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Put an end to bad hair days
3:45pm Wednesday 4th April 2012 in Lifestyle
Time to brush away your knots and niggles with some tweaks to your regime with these tips for healthy, happy hair.
Q Frizz is a big problem for me. How can I survive another humid summer?
A Tess Boyle, styling director at Jo Hansford salon, says: “The best thing to combat frizz is to start by using an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner on a daily basis, as this will really help.
“If you can’t find any anti-frizz styling products that work, I would recommend a keratin blow-dry as the best solution.
“This de-frizzes the hair without losing any body. It really does stop the atmosphere having as much affect and dramatically shortens your DIY blow-dry time too.”
Q Since I hit the menopause, my hair is noticeably thinning. Is there a solution?
A Keith Hobbs, clinical director of the Institute of Trichologists, says: “Female hair loss is a progressive thinning to the top and front of the scalp. Caused by genetic inheritance, age and sensitivity to testosterone, it can affect women after puberty, childbirth, and particularly after the menopause.
"A good haircut is important. Avoid centre partings if you’re experiencing loss to the front and top - a full fringe from further back or a side parting might cover this problem. With general hair thinning, a short bob has the effect of thickening the hair around the edges.”
Dull as dishwater
Q My hair is lacking in shine. What can I do to get glossy locks?
A Patrick Lehane, founder of AreaH20, says: “People often don’t realise that water affects hair in different ways.
“Metal ions, present in all types of water, react with shampoo to form mineral deposits that can cling to your hair making it look really lacklustre. People in hard water areas are affected most by lifeless, dull hair, whereas those in soft water areas might find their hair is too flyaway.
“If you feel your water is taking its toll on your hair, try a product like AreaH20 shampoo, which is designed to act as a magnet, attracting the mineral ions so your hair feels noticeably cleaner, shinier and smoother.”
Q I’m trying to grow my hair but it seems to stop at a certain length. What am I doing wrong?
A Michael Van Clarke, 3 More Inches creator, says: “Avoid aggressive styling products or tools. A great haircut is critical too, even though you’re growing your hair. As the ends decay and disintegrate, any splitting can travel up the hair shaft if not caught in time. Book in for a trim every three to eight weeks.”