Q: My problem is that my curls form at the end of my hair, but it's flatter and straighter at the roots. What can I do to get more volume at the crown?
Cutler: Use a nice, gentle shampoo to cleanse (Redken Fresh Curls) which will also add some bounce. Concentrate Redken Curl Booster at the roots for extra lift. On damp hair, wrap 1-inch sections around your finger from the root to create more of a uniform consistent curl and style as normal.
Q: Please help! I am 45 years old and am tired of my current hairstyle. I have had this style for more than 20 years. It is short all over, shaved in the back lower portion and shaved around my ears. The top and crown are about 1.5 inches long. I get many compliments from older people about my style. I do like the tailored look more than a wild look. I have tight, kinky, coarse curls. It doesn't grow long; it grows "out." I have tried, several times, to grow it out, but get so tired of the "bush" look. I then run as fast as I can to get it cut. I would love to have it about shoulder length. But, I'm just not sure it's possible with my naturally curly hair. I would welcome ANY ideas you may have.
Cutler: Growing your hair out after having short hair for many years is one of the most difficult things -- but not impossible. Two things are important -- what I call "feel good" and "look good." You have to feel good and comfortable with the hairstyle, and our job as a hairdresser is to create a style that looks good. Pictures out of magazines are the best way to convey to your hairdresser what inspires you and makes you feel good. It will help him/her better understand your vision. Make sure that you are seeing a hairdresser that is open to looking at pictures with you.
My recommendation is to keep the shape stylish, even if it means it takes you a little longer to get longer hair. That way, it will look good throughout the whole process of growing out your hair. Also, experiment with headbands, pretty bobby pins and other accessories while you're growing it out. You may, by chance, discover some great in-between lengths that suit you even more than longer hair. It’s about trial without the error.
Q: I have really curly hair -- thick and hard to manage. I always have to straighten my curls because otherwise my curls get all fluffy, and I like to wear my hair down. I really like the look of those models who have such lovely curls all around. But I don't know how they manage them. Do you have any tips on how I can keep my curls from getting fluffy curls around my face?
Cutler: Redefining your curl is not a difficult thing to do. It’s important that you start the process on damp hair. with products that are going to help define the curl. Once your hair is dry, it is really set for the day. You can define the curls by either diffusing it or get a larger, looser, sexy curl by wrapping the hair around two fingers. Today’s "it" look also is to wear it a little flatter at the roots. For extra hold and definition, use a medium to large T3 Twirl curling iron once the hair is dry.
Q: I'm 17 years old, and very involved in the performing arts. I often find that I need to wear my hair rather formally, and I usually break out the flat iron and/or the curling iron. My hair is naturally wavy, and I was wondering if you have any suggestions for hair 'dos that are a little more dressy than the usual "scrunch and go." My poor heat-damaged hair and I would greatly appreciate any ideas!
Cutler: The past few seasons, the red carpet of the Oscars has really been a great resource for some wonderful, casual stylish updos. Gone are the contrived updos of the past. Now we are seeing those stylish, elegant and simple do’s that are worn so wonderfully by Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson, to name a few. My suggestion is to keep it simple.
Q: Everyone talks about how to deal with the increased humidity. But I live in the land of sagebrush and dust. There's even less moisture in the air now than a few months ago. My hair seems a little over-conditioned lately, but I figured that was because I had been going heavy on the conditioners and oils. When I cut out my leave-in conditioner, I get a lot of dry frizz. My curls tend to jump from one extreme to another - either they're weighed down and gross or frizzy and dry. Maybe I should still try cutting back on conditioner or I should use lighter ones? Suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Cutler: Redken Fresh Curls technology Elastapol has key ingredients – curl memory, anti-humectants, moisture and proteins for strength so you can wash your hair and style it to create long lasting curls.
Q: I have long naturally curly hair. On top of that, I have had to color my gray since I was 13 years old. So I need some recommendations for good products. I want definition, and I do like my hair crunchy, but not too crunchy. I need something that will also take out the frizz. Any suggestions?
Cutler: Cutler Curling Cream will create hold and moisture for your curls. Our latest product, Cutler Definition Cream, has enabled us to incorporate texture and shine. With curly hair, since the cuticle is bent, is not easy. This product is an answer to your curly prayers.
Q: My hair was chemically straightened in 2005. I've been blow-drying and brushing my hair my whole life, so I thought my hair just grew out frizzy. I'd been straightening with a blow-dryer and comb for the past few years.
Cutler: I have a few suggestions. Regulate your hair cuts and treat while you heat. T3’s Featherweight Dryer with ionic technology will moisturize and Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray will protect your hair from the heat.
Q: Recently I discovered that brushing/combing causes frizzies. So after my most recent haircut, I thought I'd try conditioning and air drying without combing. But now my hair gets all tangled. Any suggestions?
Cutler: Combing your hair while it’s damp with a large-tooth comb starting from the bottom and working your way up. Then apply your conditioner and comb while you are in the shower. You shouldn't have any problems with breakage and frizzies.