|Karen asks: |
Iím 51, and heavy set. My hair is shoulder length, and kept in a ponytail most of the time. Itís all one length, has some greying, fine, w/dandruff, and oily scalp. I donít take very good care of it. When I wash it, I use a dandruff shampoo, and then Infusium (sp) shampoo for fine/oily hair. I donít use a conditioner, thinking that it adds to the greasiness. I have a wedding coming up next month where I will be standing in the line, and for pictures. I need help on what I can do, so that I donít look like I do every day. PLEASE HELP!
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Thanks for your email, all the symptoms you are describing are very common and things we see in the salon on an every day basis. In fact i myself am a victim of fine hair with oily roots so i more than appreciate how difficult this hairtype can be to manage particularly when the weather is not great outside. ...More >
The best advice i can give, is to go to the top salon in your area and have consultation with the best stylist. Consultations are usually free of charge and you can pick their brains as to what colour and style they think will suit your hair and skin tone.
Without seeing your hair i can offer some general advice that will work for most people with the hair problems you mentioned. Firstly, I would suggest having a gloss colour. A gloss colour is a quasi permanent colour which will give a translucent coverage to your grey hair, making them less obvious and adding to the rest of your hair body and shine. The benefit of this type of colour over a permanent tint is the up keep, permanent tint covers grey hair better but it sounds to me that you are a low maintenance kind of girl and getting a gloss done will densify the hair without giving a definite regrowth as it fades so you can have it done when you have special things coming up, such as weddings.
My second tip would be to have a fringe, this doesnít mean having a school girl style there are many different types of fringe, one for almost every hairtype and face shape in fact. A long side fringe will add softness when you are wearing the hair up in a ponytail everyday and will slim the face when you wear your hair down on a night out.
My best tip for solving every day greasiness is to let the shampoo do the work, dont massage or vigourously scrub the scalp as you are encouraging more sebum. I recommend kerastase bain clarifant as an excellent detox shampoo to be used alongside your anti-dandruff products. You are right not to use conditioner on the roots as the natural sebum will be keeping that area healthy but then this doesnt tend to travel to the ends. Using a light conditioner like kerstase ciment anti usure will make sure the hair is detangled and easier to comb.
For styles on the wedding day i would look to the red carpet, jennifer anniston and sandra bullock are great examples of how fine shoulder length hair can be glamourous and full of life. i recommend getting a professional blowdry on the morning of the wedding as well, your stylist should have all the products and tools needed to give a photo finish look that lasts the whole day.
I hope this helps and if you are in the North West come in and see us and I can go through what shape and styles i think would work specifically for you.
|Amy asks: |
Iíve had problems with hair growth for a few years, however just over a year ago I decided to have my hair cut into a long bob because my hair had become a bit tatty. I didnít like it so decided to grow it out, and within a year I had grown it back relatively to the length it was before (around shoulder blade length). However, in the past couple of months my hair has become extremely dry on the ends, with white dots, breakages and split ends. Iíve rarely straightened and only around twice blow dried my hair since I decided to grow out my bob, and it seems to have stopped growing. I also get greasy hair, and dandruff, so Iím stuck on which shampoo to use! Iíve been using Herbal Essences the one for dry/damaged hair but itís had no effect, and I have been using a treatment for my ends once a week. After these didnít work I had it cut but the white dots and breakages seemed to appear again really quickly. I also have my hair highlighted with bleach and caramel, but only get it done around once every 3 months, so didnít think that was causing it, as I have had it dyed like that for the past few years. Please help!
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The main issue here is your choice of products. Using anything not purchased at a salon is really doing your hair no favours. High-street brands can create a false sense of condition to your hair. It leaves a residue that builds up over time and drips down the hair to create the white dots you mention. When growing your hair, condition is massively important otherwise it grows from the roots and breaks and the end so you get nowhere. What I would suggest is go to your salon, get a few inches taken off and invest in some decent salon shampoo and conditioner. Initially it is more expensive than non-professional products but you will use less with each shampoo, so overall it works out about the same. Ask your pals or family for a conditioning mask for Christmas or your birthday and use this once a week. Also, make sure you drink lots of water Ė like your skin, hair needs to be kept hydrated. Once you have the split ends cut off and got the condition sorted, the hair will grow fuller and look and feel much healthier.
|nicola asks: |
I have several problems, my first problem is that i cannot find a hairstyle i am satisfied with i cant think of anything that i will really like and be happy with that sutis me i have tryed all hair colours because i darent cut my long hair off incase i dont like it. My other
problem is i now have black hair using permanent dye so and i now want to change my colour but dont want to ruin my hair. please help!!
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It sounds to me like you need some guidance on what to go for when looking for a hairstyle as so far you havenít found anything right for you. It also sounds as if you have always had long hair and could you possibly be just a bit bored of this and in need of a change? I say you should pluck up the courage and go for something differentÖyou never know you might love it! Donít panic as it can always go back to the way it was eventually if that is what you want but one style that I would suggest is a gorgeous flattering long bob. It is such a great look and a big trend this season. I would definitely recommend this style if you are wanting a bit of a change but still want to keep a bit of length as itís not long hair, not short hair, but somewhere in between just above the shoulders. If you want to get rid of your black hair I would recommend dying it brown. Donít worry this can be done at home as long as youíre careful and follow some simple rules. Firstly mix together water and lemon juice and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. You will then need to wash your hair using a shampoo that is normally used to treat dandruff as this will strip the original black dye from your hair, once you have done this apply the lemon juice mixture for 5 minutes and rinse out. The dandruff shampoo and lemon juice can make the hair quite dry so I would suggest applying a leave-in conditioner after using them. You will then need to buy a hair dye removal kit available from Boots or a pharmacy, this contains chemicals that will strip your hair of any colour including the original colour of your hair; once you have used this your hair will resemble an orange colour that you will quickly want to get rid of! Rub a small amount of conditioner through your hair and rinse out. Once your hair is dry it is now ready for the permanent brown dye. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully on the back of the dye box and rinse out. Once youíre back to brunette I would recommend using my Colour Love Shampoo and Conditioner which act as deeply intensive moisturizers, to refresh and revitalize coloured hair. The luxuriously thick formulas will help to repair the damage and drying effects that colouring hair can causeÖ..keeping colour vibrant and hair in fantastic condition. Colour specific products are an absolute must for putting the moisture back in Ė I hope this helps!Ē
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