|Catrine asks: |
My hair is thick and most of the volume ends up in the lengths of my hair, because of the heaviness. This results in the top of my head looking very flat. Iíd like to achieve more volume and height through the crown of my head instead. Iíve come to the conclusion that I probably wouldnít suit very short hair. Whenever I put my hair in a ponytail, the lack of volume at the roots becomes even more apparent. Iím tired of my current hairstyle: it looks flat, boring and dull and I would love to switch it up, but Iím not sure what would suit me and what would help me achieve volume in the top but reduce the weight around my face. Iíd also love to be able to still put my hair up/away from my face.
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What youíre describing often happens when hair is very thick and long, as the weight of the hair pulls the hair down, causing a lack of volume in the roots. Thick hair that is one length all over is particularly prone to looking too heavy through the mid-section and ends. What you need is a cut and style that adds volume, gives a little height and lift through the top, while reducing the weight that currently sits around your face. Stylists often add layers to break up the weight of thick hair and to thin it out. While layers may be the answer Ė and theyíd certainly allow you to retain the length of your style Ė the way layers are cut into your hair can really make or break the end result of your style. Your aim is to remove weight and bulk without removing the natural movement in your hair. Iíd recommend asking your stylist to add Ďinvisibleí layers, which can thin the hair without creating that typical layered appearance. Invisible layers are ideal if you prefer the blunt cut look that is so on trend right now.
Speak to your stylist about trying a Ďparallel undercutí. This type of cut reduces weight and thickness in the hair, while increasing bounce and movement. It involves sectioning dry hair horizontally and evenly from the nape of the neck upwards in three sections, and point-cutting each section around the entire perimeter. The result is that the weight is sliced away and youíre left with a blunt yet multidimensional finish. It sounds like the perfect solution to your problem, allowing you to try out a stylish and edgy new style, thatís full of texture, length and movement, but none of the unwanted weight and bulk around your face.
|jasmine asks: |
Iím 17 and my hair type is thin ringlet curly hair. However, itís very puffy and a bit frizzy so it looks fairly thick. I keep getting gaps at the top of my head as my hair is so thin and I donít know how to tame my frizz without making the gaps more obvious!
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Hi Jasmine, try using dry shampoo in the root area, as this will make the hair separate less and look thicker and fuller. Just a tip but when you apply conditioner make sure you donít apply to close to the roots as that will over moisturise and make the hair separate and look thinner. Good luck
|Lily asks: |
Hi, Iím sixteen years old and for the last 2 years my hair has refused to wash properly and I donít know what Iím doing wrong. When someone else washes it for me itís fine but when I wash it, it feels sticky almost and static once dry. I have tried everything and asking my family to help with washing is no longer an option, please help?
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It sounds to me like you need to try changing your washing technique. Before applying shampoo, run water through your hair for at least a minute Ė this helps get rid of any product residue and prep the hair for shampoo. When you do apply your shampoo, make sure you massage it into a really good lather. For a more effective clean, work the shampoo in with your fingertips, in circular motions, starting at the hairline and moving down to the nape of your neck, only massaging shampoo in to your roots, and letting it cleanse the rest of the hair as you rinse the product out. Try a second shampoo if youíve been using a lot of product, as you may be suffering from a build-up thatís causing residue and leaving your hair with that sticky feel. Regular shampoo isnít always enough to cut through excessive and long-term product build-up from serums, sprays and heat protectant products, so if a second shampoo doesnít work, try a clarifying shampoo. Be sure to completely rinse out your shampoo before applying conditioner. Overuse of conditioner can potentially cause hair to become weighed down and sticky, so avoid this by only applying it where itís needed. As a general rule, when applying conditioner stick to applying it just through the ends: the oldest and therefore driest part of your hair that needs it the most.
Work the conditioner into the very bottom of your hair, slathering on any leftover product up the mid-lengths, but no higher. This should help to avoid using excess product that can cause build-up and stickiness. Again make sure you rinse out the conditioner properly, to avoid that sticky texture. You may also be using a conditioner that is too heavy for your hair type. If you have fine or naturally oily hair, you may not need to use something as heavy as someone with thick, dry, coarse or damaged hair. If thatís the case, switch to a lightweight conditioner or even a leave-in conditioning spray. Using too much heat on the head can both exacerbate oiliness (which could be causing your hair to Ďstickí) and increase static in the hair, so wash your hair with lukewarm water, never hot, and finish with a cool rinse, plus a cool blast of the hairdryer once youíre finished styling, to smooth the hair and reduce your chances of static.
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