|Emma asks: |
Hi, I have awful, thick, coarse hair. It grows like nobodyís business, which some may envy, but all it becomes is a tangled mess. I donít blow-dry it or colour it, I use conditioner and a leave-in one designed for people with African hair types, although Iím white. Itís got to the point where I can only brush/comb it whilst it is wet with the conditioner on. Iíve broken combs in it. Tangle teasers just ride straight over the top of the knots unless I use when hair is wet and slathered in conditioner.
Iíd chop it all off if I didnít have a horrid, square jawline, and end up looking like a bloke. When I have risked short hair, in a week it has grown to an ugly lump on top of my head. I canít afford a cut every week. Iíve had to ask the hairdresser not to thin it out, as that makes it even coarser, and it just looks like Iíve got masses of split ends. Iím at the end of my tether. Any help would be appreciated.x
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Oh Emma, I always wish clients like you could get to me at the salon as I have really difficult hair too and itís so hard to give real advice that can help you as much as you need without me seeing your hair. But first things first, itís essential to be using the best moisturising shampoo you can as well as a moisturising treatment mask and conditioner. Try and shampoo, treat and condition your hair weekly leaving the treatment on your hair for 20 minutes covered with a shower cap before combing through and rinsing. Then apply conditioner and leave for a few minutes before combing through. You must comb your hair through as it helps close the cuticle down and help the hair shine. Squeeze the water from your hair, donít rub with a towel. Then apply a moisturising smoothing, styling cream and comb through before leaving to dry naturally or blow drying.
Style wise normally length helps way the hair down so I wouldnít suggest short layers. Have you thought about having your hair relaxed a little? A semi colour would help smooth your hair and add shine too, lots to think about. If you would like to send a picture and have specific product recommendations please let me know. I will do what I can to help you embrace your hair. Good luck
|Biba asks: |
My hair has been dyed chestnut brown for years, because I had early greys. It is pretty dry and coarse, but thick and long. It looks really good and shiny when blow dried, it is easy to maintain and it never gets greasy. Actually, I was always happy with it, but lately, after I turned 46, people are telling me I look old, and much older than I am. I am taking good care of myself but maybe my hairstyle is no longer doing me any favours. My face is oblong and a bit narrow, slightly square, with high cheekbones (kinda Sela Ward type), and my cheeks which were full, are now starting to drop down. Also my eyes are small and dropping down which ages me a lot. I still have no wrinkles. My nose is not big but itís bulky and the distance from my mouth to my nose is too large. I am athletic and strong. Which hairstyle would you recommend to me? Thank you. Biba
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Hi Biba, how about having some long layers to soften and frame your face. Have a bit off the length too and that should make your hair more youthful. If you donít fancy layers how about a super inverted bob? Good luck
|James asks: |
Hi, I have a problem with my hair, I canít make a hairstyle with any kind of product. My hair does not grow down to the head but from the head. For example, I have to gel my hair on the side to look okay, otherwise it will look like the bush. Also hair on top isnít easy to style because itís thick and it looks like a bush when I dry it. Have you any kind of suggestion how I can easily style it, for now Iím using water and kleber.
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Hi James, The first thing that needs to be considered is that you are using the correct shampoo and conditioner, to control the thick frizzy hair. You need to use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner and leave the conditioner on before combing through and rinsing, this will give your dehydrated hair a much needed moisturise and make it easier to control. I also suggest that perhaps mixing a small amount of serum with gel may work as it will help control and moisturise at the same time. I also suggest you go to a local salon and have a consultation and have a new style as they will be able to advise you on styling techniques. I hope this helps.
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