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Q: I have a long, oval face and fine, limp hair and want a cut that gives me body but I am in college and don't want to spend much time styling it. Also I am not ready to go really short (much above the chin. Any suggestions?
A: Have you thought about an asymmetrical cut? They were really popular about 10 years ago and I think it is a time for a comeback. You could start a trend in your town. Your stylist could start below your earlobe area (around the jaw line) and cut it in a slant going down to the other side below your chin. You need to visit a stylist, that is a perfectionist. Blow dry would be easy - your head up-side-down, blow dry it till it is dry. Your head up and finish the bottom with a round brush all around. If you want more body on top - insert 2-3 huge Velcro rollers while you are getting ready to leave the house. A little hairspray should keep it full for some time. Or have you thought about coloring? Hair color swells the hair shaft a little thus giving hair some body.

Q: I have naturally curly highlighted hair that I iron after dry to straighten. My hairdresser used texturizing shears to take out some of the weight. This last time I don't think he did enough to help my head not be so big in the humidity. I bought a pair of notched shears and want to make a few "adjustments". is it better to cut high on the hair or more to the ends? Should I take big chunks or just thin sections under the top layer?
A: If you want to just texturize your hair, you have to do it from middle of your hair strand and/or closer to the ends. Cut out few different lengths. But if you want to remove a bulk, cut out some of your hair about 2 and 1/2 inches above your scalp. That way your short hair will not stick straight up. Divide your hair in sections, and perform just one cut per section. Check after you cut the hair if it needs some more in places. Remember less is better – you can always cut some more. And one more thing: remove the hair on your ironed hair. Do not forget to tell your stylist next time what you did, so he does not make you “bold” :-)

Q: How is a person's hair feathered? I don't mean the Farrah look, but where the feathers are actually cut into a person's hair. That way, rollers or a curling iron are not needed. This was a huge style in the '80s, on both men and women. All they did was brush their hair, and the feathers would always stay put, without falling. Hope someone understands what I'm talking about, and can help. Thanks.
A: It is done either with texturizing scissors or with razor. But the hair will "stay put" rather on shorter then longer hair.

Q: I have a round/square-shaped face, and want to grow out my layered perm. The perm and layers added the height I need for my face shape, but I don't want to keep perming my hair (it's naturally straight and medium-textured). Is there a long, straight hairstyle with volume in the crown that won't make me look like a refugee from the 80's? I did the BI-level thing in high school, it was my best style ever, but it would look really dorky now!
A: Since you are growing your layers out (although I have no idea how your hair is long), you could ask your hairstylist just to trim your ends (about 1/4 of an inch), then texturize the crown area (use a stylist that knows what he/she is doing). The shorter hair will help keep the longer hair more "bouffant" if you tease it a little in the crown area (it will give you a height). But make it look natural, not teased. Touch of hair spray will keep it in place and your style will last longer.
Or instead, you can blow dry your bangs forward (if you have any) over the round natural bristle brush giving them some height. Then finger style with some hairspray.

Q: I have VERY thick hair. I want a nice thin look with my hair, and add some highlights. If I have my stylist use thinning shears how long before I need to get my hair thinned again? My hair grows very quick! Also, I heard when getting your hair cut, use a razor instead of normal scissors, does that thin out too?
A: A razor is mainly used on straight hair to give it some wispy style. It is not recommended really to be used on curly hair. It could be used as a thinning device, but by only a very skilled hairdresser. And he/she would actually need a special = texturizing razor. Best bet is to use thinning sheers. Your stylist should not go too close to the scalp, because you would see some stubby hair sticking up like antennas. About 1 and 1/2 - 2 inches away from the scalp would be good. Don't over do it the first time. You can always do little more next time. See how it is growing out first. You may do it every 2-3 hair cuts (a little! not a lot!) or you may want to wait several months before you need it again. That is if you have your hair cut regularly (about 4 - 8 weeks). But ask for more advice from other professionals.

Q: I have slightly wavy, very dry hair due to thyroid problems. I have had the same style for at least 10 years and I am looking for some new ideas. My hair is shoulder length with long layers, I would love to see some styles on short hair.
A: Go to a book store to the Magazine Section and look for Hair Magazines in the Fashion Area. You can find magazines from the US as well as England (these are more avant-garde then the American ones). They have several different magazines on short hair. Lot of styles to choose from. Look through them and if you see a style, that you think would look nice on you, buy it and take it to your hairdresser.

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