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Hair Q&A

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

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Let us sort out your hair dilemmas

Q. What can I do about dandruff on my clothes?

A. Dandruff is an umbrella term used to describe any kind of scalp condition which leads to visible flaking. Real dandruff is caused by an increase in a natural yeast.

To find out if you have real dandruff try the following regime for a month. Wash your hair every day or every other day with a mild shampoo but not one specifically formulated for dandruff. If you shampoo every day use one application, if you go for every other day use two applications. Be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly, as poor rinsing can lead to flaking. If you want to use a conditioner apply it to the ends of your hair only. You may notice some flaking but this should soon settle down.

If, however, at the end of four weeks your condition doesn’t settle down, try using an anti‐dandruff shampoo at least twice a week on alternate shampoos.   

Q. I’m thinking of dyeing my hair for my wedding, but want to practise with a few colours before I commit to one. How do I start? 

A. There are plenty of products for you to practise with. Look out for colour‐enhancing shampoos ‐‐ usually the conditioner comes with a hint of colour. Or experiment with coloured styling mousses, which will last for a few washes on uncoloured hair. Plus there are many semi‐permanent dyes to practise with that come out in six to eight washes.

It’s also worth talking to a hairdresser for objective advice on changing your hair colour. Talk to someone who specialises as a colourist, rather than a hairdresser and permer who also happens to colour.  

Q. What can I do about my frizzy, curly hair?

A. Don’t fight it ‐‐ find ways to enhance it instead. Work on finding products to manage any frizz, and don’t attempt to straighten it.  

Q. I want to be a long‐haired bride, but my hair is short. What are my options? 

A. For instant long locks women try hair extensions. These can be made of acrylic or real hair and can either be heat bonded to your hair to last for weeks or months before needing replacing, or else temporary clip‐in, clip‐out extensions. Extensions are also a great way of adding body to thin or fine hair.  

Q. I’m going grey. How can I cover it up?

A. Colouring grey hair has come a long way from the narrow choices of raven‐black or white peroxide. Consult a professional colourist, who will be able to offer you more options. Also, consider how you wear grey hair. Simple shapes are much more youthful than permed and set styles.  

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