Frequently asked hairdressing questions with answers from qualified and experienced hairdressers and hair care providers.
Q: SHOULD YOU CONDITION AFTER A HAIR CONDITIONING TREATMENT OR HAIR MASK?
A: Yes, conditioning your hair is a MUST after a hair conditioning treatment or hair mask. Shampooing cleanses and opens the out layer of your hair shaft (the cuticle), a hair conditioning treatment or hair mask then repairs and conditions deeper into the core of your hair for then your conditioner to seal the hair cuticle shut, coating it with a protective layer and sealing in the nutrients from your hair treatment or mask.
Q: HOW TO ACHIEVE LIGHTER COLOURED HAIR
A: To achieve lighter coloured hair you first have to remove the dark colour. The more vibrant or clean you want your hair colour, the lighter the hair you are colouring will need to be. A good example for this is like using a bright coloured pen on a dark or black piece of paper. The pen is barely visible but you can see it from certain angles, whereas if you use a dark or bright pen on light coloured paper you can set it more clearly.
Q: WHAT ARE HAIR FOIL HIGHLIGHTS/LOWLIGHTS?
A: Hair foils involve sectioning off hair and weaving strands thick or thin depending on the look you're going for. These strands are then coloured with lightening agent (for highlights) or lowlights (for darker tones) before wrapping them in foil when the colour then processes. This technique helps merge regrowth more naturally while achieving fresh, vibrant colour throughout your hair.
Q: WHAT IS ON SCALP HAIR COLOURING?
A: On scalp colouring is when all your hair is coloured (not sections like foils). This technique is used for regrowth, or a full head colour change.
Q: WHY WATER SOLUBLE SILICONE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS?
A: We all love shiny, healthy looking hair for a good price... but this normally comes at a cost! Cheaper shampoos and conditioners can damage your hair whilst leaving a layer of plastic like film which feels nice and looks nice at the time. However, over time this silicone can cause build up making it harder for you to clean you hair, leading to excessive oils and unhealthy hair. This is normally when you think you need to change hair care as your hair care is no longer working. This silicone also impacts us hairdressers when you come in for a colour. The silicone layers on top of your hair strands make it harder for the colour to soak into the hair leading to shorter lasting hair colour.
Q: WHY DOES MY PONY TAIL LOOK THIN?
A: A main cause for a thin looking pony tail is excessive thinning within the process of your hair cut. A good example for this is to put your hand up with your fingers straight and pull down every second finger. This is what the thinning process of a cut does. If you then see your hairdresser for another cut and have your hair thinned again, more fingers will come down and slowly less and less hair will be the length of your pony tail. This on top of layers will leave you pony tail looking straggly and wispy.
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