Hair Styling Questions and Answers

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Haircut questions Haircuts

Hi, I would like to have a suggestion for a nice, short (but won't go way above the chin), edgy hairstyle (I'd say something close to emo hairstyles). Actually, I just want to see lots of big layers on my hair with side bangs. I'm an Asian, my current hair is shoulder length. I'm a bit confused with my face shape...not sure if it's square or triangular, short neck, (slightly) protruding ears, small and narrow eyes, I often get a comment from other people that my face is small, yet I feel like my head is big/wide, my hair is fine and sparse, and straight, so straight it's flat on my head and although it's fine and sparse, it feels heavy like the gravity is always pulling my hair down, giving me a really hard time to style it so it would have an illusion of volume. I liked this one as suggested on your site, but not sure if my hair can handle it: http://tinyurl.com/8gqjrps What do you think?


Hi, if you're unsure about the type of hairstyle to try then I recommend giving our Find My Perfect Hairstyle consultation a go. It can be found at this link: http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultation and will ask you questions based on your own personal attributes to help work out what is the right style for you. Also, the following will help you to work out your face shape: http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hairstyles/face-shape-quiz. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

I recently bleached my hair about 5 months ago from burgundy to platinum blonde, amazingly my hair didn't fall out because I bleached it a lot. Last month I tried to go lighter and my hair started falling out where my roots ended. My hair is very unhealthy and has broken off so much in the back that it is only about 2 inches long. I have naturally wavy and thick hair. I need to get it cut short but I want to grow it out fast. The front is still medium length. What do I do?


Hi, unfortunately there are no miracles for undoing the damage that has already been done to your hair. The best advice I can give about looking after your hair is that you will need a very good shampoo and conditioner for chemically treated hair, that you should try a heavy treatment in your hair once a week and a moisturizing crEme every day. Try not to color your hair as often and try to give your hair a little holiday from chemicals. There is nothing that can be done to make your hair grow faster as it will grow at its own rate regardless of what products are applied to your hair. I also recommend seeing a hairstylist in person who can see the damage up close and advise you about the right cut while growing your hair longer. I hope this advice helps. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hi, I am a teenage girl with an oval face and straight hair just-above shoulder length with lots of layers. What would be an easy-to-do elegant hairstyle for me to wear to homecoming? My dress has bare shoulders with a sweetheart neckline. Thanks!


Hi, I recommend giving our Find Your Perfect Wedding/Prom/Evening Hairstyle consultation a go. It takes all of your features and personal attributes into consideration and makes recommendations about the hairstyle that you should try. There is even advice about what will suit the type of dress you're planning to wear! Give it a try here: http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations/find-your-perfect-wedding-prom-evening-hairstyle Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair product Hair Products

I'm currently using hair wax to hold my hair up, but I don't like the fact that it makes my hair super sticky. It also only lasts a few hours. Do you recommend any good hair product that will hold my hair up for a whole day and give it that natural look? I tried gel but it makes it look wet and I don't wanna make it look wet. I have my haircut short all around and medium length on the top.


Hi, there are some styling product lines that boast a natural finish so keep an eye out for them. In regards to a product that gives all day hold- gel and wax are your best options. If you don't like the finish given then the only alternative is trying different brands to see which formulations you prefer. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

I did the questionnaire and I'm still not sure what shape face I have. I think it is oval, triangular or square. Can you look at my picture and tell me? Thanks, Mary.


Hi Mary, oval, triangular and square faces are all very different shapes so I can understand why you may be confused. As requested, I've looked at the photo in your account and can confirm that your face shape (based on the photo) is actually heart! Check out the characteristics in the following article: http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hairstyles/heart-face-shape-characteristics. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

Hello, can you please suggest some tips to make my hair grow faster? I need it to grow about 3 inches by December. Is it possible?


Hi, unfortunately there are no miracle creams or lotions that will force your hair to grow faster or longer in a specific amount of time. The time it takes for your hair to grow is based on your own individual genetics and cannot be altered by any product or specific hair tips. The best thing that you can do is look after your hair with regular treatments and trims so that it stays healthy as it grows at its own rate. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.







General hair Hair

Can you help? Early last year I had a course of chemotherapy for breast cancer, and I'm now taking anti hormone treatment to prevent its return. One of the side effects is hair loss & my hair was already fine. Do you have any advice to counteract this problem as I am advised that I need to continue the hormone therapy for 5 years!


Hi, I suggest that you make an appointment to see a trichologist. They have the knowledge and expertise to examine your scalp and hair thoroughly, to assess any potential problems, and to give you the right advice for your situation. Good luck! Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

When I wear my hair down in a middle, side or any part, my hair always falls into my face. How can I style it with a blow dryer or straightener to keep it away from my eyes?


Hi, thank you for your question. If hair falling in your face is a problem then you'll need hairstyles that keep your hair strands out of your face. Pinning your hair back into a half up half down hairstyle or pulling it into a ponytail or bun are great options to consider. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

Which hair color can I use? Please give me suggestions.


Hi, if you're unsure about the shade of hair color to try then I recommend giving our Find Your Perfect Hair Color consultation a go. It can be found at this link: http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations/find-your-perfect-hair-color and will ask you questions based on your own personal attributes to help work out what is the right color for you. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

Hi! My hair is damaged and I wonder if I'm using way too many products. I try to be careful as much as I can with it. I only dye it every 2 or 3 months and never blow dry or wash it too often... still, my hair is incredibly damaged. Here is a list of the stuff I put on my hair: - Shampoo (of course), I wash my hair every other day and use just a little bit. - I use hair mask once or twice a week, and the other days I use conditioner. - A repairing product for damaged ends. - Another repair product spray for rest of my hair. - A leave in conditioner. In the days that I don't wash it, I put some hair oil in the ends to help control the frizz. Sometimes I wonder if this is way too much stuff to put on my hair and could be one of the causes of so much damage, even though I just apply a tiny bit of each. Thank you for your attention!


Hi, thanks for your question. As you haven't specifically talked in depth about the kind of damage your hair is experiencing (is it dry, frizzy, breaking etc), I can't offer advice about that, but I can let you know that while it's important to use nourishing products regularly, it is also possible to overuse these products and cause damage to your hair. I recommend getting a good detox shampoo and adding that to your routine. It will strip out any residue from the products that you've been using and help your natural hair oils to balance out. I also suggest laying off the hair products when possible and giving your hair a break for a few days every now and then. If you're particularly worried about the damage, seek the advice of a hairdresser in person so that they can look at your actual hair, assess the damage and offer advice about what you can do. I hope I've helped. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hi, I'm a male and I have medium length curly hair. After showering and using my conditioner my curls are very nice, but after they dry up. My hair becomes more like a ball around my head and my curls join together and it does not look good. Any suggestions on how I can keep my curls just like after the shower?


Hi, the best advice I can give about keeping the definition and condition of your curls is using the right products. You'll need a shampoo and conditioner for curly hair types and a curl enhancing product that can be applied to your hair after washing it to keep your curls in place. Hope this helps. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Haircut questions Haircuts

I am a plus size girl with very fair skin and blue eyes. I have tried every hair color from blond to red and all in between with various highlights. My most successful cut was an inverted bob, which I wore in differing lengths for over 10 years. I loved it, but was missing my longer hair and my hubby was growing tired of the long/short look as well. So, it has now grown out past my shoulders, but is so fine and thin it is just a flat mess most of the time. I usually wind up with it in a ponytail before lunch time! Styling time is getting longer too! I feel the need to simplify my routine! I want to get it cut.... possibly even pretty short. Think Lisa Rinna, but shorter in back, but I am so scared! I don't want to make my chubby round face look ANY chubbier! Any suggestions would be great!


Hi, if you're unsure about the type of hairstyle to try then I recommend giving our Find My Perfect Hairstyle consultation a go. It can be found at this link: http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultation and will ask you questions based on your own personal attributes to help work out what is the right style for you. I also suggest uploading your photo and trying on the suggestions given, or our Lisa Rinna looks and seeing it they suit you: http://www.thehairstyler.com/celebrity-hairstyles/lisa-rinna Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

I was wondering what the best type of hairspray and also heat spray is, and I want to do something different with my hair but I don't know what to do? It's naturally wavy but I straighten it a lot, but recently my split ends were so bad from straightening it that I had to cut three inches off my hair. I like short hair but want long hair to curl it for formals and homecoming. It is a little longer than shoulder length, just a little, and I have a super round face! Thanks so much!


Hi, the best hairspray and heat spray is the kind that is suited to your hair type. If you have fine hair, for example, look for hairspray and heat spray products that are designed to work with fine hair. As for a new type of style, have you used our hair consultation yet? It will allow you to choose your current length, face shape etc and then suggest hairstyles that will suit you. You can find it here: http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

Hi, I have a very big forehead and I was wondering what's the best way to make it seem smaller? I have tried the side-swept bangs but my hair does not follow the style very well. Also, what would be the best way to grow out my hair? I have tried waiting it out but it seems like as time passes the less it grows.


Hi, to flatter your forehead, side-swept bangs is a great option, but if they don't work well for you then you can also consider blunt bangs that cover over your forehead. Other options also include using a deep side hair part that will allow your hair to flow across your forehead when you style it. As for growing out your hair, the only option is to wait it out. No product will help to grow your hair faster. I hope I've helped. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

I can't understand what type of a face I have. Could you please help me to find it out. Is it square or Triangular?


Hi, if you're confused about your face shape then I recommend taking our easy face shape quiz at this link: http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hairstyles/face-shape-quiz. It will ask the questions about your face that only you can answer to help work out what is the correct shape. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

I have a lot of questions actually. 1) Is it bad to shampoo your hair everyday? 2) I have short straight hair about Justin Bieber's length and I want to put it up with a natural look, any product suggestions? 3) What are good affordable salons in New York City? 4) When I get a haircut should I thin my hair or leave it thick if I want my hair up like Justin Beiber?


Hi, thank you for your questions! To answer them: 1) Shampooing every day can strip away the natural oils in your hair, but how good or bad that is all depends on your own individual hair. If washing every day doesn't dry your hair out or make your hair hard to handle then it's find to wash it every day. If washing every day does make it hard to style or control your hair then wash every 3 days instead. 2) The products you'll need will all depend on your natural hair texture and what it works best with. See a hairstylist who can look at your hair in person and make some recommendations. 3) See our salon listings: http://www.thehairstyler.com/salons. 4) Again, seeing a hairstylist in person is the best way to get your answer. They can look at the natural texture and thickness of your hair and let you know if it will need to be thinned or left alone to achieve the hairstyle that you want. I hope I've helped! Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hi, I have an oval face with a tan complexion, and just about shoulder length curly hair that is medium brown in color. I have been growing it out from a pixie type cut. I styled it straight every day in the past, but I live in a hot and humid area and usually before long it would end up half straight and half curly (not a good look). I would like to embrace some of the curliness - I lean towards liking the loose wave. If you could suggest some advice on a cut/style and maybe some good products, it would be great. I have tried many salons and have only found a few that could deal with my hair and see what it could be. I am desperate to have a somewhat easy and sexy style. Thank You! I don't mind doing a little work to get the style but really need it to basically stay the same throughout the day.


Hi, I recommend using our Find My Perfect Hairstyle consultation to find wavy/curly hairstyles that will suit your current length and texture. It can be found at this link: http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultation. In regards to hair products, as a hairstylist it is hard for me to correctly assess what will work for you without being able to view the texture, tone, elasticity and condition of your hair and other factors up close. If you've found salons that work for you, I would suggest going back and asking a hairstylist in person for advice on the best products for your hair. Thank you. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair product Hair Products

Hi, I have naturally curly hair which can look very messy at times. My natural hair color is black and I recently got an Ombre hairstyle done. My hair was bleached and it's very dry on the ends. I would like to know what products I can use on my hair for it to look shiny and natural, to maintain my color and let it look good without ironing or blow-drying. Thanks x


Hi, as a hairstylist it is hard for me to correctly assess a problem without being able to view the texture, tone, elasticity and condition of a persons hair and other factors up close, so I would suggest seeing a hairstylist in person as they will be able to personally advise you on the best products for your hair and the best course of action in this case. Thank you. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

Hi, please help me understand 1) my face shape. It looks like oval/oblong. 2) I tried the perfect hairstyle consultation but I have no idea what skin color to put. I was told that I have a cool skin (between ivory and olive with green undertone). It looks a bit sallow sometimes. What should I chose? Thanks a lot.


Hi, the following will help you to work out your face shape and skin tone. 1) Face shape: http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hairstyles/face-shape-quiz 2) Skin tone: http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hair-color/choosing-your-skin-tone-and-enhancing-your-hair-color. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

Hello, my hair color at the moment is light brown (permanently colored) and I want to make it the color that Ashley Madekwe has. Can you tell me what color is this? Thank you very much.


Hi, thank you for your question. Ashley (http://www.thehairstyler.com/celebrity-hairstyles/ashley-madekwe) has a rich chocolate brown hair color. To get an exact match, we recommend taking a picture of her color into your salon and asking your hairdresser to match it as close as possible. Depending on your current hair color and the condition of you hair, this might be an easy change and fabulous result, or it may not be possible. The best way to find out, and to get the exact results that you want, is to seek the help of a professional. Good luck! Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.




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