|Alyssa asks: |
I coloured my hair at home; I had to use 2 bleach 2 blonde 2 red because my hair is thick and long. It turned out PINK! Iíd like to know what to do! I hate it! Itís terrible!! Can I just redye my hair? Or is it going to fall out?! Help!! Also, is there anything that will repair my damaged hair?
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Hi Alyssa, The bleach lifted your hair and so red went onto a much lighter base colour hence it being pink. You can re apply 2 x red colour over the pop of the pink and then do a treatment mask and you should have the desired red and soft conditioned hair. Hope that helps
|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.
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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.
|Eve asks: |
I have thick frizzy hair with absolutely no volume on top and am looking for a mousse to encourage my curls and add a bit of lift at the roots- preferably one that can be scrunched in and doesnít need heat, as my hair frizzes even more with heat. Iíve heard of volumizing mousse- which is the best one for me? Thank you!
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We often see curly-haired clients who struggle to gain volume at the roots. The problem is that curly hair tends to be full of volume and body through the length of the hair, which can make it look wider at the side, giving the impression of a flatter root. Curly hair also tends to have the additional issue of being quite heavy, with the weight of the curls dragging down the hair at the root, resulting in the appearance of less root volume. The great news is that with the right cut, styling techniques and products, you can quite easily achieve some volume and add lift to the roots.
Firstly, itís crucial to get the right cut. Layers help to encourage curls, but itís important to get the placement of layers right, to avoid the hair looking too bottom-heavy. Layers that start around the chin and angle downwards should help to encourage your curls, without being so short that they add unwanted volume to the sides, as opposed to at the crown.
While volume is your main concern I would also suggest addressing your issue with frizz when it comes to washing and styling. With naturally curly hair you should avoid washing it daily Ė in fact, with very thick hair you should be able to get away with just one shampoo a week. In-between you can simply rinse before styling your hair or co-wash Ė washing with a conditioner Ė using a light conditioner designed to inject moisture and discourage frizz. When it comes to styling for added volume, itís important to start from the very beginning, and use a volumising shampoo. I would also recommend using a clarifying shampoo once a month.
If youíre using styling products regularly Ė which most curly-haired women do Ė you can end up with product build-up that weighs down your curls and leaves hair looking flat. If your hair feels too dry after using a clarifying shampoo, follow up with a deep conditioning mask that contains keratin. This will boost moisture levels, seal the hair cuticle and help to prevent damage to the hair Ė that can cause more frizzing Ė all without weighing the hair down.
In terms of styling products, I would suggest a silicone-based serum, to help reduce your frizz, followed by a light volume-boosting product to add volume and hold, without pulling the curls down. Apply serum first, applying to damp hair through the mid-lengths and ends, to seal the cuticle and keep out frizz-enhancing humidity. Follow with a volumizing mousse or foam throughout the roots and lengths, to encourage volume at the roots and to boost the curls through the lengths. LíOreal Professionnelís Tecni Art Volume Lift Spray Mousse is ideal: it gives volume at the roots, without weight the hair down. It adds just the right amount of natural hold, while allowing curls to retain their flexibility.
When applying your products apply them upside down Ė this encourages root volume Ė before leaving to dry naturally, if this is what you prefer to do. Try not to touch your hair when leaving it to dry naturally, as this can cause it to frizz. If youíre time-poor and do decide to blow-dry your hair however, do it upside-down (again) to encourage root volume, and use a diffuser to give bounce and shape to your curls. Donít stop drying until the whole head is fully dry Ė leaving it slightly damp can cause unwanted frizz.
Once your hair is dry change your parting. This is a great hack for adding extra root volume, quickly. Switch your parting to the opposite side to the one you dried it in (or change it from a middle parting to a deep side parting) for an instant boost in volume in the crown. Finally, for an added boost try sprinkling a root boosting volumising powder into your roots. This will add extra lift, as well as guts and hold to your freshly-boosted roots.
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