|Laci asks: |
I have unbelievably thick, curly, frizzy, uncontrollable hair. If I stood 5 feet away from a wall my hair would touch it. I just cut it up to my shoulders which is turning out not to be the best idea I ever made. I donít exactly want get rid of the curls but the volume is driving me crazy, The only way I can ever get rid of the volume is to straighten it with a flat iron which gives me split ends and eventually looks worse then before, and doing the blow-drying thing seems to do nothing I've thought about cutting my hair really short and sometimes spiking it or a Mohawk I think thatís what its called. But that would be a little scary, seeing as how I'm only 13 and never have cut my hair that short before in my life. I would not mind having it chemically straightened but I have highlights will that cause a problem. What should I do?
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The Mohawk style sounds great and could well work for you, you will need to commit to a certain amount of effort with styling but this can be really easy to do. If you are scared that it is too extreme then have a look through hair magazines for examples of softer less dramatic styles that may have a slightly Mohawk look about them but without being too harsh. Visit a local stylist (you can find you nearest at the ĎFind a Saloní section on UKHairdressers.com) for some advice before you do anything, they will advise you on how to control your hair as well as options for cuts and styles and what styling may be required. While you are deciding whether or not to go for the Mohawk, the best way to control frizzy unruly hair is to get some condition back into your hair. Try deep conditioning treatments, TIGIís Treat Me Right intensive conditioner will help put the moisture back into your hair, and a leave-in conditioner such as TIGIís Ego Boost will help protect your hair. Leave-in conditioners are great for curly hair as well as conditioning they help to fight frizz at the same time. Whenever possible have a break from using heated appliances. Heat causes immense damage to your hair and using heat less often you will notice the difference in your hairís condition. If your hair has gone frizzy through the day tame your frizz for an evening out with a defining product such as TIGIís Uptight Curl Maker. Shine sprays are an excellent light product to use on your hair to give it a glossy coating, this helps smooth it and deters the dreaded static and frizz, TIGIís Headrush spray smells gorgeous and is long lasting. Curly hair can be great for creating more wild styles and can be tamed into this seasons trendy wavy and curly looks. If you wish to continue straightening your hair ensure you use a heat protective styling product such as TIGIís Extra Extra Straight or TIGIís Control Freak Serum. Proto-col collagen supplements (taken orally) will also help to avoid poor condition of the hair and promote shine. Donít keep going over the same section again and again, itís better to go over it with the straighteners slowly and get it right first time then keep reapply those hot irons to it, causing more damage in the long run.
|Madhuchandru asks: |
I want to have thick hair day by day I am losing my thickness as there is nobody in our family has baldness or hereditary evidence I am very concerned
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There are many reasons why we lose hair, it could be linked to your health, diet or stress levels, and it could still be hereditary. Genetic hair loss patterns can skip two or three generations so even if your parents or even your grandparents have no hair loss problems it is still possible to inherit a hair thinning condition from a great grandparent. It would be a good idea for you to consult a Trichologist to try to establish the cause of your thinning hair. They may also be able to reduce or stop the problem. Call the Institute of Trichologists on 08706 070602 for your nearest practitioner.
|Kathy asks: |
I am 47 years old and have always had a very wavy thick head of hair. About a year and a half ago my hair suddenly began to change and has become thin in its diameter, has lost its elasticity,is very dry and seems to fall out more easily. I do colour my hair and my hairdresser has said that my natural color is now very white. I am wondering if there is any connection to suddenly going white due to stress or could this be a premenopausal result? I miss my hair....is there any hope to restoring it back to its old condition?
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It sounds like you would need some TCL after receiving such a very poor response to your question. I apologise for not being able to give you a proper answer sooner but I have been away on business for some time. ...More >
In asking your question you mention two things that can have a negative effect on hair, stress and the menopause. It is highly unlikely that you will experience any hair loss prior to any hormonal changes occurring but when the level of oestrogen begins to reduce then excessive hair loss is extremely common. In most women this hair loss is classed as temporary and reversible and most of the hair that falls out due to the disruption caused by the fall in oestrogen will be replaced - but this takes time. When a hair falls from the scalp the hair follicle goes into a resting phase, this is perfectly normal and will last for approximately three months, only after that will a new hair start to grow and then at a rate of 2-3cm per month, so it takes some time for the hair to fully recover.
In women with a genetic predisposition to thinning hair the hair can respond badly to the fall in the level of oestrogen and never really recover fully. Many women find that HRT has a positive effect on their hair because the it can raise the level of oestrogen and stimulate hair growth. If you think the menopause could be starting in your case you could talk to your GP about this.
Another very common cause of hair loss is stress, and it can affect anyone. Stress commonly accelerates the hair growth cycle, shortening the growing phase of the hair so it falls out faster. The old hair will be replaced but, for example, if a hair falls out after growing for only two years rather than, say, four or five which may be your normal growth period, and this is affecting virtually all the hair on your head then the overall effect can be dramatic.
This type of hair loss generally stops when the causative stress factor has disappeared, but good ways of helping your body deal with stress and reducing the negative effects it can have on your hair are to get plenty of exercise (no need for a gym, long brisk walks will do it) as this burns up adrenaline and testosterone (yes, women have it too). It is also a good idea to make sure your diet is well-balanced with plenty of fruit, vegetables proteins, water etc. Also ensure that you are getting the quantity of sleep you think your body needs.
Finally, if the problem continues you should go to see a qualified trichologist to let them try to find out the exact cause of the problem and advise you what to do about it. The Institute of Trichologists will give you a list of people in your area. Tel: 08706 070602
I hope that, this time, the answer was helpful.
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