|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.
|Susan asks: |
I have long, straight, extremely thick hair. I really struggle to put curls or waves into my hair as no matter which method I use the curls drop after an hour. What are the best products to use and when/how? I have my best friendís wedding in September and Iíd like to give curling one more go before I look into updoís.
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How you prep your hair while itís still wet can make a huge difference to your hairís ability to hold a curl, so prep still damp hair with products that will give your hair malleability and hold, and will allow it to retain shape once dry. Work a volumizing mousse through towel-dried hair and then mist a curl-boosting spray into freshly washed locks, before drying. The density of the mousse will give grip to your locks, while the curl-boosting spray will help to tease out any natural wave there might be hiding in your straight hair. When drying your hair avoid using a smoothing round brush, and instead use a barrelled brush, to encourage curl into the hair as it dries. Once hair is completely dry, coat a hairbrush with a strong hold hairspray and work it through your lengths to coat your strands evenly with staying power, and then wrap one-inch sections of hair around your curling iron. In hair that has a tendency to drop, itís important to use an iron with a barrel thatís smaller than the curl you actually want. A good tip is to also hold the curl for longer than you think you would need to. When you release the curl, hold it in your hand until it cools, to allow the curl to Ďset, í or for even more hold, lightly clip it in place until youíve finished curling every section of hair. Finally, finish with another layer of hairspray, and remove the pins only when your hair has completely cooled down, which should take around twenty minutes.
To keep your curls lasting all night long, avoid the temptation to add any products that will make the hair more Ďslippyí, such as a shine enhancing spray, as well as anything that will weigh the curls down, such as texturising powder or dry shampoo.
|Shelly asks: |
My hair started thinning out a little over a year ago and my hair is now about half the thickness it once was. Blood tests showed my hormones and vitamin levels were normal. Iím starting to see some regrowth, but as my hair is very fine naturally, the ends are now looking very thin and transparent. I donít use heated products on it or dye it. Would monthly micro trims be my best bet to thicken the ends up? Itís currently sitting a few inches below my shoulders and I really donít want to go much shorter.
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Hair thinning can be caused by a number of factors, from genetics to stress, and some of these wonít be determined from a standard blood test, so speaking to a qualified Trichologist at a clinic such as íUnlimited Hairloss Solutionsí can help you to determine the cause of your thinning. If youíre confident that the thinning has stopped and your hair is starting to return, the fine ends are most likely to be the thinner hairs that grew during that phase. Avoiding damaging and thinning these ends further is important, so avoiding heated appliances is a good start, and using products that will strengthen and fortify your strands will also help. Regular micro trims will also help, by preventing these finer, weaker ends from splitting, without compromising the length of your hair. Donít be put off because youíre concerned about losing length: blunt, freshly chopped ends will create the appearance of fuller, thicker locks. ...More >
To create the appearance of more fullness in your hair, you need to invest in products that contain thickening formulas and ingredients designed to add density and lift. Try LíOrťal Professionnelís Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner, followed by a texturising product.
To give an instant, more noticeable boost to your hairís thickness and length, speak to an experienced stylist about hair extensions. There are so many different types available Ė from clip-in temporary extensions to longer lasting varieties Ė that you might find this is the best solution for you, while you wait for your hair to return to its usual thickness.
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