|Brittney asks: |
My hair is starting to really affect my feelings. It is naturally very fine, straight and flat, and a couple of years ago I was on birth control injections which caused me to lose my hair. It became very patchy, so my hairdresser recommended that I cut it into a bob and ever since then my hair has stopped growing. I’ve tried taking vitamins; I’ve tried re-growth shampoo; I’ve tried using coconut oil on my hair; and I’ve tried many other methods that I’ve come across online, but nothing seems to encourage my hair to grow. I am becoming extremely impatient and lately have started using extensions, but I’m finding them to be a major hassle. Is there a miracle hair growth product I could try? Or is there a more permanent alternative to extensions, such as a wig? I need something that will still allow me to swim, sleep and do all the usual daily activities, without it becoming obvious or uncomfortable.
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The hormones within certain birth control methods can cause hormonal imbalances that can lead to hair loss. The good news is usually the hair loss is only temporary and hair growth often returns to normal once the hormones have left your system. Unfortunately it can take a while for this to happen and on some rare occasions hormonal imbalances can remain, which means the hair loss continues. Unluckily for you your hair was already fine, which means that your hair loss showed up fairly quickly and was more difficult to conceal. While cutting your hair into a bob won’t have had any effect on the regrowth of your hair – remember the ends have been cut, whereas regrowth occurs at the roots – if the regrowth cycle is slow to return, or returns, but not as effectively as before, it will take much longer to grow your bob out – which is what you now seem to be experiencing.
Don’t worry because there are plenty of options. Speak to a professional trichologist for advice on how nutritional supplements could help to encourage your natural hair growth. They’ll also be able to advise you on any other medical treatment that could encourage faster hair growth. At a hair loss clinic – such as Unlimited Hairloss Solutions, a specialist hair loss clinic for women and transgender women – a trichologist will be able to determine the exact cause of your hair loss and will be able to advise you on medical treatment and nutritional supplements to boost natural hair growth. In the meantime, a non-surgical hair replacement method is a great way to conceal the effects of hair loss and give the appearance of fuller, thicker, and even longer hair. Unlimited Hairloss Solutions, for example, offer a number of bespoke hair replacement solutions that can be tailored to your exact needs. After an in-depth initial consultation they are able to determine what would suit each client, according to many factors, including lifestyle. It may be that one of their tailor-made wigs would be most suitable, or one of their highly innovative and effective Integration systems – a breathable mesh system that permanently disguises bald patches and hair loss, while allowing your own hair to re-grow underneath – would be a better option. Hygienic and comfortable, as well as long lasting, this method is particularly popular with active young women, who wish to maintain their lifestyle. The good news is that there are so many different options available to you that you should try not to let this affect your emotional well being for much longer.
|Poppy asks: |
My hair is currently dyed a really dark blue (almost black) and because I had dyed red hair before that I had to strip the colour first. Now I want to go back to red, would it ruin my hair to strip this colour and re-dye it red? Do you have any tips on how to maintain healthy hair when it’s been dyed.
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Hi Poppy, you can strip the blue/black and then apply red but it maybe a little more plum red because of the residue from the previous colour. I suggest you invest in the best hair care you can afford and use regular treatment masks to maintain the integrity of your hair. Make sure heat appliances you use have temperature control to and use aftercare and styling products with uv protection and then your hair will be back on track. Good luck
|Zach asks: |
I’m 15 years old with fine wavy hair and I’m trying to find a manageable hairstyle. I’ve tried blow drying and straightening my waves, and I’ve tried plenty of pomades/waxes/gels, but nothing seems to work. My natural hair is oddly wavy with strange bends that make it look like it has been crimped. One side is fuller than the other and the back hairs stick up while the front falls flat. I need a solution that will be manageable and one that doesn’t require use of expensive products. Any tips?
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Naturally wavy hair is full of movement and is actually easier to style than very straight or very curly hair, once you get the cut and style right. You want a style that will work well with the natural volume within your wavy hair and that embraces and encourages your waves. A medium length style, with a quiff and gentle side sweep, and plenty of texture and length through the back, would work for you. This look would allow you to style your stubborn front section, while embracing the natural volume you already have through the back. It would also allow you to manipulate the appearance of your asymmetric sides – the side sweep and gentle side parting in this style would draw the eye away from the fuller side. Let the back grow out for added texture – the extra length and weight will help to prevent that ‘sticking up’ you’re experiencing – and then to style, arm yourself with a hairdryer, a softening styling crème and a texturising sea salt spray. A sea salt spray is your new best friend – it’s the ideal product for playing up natural waves and it adds texture and bulk to fine locks, so it’s particularly ideal for you. It will also add a level of hold that other products won’t achieve as well.
There are plenty of salt sprays on the market, with many of them being inexpensive. You just need to apply a few sprays to towel-dried hair to add hold and guts to your finished style, then you can use the styling crème to create finger movement through the top. You will need to blow dry your stubborn front section upwards, into the direction you want it to go, but after a few weeks of blow-drying it should start to sit better. Using a blow-dryer to create volume and hold is essential and shouldn’t be avoided – just a few minutes with the hairdryer will really help your style hold its shape for longer. Combine blow-drying with a comb to pull your front section up and to create even longer-lasting body and height. Use the hot air setting to shape your style and then finish with a blast of cool air, to help set it. Finally, as your hair is fine, you should try to avoid wet-look products, which can leave it looking even finer. Instead, use dry hair products – such as the ones I’ve suggested – to create a sense of fullness, keeping your application nice and light. Finish with a little dry-finish hairspray for added hold, but remember that less is more when it comes to using styling product on fine hair; you really don’t need too much to achieve a great shape, especially in naturally wavy hair like yours.
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