TOP TIP: A friend of mine, with a mop of thick curls wears her hair in a short bob – shaped into the nape of the neck, thick on top and a touch longer at the sides. She keeps her hair in A1 condition and it looks wonderful bouncing and bobbing and catching the light around her face. She includes a few gold coloured streaks in her medium brown curls.
Arrange fringe, spray with hairspray then don’t touch it again.
Retouch roots every three to four weeks, but when the sides begin to show regrowth, touch-up daily to prevent the receding hairline look. There are various pens and water rinses available for this. Avoid hairstyles which involve a part.
Try not to shampoo and condition every day. The more often you shampoo the more quickly the oils build up again. Every three or four days is good. If you want to change from shampooing every day to every three or four days, you may have to stagger the process to save going about with oily hair during the change-over.
If you are not bothered by thinning hair, finish with a short rinse of cold water to close the hair cuticle and make hair look smooth and glossy. Dry with the hair dryer on the medium setting.
TOP TIP: If you like, miss the shampoo from time to time and just rinse your hair with warm shower water, condition and rinse again. The result is soft as if you had used shampoo, but with more “body”.
Especially useful for removing water from shampooed hair and cutting down the length of time using the hairdryer. Mine came from the Avon catalogue but they are also available at variety stores.
Numerous treatments and products are available. Have fun with them if you like. Use a styling mousse after shampooing to give body and help to hold the style. A tiny amount of Moroccan oil rubbed into damp hair adds shine and softness. Volumiser will transform thin hair to thicker hair instantly. Experiment with how much to use.
TOP TIP: After spraying on the volumiser, rub the hair between your fingers briefly to rough-up the hair cuticle and add even more volume. You will be astounded by the extra thickness.
Short styles need trimming every three to four weeks. Frequent trimming keeps the quality of coloured hair in good condition because old and damaged ends are constantly removed. It is difficult to trim your hair yourself, leave this to your hairdresser.
A common problem that comes with age is thinning hair exposing the scalp; especially common at the back of the head. If this is a problem for you, it is definitely time to change your hairstyle. Volumiser is about to become your favourite hair product!
Here is my solution for thinning straight hair:
For thinning curly hair choose a shortish style – say about four to six inches long when the hair is wet and pulled out straight, but allow for the curl take-up. The routine for curly tops with thinning hair is almost exactly the same as for thinning straight hair.
As with straight hair, quite a lot of product is used to make each individual hair thick and to give an overall appearance of stronger, thicker hair.
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