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Susan asks:
I have long, straight, extremely thick hair. I really struggle to put curls or waves into my hair as no matter which method I use the curls drop after an hour. What are the best products to use and when/how? I have my best friend’s wedding in September and I’d like to give curling one more go before I look into updo’s.

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
How you prep your hair while it’s still wet can make a huge difference to your hair’s ability to hold a curl, so prep still damp hair with products that will give your hair malleability and hold, and will allow it to retain shape once dry. Work a volumizing mousse through towel-dried hair and then mist a curl-boosting spray into freshly washed locks, before drying. The density of the mousse will give grip to your locks, while the curl-boosting spray will help to tease out any natural wave there might be hiding in your straight hair. When drying your hair avoid using a smoothing round brush, and instead use a barrelled brush, to encourage curl into the hair as it dries. Once hair is completely dry, coat a hairbrush with a strong hold hairspray and work it through your lengths to coat your strands evenly with staying power, and then wrap one-inch sections of hair around your curling iron. In hair that has a tendency to drop, it’s important to use an iron with a barrel that’s smaller than the curl you actually want. A good tip is to also hold the curl for longer than you think you would need to. When you release the curl, hold it in your hand until it cools, to allow the curl to ‘set, ’ or for even more hold, lightly clip it in place until you’ve finished curling every section of hair. Finally, finish with another layer of hairspray, and remove the pins only when your hair has completely cooled down, which should take around twenty minutes.

To keep your curls lasting all night long, avoid the temptation to add any products that will make the hair more ‘slippy’, such as a shine enhancing spray, as well as anything that will weigh the curls down, such as texturising powder or dry shampoo.

Shelly asks:
My hair started thinning out a little over a year ago and my hair is now about half the thickness it once was. Blood tests showed my hormones and vitamin levels were normal. I’m starting to see some regrowth, but as my hair is very fine naturally, the ends are now looking very thin and transparent. I don’t use heated products on it or dye it. Would monthly micro trims be my best bet to thicken the ends up? It’s currently sitting a few inches below my shoulders and I really don’t want to go much shorter.

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
Hair thinning can be caused by a number of factors, from genetics to stress, and some of these won’t be determined from a standard blood test, so speaking to a qualified Trichologist at a clinic such as ’Unlimited Hairloss Solutions’ can help you to determine the cause of your thinning. If you’re confident that the thinning has stopped and your hair is starting to return, the fine ends are most likely to be the thinner hairs that grew during that phase. Avoiding damaging and thinning these ends further is important, so avoiding heated appliances is a good start, and using products that will strengthen and fortify your strands will also help. Regular micro trims will also help, by preventing these finer, weaker ends from splitting, without compromising the length of your hair. Don’t be put off because you’re concerned about losing length: blunt, freshly chopped ends will create the appearance of fuller, thicker locks. ...More >

To create the appearance of more fullness in your hair, you need to invest in products that contain thickening formulas and ingredients designed to add density and lift. Try L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner, followed by a texturising product.

To give an instant, more noticeable boost to your hair’s thickness and length, speak to an experienced stylist about hair extensions. There are so many different types available – from clip-in temporary extensions to longer lasting varieties – that you might find this is the best solution for you, while you wait for your hair to return to its usual thickness.

Riley asks:
Which is the best hair texturizer for long fine straight hair? I want to try out an up-do for my prom but my hair is so silky and thin, it won’t hold. Please let me know if you have any recommendations?

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
At Westrow we’re big fans of layering products to create body and hold in fine hair, before styling into an up-do or a style that requires extra hold. We use thickening sprays to create the foundation of fuller hair, which are perfect for clients who require extra body in finer locks. You can also use a mousse that will add body, weight and texture and use on damp hair before blow-drying.

A great tip for added oomph and lift is to use a little mousse on dry hair – rather than wet – before blow-drying, to seal in the product. This is a pro tip that many hairstylists use for creating serious volume. Texturizing products that create a little bit of ‘grit’ in the hair are also ideal for building texture into fine limp locks that don’t hold a style easily. Don’t work on freshly washed hair – leave at least a day or two after washing – and spray hair with a strong-hold hairspray before and after styling, making sure you distribute the spray evenly through the hair – not forgetting to spray the underneath sections.

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