Question about hair breakage in a dry climate….

Hi there! I just found your website and LOVE it! Thanks for your hard work! I am hoping I can pick your brain on a number of topics, ranging from no-poo, to Q-redew, to DIY wedding hair.

I have been no-pooing for almost a year now. My hair is long and naturally wavy, but I’ve always had problems with it being super dry, with ends that break easily. When I moved to Boise, ID back in 2007, my waves disappeared (it’s really dry here), and shampoo/conditioner just made everything worse. Therefore, I was prompted to no-poo. My hair is definitely much nicer than it was, but I still have problems with breakage. Do you have any suggestions on how to minimize breakage? I try to do a conditioning treatment (coconut oil/eggs/avocado/honey/

whatever I have lying around) once every other week, and that seems to help a bit. Other ideas are very welcome!Also, Have you used and do you like the Q-Redew? Because my hair is awesome when it’s raining/humid, I thought this may be a good tool for me, though it’s really pricey. I don’t use any products, so having a nice hairstyle that’ll stay would be great.

Ok, last question. I am getting married next august, and would like to have a hairstyle that is up for part of the day, and down for part of the day. It’d be great if it could play up my waves/curls, is no-poo/product friendly, and would stay in for the whole time…I know, it seems like a stretch, but I thought you of all people would be the best to ask!

Also, I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard that quince seeds mixed with water act as a natural hair gel. I’ll try it and get back to you.

Thank you so much in advance for your advice and help. I so much appreciate it, and it’s great to have found another person who rejects the throngs of products and perceptions of what a  woman in our society should be. Thank you, with all my heart.

Hey! thanks for writing:) THe one thing I have learned about split ends and breakage is that a regular trim is CRUCIAL. I do mine ( ponytail layers cut) every 6 weeks ( I trim of just barely on the very ends) If your hair is long though, you might have an inch or more of split ends that need to be removed. The key is to cut them above where they are split so they don’t continue to split. Then, keep up with the coconut oil treatment. One thing that Im loving lately is this
To restore moisture, strength, and curl to dry hair. And YES to the q-redew!!!! perfect for waves in that dry air.
As far as a DIY hairstyle for your wedding that you can wear up or down, something like this one
just let the last part down after the nuptuals.Also, this one is great….
hope these help steer you in the right direction!

Hi Roxie,Thanks for all the great ideas! I am definitely going to try the Lanolin, and just today, I did a coconut oil treatment last night, and this morning, cut back on the amount of BS and ACV  I normally use. Today, my hair is thicker-looking, curly, and definitely looks much nicer. I also am going to experiment with the hairstyles you suggested.

Thanks so much!

Bobby pins not staying in place?

Jenn writes…….

Love, love, love your page! Have a question & hope you can help me, how do I keep bobby pins from sliding out of my hair? I’ve tried your tutorials & if I’m doing a twist or a bun, the pin just starts backing out almost immediately. I have long hair (to the middle of my back) & the only product I use is chi oil when I straighten it. I use matrix sleek look shampoo & conditioner. Is it making my hair too slick? Do I need to go to Sally’s beauty & pick up a more heftier pin? Thank you for your help with this!-Jenn

Girl, you need some jumbo bobbies. I think they will change your life. I’m a big fan of the goody 3′ bobby. Tried and true. Let me know if that doesnt do the trick.

HTHG hair consultation, Fine haired mama of 3 inquires….

Adrienne writes…

‘I just stumbled upon your blog and I had to tell you how much I really appreciate it!  I think I’ve spent at least an hour watching your videos & reading…. I wish you still lived in Seattle – I’d make an appointment asap to have you work your magic.  I really appreciate that a lot of your styling techniques involve natural products – don’t cost a fortune, and are vintage inspired.

My hair curse is that I have super super fine hair.  I love the idea of bangs… but not sure they would work with my face.  Do you ever give hair advice? Say… someone sent you a picture… or skyped… and you had a vision, and then they could take that into their hairdresser?  Or do you ever make it back to Seattle?

Thanks for being on the interwebs!’

So then I asked her to send a pic and answer a couple basic questions about herself……Here is what she wrote.

‘ Here’s a picture – not great, but it might give you an idea… I’m a mom of 3, very tired, and just started working full time.  I’m supposed to look “professional” – which seems hard when you are a mom of 3.  I have baby fine hair (stress the word baby)… some color in there (just used henna the other day to cover a dye job that had roots).  I’ve started using hair powder, which I really like – just because it gives my totally limp hair a little bit of body.  I haven’t tried the pine tar shampoo, but if you think that works better, I can give that a try.

My 2 standard haircuts have been a pixie & a bob… I like the 1920s style bob… super simple… but I might just be low on ideas.  I’m up for anything 🙂  Also… you mentioned eye brow consultations somewhere on your website… any advice would be appreciated… I’m basically a 37 year old who never learned all those girly tricks, and am just starting now.
I can start growing my hair so I can book a visit with you when you get here! (unless your advice is to shave it all off)  Yay!’
So, I thought about it for a while, and this is what I am going to recommend. A haircut like this pixie/bob hybrid works wonders on fine hair.
It is a shape that suits all faces, and tends to grow out really nicely. It is also very low maintenance, and easily wearable without much styling at all.
With some short and choppy asymmetrical bangs, it can look soft and  polished with a bit of an edge. Adrienne could definitely rock this hairstyle with her hair at the length that it is, but with another inch or so of growth it would be PERF.
On a different note, I think that baby fine hair should be handled with care product wise. You do not want to strip it too much with harsh shampoos, because your scalp-oil glands will overproduce with a vengeance, making hair oily and limp. Most products tend to be just too heavy for baby fine hair. I would definitely recommend considering switching to the no-poo technique.
And also, do try the pine tar. Hair powders are great. I have heard that corn meal works well for zapping oil and adding texture and lift.
Eyebrows? hard to say. I would have to see them a little closer. Book an appointment with me in February, and we will talk about then. Hope this helped a bit!


Virtual DIY hair consultation, blending roots to ends.

asking about a color consultation? I have olive skin tone, but usually quite light do to short summers, brown eyes, and dark brown hair. I bleached my hair all summer, and it is totally fried now. I have been letting it grow out, hopeing to gain some strength back, and now I have bleached hair and dark roots, I would like to ease back into my natual color, without wreaking my hair any further.

thanks, kat

Okay Kat. Sounds like you want to go back in the direction of your natural color. This should be easy to do with very minimal damage at all. Enter: Demi-permanent color. This gentle option will deposit color, but it will not lift it ( You can’t lighten your hair with it) but you can add darkness or brighter tones with it. It initially will be a nice solid rich color after you first use it, but will fade gently to something more translucent. This makes it perfect for helping blend roots and ends without creating roots all over again. When you use it on bleach, it will hold the color more than on hair that hasn’t been bleached generally. And, it is very low in abrasive chemicals and often adds tons of shine so it is great for using on frazzled hair.

So, apply this color (5g light-medium golden brown) all over, roots to ends.

You will have shiny, rich brown hair which is perfect for the fall. After a while, it will fade into more of a caramel-y ombre look, which will look great on you, and the root line will still be much harder to see. You should be able to just grow it right on out to natural this way.

Good luck, and please send me your after photo!


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