|Kiera asks: |
I’m a 16-year old girl and I recently sat my GCSE’s. Due to the stress of exams my hair fell out in clumps. My hair has started to regrow but the hairline is really crooked and I was wondering if it’ll ever fix itself or if there was a way I could fix it? Also I have naturally curly hair, and as I’m the only person in my family to have curly hair I’ve always just used a normal shampoo and conditioner. The underneath of my hair goes curly whereas the top stays wavy- are there any products you recommend for curly hair?
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It sounds like you’ve experienced Telogen effluvium – hair loss that occurs temporarily as a result of some kind of shock to the body, such as stress. Telogen effluvium is essentially a disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of hair and it will usually resolve on its own once the stress is over, which is why you’re now seeing some regrowth. Unfortunately the time it takes to return to a completely normal growth cycle can be different for each follicle, resulting in hair that returns in some areas quicker than in others, which is why you’re seeing a ‘crooked’ hairline. A healthy balanced diet and growth-encouraging supplements can really help to speed up healthy hair growth, but as you’re still young I would advise speaking to a doctor, or trichologist, to discuss this in depth, before changing or supplementing your diet. I refer my clients to speak to the professionals at the Northern Hair Loss Clinic for advice on hair loss. Their in-house Trichologist is firstly able to discuss loss and thinning, as well as re-growth after hair loss, and following this, they are then able to offer some fantastic non-surgical hair restoration treatments. ...More >
With regards to boosting your natural curls, you may need to re-consider your cut, as well as the products you’re using. Curls tend to drop in hair that is heavier, which is probably why you’re seeing less of a curl in the hair on top. I would suggest keeping the length in your hair – curls tend to sit better in hair that is shoulder length or longer – but ask your hairstylist to add a few layers cut to keep it from looking bottom-heavy and to take away some of the weight that is dragging your curls down. Ask for layers that start at your chin and angle down, all around your head, which will help to give support to your curls, allowing them to coil better.
It’s worth investing in your own products, as curly hair does require a little extra help in order to keep frizz at bay and to add definition, body and hold to curls. With curls, you want to add hydration, shine and definition, so use a keratin-based curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner, as well as a curl-defining creme, to seal the cuticle, define curls and eliminate frizz and to help the hair resist damage, which can prevent curls from forming. Shampoo as infrequently as possible – every other day if your hair is very fine, once a week if it’s thick – or consider co-washing, which is washing your hair with conditioner, rather than shampoo. Try to avoid using products that contain silicone as these coat your hair and create an illusion of shine, but in reality, they’re a moisture barrier that won’t allow your curls to absorb moisture. They can also build up on the hair causing it to look limp and causing curls to drop. Also, avoid styling products that contain alcohol, which draws moisture away from the hair and doesn’t allow curls to form properly.
|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 doesn’t seem to be getting any longer. I used Matrix Moisture Me for a while, which was great, but then it stopped being as ’effective’ 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 it’s 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 isn’t 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 – 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 it’s a bad thing but I was wondering how to make it grow? I’ve been trying to grow it out now for years and it just stays the same length. I’ve tried everything from vitamins to home remedies I have seen online but nothing works. I don’t know what to do anymore. Thank you
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Hello Julianna, Everybody’s 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
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