|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.
|Erin asks: |
I have highlighted hair and Iíve had it for 5 years. My hair is healthy but itís thin and flat and doesnít do much. Iíve been wanting to get a wave perm to give it some body and make it look nice, but a salon near me wonít do it without me signing a waiver because they said it could break all my hair thatís been highlighted. I havenít highlighted my hair in over a year, so my hair is kind of ombrť right now. Like I said, I have healthy hair. Is it okay to perm it?
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Hi Erin, I canít advise about a perm without doing a strand test Ė this means a small amount of your hair would be cut and chemical would be applied. It would then be stretched to see how easily it broke. Or they may put the hair sample in perm solution to see how it copes. I would ask them if they do such tests because depending on that you may be happy to sign a waiver.
|Jenni asks: |
Hi, Iím 65 years of age and I have shoulder length fine hair. I really would like to cut my hair short but Iím heavy set and wonder if it would suit me ? Any advice please. Thanks.
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Hi Jenni, I do think it will suit you, as you will be able to get body and volume more easily on shorter hair. I suggest if you arenít someone who spends lots of time styling your hair you opt for a really short perhaps inverted bob, with a side fringe as thatís so easy to maintain. Once you have mastered that you can go shorter, take the plunge!
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