I'm 46 with long thin blond hair. It is time to start coloring it as there is quite a bit of gray hair on the top now. In the past, I had it highlighted, and my hair would break off. I can't seem to find any hair specialists in the Colorado Springs area, or good advice as to what to color my hair with that won't damage it and therefore cause it to break. I'd like to leave my hair long. Thank you for any advice.
Kind regards, Kelly "
" Hi Kelly,
WOW broke off during highlights. So Sorry!
If you are a natural blonde with gray sounds like some low lites are your solution. Dark blond to accentuate your blonde hair. Or high and low lights strategically placed to accentuate and give you some texture and depth.
If you break they are most likely using a high volume of peroxide, or a high lift tint.
Tell the hairdresser to use a low volume of peroxide and at least 2 other colors all with low volume peroxides. NO HIGH LIFT TINTS! I USE 5 VOL ON MY LOW LITES AND NO MORE THAT 15 ON THE HIGHLIGHTS. This is a common mistake. They just don't understand fine fine hair. OUR CUTICLE LAYER IS SMALLER AND IT JUST DOESN'T NEED THE STANDARD LIFTING . Most hairdressers don't have the speed it takes and by the time they get to the opposite side of the head they started on , the beginning is over processed.
Best wishes for great hair days.
" My hair is conditioned all the time and is in good condition now.my roots are very big and yes iam growing the colour out.my natural colour is dirty blonde and i just want to leave the roots and do the rewst of my hair the sames colour as the roots.would my hair look thiner if i had layers in it? and have you any suggestions on my very curly hair and what to do with it as i dont like to leave is cause its to curly but i dont like doing it every morning as it may damage my hair.
" If your hair is dirty blonde what color are your ends? I need to know this before I can give you help with the color. Are they darker than your natural color?
Layering can be great for fine curly hair as long as you don't over layer it. (According to the style) It takes just a few layers to make a difference, to many and the bottom looks thin. How long is your curly hair? Length makes a difference as it helps to weigh down the curls.
What products are you currently using for shampoo, cond, and style?
" I have thin hair structure..very straight, silky hair...face is well
could look like Angelina Jolie so to say..would not be able to describe it
Boyfriend thinks a perm would look nice...can you give me the pros and cons of a permanenet perm
thanks a million
I think a body perm would be fine unless you are color treated. Just know a body perm is not a pretty curl all by itself it requires some form of curling, setting, whatever . It is a wave only and it does not look natural in most cases, Unless your hair is in extremely excellent condition. It is for body only. It changes the hair shaft from smooth to fluffy which makes the hair texture look and feel fuller. I suggest asking the hairdresser to add a smaller rod here and there to add extra fullness.
" Hi Christine,
Enjoy your web site its great. I have very fine hair that is now shoulder length, I am looking for a slightly curly (soft spiral curls) I have had my hair set but regular rollers (smallest ones) but the curls are still to big . You showed a series of pictures of someone with perm rods but you didn't show the final results of the perm. I can tell you that my hair curls very easily. I am leary of a perm because the last one I had about 2 yrs ago was a real disaster. Do you have any ideas/suggestions
There are several things to look for some of which you can get off my site. How to pick a hairdresser. I can't say enough about this it is most important that the hairdresser does perms frequently. Many of today's hairdressers don't like to give perms so be careful. But here are suggestions right off my site that I give to the professionals that will help you if you need to say something to the hairdresser.
Check your fine-haired clients' perms visually, don't just time them. Even self-timing perms need to be kept in check. Understand that all hair does not take the same amount of time to process. Best of all, your client will appreciate your caution.
- Change the cotton on a perm making sure that the client is comfortable. If you use a elasticized plastic bag, make sure you have an extra piece of cotton under the tightening part on the forehead.
- Do not over-saturate and please, remember that a perm does not have to drip and run. Fine hair reacts almost immediately, so there is no need to use the entire bottle to process a perm or to neutralize a bonding solution. In addition, one gets better results.
- Fine hair tends to over-process with the neutralizer. Get it off immediately as per instructions, don't take your time removing rods. If your assistant is slow, have him or her rinse off the neutralizer first and remove rods afterwards.
I would say if you process fast that you make sure that they check every 5 minutes. So when you interview the hairdresser during the consultation ask how often they check there perms. If they say it is self timed run. Some stylists think if the box says 20 min it doesn't matter what type of hair they have they get a 20 min process. While our hair is smoking!
Make sure the is no pulling if the hair pulls it will break from the process. Tell the hairdresser it hurts. I've given you some ammo its up to you.
I hope I haven't discouraged you, perms are great if they are done right.
" I sometimes hate my thin hair:
It looks like I have litle hair specially at the front of my head. I don't like to cut my hair short because I had a bad hair cut once.
Last week the hairdresser cut my hair up to my shoulder and TRY TO MAKE IT
LAYERED but it didn't work. Now my hair looks like someone or i chopped it off. Therefore i always tie my hair in a bun. :(
I am waiting for my hair to be even so I can go to another hairdresser. But what hair cut do you reconmend? Now i am willing to cut my hair short up to my neck not less. and what ingredients in a shampoo can i look for so my hair will be healthy, and fuller. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME
" Dear Medussaless
I'm so sorry you got chopped by Charlie Tuna. Before you have anymore cut off, take a break, don't leap.
With your hair like it is I am going to recommend a subject you may be weary of. The "P" word. Not a full perm but what I call a scatter perm.
If you can imagine this. It is a body perm not given to all of your hair. Only in essential areas scattered about like natural curl. Which will give the illusion of 2-3 times more hair.
And for your styling it will become easier. You will be able to use those layers to your advantage. (if they are not to short). You will need at least 4" on the top and in the crown. Hopefully the person that cut your hair left you some length.
You want rods in the crown, grey and black or white. Approx 2" between each rods on the sides. Extra rods from the occipital bone down . This will give volume to the bottom under. A couple on the top to solve the flat front problem and one or two in your front or bang area. Instruct the hairdresser to use a heavy conditioner on the hair that is not being permed. Have them wrap cotton around the rod groupings. And tell them not to over saturate each rod as not to drip solution on the hair that is not being permed. But conditioned instead.
Same with the neutralizing do not over saturate or drip on the unpermed hair.
The result will be a natural looking fullness. Go to some of my video's and see my technique with my "THE FIX" styling product, use a diffuser to dry. And if necessary touch up the ends and around your face with a curling ion or round brush. It will work.
Also ask your stylist to check your perm every 5 min to prevent during
processing. If they try to tell you the perm is self timing tell them to check anyway. Fine hair looks like it isn't perming when it is over processed. So if they don't check it it will go past it's processing time and by the time 20 min is up you could be over cooked.
You will have a volume of hair and it will not be shorter.
Best of luck.
" I have fine hair and am wanting a short hair style. Can you help me choose? I have a square jaw line.
With that little tiny bit of information all I can suggest is a bob longer in the front on the sides to cut off the corners of your jaw. You need to consider a lot more that the square jaw. If you want more you need to paint me a better picture or send me a picture.
" Thank you for that information. I can try to give you some better information. I don't have the ability to e-mail you a picture. Currently, I have long brown hair. I have fine hair, but have a ton of it. I'm in a professional position and want something easier to deal with.
I am tall (5'10")and heavy set. I'm not overweight, just big. I have more of a square shaped face. I don't have a pointed chin. I have bangs. I think that is about all I can tell you. What I was considering is a hair style that is chin length and flips outward. That is actually similar to what I have now, but I have long hair. I have never had short hair, so I'm nervous about getting it
cut off. I have a great stylist, but I want to somewhat know what I want
before I get in there. Thanks for any information that you can give.
I have chosen 3 styles that I think would be professional and not to difficult for you to do. If you leave it long enough you can still pull it up. However, I think it will be much easier and more professional to go at the jaw. Make sure she doesn't leave it straight at the jaw. Look at the blond short hair I sent you she has softness around her face. It will cut of the edge of the square jaw. But, any of these will work.
These are my clients. Real people so excuse the bad photographer! Best Wishes, let me know how it works. And by the way if you cut your hair you really would enjoy my products.
" I have full but fine textured hair which is styled in a one length bob to my shoulders right now. I lose patience with blow drying it before I get it styled. I like my hair long but fear it is too much work (I'm a single mother, college student and have to work two part-time jobs). When my hair is short I feel too boyish. I've considered a body wave or highlights but I'm not sure if it's the right way to go. Is there a happy in between style or am I making styling too much work? I'm not confident in my blow-drying with a round brush technique. "
" I think you would love the new Revo automatic styling brush. I don't know where you live are but I found them on the internet. The hard part is holding the dryer on yourself while using it. I just saw a info mercial about a new dryer stand to aid in drying your hair at home.
As far as the hair cut goes I recommend a few light layers on the crown to give you a little height. Just a few emphasize that on a little layering to your hairstylist. If you ask for layers it could be a disaster if you do not request correctly.
And to keep that fullness use my gel THE FIX and the Spray to get that fullness. Follow the instructions on my site.
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