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Zach asks:
I’m 15 years old with fine wavy hair and I’m trying to find a manageable hairstyle. I’ve tried blow drying and straightening my waves, and I’ve tried plenty of pomades/waxes/gels, but nothing seems to work. My natural hair is oddly wavy with strange bends that make it look like it has been crimped. One side is fuller than the other and the back hairs stick up while the front falls flat. I need a solution that will be manageable and one that doesn’t require use of expensive products. Any tips?

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
Naturally wavy hair is full of movement and is actually easier to style than very straight or very curly hair, once you get the cut and style right. You want a style that will work well with the natural volume within your wavy hair and that embraces and encourages your waves. A medium length style, with a quiff and gentle side sweep, and plenty of texture and length through the back, would work for you. This look would allow you to style your stubborn front section, while embracing the natural volume you already have through the back. It would also allow you to manipulate the appearance of your asymmetric sides – the side sweep and gentle side parting in this style would draw the eye away from the fuller side. Let the back grow out for added texture – the extra length and weight will help to prevent that ‘sticking up’ you’re experiencing – and then to style, arm yourself with a hairdryer, a softening styling crème and a texturising sea salt spray. A sea salt spray is your new best friend – it’s the ideal product for playing up natural waves and it adds texture and bulk to fine locks, so it’s particularly ideal for you. It will also add a level of hold that other products won’t achieve as well.

There are plenty of salt sprays on the market, with many of them being inexpensive. You just need to apply a few sprays to towel-dried hair to add hold and guts to your finished style, then you can use the styling crème to create finger movement through the top. You will need to blow dry your stubborn front section upwards, into the direction you want it to go, but after a few weeks of blow-drying it should start to sit better. Using a blow-dryer to create volume and hold is essential and shouldn’t be avoided – just a few minutes with the hairdryer will really help your style hold its shape for longer. Combine blow-drying with a comb to pull your front section up and to create even longer-lasting body and height. Use the hot air setting to shape your style and then finish with a blast of cool air, to help set it. Finally, as your hair is fine, you should try to avoid wet-look products, which can leave it looking even finer. Instead, use dry hair products – such as the ones I’ve suggested – to create a sense of fullness, keeping your application nice and light. Finish with a little dry-finish hairspray for added hold, but remember that less is more when it comes to using styling product on fine hair; you really don’t need too much to achieve a great shape, especially in naturally wavy hair like yours.

Ronja asks:
My hair is completely ruined and I don’t know what to do. I haven’t dyed my hair in six months and I almost never style it in any way, I just shampoo it and use a little bit of conditioner (and coconut oil every now and then). In December I noticed that it had started breaking a lot and now I have these short strands of hair on the front and some on the back. It looks awful. It’s also really thin and I have lost a lot of length from the ends. I don’t know what’s causing it but it just keeps getting worse no matter what I do and it’s ruining my whole self-confidence. Any tips on how I could save my hair or do I just have to cut it really short?

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hello, there can be so many reasons the hair seems to get out of condition. Poor health, hormone changes, medication and diet are most common if the damage hasn’t been caused by chemicals. I suggest a haircut, taking a supplement and looking at your diet seeing if you can improve it in any way to help your hair. Hair is the very last place to receive nutrition from your body so absolutely critical to have a good varied diet as well as hair care regime. Good luck

Riley asks:
Which is the best hair texturizer for long fine straight hair? I want to try out an up-do for my prom but my hair is so silky and thin, it won’t hold. Please let me know if you have any recommendations?

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
At Westrow we’re big fans of layering products to create body and hold in fine hair, before styling into an up-do or a style that requires extra hold. We use thickening sprays to create the foundation of fuller hair, which are perfect for clients who require extra body in finer locks. You can also use a mousse that will add body, weight and texture and use on damp hair before blow-drying.

A great tip for added oomph and lift is to use a little mousse on dry hair – rather than wet – before blow-drying, to seal in the product. This is a pro tip that many hairstylists use for creating serious volume. Texturizing products that create a little bit of ‘grit’ in the hair are also ideal for building texture into fine limp locks that don’t hold a style easily. Don’t work on freshly washed hair – leave at least a day or two after washing – and spray hair with a strong-hold hairspray before and after styling, making sure you distribute the spray evenly through the hair – not forgetting to spray the underneath sections.

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