|Zach asks: |
I’m 15 years old with fine wavy hair and I’m trying to find a manageable hairstyle. I’ve tried blow drying and straightening my waves, and I’ve tried plenty of pomades/waxes/gels, but nothing seems to work. My natural hair is oddly wavy with strange bends that make it look like it has been crimped. One side is fuller than the other and the back hairs stick up while the front falls flat. I need a solution that will be manageable and one that doesn’t require use of expensive products. Any tips?
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Naturally wavy hair is full of movement and is actually easier to style than very straight or very curly hair, once you get the cut and style right. You want a style that will work well with the natural volume within your wavy hair and that embraces and encourages your waves. A medium length style, with a quiff and gentle side sweep, and plenty of texture and length through the back, would work for you. This look would allow you to style your stubborn front section, while embracing the natural volume you already have through the back. It would also allow you to manipulate the appearance of your asymmetric sides – the side sweep and gentle side parting in this style would draw the eye away from the fuller side. Let the back grow out for added texture – the extra length and weight will help to prevent that ‘sticking up’ you’re experiencing – and then to style, arm yourself with a hairdryer, a softening styling crème and a texturising sea salt spray. A sea salt spray is your new best friend – it’s the ideal product for playing up natural waves and it adds texture and bulk to fine locks, so it’s particularly ideal for you. It will also add a level of hold that other products won’t achieve as well.
There are plenty of salt sprays on the market, with many of them being inexpensive. You just need to apply a few sprays to towel-dried hair to add hold and guts to your finished style, then you can use the styling crème to create finger movement through the top. You will need to blow dry your stubborn front section upwards, into the direction you want it to go, but after a few weeks of blow-drying it should start to sit better. Using a blow-dryer to create volume and hold is essential and shouldn’t be avoided – just a few minutes with the hairdryer will really help your style hold its shape for longer. Combine blow-drying with a comb to pull your front section up and to create even longer-lasting body and height. Use the hot air setting to shape your style and then finish with a blast of cool air, to help set it. Finally, as your hair is fine, you should try to avoid wet-look products, which can leave it looking even finer. Instead, use dry hair products – such as the ones I’ve suggested – to create a sense of fullness, keeping your application nice and light. Finish with a little dry-finish hairspray for added hold, but remember that less is more when it comes to using styling product on fine hair; you really don’t need too much to achieve a great shape, especially in naturally wavy hair like yours.
|Kaia asks: |
I’ve noticed I’m losing lots of hair every time I wash my hair, or massage my scalp. I read online that it’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs a day. I also read that hair that falls out due to being massaged (either dry or while washing) is in the Telogen phase, just waiting to fall out. I’d like to ask if that’s all true and if in that case it’s a good idea to just massage my scalp and then comb through the hair with my fingers to remove all the hair that wants to come out? This might seem like a weird question, but if they’ve already stopped growing anyway would this make room for the new, growing hair? Also, do you really lose 150 hairs a day? I do seem to shed quite a lot, but I thought it was due to stress.
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Hair goes through a growth cycle that can be divided in to three distinct stages: the first is the Anagen phase, which is the growth phase; the second is the Catagen phase, which is a short transitional period; and the third stage is the Telogen phase, which you correctly described as the hair ‘waiting to fall out’. It is essentially when the hair enters a ‘resting phase, ’ before being released and eventually falling out. Because your individual hairs all go through this phase independently, it means that all your hairs don’t fall out at the same time. It is this Telogen phase that accounts for what we consider to be ‘normal’ hair loss – which is slightly less than the 150 hairs a day that you read about, and closer to around 80-100 hairs a day. Hair loss, hair thinning and problems with hair growth occur when these stages in the growth cycle are disrupted. This can be triggered by a number of conditions from metabolic imbalances to improper nutrition.
Gently removing the ‘dead’ hairs that have already been released through massage and combing won’t in itself affect how many hairs you are currently shedding, so if you wish to do this to remove the older hair then you can do, however, it won’t impact on the hair then moving on to the re-growth phase. While massage and scalp stimulation is said to have a positive impact on hair growth, the results are limited, so don’t expect this to encourage your hair to grow dramatically. If you believe you are losing more than the daily average of 80-100 hairs, it may just be that you are losing the ends of your hair – damaged ends that break away through styling. If that is the case, speak to your hairdresser about cutting away the damaged ends, before they continue to break further and consider a strengthening and rebuilding professional keratin treatment. If it is the case that you are indeed losing more than the average amount of hair from your roots, then you may wish to consult a professional trichologist to determine why this is the case, and to try and find a solution. A specialist hair loss clinic, such as Unlimited Hairloss Solutions, will be able to test your blood and analyse your scalp, to try and determine whether there are any reasons why more of your hairs may be entering the Telogen stage at the same time – which leads to increased hair loss – and they will then be able to prescribe you a treatment programme, based on their findings.
|Kate asks: |
I’m naturally blonde, but I used semi-permanent auburn dye, thinking it would wash out within a month or so. It’s now been four months and its still brown/ginger, and I want to go back to blonde, but I don’t want to bleach it, is It possible to do this or have it done at a salon?
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Hi Kate, you could try using a washing up liquid, as it’s a high detergent it will help remove the residue colour. Leave on your wet hair for 15 minutes rinse and repeat a few times and that should do it. Make sure you then use a treatment mask as it will make you hair feel dry. Good luck
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