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Charlotte asks:
Hi! I have naturally very light blonde hair which is mid back length. I recently decided it would be a good idea to dye it mahogony and regret it dreadfully. I went to a very well established salon and they did a lovely job but it just doesn’t suit my pale skin tone at all. They did not use any bleach or lightening product as it was very light to begin with and it is still in good condition. Is there any way of lifting the dark dye from my hair at home quickly without it going orange? I don’t think I can afford multiple trips to a salon. Thank you for your help! Charlotte

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi Charlotte, What a shame you don’t love the new colour. You could try a de colourant which would lift out the artificial colour and leave you with a much lighter base or you could try having a full head of very fine highlights. The highlights would have to be bleach but as your hair is in could condition it will be a safe option condition wise. If you also if you use a clarifying shampoo it will help remove the old colour. Just make sure you look after your hair best you can by using treatments weekly. Good luck

Layne asks:
So I have really crazy hair and looking for a trendier half half style. I want the left side to be black and the right to be a dark red. My hair was previously blonde, brown, red and purple and at the moment looks very washed out and slightly orange. Although I am dying it and know how to do it the way I want I am unsure as to how I can do this without the roots growing out bad. Should I strip my hair? Or is there a product to cover roots? Reply ASAP

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi Layne, You will need a red/violet pre pigment formula for the black side to ensure that it doesn’t fade out too quickly and takes evenly. I would use a red/orange pre pigment formula for the red side for the same reason. Both formulas should be applied to clean dry hair, I suggest you add a porosity equaliser or protein leave in conditioner to condition your hair whilst processing. Process the pre pig formulas for around 20 minutes before rinsing out and drying the hair. Then apply the desired result formulas and they will look fabulous. Good luck

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?

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
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.

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