|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.
|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.
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