|Lily asks: |
Hi, Iím sixteen years old and for the last 2 years my hair has refused to wash properly and I donít know what Iím doing wrong. When someone else washes it for me itís fine but when I wash it, it feels sticky almost and static once dry. I have tried everything and asking my family to help with washing is no longer an option, please help?
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It sounds to me like you need to try changing your washing technique. Before applying shampoo, run water through your hair for at least a minute Ė this helps get rid of any product residue and prep the hair for shampoo. When you do apply your shampoo, make sure you massage it into a really good lather. For a more effective clean, work the shampoo in with your fingertips, in circular motions, starting at the hairline and moving down to the nape of your neck, only massaging shampoo in to your roots, and letting it cleanse the rest of the hair as you rinse the product out. Try a second shampoo if youíve been using a lot of product, as you may be suffering from a build-up thatís causing residue and leaving your hair with that sticky feel. Regular shampoo isnít always enough to cut through excessive and long-term product build-up from serums, sprays and heat protectant products, so if a second shampoo doesnít work, try a clarifying shampoo. Be sure to completely rinse out your shampoo before applying conditioner. Overuse of conditioner can potentially cause hair to become weighed down and sticky, so avoid this by only applying it where itís needed. As a general rule, when applying conditioner stick to applying it just through the ends: the oldest and therefore driest part of your hair that needs it the most.
Work the conditioner into the very bottom of your hair, slathering on any leftover product up the mid-lengths, but no higher. This should help to avoid using excess product that can cause build-up and stickiness. Again make sure you rinse out the conditioner properly, to avoid that sticky texture. You may also be using a conditioner that is too heavy for your hair type. If you have fine or naturally oily hair, you may not need to use something as heavy as someone with thick, dry, coarse or damaged hair. If thatís the case, switch to a lightweight conditioner or even a leave-in conditioning spray. Using too much heat on the head can both exacerbate oiliness (which could be causing your hair to Ďstickí) and increase static in the hair, so wash your hair with lukewarm water, never hot, and finish with a cool rinse, plus a cool blast of the hairdryer once youíre finished styling, to smooth the hair and reduce your chances of static.
|Shelly asks: |
My hair started thinning out a little over a year ago and my hair is now about half the thickness it once was. Blood tests showed my hormones and vitamin levels were normal. Iím starting to see some regrowth, but as my hair is very fine naturally, the ends are now looking very thin and transparent. I donít use heated products on it or dye it. Would monthly micro trims be my best bet to thicken the ends up? Itís currently sitting a few inches below my shoulders and I really donít want to go much shorter.
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Hair thinning can be caused by a number of factors, from genetics to stress, and some of these wonít be determined from a standard blood test, so speaking to a qualified Trichologist at a clinic such as íUnlimited Hairloss Solutionsí can help you to determine the cause of your thinning. If youíre confident that the thinning has stopped and your hair is starting to return, the fine ends are most likely to be the thinner hairs that grew during that phase. Avoiding damaging and thinning these ends further is important, so avoiding heated appliances is a good start, and using products that will strengthen and fortify your strands will also help. Regular micro trims will also help, by preventing these finer, weaker ends from splitting, without compromising the length of your hair. Donít be put off because youíre concerned about losing length: blunt, freshly chopped ends will create the appearance of fuller, thicker locks. ...More >
To create the appearance of more fullness in your hair, you need to invest in products that contain thickening formulas and ingredients designed to add density and lift. Try LíOrťal Professionnelís Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner, followed by a texturising product.
To give an instant, more noticeable boost to your hairís thickness and length, speak to an experienced stylist about hair extensions. There are so many different types available Ė from clip-in temporary extensions to longer lasting varieties Ė that you might find this is the best solution for you, while you wait for your hair to return to its usual thickness.
|Riley asks: |
Which is the best hair texturizer for long fine straight hair? I want to try out an up-do for my prom but my hair is so silky and thin, it wonít hold. Please let me know if you have any recommendations?
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At Westrow weíre big fans of layering products to create body and hold in fine hair, before styling into an up-do or a style that requires extra hold. We use thickening sprays to create the foundation of fuller hair, which are perfect for clients who require extra body in finer locks. You can also use a mousse that will add body, weight and texture and use on damp hair before blow-drying.
A great tip for added oomph and lift is to use a little mousse on dry hair Ė rather than wet Ė before blow-drying, to seal in the product. This is a pro tip that many hairstylists use for creating serious volume. Texturizing products that create a little bit of Ďgrití in the hair are also ideal for building texture into fine limp locks that donít hold a style easily. Donít work on freshly washed hair Ė leave at least a day or two after washing Ė and spray hair with a strong-hold hairspray before and after styling, making sure you distribute the spray evenly through the hair Ė not forgetting to spray the underneath sections.
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