|Helen asks: |
Question: I have fine fair hair, which I wash daily. Itís a little wavy and quite dry. A week ago my roots suddenly clagged. When my hair has dried (I let it dry naturally), the roots are stuck together in clumps, and still look wet. It looks awful and feels awful, and even though Iíve tried medicated shampoos (including tea-tree), it isnít getting any better. Iím 35, not pregnant, on the pill and donít have children. Could this be hormonal or something else? Itís never happened before, and I donít know what to do!
|Answered By: |
Hi Helen - I canít see any reason for this at all, you need to trace back! Did you change the products you were using (shampoos, conditioners) if so maybe you need to go back to them? Could it be a styling product thatís doing it? Did you change your pillow cases from cotton to a synthetic kind? The other option is to go see your doctor.
|Lucy asks: |
My hair is naturally mousy brown/dark blonde, my hairdresser was over bleaching it, so I asked for a more nut/cappuccino brown colour to go with my remaining blonde highlights. I ended up with all over deep mahogany red, and have since been spending loads and struggling to regain my natural hair, to no avail. We tried a colour lift treatment which took away some of the red, but not much and then put blonde highlights through the top to lighten it up, which is more bearable. But I really want to go back to my natural colour or a hazel brown base colour with my existing blonde highlights. I really donít know what to do for the best. If I can do it myself with a home dye of sorts fine, as I seem to be throwing good money after bad trying to get it fixed..
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Sorry you have been experiencing difficulty getting to a natural colour, which really is not usually difficult to do. I am not sure what happened but I think, when you asked for a nut brown thatís where a stylist might think of chestnut brown and maybe thatís why you ended up with the mahogany brown (which is a cool red/brown to me a colourist). I am not sure if your stylist filled your hair first because it was a very light blonde, the filler would consist of a gold and copper and then putting a brown colour on top of the filler and this method is the correct way to colour hair back to natural. Maybe that is why you are seeing red, but it would not be mahogany (cool red) but a warm golden brown, close to the hazel brown you are referring to. I am not sure what you now have left, after the removal but it really is not difficult to cancel out the red tone in your hair with a ash tone color, although now due to the red being there you might have to keep neutralizing the red as it may keep coming back on a lighter level but you should be okay to do that when you have your highlights done. The only way I can help you is to suggest that you take as many images/pictures or examples of what brown you would like to achieve and have a discussion with the stylist/colorist so they can explain what is possible and if you feel confident in the discussion continue with the stylist. I do want to explain that it is very difficult to exactly match natural hair as usually natural hair is ash and cool in appearance and coloured hair is warmer unless at darker levels due to the lifting process whilst colouring but I really feel you are wanting a warmer brown so you should not be having this difficulty. I really can not suggest more as I am not there to see the situation in person and I wouldnít want to give you the wrong advice, I hope the above information helps you.
|Lynn asks: |
Iíve been colouring my hair to hide the grey since my mid-twenties. At first I used shades to maintain what was then my
natural colour - dark brown with a chestnut tinge, but for the past 5 Ė 6 years Iíve been gradually using lighter shades and itís now light ash brown. Now Iíve reached my fifties, Iím considering giving in to nature. I keep seeing women with beautiful grey hair and think it wouldnít be so bad to join them! Trouble is, when my roots show I can see the front of my hair is almost completely light grey while the back and sides are darker grey mixed with some brown. If I simply stop colouring itís going to be an unflattering patchwork of different colours while the dye fades and grows out, and Iím not sure if the natural mixed grey underneath will be an improvement. Iíve recently switched from using permanent to semi-permanent colours as my hair is also becoming very dry. Is it possible to ígo greyí artificially? I donít want to go blonde and would be worried about using strong bleaches. My hair is almost shoulder length now but I wouldnít mind having it cut a bit shorter. Any suggestions - other than buying a wig - will be gratefully received!
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I understand why you might consider going natural and I wished I could give you some promising suggestions but you only have three options and I feel you know them all, the first option is to grow out the colour, yes it will look undesirable whilst doing it, but switching to a true semi permanent will help you through the transition. Your second option is to take your darker hair grey and in order to do that you would need to bleach your hair to white and then use a grey toner, yes this could be damaging depending on how much previous colour you have on your hair and the grey toner would fade, so you would have to maintain the toner on a regular basis, I feel you already question if your hair can handle being bleached to that lighter level so I would assume your instincts to be correct and your last option like you said is purchasing a wig or putting in hair pieces (you might like the pieces better as it would be a transition into the grey and you can place more or less where you need them and it would be more natural than a wig although they are very costly to do). Sorry I can not give you any other suggestions good luck.
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