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Female hair loss is both common and affects women of all ages. Think it won’t happen to you? Think again. There are many health causes for it, ranging from anaemia through to vitamin deficiencies and the simple, unavoidable aging process.
Twice in my life, I’ve lost considerable amounts of hair. The first was due to stress: I was working crazy hours in a full-on job for a media giant and was stupidly neglecting both my physical and emotional health. My fine, shoulder-length, blonde hair started to thin out to the point that it resembled fairy floss, as my husband unhelpfully (but not unkindly) pointed out when we met during that time. Boy, has he lived to regret those tactless words! It didn’t help too that my hairdresser at the time was obsessed with giving me platinum locks, making my naturally-fair hair even weaker from all the vigorous bleaching and overstyling.
It was only after I left my full-time media job while on maternity leave when my hair began to thicken and grow like wildflowers. This was partly due to the wonder of pregnancy hormones, whereby increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage, there are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you naturally have thicker, more luxuriant tresses. However, I firmly believe my rapid hair growth was also largely as a result of my great personal joy and immense relief – mind/body and spirit – at no longer having to work under such stressful conditions.
Of course, my hair fell out again somewhat, as is natural and normal, following my having two babies very close together. Postpartum hair-loss is common due to a massive dip in estrogen levels and, rest assured, it does grow back again soon! It’s a tad confronting at the time though, granted. My postpartum hair loss during breastfeeding both children was quite dramatic; so much so, I remember asking my new, fabulous hairdresser – a few months after giving birth to my second child – if I was in fact going bald!
Today, my hair is super-healthy, strong, thick and mid-way down my back. It’s the best condition it’s ever been in, but I do take great care of it, spending a small fortune on it every six-eight weeks with a regular trim and colour, if needed. Here, senior Queensland hairdresser Elyse Louise, 22, answers all my questions on hair loss, from her expert point of view. Of course, you may also want to see your GP if hair loss is a problem for you.
Why is female hair loss so common?
I think in this day and age our lifestyles are changing; there are always new and improved diets – which aren’t always so good for us – and we’re under more stress and taking more medications than ever before. There are so many reasons why your hair might start to thin or fall out. The real issue is figuring out what reason it is for you. Even if it’s none of the above, there is still something we [hairdressers] can do to slow it down or even stop it.
Whom does hair loss most affect?
A lot of people don’t realise it, but hair loss affects women just as much as it does men. Both genders struggle with it – the only difference being is that a lot of women like to keep their hair to look feminine and feel good about themselves, so you do start to see a little bit of thinning and patchiness unfortunately, whereas the vast majority of men decide to go really short to disguise the start of hair loss.
What products can you use to combat female hair loss?
I’m a Kerastase-trained hairdresser. So, first of all we need to look at what has caused a client’s hair loss. I always like to tell my clients to talk to their doctor and to see if it could have anything to do with medication they’re taking. Next up, I recommend Kerastase Aminexil – an intensive hair protection treatment which reduces the rate of hair loss. It goes into your scalp and helps sort out the problem from the source: your hair’s bulb. This is where you hair grows out of and it’s vital to your hair’s growth and strength.
When this bulb hardens due to health conditions and/or medication, it strangles your hair to a point it gets thinner and eventually may not even be strong enough to grow anymore. Therefore, you feel your hair thinning and losing density. This great product contains a series of vials with a weightless serum in them which you apply morning and night to help reenergise and strengthen your hair. Then, in three month’s time, clients should be able to see brand, new hairs growing through. I recommend my clients apply the treatment twice a year, leaving about three months in between to give their hair a break, and see if thick and healthy hair has been restored.
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Valentine’s signature sophisticated, feminine style was on display at yesterday’s A/W 2012 parade at Paris Fashion Week.
“It’s a challenge but what’s very nice about it is that it’s always very pretty, very soft, very feminine. It’s a great look for women. I’ve created a very classic Valentino look, very pretty,” said Guido, Redken Creative Consultant. “I’m doing a 70’s kind of twist that has a very soft feel to it.”
1. Apply full frame 07 mousse to damp hair and blow-dry for a voluminous look and a little hold.
2. Create a center part and apply a small amount of outshine 01 to smooth the hair.
3. Separate into two front sections and twist each one back towards the nape into a “v” shape.
4. Pin alongside the twist on either side with open fasteners to secure the twist into place.
5. Cross over the twist in the back and tuck the opposite sides in underneath each other keeping the “V” shape, and pin in place. Finish with fashion work 12 versatile working spray.
Are you a fan of the feminine knot?
Kate Hudson showed off the look she does best at this week’s Vanity Fair party – relaxed glamour, pairing a sexy red dress with long, tousled locks. Here’s how celebrity hairstylist David Babaii created the look in 4 easy steps:
1. David prepped Kate’s hair with David Babaii Amplifying Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Next, he applied a little David Babaii Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier to give the roots plenty of oomph and volume.
3. He then spritzed David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray before taking to the hair with a combination of a diffuser and large barrel curler to create that perfectly tousled look.
4. To finish, David rubbed a drop of Miracle Oil Hair Elixir into the palms of his hands and quickly ran it through Kate’s hair for extra shine.
Are you a fan of Kate Hudson’s glam hair?
Long, glamourous hair was the look of the day at the Blumarine A/W 2012 show at Milan Fashion Week. Here’s how Pantene Global Stylist Ambassador Sam McKnight created the look in 8 easy steps.
“I wanted to create a hair look that was grown up sexy but with a youthful ‘unfinished’ feeling to it,” said McKnight. “I wanted the hair to shine with health so that it worked with the shiny, metallic effects of the collection, almost as if the hair was actually part of the clothing collection.
Get the look:
1. The perfect base for this look is freshly washed and conditioned hair. Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo and Conditioner works well for a light finish as it nourishes the hair without adding weight.
2. For hair stressed by over styling, supplement your hair care regimen with a treatment mask such as Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Intensive Penetrating Treatment.
3. Apply Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Root Lift Mist to wet hair and comb through.
4. Dry hair back away from the face using a medium round bristle brush.
5. As you dry the hair, clip each blow dried section in to place and spray with Pantene Pro-V Body Builder Hairspray.
6. When finished drying, create a rough middle parting at the front of the head, then take 2-3 sections of the hair at the crown of the head and backcomb, apply Pantene Pro-V Body Builder Hairspray to the backcombed section, then brush through, finally ruffle with fingers to keep the look natural.
7. Release all the clipped sections of hair and brush through with a soft bristle brush.
8. Finally, set the look in place with a spritz of Pantene Pro-V Body Builder Hairspray.
Are you a fan of Blumarine’s long, glamourous hair?
Curls range from large and symmetrical to random and uneven. Key looks include crimped – looking like hair that’s braided wet, left to dry, then combed out; curls glossed and finger waved, ringlet curls, and masses of hair from ringlets that have been brushed out.
Still very trendy, “Straight” hair is casually air-dried or dried without any effort to smooth, providing texture in the volume of the hair and in natural bends and almost-waves.
GO PEEP: The big news is the fringe – large sections, dead straight, totally blunt and covering the eyes. Alternatively, hair is parted straight, deep on the side or right down the middle with no fringe at all. Or, hair is pulled back off the face with only the delicate wisps of fine hair at the hairline to soften the look.
TWIST IT, SISTER: Updo’s consist of twisted swatches of hair, round buns rolled smooth and chignons, low at the back of the head or starting at the front hairline and following the contour of the head, behind the ear and back. Hair is secured at the nape and manipulated into low, compact textures.
Braids also continue to gain prominence. Used at the hairline over the forehead as a natural hairband, adding interest to buns, combined with pigtails for an aboriginal look or looped over and around straight swathes of hair reminiscent of a Teutonic opera star, braids are guaranteed to be all the rage.
Spring/Summer 2002 is the season to express your individuality, using your hair, styling products and ingenuity.
Clairol presents Spring/ Summer 2002 hair trend slides from the European shows.
Come back next week for your chance to win some fabulous Clairol Herbal Essence colour products.
By Gabrielle McCarthy, Editor of Australia’s haircare site, VirtualHairCare.comUnfortunately for some, ponytails are not the best look even though they are easy to manage. You must first ask yourself if you wear your hair tied back more often than not? If you do then why do you have all that hair? Maybe a shorter look that you can manage would suit your lifestyle better and be more flattering. Just a thought. Saying that they are easy does not mean that they don’t come without the odd problem, so a few points need to be made when wearing a ponytail:
With all ponytails, excessive tension can cause breakage. Always go gently when making a ponytail, as using too much force can result in a very nasty condition called tension alopecia. This is permanent hair loss and leaves you looking like you are receding. This is often caused during childhood.
The use of coated rubber bands or soft scrunchies is another important point as they will not break or damage the hair. A sign that you are getting hair breakage from bands is when you see a line of shorter hairs 10cm to 15cm from the scalp. Headaches from ponytails can also be caused by excessive tension combined with the weight of the hair. Try Alice type bands to keep your hair off your face or cut it a little to relieve some of the weight.
Here are our tips:
The best way to achieve a good clean looking ponytail is to brush the dry hair back, gather it in one hand then slip a band from around the fingers of the other hand over it. Finally use a little hairspray over the head and smooth your hands immediately over the surface following the line of your head to remove any frizzy bits. For a variation try a ponytail with side twists:
- Part your hair down the centre .
- Working one side at a time, take a rough section of hair that encompasses all of the hair from the parting to the temple.
- Pull it back away from the face and twist it at the same time.
- When the first section feels tight against the scalp, take similar sized section immediately behind it and twist that in with the first.
- Repeat this adding in more hair until all the hair on one side is used up and secure it in the nape with a band whilst you repeat the process on the other side.
- To finish, either leave both side separate or join them together. Leave the loose hair hanging down your back.
This is a great ponytail if your hair is layered around the face and would normally fall out, as the twisting holds in the shorter bits.
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- Make sure you buy a hair kit with the colour you want. If you are after a sun-kissed effect, pick a package that has two different colours. Try L’Oreal Accenting Highlighting Duo. For more noticeable scattered streaks, use a one-hue kit with a perforated cap through which you pull sections you want to lighten. Try Clairol Nuance Highlighting.
- Wash your hair no less than a day before, so your scalp’s natural oils will protect you from irritating chemicals.
- Brush your hair into your usual style so you can see exactly where you want highlights. The most natural-looking places are on your bangs, the top of your crown, and around the sides of your face.
- Once your strands are painted, you’ll need to wait for the colour to develop. Most formulas do take up to 15-30 minutes. But if you’re dying to check it, squeeze out the cream from a small section on the ends to see if your strands are light enough.