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RosaLevi asks:
I’ve being dyeing my ash light brown hair with black-blue permanent box dye for the last 3 years. I know...it really suits me though, because I’m pale with cool undertones. But I’m over it. I want my natural hair colour back. My hair is finally long (30 inches) and I don’t want to bleach it, so I’ve been trying to let the dye fade on its own. In order to speed the process, I’ve been washing my hair with dandruff shampoos, using vitamin C, using heat, and basically everything you ought not to do if you wish to preserve your colour. So now, the top 1/3 of my hair is this reddish brown colour that is completely deep red in the sunlight, but of course the bottom part is pitch black. On top of that, my roots and baby hair seem almost blonde in contrast. Should I use a good colour remover? If I do that, will my hair turn orange? Will that continue to be a reverse ombre orange? Lighter on the top? And of course: will I be able to cover that orange with a 5.0 or 6.0 light brown, ash brown, dark ash blonde dye? I’m looking for advice in general, so I’m open to the suggestions of a professional. P.S. Even though I have fine hair, the condition I think is great. I’ve never bleached it and rarely use heat. What do you think?

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi RosaLevi, I suggest you use a colour remover on the dark ends, then you need to evaluate the whole look and probably use a 6.0 all over as a semi to even the overall colour result. Use a 6.1 if you want to neutralize the warm tones. Good luck





Marissa asks:
One year ago I started suffering from a lot of hair breakage in the shower, for which my doctor prescribed a special shampoo. It didn’t really work so I stopped using it and ignored the problem. About 6 months ago I started getting really bad dandruff but my scalp wasn’t itchy at all, so I bought some Head and Shoulder’s shampoo and both of my problems went away, however my new hairdresser told me that she doesn’t believe in Head and Shoulder’s and that it doesn’t work, and that I had no dandruff. Does Head and Shoulders really work? On a slightly separate note, I’m considering investing in the Shiseido Hair Straightening, as my hair has always been very ‘puffy’ and very hard to maintain. My hairdresser gave me some shampoo and conditioner that has helped with the puffiness but my dandruff and hair breakage have remained. Is Head and Shoulders ok to use with this treatment, if I do go ahead and have it? Please help as I’m very confused!

Hayley Gibson-ForbesAnswered By:
Hayley Gibson-Forbes
There seem to be a few different issues here that need addressing – and that is perfectly normal, as very rarely do we fit into one particular category of hair type! From the way you describe your hair, it sounds like it has quite a brittle, dry texture, which is leaving it prone to breakage. Setting aside any hormonal, dietary or genetic reasons why you might be losing hair (and bearing in mind that a certain amount of hair loss is perfectly normal) it sounds to me like your hair is breaking away, rather than falling out at the root. If you are worried that the hair is falling out at the root, then you should speak to a qualified trichologist, however, if your doctor didn’t seem concerned that the issue was hair loss, then I’d recommend a haircare regime that targets dry, damaged, brittle and weak hair. The dandruff that you experienced as a result of the shampoo recommended by your doctor could indicate that residue from the product was remaining on your scalp – either as a result of using too much product, not rinsing it out effectively or using a product that is too heavy and rich for your natural hair type and scalp. This would also explain why you didn’t experience any itching or tightness in the scalp – both of which are common complaints when experiencing dandruff. The reason your hairdresser advises against using Head and Shoulders could be due to the commonly reported negative side effects of many anti-dandruff shampoos – effects such as skin irritation. Certain anti-dandruff shampoos also contain toxic carcinogenic ingredients, which has also earned them a bad reputation. Head and Shoulders contains sulphates and sodium chloride, which can strip the hair of its natural oils, as well as of its colour, and can actually lead to dry. Itchy. flaky scalp – all of which could be reasons why your hairdresser is right to steer you away from it. In terms of semi-permanent hair straightening treatments, you should do plenty of research and speak to a qualified, experienced professional, who is able to recommend a type of treatment that is suitable to your hair. If you already suffer from hair that is brittle and breaks easily, you will need to make sure that the treatment doesn’t subject your hair to further damage. It may be that your hair would benefit from a smoothing treatment – rather than a straightening one – which would help to reduce the ‘puffy’ effect you describe, reducing frizz while nourishing the hair. At SJ Forbes we offer a Nanokeratin Hair Smoothing, which smooths the hair, while locking keratin deep into the hair, to repair damaged locks, and leave them deeply nourished, conditioned and shiny. I wouldn’t recommend using Head and Shoulders products after a keratin treatment, as I would avoid using anything containing sodium chloride and sulphates. Aftercare advice is an integral part of any treatment, so if you do decide to try out a smoothing or straightening treatment, then make sure you follow the aftercare program you are prescribed, to keep your hair and scalp in optimum condition and to maintain the benefits of the treatment.







Kate asks:
Hi, I am 45, would say a natural level 5.5/6 mousey brown with a lot of warmth. I have been having a level 6 and 7 mixed on my roots stretched with high lift tint foils ....lately it’s started to look awful my greys come through after 3 weeks and the brown looks slightly gingery in the light, the blonde looks dirty and I am at my wits end about where to go from here with it. Thought about just foils but am told by my hairdresser that tint won’t lift tint........pls help. I need to know what to recommend to her that I do. Would be happy with an all over same colour .... ? Many many thanks. Kate. Forgot to mention with the high lift tint she adds a touch of bleach.

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi Kate, I am guessing that you have more grey now than when you started the process you have written about, so what used to work well isn’t so good now. You need to go lighter in order to blend the grey/white hair and make the re growth less noticeable. Your hairdresser is correct tint won’t lift tint so I suggest you have a full head of fine bleach highlights this will lift out the 6/7 ask the hairdresser not to take it through the already lightened ends though. Then either just have a semi of perhaps a natural 8 all over to tone and blend and use a blonde shampoo and conditioner (violet or silver if it gets to warm looking) or have an 8 ash mixed 8 natural on the roots so you are gradually getting lighter, working with your skin tone and helping the grey to look less obvious? Good luck





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