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Michele asks:
I have naturally curly have that I straighten daily but it is starting to look frizzy. I really want to get beachy waves and wanted to know the best way to achieve this look?

Hayley Gibson-ForbesAnswered By:
Hayley Gibson-Forbes
Beachy waves are a gorgeous look for summer: theyíre so Instagram-mable and they never seem to go out of fashion. Unfortunately, achieving the perfect beachy wave on naturally curly hair, that has a tendency to frizz, isnít so easy - however with a few extra steps there is no reason why it canít be achievable.
There are two potential routes to beachy waves. You could either use a salt spray, to create the wave, definition, structure and texture of waves that have been formed in the sea. This is the Ďtrueí form of beachy waves, however going down this route does require a little extra effort when starting with naturally curly hair.
The other way you can create beachy waves is to opt for a smooth blow-dry, using a smoothing creme, to take away the natural curl and frizz from your hair and give you a smooth straight hair foundation to begin with. You can then add loose, natural-looking waves, using a large-barrelled tong on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. Tong the hair in different directions and start at different sections of the hair, but never higher than two thirds of the way up, to keep the waves looking as naturally-formed as possible. This will give you that gorgeous beachy wave, but without the texture and definition that you would get from a sea-salt spray. If you then want to add a little definition to create that Ďbeachyí texture, try rubbing a little bit of wax between your fingers and carefully adding to a few of the waves.
If you do wish to go down the sea-salt spray route, there a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, the minerals in salt spray (the key product for beach waves) can be really drying, and as curly hair has a natural tendency to be drier and coarser than straight hair, this isnít ideal. Curly hair follicles donít behave in the same way as straight ones, and drying curly hair out will lead to frizz Ė not the desired effect when creating beachy waves. To stop salt spray from drying your hair, the key is to add a few extra steps designed to add moisture to your hair. Start with a co-wash (conditioner-only washing), rather than a traditional wash, and then continue the moisturisation process with a leave-in conditioner and a few drops of a light oil on damp hair. Use a salt spray as the final step in the process. Additionally, look for a sea-salt spray with added moisturising ingredients, to nourish the hair, smooth the follicle and reduce frizz, while adding body, wave and texture.

Louise asks:
In the last six months Iíve found that my hair is greasy immediately after washing it and nothing I try to solve this seems to be working. Iíve changed to sulfate free shampoo and conditioners, diluted apple cider vinegar, rinse in cooler water, even had a water softener fitted as I live in a hard water area. But as soon as I go to use a hairdryer there are patches which look worse than before I got in the shower! Any suggestions would be great, itís really starting to get depressing.

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi Louise, I would try a clarifying shampoo to gently strip out natural oils as well as minerals, medication and product build up. Do two shampoos leaving the shampoo on for 5 minutes before rinsing both times. Then invest in a clear protein based shampoo and spray on leave in conditioner, then you wonít have any build up or residue from the shampoo and conditioner. What do you use styling wise as that could be causing a problem, make sure whatever you use that you donít apply to close to the root area. Hope this helps!

Kaye asks:
I dyed my hair black about 2 months ago and I stripped it (at home) and my natural light brown hair was ginger. Not wanting to have ginger hair I dyed it medium brown the next day but it has grown out ginger at the roots and now 1 month later I want to strip it again (at home), but I donít want to have ginger hair again. Should I strip it multiple times or use some hair products ?

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw
Hi Kaye, What colour are you wanting to achieve?
If you want to stay natural but without ginger roots, use an ash base colour with a 10 vol developer this way it will neutralise the ginger but not make the hair darker or lighter. If you want to go lighter all over, have highlights and then tone the roots as above but with a lighter ash base shade?
Hope this makes sense?

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