diet and the hair is the last part of the body to receive nutrition. The other things to consider are making sure that your colourist isnít overlapping your colour application and asking if a protein re-constructor can be added to your formula to strengthen your hair during the colour process. I love the Joico, Redken, Nioxin and IDhair lines of professional hair care Ė I suggest you invest in a shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair and a mask to use weekly, my favourite is called Extreme from Redken. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing and then apply conditioner and comb through gently before rinsing. I think a combination of all of the above will really help.
|Julianna asks: |
Hi, I use a lot of heat on my hair, I know itís a bad thing but I was wondering how to make it grow? Iíve been trying to grow it out now for years and it just stays the same length. Iíve tried everything from vitamins to home remedies I have seen online but nothing works. I donít know what to do anymore. Thank you
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Hello Julianna, Everybodyís hair is so very individual and has very different life spans. Hair grows for between 2 and 7 years and so it maybe your hair has reached its maximum life span. If your hair is healthy and you are eating a well balanced diet and still not seen growth you have definitely reached your hairs lifespan. Thank you
|Chloe asks: |
My hair is about 22 inches long, super thick and can get quite frizzy. Itís also naturally wavy. I have never dyed my hair, and I donít plan to - itís a light brown colour with a few natural highlights. Iíve always wanted curly hair - it used to be much curlier when I was younger - so what can I do to reduce frizz and boost my natural waves without using heated appliances? My hair doesnít respond to a curling iron at all.
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Linton and Mac
Itís great that you want to embrace your natural hair type Ė we always encourage our clients to work with what they have, rather than work against it, and giving your natural waves a boost to make them curlier is a great idea; curls are very on-trend right now and while they can be tricky to manage, with the right products and techniques, it is totally doable.
First, consider visiting your hairdresser for a cut that will boost your hairís bounce factor. Your hair is currently very long and as it is also very thick, I imagine that your current style means your hair is sitting quite heavy, which will stop your curls from forming as well. Ask your stylist to feather the ends of your hair, either with scissors or a razor. This is a great trick for helping to increase the hairís ability to curl: it works a little like scraping the end of a ribbon to curl it. Layers are a good way to add movement and body to curls, and positioned right and at the right length, they should help to reduce the weight of your thick hair; heavy hair that is all one length can stop the curls from forming properly. Layers will also add definition to your waves, helping them to appear curlier.
Next, take a look at the products you are using. You need to be using products that are designed to smooth, nourish the cuticle, make your thick hair feel softer and more manageable and boost your natural curl. I would start by investing in a microfibre towel to keep your curls soft and healthy. Microfibre towels help to minimise frizz and reduce breakage while quickly absorbing the water from your hair, allowing it to dry quicker. When towel drying your hair, use a ípress and twistí method, to preserve curls and add body: take your towel and press and twist the hair rather than roughly rubbing it back and forth, which can push the hair cuticles upwards and create frizz.
I would switch to a sulphate-free shampoo and a keratin-based conditioner, as well as a deep conditioning mask for fortnightly use. Injecting moisture in to your hair should be a priority in order to encourage healthy manageable curls with minimum frizz, and to ensure your thick hair doesnít turn coarse and wiry. A nourishing curl creme, as opposed to an oil or serum, will help to smooth the hair cuticle to reduce frizz, when applied to damp hair, but without straightening or weighing down the hair and pulling out the natural wave, which can sometimes happen when using an oil. Finally, a curl-boosting mousse will help you to boost the curl factor in your hair, and will add a little hold and body to the curls. Alternatively, you could use a sea salt spray to add texture and hold, and to encourage the curl in your natural waves. The effect of this would be slightly more tousled and textured than if you used a mousse, and with slightly less hold, so it depends on the finish you are looking to achieve. It might sound strange but I would avoid anti-frizz shampoos, conditioners and serums. These often contain ingredients that give weight to curls and drag them down. What you want to do is inject moisture to the hair, to help to define the curls and smooth frizz naturally, rather than by coating the cuticle in product.
Finally, it might be worth arranging a consultation for a keratin-based smoothing treatment to help you fight your hairís natural tendency to frizz.
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