|Karen asks: |
Iím 51, and heavy set. My hair is shoulder length, and kept in a ponytail most of the time. Itís all one length, has some greying, fine, w/dandruff, and oily scalp. I donít take very good care of it. When I wash it, I use a dandruff shampoo, and then Infusium (sp) shampoo for fine/oily hair. I donít use a conditioner, thinking that it adds to the greasiness. I have a wedding coming up next month where I will be standing in the line, and for pictures. I need help on what I can do, so that I donít look like I do every day. PLEASE HELP!
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Thanks for your email, all the symptoms you are describing are very common and things we see in the salon on an every day basis. In fact i myself am a victim of fine hair with oily roots so i more than appreciate how difficult this hairtype can be to manage particularly when the weather is not great outside. ...More >
The best advice i can give, is to go to the top salon in your area and have consultation with the best stylist. Consultations are usually free of charge and you can pick their brains as to what colour and style they think will suit your hair and skin tone.
Without seeing your hair i can offer some general advice that will work for most people with the hair problems you mentioned. Firstly, I would suggest having a gloss colour. A gloss colour is a quasi permanent colour which will give a translucent coverage to your grey hair, making them less obvious and adding to the rest of your hair body and shine. The benefit of this type of colour over a permanent tint is the up keep, permanent tint covers grey hair better but it sounds to me that you are a low maintenance kind of girl and getting a gloss done will densify the hair without giving a definite regrowth as it fades so you can have it done when you have special things coming up, such as weddings.
My second tip would be to have a fringe, this doesnít mean having a school girl style there are many different types of fringe, one for almost every hairtype and face shape in fact. A long side fringe will add softness when you are wearing the hair up in a ponytail everyday and will slim the face when you wear your hair down on a night out.
My best tip for solving every day greasiness is to let the shampoo do the work, dont massage or vigourously scrub the scalp as you are encouraging more sebum. I recommend kerastase bain clarifant as an excellent detox shampoo to be used alongside your anti-dandruff products. You are right not to use conditioner on the roots as the natural sebum will be keeping that area healthy but then this doesnt tend to travel to the ends. Using a light conditioner like kerstase ciment anti usure will make sure the hair is detangled and easier to comb.
For styles on the wedding day i would look to the red carpet, jennifer anniston and sandra bullock are great examples of how fine shoulder length hair can be glamourous and full of life. i recommend getting a professional blowdry on the morning of the wedding as well, your stylist should have all the products and tools needed to give a photo finish look that lasts the whole day.
I hope this helps and if you are in the North West come in and see us and I can go through what shape and styles i think would work specifically for you.
|Julia asks: |
Please Help Me! I have been losing my hair since I was 25 and now I am 4 weeks away from my wedding and over the years (I am now 42) my hair loss is getting worse, especially on top and the sides. I want to feel like a woman, sexy and feminine on my wedding day but I keep crying and I am in despair!
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I am so sorry for your obvious distress. Hair loss for anyone is very upsetting and especially as you are about to have your "big day". Do not despair. Firstly I would highly recommend an appointment at the Philip Kingsley clinic in London who specialise in hair and scalp problems. You could get a simple blood test done at your doctors to check your iron levels which is the most common cause of hair loss in women and is easily rectified with prescribed iron supplements. ...More >
Try not to panic, there are experts out there to help you. You are very welcome to come to my salon in Muswell Hill, North London, for a complimentary consultation for ideas concerning your wedding hair.
|Ann Graham asks: |
I do not use colourants of any kind on my hair. I had a hairdresser at the house to put my long but fine hair up for a wedding. I had it washed and conditioned ready using my usual products. Just before leaving for the wedding I noticed an unusual smell from my hair much like perming solution or peroxide and there was a tinge of gold almost green in my hair. The next day I washed my hair and the smell was worse and my hair very dry and damaged. The hairdresser said she had not used anything but hairspray on my hair. I was wondering what could have caused my hair to be like this. My daughter who used to be a hairdresser has cut my hair for me says that something has been put on my hair to damage it so much. Can you please help Thank you
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Dear Ann, yes this seems very unusual as it sounds like a chemical reaction has occurred causing the hair to become dry ! I can only guess that she may have used a styling product or hair spray that reacted with your products. The reaction will have caused the hair to lift slightly .Do you swim a lot? Build up of chlorine on your hair could react. Do you use a coloured shampoo or henna products as may also react. I suggest deep conditioning and regular cutting to remove the damaged hair.
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