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G asks:
I have shoulder length hair which Iíve dyed black but the colour is washing out. My hair is extremely thick, curly/frizzy (softer afro Caribbean) and takes two hours to straighten. I get good results blow-drying it (volume and shine) but that takes an hour. My face is round/heart shaped with a very short neck. Skin tone is olive with brown eyes. Iím looking for a sleek mid length style but worried about maintaining the polished look as my hair frizzes easily. Iíd also love a more interesting brown colour with maybe a few lowlights, what would be your suggestions?

Darren MessiasAnswered By:
Darren Messias
The obvious thing to state here is the shorter you go and the more weight you remove from your hair the harder it will be to straighten. Having said that there is a new product/service on the market that some salons are offering now called the íBrasiliana Blow Dryí. This is NOT a straightening process but a blow dry that can last up to 3 months. What this will do is dramatically soften your hair and reduce the blow dry time by a third.

Colour wise this is more tricky as you have a black shade on your hair already and this will be difficult to lift out without bleaching, which of course will dry your hair out.





Pinto asks:
I am a 15 year old girl. I have got black curly hair, that is quite thick, up to my shoulders. I like the slightly tousled hairstyle. I would like to sport in when Iím out with my friends. I like it because it looks natural, casual and lovely. How can I get this style at home?

Darren MessiasAnswered By:
Darren Messias
This sounds like you need the right product for your hair.

I would strongly recommend Sebastian Potion 9. This is a leave in conditioner that can be applied after you have washed and towel dried your hair. Apply a small amount to the middle length to the ends of the hair and then either let your hair dry naturally or very gently dry your hair with a diffuser on the end of your hair dryer at a slow speed and on a coolish setting.







Ashraf asks:
I have very hard, dry and zigzag (meander) hair. Really I hate my hair because I canít make any style so for that every time I just make my hair very small. Can you suggest something for my hair itís curly. very dry, very hard with no shine.

Tony MaleedyAnswered By:
Tony Maleedy
I think all the things you dislike about your hair stem from it being dry. And ídryí literally means that - a lack of moisture inside the cortex, or inner fibers of the hair (the cortex makes up about 80-90% of the hair). A hair in good condition will have a moisture content of about 10% but for one reason or another (environmental, chemical etc.) the moisture levels commonly drop much lower than this. When that happens the cortical fibers start to break up, the cuticle scales on the surface of the hair íopení and become vulnerable to damage which then causes further surface disruption and damage and so on. ...More >

In your case the hair has become dry it loses itís shine because the rough surface of the hair no longer reflects light off it as (presumably) black hair will when in good condition. There is probably quite a bit of breakage due to the loss of elasticity in the hair and itís looking frizzy because as the hair breaks the broken ends stick out in all directions which interferes with the sleekness of the hair.

Because the structure internal fibers of hair, because of the reduced moisture level, is disrupted the hairs commonly take on a slightly ídisfiguredí shape meaning that the spaces between aligned dry hairs are usually greater than when well conditioned hairs are aligned, so the overall appearance of the hair is less smooth and sleek. With your hair, even though, it is curly, if it was in good condition the curls would be smooth because all the hairs would be aligned and close to each other forming a smooth curl.

So how can you improve your hair?
  • Wash your hair at least twice a week, more if possible.
    Washing the hair is the perfect opportunity to put back moisture. Itís a myth that washing hair is bad for it.
  • Use good quality products on it and condition it every time with the best conditioner you can afford.
  • Use a treatment conditioner once a week until the condition improves then use it once a month to maintain it.
  • Use a good quality wide-toothed comb (saw cut if possible, it will say on the comb) to comb his hair and minimize the use of a brush. This is because a comb will cause less breakage while hair is in a fragile state.
  • Make sure that his diet is well balanced and nutritious - our hair is a product of what we eat, eat rubbish and you may well get rubbish!





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