Quick & easy hair fixes
Q: I wear bangs but they grow in so fast, I can't always find the time to visit the salon for a trim. How should I go about cutting them myself?
A: Most salons offer a trim as a courtesy to their clients, but we all know it isn't always possible to find the time to take advantage of this service. With a little patience, practice, precision and a sharp pair of scissors, here's how to master the art all by yourself:
- Blow dry your hair and apply a little gel if you feel it is necessary.
- Section off your hair and pin back any loose strands.
- Using a styling comb, place the comb on the brow-bone and use this as your guide. Start cutting slowly and precisely, making sure not to cut above the brow bone.
The hair will bounce up slightly so leave a little room for error.
Q: My first gray hairs are beginning to appear on the top of my head, they are wiry in texture. Is there anything I can do to make them more controllable?
A: As gray hairs begin to appear, it can be a shock to see how much they differ from the rest of your hair. As the hair shaft loses pigment, the hair follicle becomes coarse and sometimes wiry. This leads to hair which appears to have a mind of its own.
The key to this problem is conditioning the hair shaft, so that it becomes more pliable and softer in texture. You can do this by applying a conditioning oil once or twice a week. Use extra-virgin coconut oil or olive oil. The result? Better behaved hair.
Q: How Can I get rid of frizz?
A: Frizzy hair can be attributed to all sorts of reasons -- the weather, blow drying, using unsuitable conditioner for your hair type, the list goes on and on. Thankfully, there are many products which claim to solve the problem of the frizzes.
Below, are a few remedies designed to get your day off to a smooth start:
- Use a pre-shampoo treatment designed to hydrate and soften the hair cuticle.
- Smooth away the unrulys with a little hairspray. Spritz hairspray onto a natural bristle brush and brush the static away.
- Use a hot oil treatment to restore much needed moisture to the hair shaft. Do this once a week and you will see a big difference in the condition of your hair.
- Avoid sun damage; wear a hat.
- Visit your hairdresser for regular trims, this will prevent split ends, which are a prime cause of frizzy hair.
The root of the problem
Q: I am between appointments with my colorist and my silver roots are showing. Is there anything I can do to stretch out my visits to the salon?
A: Depending on how fast your hair grows, roots are sometimes visible one week after a coloring session. So what's a girl to do? We are all aware that chemical treatments are damaging to the hair, therefore it's best to prolong the time between sessions. You can do this by applying a root touch up. Try a product like Color Mark which is a temporary color applied to grays only. The color washes out with each shampoo.
Q: How can I keep my hair protected this summer from the sun and chlorine?
A: The best way to prevent hair damage from the harsh summer extremes is by keeping your hair covered when in the sun with a hat or a swim cap in the pool. Can't stand a swim cap? At least be sure not to swim with dry hair. Before heading poolside, drench your hair in cold water then comb through a leave-in conditioner. If you're blonde and worried about going green, be sure to rinse hair with club soda after your swim.
Growing it out
Q: How can I grow out my urchin cut into a sleek classy bob?
A: The best way to endure this stage is to treat yourself to frequent trips to the hair salon for trims and treatments. Indulge your hair with hair masques and deep conditioning treatments. This will ensure your hair is in tip top condition as it is growing out. As a result, your hair may grow a little faster. Make sure to eat a healthy, nourishing diet full of vitamins and minerals necessary for optimum health.