How to recover from damaged hair

Q My hair has been quite badly damaged through years of dyeing & straightening etc; it snapped in places & is quite bad. I’m planning on getting it cut next week, but to be honest, I don’t know where to start. Will I be able to contact a decent salon for a consultation? Will this cost me? And how will I know what will suit me? My hair is short in places, which I think means I’ll have to get it cut really short, but I know I don’t suit short hair! Any advice would be great. Thanks 🙂

A Hi, what your saying is not that uncommon as hot irons will eventually ruin your hair especially if you’re using them a few times a week, colouring doesn’t usually ruin your hair unless the salon keeps placing colour on top of colour.

The most important thing is to have a proper hair consultation in a reputable salon, do not pay for this consultation (it’s rare but some salons do charge) find this out before your consultation starts, make sure the salon that you choose has at least one hour to cut your hair.

As an example I own a salon in Covent Garden and in my salon my staff and I take the hair consultations very seriously, where we find out everything about that client, for example, your bone structure,  face shape, hair texture, body type  and even your personality, all of this will help determine the perfect haircut for you.

Try and have a small understanding on face shapes as this is very important, a couple of examples, the easiest is the oval shape, as this can work with almost every style, the only thing is sometimes oval face shapes can look a little long and in this instance I wouldn’t choose a style with long hair as this will pull your face down, if you have a round face shape then you will need to keep a little length as shorter styles will make your face more round, but on the flip side if you leave your hair long on a round face shape then that can also make your face rounder.

You might be able to take your hair cut down in stages rather than a salon suggesting that you cut it off in one go as that can be a little stressfull, (a lot of the time that is ok to do but depends on your personality) because sometimes you need a little time to adapt to new looks, so suggest that as well, remember it’s what the hairdresser leaves on that counts, sometimes you only need to take a small amount of hair cut off in the right places of course and that can make a world of difference.

I think offering hair magazines to a client should be a last resort, the reason I don’t like to recommend this method is because most clients would choose a hair style of a model who’s face has no resemblance to their own and that photo only looks good on that model, but the trick is to find a style of somebody that has a similar face shape to your own, (which is hard to find) then you stand more of a chance of it suiting you, but then you have to take into account the hair thickness as well, that is why I never usually offer hair pictures to my clients instead I try and build up an image in there head of what suits, a good salon will know all of this.

You should check out www.urbanpath.com and they have a very big selection of salons with customer reviews, there all based in London though so hope that’s, ok for you.

Please take your time in choosing the correct salon for you, there is no rush, rermember to ask  lots of questions including what face shape do you think I have? What is the texture of my hair? etc.

Good luck and if you have any other questions please ask.

“This question was answerd by Stuart Phillips on Yahoo answers UK & Ireland.”

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