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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 wonít hold. Please let me know if you have any recommendations?

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
At Westrow weíre 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 Ė rather than wet Ė 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 Ďgrití in the hair are also ideal for building texture into fine limp locks that donít hold a style easily. Donít work on freshly washed hair Ė leave at least a day or two after washing Ė and spray hair with a strong-hold hairspray before and after styling, making sure you distribute the spray evenly through the hair Ė not forgetting to spray the underneath sections.

JEN asks:
I have very fine straight longer hair and am looking for a suitable conditioner. I have a lot of trouble with static and the only product I have found that completely eliminates this issue is Thermasilk Heat Activated Conditioner, which is no longer available. Is there a product that is comparable, or that can help to prevent static building in my hair? Where I live it is snowy and cold during winter, but I donít use any styling products, and avoid blow-drying my hair, as this makes the static worse. Please advise!

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
Unfortunately fine hair is more prone to becoming static, particularly during the winter when there is a lack of moisture in the air, and when we spend lots of time in centrally heated rooms. Plus, as youíve experienced already, applying heat to the hair can often exacerbate the problem. You need to adopt a multi-pronged approach to tackling the issue. Firstly, as youíve already realised, you need to boost moisture levels: dry hair attracts the positive electric charges from the atmosphere and this causes your strands to resist each other. Wash hair less frequently, using a shampoo and conditioner that contain proteins and conditioning ingredients and finish with a rinse of cold water.

Fine hair is more prone to static than thicker hair, but as you canít change your hair type, add body to your hair temporarily with a thickening product. Look for a multi-purpose product that thickens the hair, giving it lift, volume and guts. Finally, when styling your hair, avoid brushes with synthetic bristles, such as nylon and polyester, which can cause friction in the hair, and use a wooden, rather than a plastic comb. When blow-drying finish with a blast of cold air and finally, spritz the bristles of your brush with hairspray, then run through your strands, to create a protective barrier that should help prevent a static attack.

Emma asks:
Hi, I have awful, thick, coarse hair. It grows like nobodyís business, which some may envy, but all it becomes is a tangled mess. I donít blow-dry it or colour it, I use conditioner and a leave-in one designed for people with African hair types, although Iím white. Itís got to the point where I can only brush/comb it whilst it is wet with the conditioner on. Iíve broken combs in it. Tangle teasers just ride straight over the top of the knots unless I use when hair is wet and slathered in conditioner.

Iíd chop it all off if I didnít have a horrid, square jawline, and end up looking like a bloke. When I have risked short hair, in a week it has grown to an ugly lump on top of my head. I canít afford a cut every week. Iíve had to ask the hairdresser not to thin it out, as that makes it even coarser, and it just looks like Iíve got masses of split ends. Iím at the end of my tether. Any help would be appreciated.x

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Oh Emma, I always wish clients like you could get to me at the salon as I have really difficult hair too and itís so hard to give real advice that can help you as much as you need without me seeing your hair. But first things first, itís essential to be using the best moisturising shampoo you can as well as a moisturising treatment mask and conditioner. Try and shampoo, treat and condition your hair weekly leaving the treatment on your hair for 20 minutes covered with a shower cap before combing through and rinsing. Then apply conditioner and leave for a few minutes before combing through. You must comb your hair through as it helps close the cuticle down and help the hair shine. Squeeze the water from your hair, donít rub with a towel. Then apply a moisturising smoothing, styling cream and comb through before leaving to dry naturally or blow drying.

Style wise normally length helps way the hair down so I wouldnít suggest short layers. Have you thought about having your hair relaxed a little? A semi colour would help smooth your hair and add shine too, lots to think about. If you would like to send a picture and have specific product recommendations please let me know. I will do what I can to help you embrace your hair. Good luck

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