|Coral asks: |
Hi, I really need some advice about relaxing my hair. Itís something Iíve wanted to do since I was in high school as I have extremely thick, fairly dry and extremely curly hair.
I donít want to permanently straighten my hair; I just want to loosen my curly hair into beachy type waves. My hair is very healthy, despite the heat and bleach itís been abused to in the past. I havenít bleached in about a year and I tend to limit my straightening to once or twice a month now. But I just have very strong hair anyway, so it can withstand chemical treatments.
Iím thinking of going to a Salon that has a clientele closer to my hair type, so a place that deals with mixed race or African type hair, such as my own as they may be a bit more experienced in how mine would react, but I donít want to fork out a lot of money if Iím not going to get what Iím after - as I know there have been a lot of mixed results. I just need advice about what to do, as I just want to - at least for a short time in my life, have low maintenance hair.
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If your hair is very curly, permanently straightening it is going to help with reducing the curl more.
A texturiser, a treatment that is less harsh, could work, but not enough to achieve the beach waves you expect. ...More >
If you bleached your hair a year ago, it will still be in your hair structure and I would never process a chemical treatment, such as relaxing or texturising, on hair that has been previously bleached, as this is too damaging to the hair.
I would definitely recommend visiting a salon Ė you need a professional to test pieces of your hair and see what type of curl could be achieved. I know itís hard on a budget, but a professional can judge what is best and ensure that there is limited damage caused, and if you want quality, you have to be willing to pay. Do your research and go in for a consultation first. Any professional stylist would want to examine and test first before committing to anything.
(Quotes attributed to Danielle Hill, Education Manager, Westrow on behalf of Steve Rowbottom)
|Andrea asks: |
Hi! Iím 16 years old I was struggling for my hair because i dye it into blonde and the stylist put some bleach on my hair but it ended up dry and when I comb it. It always falls out so I donít want to comb my hair anymore. And now i wanted to cut it short for me to have a new reborn hair but my hair is so super thick I usually re-bond my hair to straighten out but my hair is burned and so dry because of the treatment that I used in my hair. I donít know what to do anymore I wanted to cut it short with my round face but I donít know if it will suit me because i have a super thick hair. What will I do?
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Okay so to start with you need to invest in the best possible professional shampoo and conditioner for dry damaged hair. It will be a mixture of protein and moisturising ingredients at will strengthen & soften. You then need to buy a treatment masque to your that you apply after shampooing but before conditioning, this will strengthen and condition the inner structure of your hair so as it grows its in the best possible condition. Only ever comb your hair when it is wet, and use a soft bristle brush when it is dry if you want to brush it. As far as hair styles go most short styles suit round and oval faces so there are lots of great options, go through google and pick out a few you like. Because your hair is thick itís a good idea to use a heavier, wax or cream styling and finishing product as these flatten the hair down as well as make it smooth and helps the strands stick together so it looks less bulky. I really think all of the above will help you and you will see a difference very quickly. You could also try on different hairstyles on our virtual hairstyle feature
, where you can upload your own photo and see what suits you: Virtual hairstyle
|Yvette asks: |
I am trying to grow my hair long Ė I am tired of having short hair and need tips on how to grow it!
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It can be very frustrating when you are trying to grow out shorter hair. My first piece of advice would be to have your hair styled in to a shorter style that you are happy with immediately. ...More >
Your hairdresser will be able to determine your face shape, your hair type and texture and can advise a style that suits you, while you go through the awkward phase of growing your hair. A common mistake that people make when trying to grow hair longer is to avoid having their hair trimmed, which can lead to split ends and breakage. This has the reverse of the desired effect, making hair shorter.
However, just as often people take this advice to keep up with regular trims too literally. Unless hair is in very poor condition, there is no need to trim hair every 6-8 weeks while you are trying to grow some length. Stick to a trim every 4 months instead, and, in between trims, use deep conditioning products on a weekly basis, and avoid over-use of heated styling products.
Try swapping a cotton pillow for a silk or satin one, to avoid overnight hair breakage, and be gentle when brushing delicate wet hair. Usually our hair growth is determined by our genes, however our diet and lifestyle can also have an effect on our hair growth rate. Stress, alcohol and excess sugar can all contribute to poor scalp and hair health. Foods thought to improve hair growth include salmon and organic eggs, which are both full of hair health-boosting protein and omega 3, oysters, which are rich in zinc, (a zinc deficiency has been linked to hair loss), avocado, sweet potato and almonds. There are supplements available at health food shops and online, which can supplement your diet with additional vitamins and minerals, if you feel you need some extra nutritional support.
Finally, if you are really struggling to grow your hair and are tired of wearing it in shorter styles, you could always consider hair extensions. While there are plenty of cheaper brands on the market, itís worth saving and investing in a good quality extension brand, such as the Easilocks human hair extensions, that we offer at S J Forbes. Good quality hair extensions that have been applied well give the extra length and thickness that cannot be achieved with products alone.
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