|Ryan asks: |
My hair is very very straight. I can barely do anything to give it texture, volume, or body. What can I do to make these things happen, preferably something that works relatively soon, since school is getting ready to start. Thanks!
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Hi Ryan, Firstly make sure you are using a volumising shampoo that is clear, that way you will add body right from the start. Only use a leave in conditioner and maybe good old fashioned volumising mousse. Its light foam formula left in the hair or blow dried in will really help you have body. Make sure you only apply a golf ball size amount and comb it through before leaving to dry or blow drying to make sure its evenly distributed. I really hope this helps.
|Michele asks: |
I have naturally curly have that I straighten daily but it is starting to look frizzy. I really want to get beachy waves and wanted to know the best way to achieve this look?
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Beachy waves are a gorgeous look for summer: theyíre so Instagram-mable and they never seem to go out of fashion. Unfortunately, achieving the perfect beachy wave on naturally curly hair, that has a tendency to frizz, isnít so easy - however with a few extra steps there is no reason why it canít be achievable.
There are two potential routes to beachy waves. You could either use a salt spray, to create the wave, definition, structure and texture of waves that have been formed in the sea. This is the Ďtrueí form of beachy waves, however going down this route does require a little extra effort when starting with naturally curly hair.
The other way you can create beachy waves is to opt for a smooth blow-dry, using a smoothing creme, to take away the natural curl and frizz from your hair and give you a smooth straight hair foundation to begin with. You can then add loose, natural-looking waves, using a large-barrelled tong on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. Tong the hair in different directions and start at different sections of the hair, but never higher than two thirds of the way up, to keep the waves looking as naturally-formed as possible. This will give you that gorgeous beachy wave, but without the texture and definition that you would get from a sea-salt spray. If you then want to add a little definition to create that Ďbeachyí texture, try rubbing a little bit of wax between your fingers and carefully adding to a few of the waves.
If you do wish to go down the sea-salt spray route, there a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, the minerals in salt spray (the key product for beach waves) can be really drying, and as curly hair has a natural tendency to be drier and coarser than straight hair, this isnít ideal. Curly hair follicles donít behave in the same way as straight ones, and drying curly hair out will lead to frizz Ė not the desired effect when creating beachy waves. To stop salt spray from drying your hair, the key is to add a few extra steps designed to add moisture to your hair. Start with a co-wash (conditioner-only washing), rather than a traditional wash, and then continue the moisturisation process with a leave-in conditioner and a few drops of a light oil on damp hair. Use a salt spray as the final step in the process. Additionally, look for a sea-salt spray with added moisturising ingredients, to nourish the hair, smooth the follicle and reduce frizz, while adding body, wave and texture.
|Valerie asks: |
Hi, I have been dying my darkish brown hair at home using Koleston 8/00 light natural blonde (permanent) with 40% vol peroxide. I have a lot of grey at the roots, but managing to cover these following advice you gave to somebody on here about increasing the ratio to 1 : 1 and leaving on longer.
My question is how can I brighten up my hair, without it becoming too yellow. I regularly use a blue shampoo and professional colour care products; the overall condition of my hair is good. Ideally I would like to go blonder, but not sure what shade of colour to buy. Can you help asap as Iím hoping to do this at the weekend. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give.
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Hi Valerie, I am so sorry I didnít get to your question sooner, I went away for a much needed break! I was thrilled to hear that some advice previously offered was useful to you. To get you to a lighter shade I suggest using a clarifying or high detergent shampoo, leave it on your hair for 5 minutes before rinsing and repeating. Then investing in some blonding shampoo and conditioner, but using that at this time of year will mean you can actually lift up to 2 shades. The formula for your roots will then be a 9.00 or 10.00 with 40 vol use the 1:1 ratio and keep to the increased processing time. If you want to counteract a bit of the excess warmth use an ash shade as part of the formula I would go with 9.00 with 10.01 that way you are neutralising the warm tones and getting lighter. If you donít get the lift (Iím sure you will) from deep cleansing and the blonde shampoo and conditioner how about some very fine highlights? Really good luck x
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