|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.
|Eve asks: |
I have thick frizzy hair with absolutely no volume on top and am looking for a mousse to encourage my curls and add a bit of lift at the roots- preferably one that can be scrunched in and doesnít need heat, as my hair frizzes even more with heat. Iíve heard of volumizing mousse- which is the best one for me? Thank you!
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We often see curly-haired clients who struggle to gain volume at the roots. The problem is that curly hair tends to be full of volume and body through the length of the hair, which can make it look wider at the side, giving the impression of a flatter root. Curly hair also tends to have the additional issue of being quite heavy, with the weight of the curls dragging down the hair at the root, resulting in the appearance of less root volume. The great news is that with the right cut, styling techniques and products, you can quite easily achieve some volume and add lift to the roots.
Firstly, itís crucial to get the right cut. Layers help to encourage curls, but itís important to get the placement of layers right, to avoid the hair looking too bottom-heavy. Layers that start around the chin and angle downwards should help to encourage your curls, without being so short that they add unwanted volume to the sides, as opposed to at the crown.
While volume is your main concern I would also suggest addressing your issue with frizz when it comes to washing and styling. With naturally curly hair you should avoid washing it daily Ė in fact, with very thick hair you should be able to get away with just one shampoo a week. In-between you can simply rinse before styling your hair or co-wash Ė washing with a conditioner Ė using a light conditioner designed to inject moisture and discourage frizz. When it comes to styling for added volume, itís important to start from the very beginning, and use a volumising shampoo. I would also recommend using a clarifying shampoo once a month.
If youíre using styling products regularly Ė which most curly-haired women do Ė you can end up with product build-up that weighs down your curls and leaves hair looking flat. If your hair feels too dry after using a clarifying shampoo, follow up with a deep conditioning mask that contains keratin. This will boost moisture levels, seal the hair cuticle and help to prevent damage to the hair Ė that can cause more frizzing Ė all without weighing the hair down.
In terms of styling products, I would suggest a silicone-based serum, to help reduce your frizz, followed by a light volume-boosting product to add volume and hold, without pulling the curls down. Apply serum first, applying to damp hair through the mid-lengths and ends, to seal the cuticle and keep out frizz-enhancing humidity. Follow with a volumizing mousse or foam throughout the roots and lengths, to encourage volume at the roots and to boost the curls through the lengths. LíOreal Professionnelís Tecni Art Volume Lift Spray Mousse is ideal: it gives volume at the roots, without weight the hair down. It adds just the right amount of natural hold, while allowing curls to retain their flexibility.
When applying your products apply them upside down Ė this encourages root volume Ė before leaving to dry naturally, if this is what you prefer to do. Try not to touch your hair when leaving it to dry naturally, as this can cause it to frizz. If youíre time-poor and do decide to blow-dry your hair however, do it upside-down (again) to encourage root volume, and use a diffuser to give bounce and shape to your curls. Donít stop drying until the whole head is fully dry Ė leaving it slightly damp can cause unwanted frizz.
Once your hair is dry change your parting. This is a great hack for adding extra root volume, quickly. Switch your parting to the opposite side to the one you dried it in (or change it from a middle parting to a deep side parting) for an instant boost in volume in the crown. Finally, for an added boost try sprinkling a root boosting volumising powder into your roots. This will add extra lift, as well as guts and hold to your freshly-boosted roots.
|Maya asks: |
I once had my hair thinned out and was happy with the results, but now I want it thinner. If I get it thinned out again will my hair turn frizzy?
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Having very thick hair thinned out Ė which is traditionally done by thinning out the lengths and ends with a razor or shears Ė is sometimes a great option for women who find their thick coarse hair very unmanageable, however, it isnít a decision to be taken lightly. Often the grass isnít always greener and trading in very thick hair for very fine hair can bring a whole new set of problems with it. For a start, the less volume in the hair, the harder it can be to rely on your natural texture, so adding any kind of wave or body to the hair can be tricky. Hair can end up looking fine, limp and lifeless and styling products that used to work on your hair can become too heavy, weighing the hair down.
The key is to seek out a professional who will help you achieve a balanced style and cut that retains enough weight and volume in the hair that it retains some natural texture and body, but without being so thick and unruly that it is tricky to style. Thinning shears are preferable over using a razor to thin the ends Ė this can leave the ends looking dry. However be aware that if your hair is naturally wavy, and texturizing shears are used, they can alter your hairís natural wave pattern, so you may notice your curls start to behave differently.
Your hair has now started to grow back in at the roots, which has resulted in your new roots being full of natural weight and thickness, while your thinned out ends remain thin. This has caused an imbalance between the ends and crown section, which is probably why you now wish to have the procedure carried out again. The problem is that thinning the hair can only take place through the ends Ė so when freshly grown thicker roots start to appear, there is an unavoidable contrast between the roots and ends. Instead of having your ends thinned again I would actually suggest opting for a blunter cut through the ends.
This will make the ends look thicker, however it should help to balance out the denser roots. Then ask your hairstylist to add internal layers to take away the heaviness and volume within the main body of the hair. This should give the appearance of lighter locks, but without contributing to the current contrast between the roots and ends that you are experiencing. It should also help to ensure that as your hair continues to grow out, you donít end up with even more of a discrepancy between the thickness in the ends and the body at the roots and should mean the effects of the cut last much longer.
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