|Lena asks: |
I am 27 year old female with genetically thin and thinning hair. What haircut can I pull off, aside from a long layered bob, which all stylists seem to want to give me? I would like something fun and edgy. My hair is very straight.
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A layered bob does nothing for fine hair – in fact, cutting into the weight of the hair can often leave it looking thinner – so I’m surprised that so many stylists have recommended this style. Instead, a bob with a blunt razor sharp edge that sits an inch below your jawline would appear far denser. As a general rule, the thinner the hair, the shorter and blunter the bob should be cut. A blunt, single length bob is also far more edgy and stylish than a layered one; so many celebrities are wearing their hair in this style too. If you’re intent on steering away from a bob though, a long pixie cut can add density and fullness to thin hair, plus it’s a fun style that can be adapted to suit your face shape. If you prefer a softer, more feminine looking pixie cut, keep the hair around the hairline and ears longer. If you prefer a longer look then perhaps consider trying out extensions? A professional hairdresser who is experienced in extensions, or a hair loss specialist, such as the Northern Hair Loss Clinic will be able to advise on which type of extensions can give your hair extra volume and density, as well as length, but without weighing down your naturally fine locks.
|Kristine asks: |
I have quite long hair, with very rough and dry mid-lengths and ends. It is also thinning quite badly. I don’t blow-dry my hair or use any heated appliances, and I don’t dye it. It really bothers me and I don’t know what to do anymore- plus I’m very nervous about my hair falling out!
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It sounds like your hair is naturally very dry, and has suffered some form of damage to the cuticle, which is leaving it with that ‘rough’ appearance. Unfortunately, once the cuticle becomes damaged it is more prone to further damage and weakening and so it is likely that not using the right products regularly has exacerbated the problem. ...More >
First of all I would suggest a good trim – your hairstylist will be able to see how much of the ends is beyond repair and in need of cutting. If you can afford to, I would also consider trying a professional treatment that is designed to smooth, condition and inject shine into dry damaged locks. Next, I would look at the products you are using and how often you are using them. Invest in a shampoo, conditioner, and hydrating leave-on treatment or serum that are designed for dry and damaged locks. I would also suggest buying a deep conditioning treatment, and using once or twice a week, until you see an improvement in the quality of your hair. Avoid shampooing daily, as the natural oils within your scalp will help to condition your hair.
The thinning you are experiencing is most likely to be the weak damaged hairs breaking away – rather than hair loss from the follicle – so this should improve once you start to improve the overall condition of your hair. If you don’t see an improvement, or are concerned that the hair is falling out at the scalp, then speak to your GP who can refer you to see a trichologist. At Westrow. we refer our clients with thinning hair problems to the Northern Hair Loss Clinic, as they are experts in that arena and able to advise in the areas we can’t help with. Finally, it’s great that you have been avoiding damaging your hair further with colour or using heated appliances, however once you see an improvement in your hair’s condition, there is no reason to avoid these entirely. Just be sure to use heat-protective products before using any heated appliances, and professional pre-colour conditioning treatments, such as Olaplex, prior to any colour treatment.
|Kiera asks: |
I’m a 16-year old girl and I recently sat my GCSE’s. Due to the stress of exams my hair fell out in clumps. My hair has started to regrow but the hairline is really crooked and I was wondering if it’ll ever fix itself or if there was a way I could fix it? Also I have naturally curly hair, and as I’m the only person in my family to have curly hair I’ve always just used a normal shampoo and conditioner. The underneath of my hair goes curly whereas the top stays wavy- are there any products you recommend for curly hair?
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It sounds like you’ve experienced Telogen effluvium – hair loss that occurs temporarily as a result of some kind of shock to the body, such as stress. Telogen effluvium is essentially a disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of hair and it will usually resolve on its own once the stress is over, which is why you’re now seeing some regrowth. Unfortunately the time it takes to return to a completely normal growth cycle can be different for each follicle, resulting in hair that returns in some areas quicker than in others, which is why you’re seeing a ‘crooked’ hairline. A healthy balanced diet and growth-encouraging supplements can really help to speed up healthy hair growth, but as you’re still young I would advise speaking to a doctor, or trichologist, to discuss this in depth, before changing or supplementing your diet. I refer my clients to speak to the professionals at the Northern Hair Loss Clinic for advice on hair loss. Their in-house Trichologist is firstly able to discuss loss and thinning, as well as re-growth after hair loss, and following this, they are then able to offer some fantastic non-surgical hair restoration treatments. ...More >
With regards to boosting your natural curls, you may need to re-consider your cut, as well as the products you’re using. Curls tend to drop in hair that is heavier, which is probably why you’re seeing less of a curl in the hair on top. I would suggest keeping the length in your hair – curls tend to sit better in hair that is shoulder length or longer – but ask your hairstylist to add a few layers cut to keep it from looking bottom-heavy and to take away some of the weight that is dragging your curls down. Ask for layers that start at your chin and angle down, all around your head, which will help to give support to your curls, allowing them to coil better.
It’s worth investing in your own products, as curly hair does require a little extra help in order to keep frizz at bay and to add definition, body and hold to curls. With curls, you want to add hydration, shine and definition, so use a keratin-based curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner, as well as a curl-defining creme, to seal the cuticle, define curls and eliminate frizz and to help the hair resist damage, which can prevent curls from forming. Shampoo as infrequently as possible – every other day if your hair is very fine, once a week if it’s thick – or consider co-washing, which is washing your hair with conditioner, rather than shampoo. Try to avoid using products that contain silicone as these coat your hair and create an illusion of shine, but in reality, they’re a moisture barrier that won’t allow your curls to absorb moisture. They can also build up on the hair causing it to look limp and causing curls to drop. Also, avoid styling products that contain alcohol, which draws moisture away from the hair and doesn’t allow curls to form properly.
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