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12 Tricks That Girls With Straight, Fine Hair Should Know

“Just sleep with it in a braid,” friends have told me. “Just use some mousse and scrunch it with your hands,” others have suggested. “How about a curling iron?”

Nope, nope and nope. As any girl with fine, limp hair like mine knows, the easy fixes that work for wavy or curly hair won’t do their magic on volume-less tresses. Getting bounce takes a careful series of steps as well as non-steps, aka things you should not do. Here are the tricks women with straight, fine hair should know, based on my own hair journey.*

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Hair Loss

Hello, I started to have problems with my hair recently. It falls and it started to show bit of my skin from the top near my forehead. It was so thick and nice and I feel so sad that it became like this. Please I need help in this problem I went to a doctor he gave me medicine and shampoo but it didn’t work, I took lots of vitamins and iron but also it didn’t bring back as it was. Now I am using herbal essences shampoo it is fine with me, I hope u can give me a good solution. Thank you, Nada.

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Golden Blonde Hair Dye

I want to dye my hair golden blonde but I have a red hair colour….and I do not want to bleach my hair…so my question is what hair colour will I use in order to get this colour. Isabel

Dear Isabel

Light blonde shades are achieved only with a bleaching product. If the hair has been colour treated the artificial colour must be removed first, then re-coloured. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding volume of peroxide, mixing and timing. Please note, for all over blonding use scalp bleaching product only, not highlighting bleaches, (this may irritate the scalp).

Good luck.

Hair loss

Question: My hair drops a lot what can I do?


Question: My hair is falling and I always use creams to make it thicker but they are useless. I don’t know what to do.


Question: Hi, my hair is weak and doesn’t look shiny.


Question: My hair is always falling out. It’s about to finish! I wear a veil. Please tell me what to do to protect my hair from falling. Thanks a lot

Answer: Dear Readers,

We have had a flood of questions this week regarding hair loss. Before I say anything, I want to tell you all not to panic. Hair loss is very common! Most people only associate hair loss with men, and they fail to recognise that as many as 2 out of 3 women will suffer from hair loss at some point in their life.

A number of things can cause hair loss:

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Dandruff trouble

Dear Hanem,


I have dandruff and I have tried all kinds of treatment.. I tried putting vinegar.. I tried henna.. I tried different kinds of shampoos.. it disappears for a while and comes back later. Whenever I brush my hair.. I find my shoulders full of dandruff.. what shall I do?
Hanan

Dear Hanan,

Dandruff is a very common thing. It is often the result of a greasy scalp. Even if you have dry hair, your scalp can be greasy so there are more people than you think who also suffer from this. Another reason for dandruff is dirt and pollution. If you are out on the streets, the scalp attracts lots of dirt and dust residue, this becomes dandruff.

After you wash your hair, be sure to rinse with cold water in the end. Warm water makes the scalp soft and encourages dandruff. Another solution which has proved to work with many of my clients is vinegar. But you must remember to leave the vinegar on your hair for about 5 minutes after you wash it, then rinse. You will see the results yourself.

Hanem.

Oval face hair cut

Question:

I have an long oval face. Which haircut would you suggest that would suit my face and make it look round?

Y.A.R.

Answer:

Dear Y.A.R.

Ovals are considered the ideal face shape. This shape can wear any design with flair! Bobbed, layered, close / full / long or short.

However, you also say that you have a long face. Well, if you wish to make your face look more rounded, go for width and volume, especially at the sides. Try to keep hair short; length would only elongate the face. A fringe looks great when just touching the brows and helps to shorten a long shaped face. Drawing the hair out from the cheeks creates the illusion of width.

However, you must take into consideration your facial features. Do you want to play up your eyes or your nose? A fringe for instance can accent your eyes, while hair off the forehead can balance your nose in profile view. Your hair type will also determine the best style. If naturally curly, wavy or straight, make it part of your style.

Hope that helped!

Falling Hair

Question: My hair is falling like rain, I am afraid I am going to go bald very soon…

I don’t know why it is falling because my hair by nature used to be very thick. I have been to many doctors and I am taking a lot of vitamins and supplements but still no use. HELP ME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Terrified Semsema

Answer:

Dear Terrified Semsema,

Hair loss can be devastating. Most people only associate hair loss with men, and they fail to recognise that as many as 2 out of 3 women will suffer from hair loss at some point in their life. A number of things can cause hair loss. For example, after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary. The stress of childbirth often causes hair loss.

Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment of the thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and oestrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may end your hair loss. Some medicines cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Certain infections can also cause hair loss.

Improper care of your hair can cause hair loss. If you wear ponytails or plats or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally.

I know that you have seen many doctors, but doctors really are the best people to advise you. Your doctor will probably ask you some questions about your diet, any medicines you’re taking, whether you’ve had a recent illness. Your doctor may ask questions about your menstrual cycle and pregnancies. Your doctor may also want to do a physical exam to look for other causes of hair loss. Finally, blood tests or a biopsy (taking a small sample of cells to examine under a microscope) of your scalp may be needed.

If your doctor hasn’t asked for any of the above, go to another doctor.

Slow Growing Hair and Split Ends

Question:

My hair grows very slowly and splits easily. It is currently shoulder length but I want it to grow long. Is it better to trim it every now and then or should I just be patient and let it grow without trimming at all?
NM

Answer:

Dear NM,

Your hair reflects the overall condition of your body. If your body is healthy, your hair will be too.

There are lots of things that can maximise the potential of your hair growing cycle but it is wrong to imagine that you can go to bed one night with shoulder length hair and wake up with a new inch of growth the next day. Hair on most people is programmed to grow a maximum of 6 inches a year.

Since hair is protein, a diet which is too low in protein may cause hair growth to slow down. Excessive stress and some medications are also known to retard hair growth. Another secret hair helper is rest and sleep. It has been discovered that to grow faster, hair needs an adequate amount of sleep (7 to 9 hours recommended).

Supplements I can suggest to aid hair growth are Vitamin B complex, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-Carotene. Always consult your doctor before taking any new type of vitamin.

Here are some additional hair growing tips for you:

  •     Eliminate or cut back on smoking, caffeine and fizzy drinks which weaken the body and block maximum growth.
  •     Eat a healthy diet, avoid foods that are high in sugar or fat.
  •     Treat your hair carefully and avoid any unnecessary brushing, combing or handling.
  •     Avoid the use of hot water, hot blow dryers and other hair care tools that may stress the hair.
  •     Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles.
  •     Have regular trims to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier.
  •     Believe it or not, the water here in Egypt can damage the hair as it is often too chlorinated.
After you wash your hair, just rinse with mineral water (like Baraka), it will make a big difference to the split ends.

What are your suggestions to bring my hair back to life?

Question:

I have a question related to the condition of my hair, I used to dye it very often a cendre (ash blonde) colour that always faded to an orangy colour that I hated. I decided to have some highlights done, it worked and the colour result is what I want.

The point is that I used to have beautiful straight hair, now it’s straight but stiff and the ends are dry. What are your suggestions to bring my hair back to life?

Thanks a lot.
Dina

Answer: Dear Dina,

Damage to the hair is usually caused by heat (irons, blow drying, curlers, heat lamps), UV rays (Sun, lights), mechanical devices (combs, brushes, curling irons), chemicals (colour, perms, relaxers, pool chemicals, the air) or poor diet (specifically a lack of proteins and essential fatty acids). In each case lipids are lost from the hair. These lipids are humectants which attract and hold moisture into the hair. They need to be replaced. You must ask your pharmacist and take the appropriate vitamins.

Hair growth requires the right amount of oxygen and nutrients from the circulatory system to the hair follicle. Without the required vitamins, amino acids, protein, and nutrients your hair may lack maximum fullness, strength and the vibrancy you desire.

Other than the vitamins, here are some tips for you to help bring back life to your hair:

  •     Eat a diet high in protein (Fish, poultry, nuts and beans)
  •     Blow dry hair with cool air.
  •     Do not brush wet hair.
  •     Use a quality shampoo and conditioner.
  •     Try a protector if you use heat on your hair (creams, leave-in conditioners).
  •     Have your stylist do all chemical work (colouring and relaxing).
  •     When blow drying, stop when your hair is “almost dry”.
  •     Use a UV protector on your hair.
  •     For dry ends…try a DROP of extra virgin olive oil which is very rich in vitamin E (it won’t smell if you put just a drop!!)