|Poppy asks: |
I am 20 years old, and for the last five years, I have been lightening my hair. At some points it has been very blonde, at others, more streaked and contrasted. I am pretty sure that my natural colour is fairly mixed - mostly medium/dark brown. I have always been complimented on how natural and well done my hair colour looks, because I have never used an all over colour, which means my roots are never very noticeable. Though, the truth is, I have never coloured my hair professionally, and the products I have used have been; Garnier lightening spray, Garnier multi-lights kit, sun-in, and beach blonde by John Freida. I think I have been lucky to achieve such a nice colour - a golden/honeyish tone generally. However, I am aware as I get older that my hair is getting darker, and am starting to worry at the build up of all these products in my hair. Over the last year, I held back a bit with the lightening, and my darker natural colour came through, but then a few months ago I decided to go lighter again. I used Garnier multi lights, and then sun-in a few weeks later (I know not very sensible) and the result was a bit brassier than I am used to, obviously because I had grown darker. I am at the stage now where, I want much blonder hair, but am very confused as to what you can and can not colour on top of - can you colour/highlight/lighten on top of sun-in treated hair? At the moment it is a dark golden tone, and lighter at the front. My hairdresser said that if I use permanent colour on it, there will be breakage, but said that the condition was not terrible. But does
this mean that if I go to a colourist they are going to be reluctant to make it blonder? Is there anything I can (relatively) safely do at home - as I trust myself and have never had any disasters yet!
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There could always be the day that you can make the disaster! It takes a few years for a good stylist to become a Colourist. So far you have been very lucky but believe me you are hiding to a disaster zone. Sun-in is a very complicated product and not very versatile as it its very difficult to con-vine with other colourants plus it is a non very friendly product with your hair condition, I would advise you to go to a good salon in your area and book and appointment with the colourist explain the problem and ask to have a strand test that would determine what could happen with the colour and condition.
|Claire asks: |
I have shoulder length very dark hair, I would normally wash it with a variety of shampoos every second day. My hair has always been full of volume. I have suddenly developed an embarrassing problem as my hair has
a very bad greasy strip directly down the middle. It affects no other part
of my hair. I have washed it up to ten times in a day to try remedy this with no luck. Some people suggest I am not washing the shampoo out properly but this is not the case. Have you any suggestions that may help?
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You may, for some reason have a build-up of an oily substance on your hair, possibly silicone as it is used extensively in shampoos and conditioners these days. I would suggest that you buy a shampoo and conditioner which does not contain any silicone -look at the ingredient list, the most commonly used silicone is called Dimethicone. The first time you use the shampoo apply a good quantity of it to the greasy region down the middle of your head before you wet your hair. By doing this you will be forcing the shampoo to combine with any oil, silicone or other material present simply because it does not have the option of mixing with water and leaving any oily substance behind. You need only do this once, thereafter use the products as normal. Also remember not to apply conditioner either to your scalp or within a few centimeters of it as the hair there does not need conditioning and you run the risk that you will make your hair greasy.
|Loretta asks: |
: I am a teenager and have very thick, naturally messy hair. It takes me a really long time to straighten my hair and I never really can get it nice and straight. Have you got any tips about straightening hair that will last?
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I have an entire haircare range, called the Poker Straight collection, which is dedicated to maintaining perfectly sleek, straight hair. There are a variety of products within this that you could use to keep your hair straight, including a shampoo, conditioner and intensive treatment. For a more long term solution try asking your stylist about chemical straightening. It can be quite expensive, but lasts up to a year, keeping your hair effortlessly manageable and saving you hours of straightening time!
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