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Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hey. Uhm, I'm about to go to high school and I need a new hairstyle. I can't decide a hair cut. because I might pick the wrong one. I don't know what hairstyle would fit me. Can you give me some choices?


Hi, we've got some great hairstyle ideas in our back to school hairstyles blog: http://www.thehairstyler.com/blogs/hairstyles/back-to-school-hairstyles-long-hair. Or you can try our hair consultation to see what is recommended for your hair type, face shape, age and other attributes: http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hi! I've had the same hairstyle for what seems like forever. I'm a 28 year old mom to two small children. My hair is long, with a lot of layers in it, and it is very thin, I just have a lot of hair. I've always had my hair highlighted blonde. I have a very long face, so I've always wanted to distract from my jawline. But, I'm eager for a change...I keep saying I want to go dark and short...but I don't want to hate it, because it has taken me forever to get to this length. What should I do?


Hi Emily, first, I would recommend that you use our hair consultation (http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations) to find some hairstyle ideas that will be suitable for your hair texture and for your face shape. Then I would try those hairstyles on with your photo in our Virtual Hairstyler (http://www.thehairstyler.com/virtual-hairstyler). That way you can see how a style might look on you without the risk of cutting or coloring your hair into a look that you'll hate. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

I have short, thin, very fine hair that is very dark brown/black with probably 60% gray. I also have a thyroid condition which is affecting the texture of my hair to the point that if I start out straight, it almost wants to wave at midday and if I start out with curls, it goes lank and hideous by midday. I would like to have a straight cut that is blow & go with no "pouf" and without having to use a lot of styling products. My stylist always wants to do a "punked out" do that I cannot replicate at home and frankly don't have the time or the want to. She is adverse to anything flat. I am very busy and the easier the style is to maintain the better. Also, I would be open to adding some of my natural color back in but my stylist insists on using the frost cap which gives me very uneven color and I have never liked it when I've had it done. When I've asked about doing the color with foil, she always has some excuse as to why we cannot do that. Any suggestions, besides switching stylists (family, you know, although I am a paying and good tipping customer). Thanks a bunch!


Hi, it sounds like you know exactly what you want so I would recommend either telling your current stylist exactly what that is, or finding a new hairstylist who will give you the style and look you want. There is nothing wrong with wanting an easy, low maintenance style that's right for your hair and needs, or going back to your natural hair color. If your current hairdresser cannot do this, even when you are a paying customer, then a new stylist is what you need. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

How can I find a perfect hair cut for me?


Hi Kevin, to find the perfect hair cut, add your details to our hair consultation. It'll give you hair cut ideas based on your own face shape, age, hair type, hair texture and hair length. It can be found in the makeover menu at the top of this page. Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



Haircut questions Haircuts

Is there a short hair style that will look good on me?! I'm a female that's looking for sort of a boyish haircut. I'd like to cut it real short but am not sure what will look good. I have a round face and am sick of the everyday ponytail. Please help.


Hi, for your round face shape, a short hairstyle with plenty of height through the crown will compliment your face, giving the illusion of a longer face shape. Remember, round face shapes need to add height not width so stay clear of hairstyles with layers that flick out. I hope I have helped with your question. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



General hair Hair

Hi, I'm not sure what face shape I am and also I want a good suitable style for my wedding. I have researched face shapes and am a bit confused about whether my shape is oblong or square or round? Also, the hair on the back of my head is excessively dry and "crinkly" and impossible to keep shiny and smooth. I have curly hair and it's very thick and heavy. I would love some advice on the best product to give it shine and smoothness. I have tried numerous things and I don't mind spending money if I need to.


Hi, if you're confused about your face shape then I recommend visiting our hair consultation page (http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations). It lists the characteristics of each face shape, which should help you to narrow down your shape. If you can't decide between a few different ones then go with the face shape that most resembles your own. As for hair products that will make your curly hair shiny and smooth, I recommend asking your hairdresser the next time you're in the salon as they can see your hair up close and personal and offer the right advice. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.







Hair color Hair Color

I have a lot of red/pink in my face. I assumed a red hair color would clash with my complexion, but it appears that I look better in some of the reds than I do in any other color except for maybe an ash brown. All the advice I have ever read says that if you have a ruddy complexion, you should stay away from red hair color. I would love to try red, but it's still hard for me to believe it won't look awful.


Hi, while a red hair color can highlight the pink tones in a ruddy complexion that doesn't mean that you can't try a red hair color. A ruddy complexion is a cool hair color, and cool red hair colors such as copper blondes, or neutral red colors such as darkest red and dark red will suit. If you're worried about which color to go with, book an appointment with a professional who can look at your skin tone and offer the right advice about which red hair color you will be able to pull off. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

I have sort of 2 colors in my hair. On top it is like a brown and everything else is like a dark blonde. I have had my hair colored and highlighted before and would like to have all my hair one color (blonde) with maybe some highlights to break up the color. Any suggestions? I am not exactly sure what my natural haircolor is. When I was little it was all blonde but as I got older it sort of became a mix of the two colors with the brown on top and the blonde on the length throughout.


Hi, if you'd like a natural looking color that's the same throughout your hair then I would recommend seeing a hair colorist, especially if you'd like blonde hair and highlights - which can be hard to pull off at home. Having your hair colored at the salon means you'll end up with a natural, even result that looks like the exact color that you want (at home kits are notorious for giving you a hair color that looks nothing like the box), and you'll also get the right color for you as a hair colorist can take a look at your skin tone and give you options that will look the best on you. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

Hello there, my natural color is brown and for many years I was dying it blonde. From September I dyed it brown again for two months, then I switched to red for three months, and back to brown for another 3 months. I wanted to lighten up the color by using lightening powder and the result was frustrating. The roots naturally went to blonde, from ear to ends was red blonde, and from my eyes to ear level vivid red? I did the same thing when from brunette I wanted to switch to blonde and it worked fine. I didn't know what to do as I was working the next day so I dyed it brown again. What can I do to make it one color? Should I use the powder and then use it again for a second round in the eye to ear level to lighten up the red?


Hi, if I were you I would stop coloring now and go a see a professional hair colorist, pronto! The damage that has been done to your hair by switching hair colors so often in the last few months is going to make it impossible for you to get a good, even result at home. Go and see a professional hair colorist who will be able to take a look at the current condition and color of your hair and advise you on the best course of action for achieving the hair color that you want. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

I had heavy copper low lights added 3 weeks ago to my blonde highlighted hair. It has faded to the point that it looks like I've never had anything done. I'm thinking of doing an all over color in the copper and then a few blonde highlights, as the darker color is more complimentary to my skin tone and eyes. My questions is twofold; (1) can I do this without seriously damaging my hair and (2) is there anything I can do to prevent it from fading so quickly?


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 hair stylist in person as they will be able to personally advise you on the best way to achieve the color you want with as little damage as possible, and how to address hair fade in regards to the specific condition of your hair. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

Hi, my natural color hair is dark blonde/light brown. I always get blonde foils, not bleach blonde, but I haven't had it done since November. My hair has grown out about an inch but the roots aren't that bad looking because my natural hair isn't really dark. Anyway, I want to get an at home coloring kit of blonde. Would this mess my hair up in any way? Would my hair turn green or fall out?


Hi, when it comes to color changes, I wouldn't recommend doing it at home as anything could go wrong. At home color kits usually don't turn out the same as the color on the box and your hair could turn green or it could break off. The best thing to do is go into a salon to have it done. That way you'll end up with the exact color that you want, with less risk to your hair. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

My natural hair color is dark ash brown, I've been wanting to dye my hair blonde. I currently have heavy light blonde highlilghts. What would be a good blonde to go for? I have a medium skintone.


Hi, without more information about your skin tone it would be hard for me to suggest some blonde hair colors so I recommend that you visit our hair consultation (http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations) and use the information listed to determine if your skin tone is cool or warm. From there, you will be given a list of hair colors that will suit your skin tone. Going blonde can really change your whole look and is something most of us have done or want to do! For more info and tips about going blonde, I also recommend checking out this article: http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hair-color/blonde-hair-coloring-tips-going-going-blonde Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

My hair is very coarse and dry naturally and puffs up as it dries. Even if air dried. Unless I spend hours oiling and straightening it, it is very spiky, puffy and unruly. It is naturally wavy. Is there any low maintenance hairstyle that I can manage in about 15 minutes that will cut down on the puffiness? What products should I use for the dryness? My face is square and I have a very strong square jawline. I have a long commute to work and don't have much time to work on my hair in the mornings. I would love a suggestions for a cut and products that would give me something I can manage in a short amount of time. Plus, I am all thumbs when it comes to hairstyling!


Hi, the right products to use to tame your hair all depend on the hairstyle that you're wearing so I would recommend giving our hair consultation a try to find the right style for you (http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultations), and then taking a look at the hair products listed in the how to style steps that we provide with our hairstyles. Good luck. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hello. I suffer from really bad dandruff, it's only at the front of my head and if I itch my head it peels off and becomes noticeable. I use head and shoulders anti dandruff shampoo and conditioner but that doesn't seem to work, and I know I'm washing it out. HELP what else can I try to do to get it away?! Thank you.


Hi Bethan, you should see a professional hairstylist or a trichologist to have your scalp examined. This way, they will be able to recommend the right products for you to use to solve your problem. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Haircut questions Haircuts

Hi. I am a 44 yo female with long, dark brown, wavy to curly hair. Although my hair is fine, I have a lot of it! I have never had bangs in my entire life and recently bought some clip in bangs to see what I would look like. I really like the look (I looked much younger!), but the clip-ins are a bit too heavy for my face. I am thinking of having my stylist cut long side swept bangs, but due to a strong cowlick in the front, I'm concerned they won't lay correctly. I live in a dry climate and have great success with my Sedu flatiron when I want to go sleek, so I think I can style the bangs how I want them, but I'm a bit nervous. Question 1: should I give them a try? Question 2: if yes, how should I have them cut? Question 3: how long would they take to grow out if I didn't like them? Thanks much! Alex


Hi Alex, in regards to having bangs cut, you will need to understand that with a strong cowlick in the front, you will definitely have problems trying to get it sitting right. Also remember that the shorter you go, the less weight there is so the more problems you will have with it. If you do decide to have them cut then you also need to realize that if you want to grow them back out, you might be waiting a while as hair grows approximately half an inch every month. I would strongly suggest you make an appointment with a hairstylist so they can assess your hair personally and give you a more accurate opinion. I hope I have helped. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hairstyle questions Hairstyles

Hi, I need some hair help. In the pic is my current length and color. Can you recommend a style and color that would look good w/my face shape and skin tone?http://my.thehairstyler.com/larddropu


Hi, if you're looking for styles to match your face shape and skin tone then try our hair consultation. It takes all of those features (and more) into account and recommends styles for you. The consultation can be found at this link http://www.thehairstyler.com/hair-consultation. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Hair product Hair Products

Hi! I face a serious problem for my hair. My hair becomes thin day by day. Every day I face hair fall problems. I also suffer dandruff. I use Pantene shine shampoo. My hair is short & straight. Please tell me what can I do for my hair. Please solve my problem.


Hi Sayma, I strongly suggest you make an appointment to see a trichologist to examine your scalp thoroughly to assess the hair fall and dandruff problems and their causes. This way they will be able to give you an accurate solution. I hope I have helped. Kind regards, THS Hair Consultant.



Hair color Hair Color

Hi! So my hair is a naturally ashy brownish blond color, I have been using box dye for about a year because of budget cuts. I want an exciting change, my hair is currently a dark brown, but as the color fades my hair takes to red very well, so it fades to an almost coppery chestnut color. I have a diamond shape face, and my complexion... I have freckles, but I am not fair skinned, more of yellow undertones than pink and I have light eyes that are blue green. I have always been tempted to do a red color (such as Kate Walsh's red), but have always been sketchy. What would the best hair color be for my skin type and what would be a fun way to spice it up from the usual brown so that I have a new kick to start the new year?! Thank you! Kelli


Hi Kelli, it sounds like you have a cool complexion (olive, slightly beige with yellow undertones) so any hair color that has a cool overtone will suit you. Examples of cool hair colors for you are ash browns and blondes, copper reds, light blondes (think platinum and strawberry blonde) or anything from a dark to a light violet if you're after something different. If you really want to know what will suit you then I recommended visiting a professional colorist who can confirm your skin tone in person and discuss with you the types of colors that will suit you. Good luck! Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.



Miscellaneous General Hair Styling

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Hi. You can cancel your account by selecting the "Edit My Profile" option in the "My Account" menu at the top of any page. From there, scroll down to the "Membership Activation" section and click on the "Deactivate My Account" link and then press "Ok" to continue. You will then be logged out of the site. If you wish to re-activate your account at anytime, please contact our friendly customer service department. Kind regards, Katie Summers - THS Customer Support.



Haircut questions Haircuts

Hi, I have long, black, curly hair. I would like to makeover my hair. I have a heart shaped face. My skin color is brown. I would like to have straight hair but I'm not sure it would suit my image. Any help?


Hi, if you're not sure where to start with a new look then I would recommend using our hair consultation. It will allow you to choose all of your personal attributes (such as your face shape, skin color, hair color, hair length, hair texture etc) and then see styles that will suit those attributes. You can then try those recommended styles on your photo to see if it will suit you. The hair consultation can be found in the makeover menu at the top of this page. Kind regards, Serah Schuster - THS Hair Consultant.




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