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Shirley asks:
I had my hair bleached a few months ago and I recently dyed it brown. I was wondering what the procedure would be if I dyed my hair blonde. Do I have to remove the brown dye? Or can I just dye it blonde right away?

Damien CarneyAnswered By:
Damien Carney
There is no one set method and or approach. Each head of hair is different, based on condition, porosity, texture, length, etc. All important factors. Returning your hair back to a bleached look should be done in small, slow steps, especially since youíve done it yourself. So not to create any further damage to the hair. I recommend that you only go to a colour specialist that can analyse your particular scenario. Each head of hair is different and requires a different product and or technique. You might have to slowly go back to your bleached look. This could take 2/3 or more sessions at a salon over a period of time. My general rule of thumb to return back to your bleached look, is to do it nice and slowly over a longer period of time. Colouring it back to a bleached look in one go, can create so much damage. Go see a professional colourist so they can look at your hair and work out a plan of action.

Amandeep asks:
What can I do to get smooth hair? except rebounding and smoothing, because if I have this treatment I worry that there is a problem that I will never be able to curl my hair. Also I cannot wear a bun or other hairstyles, because my hair is really rough.

Damien CarneyAnswered By:
Damien Carney
There are temporary ways of smoothing the hair - e.g. blow drying. Condition it vital choosing the right smoothing shampoo, conditioner and styling. These products can smooth and help by adding moisture to the hair. But this is only temporary.

Rebounding and smoothing.
These are chemicals that help to control unruly, frizzy hair and are often a great solution to creating smooth hair. The treatments can vary from loosing the natural texture and or curl all the ways to the hair looking pretty straight. Keep in mind that the more you straighten and defy your natural texture the more up keep it will take to maintain as your natural curly, unruly hair will grow through ( re growth) I would recommend the mild version of the smoothing system to see how you like it. That would also retain some of your natural curl, with out it being unruly.

Chloe asks:
My hair is about 22 inches long, super thick and can get quite frizzy. Itís also naturally wavy. I have never dyed my hair, and I donít plan to - itís a light brown colour with a few natural highlights. Iíve always wanted curly hair - it used to be much curlier when I was younger - so what can I do to reduce frizz and boost my natural waves without using heated appliances? My hair doesnít respond to a curling iron at all.

Linton and MacAnswered By:
Linton and Mac
Itís great that you want to embrace your natural hair type Ė we always encourage our clients to work with what they have, rather than work against it, and giving your natural waves a boost to make them curlier is a great idea; curls are very on-trend right now and while they can be tricky to manage, with the right products and techniques, it is totally doable.
First, consider visiting your hairdresser for a cut that will boost your hairís bounce factor. Your hair is currently very long and as it is also very thick, I imagine that your current style means your hair is sitting quite heavy, which will stop your curls from forming as well. Ask your stylist to feather the ends of your hair, either with scissors or a razor. This is a great trick for helping to increase the hairís ability to curl: it works a little like scraping the end of a ribbon to curl it. Layers are a good way to add movement and body to curls, and positioned right and at the right length, they should help to reduce the weight of your thick hair; heavy hair that is all one length can stop the curls from forming properly. Layers will also add definition to your waves, helping them to appear curlier.
Next, take a look at the products you are using. You need to be using products that are designed to smooth, nourish the cuticle, make your thick hair feel softer and more manageable and boost your natural curl. I would start by investing in a microfibre towel to keep your curls soft and healthy. Microfibre towels help to minimise frizz and reduce breakage while quickly absorbing the water from your hair, allowing it to dry quicker. When towel drying your hair, use a ípress and twistí method, to preserve curls and add body: take your towel and press and twist the hair rather than roughly rubbing it back and forth, which can push the hair cuticles upwards and create frizz.
I would switch to a sulphate-free shampoo and a keratin-based conditioner, as well as a deep conditioning mask for fortnightly use. Injecting moisture in to your hair should be a priority in order to encourage healthy manageable curls with minimum frizz, and to ensure your thick hair doesnít turn coarse and wiry. A nourishing curl creme, as opposed to an oil or serum, will help to smooth the hair cuticle to reduce frizz, when applied to damp hair, but without straightening or weighing down the hair and pulling out the natural wave, which can sometimes happen when using an oil. Finally, a curl-boosting mousse will help you to boost the curl factor in your hair, and will add a little hold and body to the curls. Alternatively, you could use a sea salt spray to add texture and hold, and to encourage the curl in your natural waves. The effect of this would be slightly more tousled and textured than if you used a mousse, and with slightly less hold, so it depends on the finish you are looking to achieve. It might sound strange but I would avoid anti-frizz shampoos, conditioners and serums. These often contain ingredients that give weight to curls and drag them down. What you want to do is inject moisture to the hair, to help to define the curls and smooth frizz naturally, rather than by coating the cuticle in product.
Finally, it might be worth arranging a consultation for a keratin-based smoothing treatment to help you fight your hairís natural tendency to frizz.

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