|IGNAS asks: |
I have a lot of hair, which is long and thick. I want to slick it back, so that it has no parting, and leave the ends loose, however, when I do, even with product, my hair starts to part in the middle and I donít want that. I have tried using different products but nothing helps. Do I need to use some sort of product that I do not know about or do I need to get a certain haircut?
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A slicked-back no-part style is very on-trend right now and a red-carpet favourite Ė with good reason: itís super flattering, highly wearable and can look both casual and glamorous, depending on how you wear it. Iím seeing an increasing number of brides request this look too, as it keeps hair off your face, works on most hair types and is flattering to most face shapes. A no-part style draws attention to your facial features by sweeping hair back and creating symmetry Ė whereas a parting changes the symmetry on your face, a no-part look can work for every face shape. The only types of hair I would advise against trying this style are very fine locks, which can risk looking too thin or balding when slicked back, and very curly locks, which have a tendency to fall naturally back into a parting.
|Stefanie asks: |
Hello, I have thick, middle to long dark brown hair. I never use heat on my hair, I shampoo it 1-2 times a week and condition it. My hair tends to be dry so I donít wash it more than that unless I have a lot of appointments. When I air dry my hair it always is slightly wavy but on two occasions due to the humidity I had wild curlyish hair (very specific curls). The curls started from the roots and became tighter curls to towards the bottom. They were not to voluminous which I liked and seemed wild. I have never felt that confident and good about myself, so I really want to find out how to make my hair look like that daily! I tried to copy two pictures into here, but unfortunately it didnít work. They are from a model that has exactly the kind of curls I am talking about. If there is a way for me to send the pictures that would be amazing! Thank you so much in advance and sorry for my English!
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Hi Stefanie, Iím afraid I donít know how you can attach the pictures but the best thing I can suggest for defining natural curls is always shampoo and condition with moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Always comb the conditioner through before rinsing. Use a cream based product called something like curl cream or curl activator and apply to the middle, lengths and ends of your hair when wet. Comb through so as to evenly distribute the product and then if you can use a diffuser on a hair dryer just to take 50% of the water out. Then leave to dry naturally. Hair has memory and needs to be reminded that it used to curl once you have to help it remember. As your hair is drying twist sections or scrunch then in your hand this will help your hair retain the natural shape. It may take a month or too but it will happen. Perhaps a trim and some long layers would help?
|Meena asks: |
I have greasy hair and I am looking for a clarifying shampoo that will clean my hair and result in a matte look. Most shampoos I have tried leave my hair looking glossy, which I donít like.
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It is important to note the difference between hair that looks glossy and shiny with health and hair that simply looks greasy. I suspect that years of battling greasy locks have left you craving a matte look, because you associate shine with grease and oily locks, so I would advise that you use products to try and achieve a healthy balance that has a hint of natural shine: an oil-free scalp, grease-free lengths that have a natural healthy shine, but no sign of oil.
I advocate the use of clarifying shampoos from time to time, to remove product build-up, excess oil, and environmental pollutants, however, while clarifying shampoos do cleanse and purify the scalp, overuse can have the opposite of the desired effect, over-stimulating the scalp over time and leading to excess of sebum production, as well as dry hair. KMS Head Remedy Deep Cleanse Shampoo is a great product however, it removes build up from hair products, minerals, pollutants and hard water. Avoid the temptation to reach for clarifying shampoos frequently in a bid to strip your oily scalp Ė I would recommend using once a fortnight only.
Regularly use a shampoo that addresses oily roots, removing excess sebum and purifying the scalp, while nourishing the lengths and ends. Kťrastase Specifique Bain Devalent £19.50 treats oily roots, but replaces lost moisture from any sensitised areas and drier ends, helping hair fibres to regain softness and Ė a natural Ė shine. Remember that washing too frequently can also stimulate oil production, so try to stick to washing your hair twice a week, instead of daily, to keep grease at bay on a long-term basis.
If this look still isnít matte enough for you, I advise adding styling products to create a matte finish, rather than stripping the hair of its natural oils in the hope of achieving this look. Dry shampoo is an easy way to soak up natural oils in the scalp and hair and will leave hair looking drier and full of volume, without stripping away too much moisture. Styling wax and texturizing powder work equally as well to create a matte effect.
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