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image of a graduated cutQ: I usually keep my hair tapered from three inches at the crown to an inch at the back and sides. While on an interview, I went to a local salon close to my hotel and told the stylist that "I like my hair tapered, to...". Before I had completed the sentence "... an inch at the back and sides", the stylist had jumped in with the clippers. I managed to stop her from doing the same to the sides, although she did do some layering. I now look like I have one of those above the ears wedge cuts. In the past, I've used the term "graduated" but I've been corrected to use the work "tapered". I'm a teeny bit cheesed off. What is the correct phrase to use?
A:"The graduated cut" is a more appropriate expression. "The tapered cut" is more or less a hair cut using clippers or scissors over the comb. Which means very close to the scalp. Clippers range from 1/8 in. to 1/2 in. A stylist fingers are about 1/2 in. to 3/4 in. thick. You will find an attachment of an example of a graduated cut. You may print it out and take it with you on your travels, so you do not end up with "a bowl cut" again.

Q: I am quite concerned about my 21 year old son's fixation with having thick eyebrows. I have been using Regaine on my scalp and caught him applying Regaine to his eyebrows, as he is convinced this will help them grow thicker. I realise it does help hair on the scalp and imagine it may also help his brows grow, but I am worried as to whether there are any dangers since it is not designed for this purpose.....Am I worrying about nothing??
A: I cannot answer this one clearly as I do not have much information. But I think if Rogaine has any side effects, he may be exposed to them. I also think he should take all precautions to keep the product out of his eyes if he chooses to use it anyway. You should also check with the company's customer representative. The phone number should be on the package. Do not hesitate to call, they answer all kind of questions.

Q: I had middle length hair which I used to straighten with one of these straightening irons everyday. Two months after, a terrible hair loss started to happening, and even though I've cut it short and stopped the use of blowdryer and straightening iron, it has not stopped the hair loss. I had my hair bleached white at that time, which I know it damages the hair a lot, but I've been told that it does not cause hair loss. I don't believe I'm going bald, because there's no bald men in my family and I'm only 19. Is there something I can do to stop the hair loss and get my lost hair back once again? If so, when I grow my hair long again, is there any safe, durable chemical hair straightening technique? My hair is European type, it's soft but it's somethin' between curly/wavy.
A: You are probably experiencing chemical hair cut loss. What it means is that whoever bleached your hair, over-processed it. On top of that you were using the very hot straightening iron and burning the hair. Check your scalp for any stubby hair and if you find some, do not worry about going bold, it will grow back. But you may loose a lot of hair and it will take months or years to grow your hair to the length where it is now. For now just go to a salon and buy for you clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner with protein in it. There is so much on the market, that it will be easy to find something. Clarifying shampoo should get rid of any styling product buildup (and give you little bit of body, use it only 1-2 times a week) and conditioner with protein should somewhat repair your hair. Just be very gentle in shampooing your hair, combing and styling. Blow dry on low heat, use the cool button on your dryer.

Q: My hair is about shoulder length and I can never get it straight. I need tips on how to get it straightened out properly.

  1. Hot air from a blow dryer and a good bristle brush will do the trick. Make sure that your hair is combed out with a wide tooth comb first. Then do the brushing and drying at the same time in sections, starting at the nape area working your way up. Do not forget to keep the rest of your hair away from "working area" with clips.
  2. Other suggestion is a good flat iron. Beware, they can get hot.
  3. Relaxing the hair professionally may help to blow dry your hair straight faster.

Q: I have quite recently decided to finally dread my hair. I've been considering this for about a year now. At the moment my hair is fairly short (less than an inch and I wondered if anyone can give me suggestions on how long to wait before I start, and if I can start now. I would also appreciate it if you can inform me as to the best way to go about this.
A: Find a salon that specializes in putting dreadlocks in in your area . But I think you may have to wait a month or two before you do it. You'll have to spend a couple of hours in the stylist's chair and it can be costly, but may be very rewarding. Go and talk to them - ask questions - they will happily answer any questions to a prospective client.

Q: I have spikey hair for about a year, but my hair won't spike right. Just kinda curves a little or somthing, and I was wondering what kinda stuff I should use on it. I also wanna kinda messy look too, what do I use for that?
A: First make sure your hair is not too long, then while holding each spike, spray with a heavy duty (very strong hold) hair spray a lot and speed dry with a blow dryer.

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