|Jayne asks: |
I have been losing way more than 100 a day of my hairs for the past year now. I’m nearly 32; my hairline is getting thicker with small bald patches on both sides and on the back of my neck. I have ended up eating my hair as it drops everywhere, my hair brush is covered in my hair and washing is worst as it comes out into my hands.
I have gone and cut all of my hair so short that you can see the bald patches and I really thinking of shaving it all off as I am fed up with it. Any idea what this can be from
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Hi Jayne, I am not a hair loss expert but I think it sounds like alopecia. Pop to your GP and he can arrange a blood test and take it from there, alternatively I can recommend consulting a trichologist that will be able to help you as it is their specialist field. Really good luck
|Erin asks: |
My hair colouring history is long and extensive, but most recently I visited the salon for champagne blonde highlights, along with teal and purple added mid shaft and to my hair ends. The teal is now almost all gone, except for a few faded areas, and the purple is faded but holding on more. My roots are now coming in, my natural hair being a ’7’ dark blonde/ash brown with natural blonde and copper highlights
Unfortunately times are tough and going back to the salon is not in my budget. I am hoping I can successfully use a box colour. I am interested in doing a red for fall, or even a rose brown. I don’t know if this is possible with my current hair, or if there is a colour you could recommend that will cover my hair? I am fair skinned, blue eyed, with rosy cheeks and a slight yellow undertone. Please help! Thank you!
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Linton and Mac
We would suggest that you start by using a clarifying shampoo, to help to further strip away some of the unwanted teal colour. A natural way to help remove colour is to mix a little baking soda with your shampoo – failing that you can try a specialist colour remover, suitable for at-home use. Once you have stripped away all of the remaining teal colour, you can re-colour the hair. While there is a lot going on with your hair right now, you have two things working in your favour. Firstly, you wish to go darker, rather than lighter, and secondly you want to add plenty of warmth to the hair with either a rose brown or red shade; both of these are easier to achieve at home than going lighter or cooler in colour.
Rose brown would be a good option considering your natural light brown roots are starting to come through and you already have the purple undertone through the mid lengths and ends. Look for a copper brown box colour, one with rich and rosy warm chocolate undertones. Section your hair and apply dye to the roots first, with only a very short exposure on the middle and ends, as these sections will absorb the colour faster. Luckily, this type of colour doesn’t rely on the hair being bleached first, so is easier to achieve at home, plus this type of colour actually conditions your hair, rather than stripping it of moisture, so your hair should be left looking glossy and gorgeous.
|Meena asks: |
I have greasy hair and I am looking for a clarifying shampoo that will clean my hair and result in a matte look. Most shampoos I have tried leave my hair looking glossy, which I don’t like.
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It is important to note the difference between hair that looks glossy and shiny with health and hair that simply looks greasy. I suspect that years of battling greasy locks have left you craving a matte look, because you associate shine with grease and oily locks, so I would advise that you use products to try and achieve a healthy balance that has a hint of natural shine: an oil-free scalp, grease-free lengths that have a natural healthy shine, but no sign of oil.
I advocate the use of clarifying shampoos from time to time, to remove product build-up, excess oil, and environmental pollutants, however, while clarifying shampoos do cleanse and purify the scalp, overuse can have the opposite of the desired effect, over-stimulating the scalp over time and leading to excess of sebum production, as well as dry hair. KMS Head Remedy Deep Cleanse Shampoo is a great product however, it removes build up from hair products, minerals, pollutants and hard water. Avoid the temptation to reach for clarifying shampoos frequently in a bid to strip your oily scalp – I would recommend using once a fortnight only.
Regularly use a shampoo that addresses oily roots, removing excess sebum and purifying the scalp, while nourishing the lengths and ends. Kérastase Specifique Bain Devalent Ł19.50 treats oily roots, but replaces lost moisture from any sensitised areas and drier ends, helping hair fibres to regain softness and – a natural – shine. Remember that washing too frequently can also stimulate oil production, so try to stick to washing your hair twice a week, instead of daily, to keep grease at bay on a long-term basis.
If this look still isn’t matte enough for you, I advise adding styling products to create a matte finish, rather than stripping the hair of its natural oils in the hope of achieving this look. Dry shampoo is an easy way to soak up natural oils in the scalp and hair and will leave hair looking drier and full of volume, without stripping away too much moisture. Styling wax and texturizing powder work equally as well to create a matte effect.
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