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Stephanie asks:
I have been transitioning out of relaxed hair for a little over a year. I want to make sure that my hair is as healthy as possible so it can grow long. I would like to know if it would be better for my hair to straighten it once every two weeks (and forgo washing and styling in between) or to get box braids every 5 weeks and washing as needed. I would want the braids to be on the smaller side to be easier to style and I would get an extra foot of synthetic hair added. I put my hair in protective styles like a french braid or pull it up with a scrunchie, so I there is not much damage in between washes when it is straight. But I imagine there are trade-offs. The heat from straightening canít be good for hair. On the other hand, the tension of the braids on the scalp and slower distribution of sebum down the hair shaft is likely not healthy either. Short of wearing my hair naturally curly, which would be better for my hair?

Thank you!

Gary RussellAnswered By:
Gary Russell
Hey Stephanie

Yes you are quite right there are trade offs in both. Straightening your hair once every 2 weeks is great as long as when you shampoo you also use an intense treatment when shampooing, along with a product to protect the hair from the heat of the straighteners. Maybe try Redkenís Pillow Proof Express Primer Cream. This will help save time on the blowdrying and also give you a heat protection of up to 450 degrees. You could also use its sister product Pillow Proof blow dry 2 day extender: this is a dry shampoo which will refresh your look and absorb any unwanted oils. Your other option is braiding. The tension can affect your hair although if your hair is strong it shouldnít matter so much. With both you need to make sure you get your hair trimmed on a regular basis. I cannot say which is better however, I would be tempted to look after it with treatments and loose braids. Healthy long hair will be yours soon as you have thought about all areas best of luck.

Krista asks:
Hi, Iím a 16 year old girl who wants to cut her hair short.

I have black, fine thin hair. If I get a short haircut, I want to make it as big and fluffy as possible.. I think the best way would be to damage it as much as possible by dying it. I would like to hear your thoughts on that! And another question. If I get short hair, can I just layer my hair from the crown?

Gary RussellAnswered By:
Gary Russell
Firstly, yes, damaging your hair will create a different texture however i feel this is not the way to go to achieve the best results . By all means use some color (and remember to skin test yourself first, using a small amount of color behind the ear and leave for 48 hours) however not to the point of being damaged . You can achieve great texture from products alone. I would recommend Redken Wax Blast (No 10) when your hair is dry blast with the hairdryer and spray the wax in at the same time. You could also use Redkenís Powder Grip. This will mattify the hair and add volume just shake a small amount onto the roots when dry and style as normal. Now as for the layering from the crown it depends on what shape you are going for . The best thing would be to see a stylist and ask for direction on this as itís hard to say without seeing what look you are aiming fo, r and also what would suit your hair and face shape.

Have fun with the new look Krista hair is meant to be played with.

Claire asks:
Hi, I have two little girls, 16 months and 3 years old. The are mixed race. White and a quarter Caribbean. Please can you advise me on the best hair care routine and hair care Products for their hair. Many thanks

Marion BurnsAnswered By:
Marion Burns
Mixed race can be many textures and curl types, ringlets, tight afro, fine coarse, loose bouncy?? Once you have established your childrenís hair type you can approach it accordingly. ...More >

Very curly can matt and tangle easily and the instinct is to keep brushing probably more often than necessary,

At 3yrs it is a good idea to include you little one when you are brushing her hair, the best brush for this is the Tangle teezer, always start from the ends moving up the shaft of hair.. Maybe having a time once a week to teach her how to brush out her hair doing your own can demonstrate this.

If you use a pareben sulphate free shampoo and conditioner you get much better conditioned hair.

Keeping hair plaited for sleeping helps and or slippy pillow helps (satin really soft cotton )

A detangler is essential and you can mix conditioner with water in a spray to duplicate the same affect 1part conditioner 2 parts water.

A childs hair changes throughout childhood so adult products are a no no products such as Little sprout, Miniu, etc are formulated for children and are ideal.

As for routine keep it to every morning and evening for brushing , this will create a habit for your girls. Washing should be no more than twice a week , you can use the detangler daily.

Use soft bands not skinny ones as the hair can get caught in these and be very painful to remove.

Find a good hair salon, ask for referrals etc.,

Hope this helps Marion .

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