Hair Styling Questions and Answers

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Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

Hi, I urgently need help please! My hairdresser straightened (chemically) my very curly hair about 2 years ago. A few months down the line I realized the mistake I had made and desperately wished for my curls to come back. I asked a different hairdresser to cut my long hair into a Chinese bob. The hair in my neck started curling again but for the rest of my hair it was still straight. My hair has grown again to shoulder length and is in a total mess because every second day I blow wave and sometimes hot iron my hair. Is it at all possible that my natural curl will return after a while? And what can I do in the meantime to get my hair in a better state? Can you please advise on a better shampoo and conditioner and something that I can use on my hair to repair all the damage I've caused?


Hi, your hair will take time to grow back into its natural state depending on how quickly it grows. Your best option is to have regular trims every 4-6 weeks, this way the hair that was chemically treated will be trimmed away allowing your natural hair to grow through. Use a deep fortifying treatment to maintain healthy hair as well as a shampoo and conditioner specifically for chemically treated hair. I recommend having your hair assessed in a salon by a hairstylist to find out what is best suited for you. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

Hi, my natural hair color is black, however for the last twenty or so years I've had it dyed all sorts of colors. For the last 3 years my hair has been browny underneath with blonde on top. The problem is because my hair is so dark naturally dying it blonde is difficult as it appears to go through the different color changes but ends up very brassy. My hairdresser applies a toner on top and this appears to work, but not for long. I use silver shampoo to reduce brassiness and conditioner. I have started to get more gray hair but it is still sparse. I would like my hair ash blonde all over but my hairdresser is reluctant to do so. Could I do it myself? Thanks.


Hi Kate, to answer your question as honestly as possible I would have to say No, No, No, don't do it yourself! That would end up in disaster for sure! If your hairstylist is having trouble getting the brassiness out of your hair in a controlled environment, using their expertize and knowledge in hair coloring, you would not stand a chance of making it better. Your hair throws gold tones because it's so dark to start off with. The only way to get around this is to bleach your hair as light as possible and then tone it. The problem here is that this is rather damaging to your hair as the more yellow pigments you disperse out (through bleaching), the weaker your hair becomes, leading to breakage and split ends. Your best options would include hair pieces and wigs or simply a new color choice. Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

I have a cut on my head so how can I grow hair on that cut?


Hi. If you have a cut your head and you have a scar it is possible to grow hair on your scar, however it depends on the depth of the cut. Ask your hairstylist to take a look at your scar and give you more specific advice. Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

I can't get the virtual makeover to work, there is nothing there.


Hi Kathy, please take a look at our website FAQ for solutions to fixing your problem. http://www.thehairstyler.com/website-faq. Kind regards, Katie Summers - THS Customer Support.



Haircut questions Haircuts

I have long hair with short cut on top and would like a different style but I want to keep my length. Can you help me with a new style? It is currently straight but I have an appointment to get a perm this week but want to get a different cut also.


Hi Debbie, there are 4 main ways of changing your hairstyle. 1) Change the shape with shorter or longer layers throughout. 2) Change the length by cutting it shorter or growing it longer. 3) Change the color to something different, partially or all over. And 4) change the texture from straight to curls or the other way around. So you are doing the last one already, good! Now you should talk with your stylist and see what they can do about changing the shape (layers) while leaving the length. Remember, this new look must suit your face shape, lifestyle, and hair type too! So get talking with your hairstylist ASAP! Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

Hi, I'm a bit confused as regards to my face shape. I measured it and would like a professional to determine the shape for me: Width of forehead: 17 cm. Width of cheekbones: 23cm. Width of jawline 24cm. Length of face: 20 cm. I'm guessing its a pear shape? Please help! I know that I can upload my pic but I do not wish to do so. Thanks!


Hi Hanna, It does sound like you have a pear shaped face, or what is also known as triangular face shape. To be absolutely sure you should upload your picture to the website (when a photo is added to the Virtual Hairstyler, no one can see it but you) - that way you can see for yourself exactly what you are. To help you further, check out the face shape guidelines listed with our hair consultation (http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations). Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.







Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hi my name is Kelvin. I have a diamond face shape. I want to ask whether I suit the Mohawk hairstyle or the Mullet hairstyle?


Hi Kelvin, if your face shape is diamond it means that it's long with a pointed chin - but with wide cheekbones. It's best to avoid hairstyles like a Mohawk because the height on top will make you face look longer. Instead, a trendy looking Mullet will add some width to the sides, therefore suiting your face shape better! Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hello, I'd like to know how can I make my hair like this: http://www.vna2z.com/data/media/13/Dan%20Truong%2001.jpg. http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm50/nminhlaidt/2006/IMG_2576.jpg. I am willing to pay too.


Hi,
the hairstyle that you want to achieve is known as a wedge cut, where the back is cut short and tapered up to just below the ears. Then it becomes almost all one length from the top. The sides are cut short just above the ears (almost under cut) and then left all one length too. If you were to comb it forward and down you could say it was like a bowl-cut, but with shape and graduated layers. I recommend taking this picture to your hairstylist, and also trying it on using your photo: Hugh Grant Short Straight Casual Hairstyle. His hair is wavy, but straight hair will sit the way you want. Also, you will need to have long layers on top to achieve this look.

Kind regards,
THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hello.
I just want to know if it's a good idea to get a haircut and/or hairstyle like scene hair. I have curly hair, naturally. So I love how scene hair looks on my friends, that's why I wanna know if its a good idea.


Hello,
well scene hair can be anything that's a little different, unusual, light and dark and emo looking. So this is more about a change in attitude from your end, how you feel about looking a little different and people seeing you that way. You are obviously not sure, so why not try uploading your photo and trying on our alternative wavy and curly looks for a visual reality check? Something else you could do is change how you style your hair. Make it messy, a little in your face and scene looking, by teasing and combing it out and using styling products like spray gel and wax. Then if you start to get into the "groove," you can consider color and hair cutting changes like eye-level bangs and unusual shapes that accentuate the look. I recommend leaving the cutting until last, because it's not reversible like simple styling changes. Have a go! It could be fun.

Kind regards,
THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hi, I have fine curly shoulder length blonde hair. How or what would you recommend to add volume. I have tried mousse, volume hair spray, volume shampoo & cond. I use a hair dryer and rollers. Please help.


Hi, try this for more volume: apply mousse all over then flip your hair upside down and blast with your hair dryer. Rollers will also help and all depends on the size you use; the bigger the roller the more volume. A good thing to remember too is this: less is more. Don't drown your hair with too much product as it can weigh the hair down and cause it to sit flat. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

Hi, I recently went from long hair to a very short cut and I have discovered that I have a crown that is both extremely willful as well as off center by 2-3". I can't get any of it to go toward that point for a radius of 3" from the center. I tried the 'glue' the stylist sold me and that just seems to make it worse. Is there anything I can do to try to tame my hair? I feel extremely self conscious and embarrassed about it. Should I just wear a hat until my hair grows out again?


Hi. Unfortunately a crown will always do what it wants to do. The best way to tame it is to style the hair in the direction it grows. The more you try and go against the growth of a crown, the messier and more unsettled your hairstyle will look. You also need to use products that are lightweight like hairspray. These will help prevent the crown sitting too flat- which can make it more obvious. Hope that helps :) Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

I've been told I have lovely long dark brown wavy hair which goes into any style that I want it to. The trouble is it needs a good cut and I want to try some thing a bit different, maybe keep the length but have long layers put in? What do you suggest? Do you also have you any suggestions for color? I was wondering about having low lights put in. Maybe in different colored reds and browns. What do you think?


Hi, I can tell you that there are almost endless possibilities with what you can do with long hair. Changing shapes, lengths, textures, and colors can make a person feel completely different, new, and refreshed. But here's the thing: before making any of these changes you need to consider important features such as you face shape, hair type, maintenance requirements, and of course your complexion, in relation to any color change. Without me knowing any of these details, I could be giving you the wrong advice, so I would suggest that you upload your photo to our website and try on all the different hairstyle and color combinations, starting with "wavy long" as your search criteria. Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

My hair is a real gingery color. Do you have any suggestions for adding some spice to red hair?


Hi, adding a slight change to ginger tones is great fun and you don't need to change the overall color to get a great result. Adding highlights and low-lights is the perfect way to add some spice and to enhance your naturally red tone. Try some very fine blonde pieces through the top or finer darker pieces throughout the hair in either brown or red tones. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

I recently went from long, waist length hair to shoulder length. Do I need to change the amount of shampoo I use?


Hi, when shampooing, we only need to use enough to rub through the scalp, because as you rinse, the shampoo will pick up any dirt through the ends. If you have been shampooing only your scalp, then you do not need to change the amount of shampoo that you currently use. If, however, you shampoo the rest of your hair as well as the scalp, then you are definitely using too much and need change the amount of shampoo that you use to focus only on the hair through your scalp. Kind regards, Sarah Koessler - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair product Hair Products

I have thick, coarse, black hair which is naturally wavy/curly. Due to the texture of my hair it has a lot of cuts which result in short hairs that stick up at the top of my head. Do you have a suggestion for a product that I could use that could either prevent my hair from sticking up or remedy the situation? Thanks.


Hi, the short hair that you have described sounds like broken strands of hair and can be tamed by spraying a very small amount of hairspray through your top section to smooth your hair down. Remember to use only a small amount to stop your hair from ending up with a crisp finish. Because your hair is curly, I would recommend combing your hair only when it's wet and never using a brush as this will cause your hair to break further and give you frizzy ends. To keep the breakage from re-occurring, I would recommend that you do a regular moisturizing treatment because curly hair is naturally very dry and needs more moisture than other types such as straight hair. The better condition your hair is in, the less breakage you will get. Kind regards, Sarah Koessler - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair product Hair Products

I have very thin hair and never can get it to do what I want. No matter what I try to do, it always parts in the middle. I can never seem to get the side bang thing going on. Is there any advice that you can give me?


Hi, I would suggest trying shorter layers through the top to take weight off. That way you'll be able to sweep off that middle part. You can also try blow-drying your hair into place and spraying with hairspray to hold. Another option is to attempt a very soft perm which will not create any curl but more volume. You can do this by having the perm rollers placed on the side where you want your hair to part. Side bangs will only sit well depending on the how the hairline naturally grows, for example, if you have a widows peak or cowlicks through that front hairline area then it will be very difficult to achieve side bangs. I hope I have helped. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

I have fine hair but have damaged it by ironing and coloring it. So, for the past 5 months I have not colored or used the iron on my hair, I don't even blow-dry it, I just let it dry naturally. But it still gets frizzy from the humid weather and really puffy from the cold as well. What can I do to stop my hair from getting so puffy and big?


Hi, to stop your hair from puffing up you need to use a smoothing product and I would recommend a cream as using a serum based product can result in oily hair. To find the right product, I would suggest that you ask your stylist which smoothing cream is best for your hair as they can see your hair firsthand and make the right decision based on the texture and type of your hair. For best results when styling, always remember to apply a small amount of product into the palms of your hands and then rub your hands together before running the product through the ends of your hair only. Kind regards, Sarah Koessler - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

I have naturally dark brown hair (with some greys) and 3 weeks ago I had a full head of blonde foils done on my hair. I don't like it and already have regrowth and my hair is really dry. Is it okay to go over the blonde foils with a permanent brown color? Thanks.


Hi, unfortunately when it comes to correcting blonde colors you cannot just cover the color over with another color. Pigment needs to be added back into your hair first; otherwise the end result will not be a nice color. Covering over the blonde foils with a darker color is also not going to fix the condition of your hair because even though you have covered over the foils, the damage from them is still there. I would recommend that you see your hairstylist so that they can get your hair back to the right condition and use the right color to cover your highlights. Although you might not have enjoyed this experience with foils, I suggest that you don't rule them out completely. Grey hair tends to stand out more with darker hair colors and using foils is a great way to disguise them. And if the dryness still concerns you, you can always try just a few foils through your top section rather than foiling your entire head. Kind regards, Sarah Koessler - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

I recently found a great new hairstyle and color on your website. I have a question though: will my hairstylist be able to make my hair look the same, especially in terms of its color? I really like how the color looks against my photo.


Hi, since you can print your photo with your new virtual hairstyle and color, it's extremely hard for your stylist to misunderstand your request. Having said that, not all hairstyles are practical for all hair types, so your stylist will explain whether it's possible to mold your hair to the exact shape of the style you've found. In terms of color, these days most salons make their own. This means that getting one similar to what you are seeking should be quite simple. The exact color result does depend on the condition or your hair before coloring, however, (for example, if your hair is damaged and/or already colored the result could be different) so chat with your stylist about the expected color result before committing to the color change. Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

Hi! I'd like my hair to grow a certain length. Is there a way to make it grow faster (without having to get it cut)? Can you help me? Karen


Hi Karen, that's a great question - one that most of us can identify with I'm sure! The best way to encourage your hair to grow is actually by trimming it every 6-8 weeks. This will help your hair to grow longer and healthier. Also, a healthy diet encourages the hair to grow quickly; and most importantly, patience is essential so hang in there! Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.




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