Q: I have naturally curly hair and am extremely frustrated with it. The most frustrating part is the bang area of my hair. My hair is shoulder length with layers. I recently had a long bang cut in, which is to my cheekbone when wet. I would like a little lift in my bang area, but if I use a brush it frizzes. And when I scrunch it with my fingers, it seems flat and looks like I just woke up and walked out of the house. I would like to style it to keep it out of my eyes and to look neat and like I meant to style it that way. I hope you can help. I've gone from hairdresser to hairdresser and tried product after product and I still can't get it right. Please help. Stephanie Ouidad: As you are styling and gelling your hair, take your bangs with the top section of your hair, gel it and position it together. Use a duckbill clip to hold it in place as your diffuse it or dry it naturally. After its dry, use a light - not a stiff spray - on it to hold it in place. One good thing about curly hair is that you can puzzle it together, and when your bangs get a little longer you'll find it easier to work with. Ouidad. Q: My 14-year-old daughter has really tight curls and her hair has pretty much been the same length for years -- shoulder length. She is trying to grow it longer to help control the curl. But instead of her hair getting longer, it gets bushier and the curls are really frizzy. We have gone to hairdressers only to have disastrous results! I have begun trimming it myself to spare her the agony, but again her hair won't hold the spiral curl and it turns to frizz. When her hair is wet, it looks great as faras the spiraling of the curl and the length of her hair. She currently uses a gel on her hair in an attempt to hold the curl. But it doesn't seem to help and then, when her hair dries, the length completely shrinks up. Help!! I don't know what to do and am at a loss of how to help her. Sheis in high school now, so her hair has become a big issue. What do you recommend to help her situation? Thanks so much! Candy<
br class="webkit-block-placeholder" />Ouidad: I understand all too well. High school is one of the reasons why I chose this profession. Now I'm assuming besides your daughters hair being tight, it's also fine, which make it susceptible to dehydration. The only way to combat this is by doing the Deep Treatment every two weeks. That will hydrate the hair and strengthen the molecular layer which will extend the length.The hair has to be healthy in order for it to grow. And when it's healthy and the molecular layer is connected, the hair will have it's own internal weight and will not shrink as much when it dries. By leaving a little conditioner in the hair after shampooing and applying a lotion like the Curl Quencher Moisture Gel, you'll find that your daughter will have better manageability and success with her hair. Good luck!Q: I just started swimming about three times a week and I don't want the chlorine to damage my hair or affect my curls. What should I do and what kind of shampoo do you recommend for post-swim? (I have somewhere between the 3a and 3b hair type) Thanks a lot! Lea
Ouidad: My clients who swim use the Ouidad Water Works Shampoo. And with that I recommend that they rinse their hair out right away after they come out of the water and put a conditioner in it. Another tip is to wear a swim cap. Put conditioner on your hair while it's dry, then put on your swim cap. This tip also helps protect your hair from absorbing chlorine in the firstplace. Most important, remember to Deep Treat.