Ask Christo your curly hair questions

Dear Christo: I am 17 and I need some serious help styling my hair. I am completely lost as to how to take care of my curls. I have naturally curly hair but for years I straightened it and I am afraid i have seriously damaged it. I stopped straightening my hair but now I can't figure out how to control my curls. After I wash it the top just completely poofs. All of the outermost pieces of my hair get really poofy, wavy and frizzy; it looks really dry and doesn't even curl at all. The underneath parts of my hair are nice, soft, bouncy curls. How can I get my hair to no longer poof and just all together look natural and curly like the pieces underneath?

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A: The constant use of heat styling tools such as blow dryers and flat irons will damage your hair. Your hair's natural protein is depleted and your hair is left dehydrated and damaged. Your top layer is always the most abused part of your hair because it is the most visible and accessible. To repair years of damage, you should use a deep treatment like Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque at least once a week. This will reconstruct the cortex and bring life back to your hair.

It is also important that you get the right haircut to make your hair easier to style.

Dear Christo: I have thin, wavy hair that is down to my waist; it is all one length. The trouble that I am having is when I go to work, I have to have it pulled up. The only thing I know how to do is pull it up in a bun. I have kind of a big head, and since my hair is so thin, it looks like a little "idk what" in the back of my head. I desperately need tips that I can do to make my hair look thicker or a tip for something new to do with my hair that doesn't take a lot of time.

A: If the only option you have for work is to keep your hair up, then your only option is to have it cut. You can keep some of the length but your stylist should texturize so that your hair has more body when you wear your hair loose after work. To change it up for work, simply pull your hair back into a mid-ponytail and secure with a elastic band. Loosely braid the ponytail and then twist into a chignon. This will give you a more stylist look than the boring braid you have been sporting.

Thin hair can be genetic and vitamins can help you so I suggest you speak to your physician.

Dear Christo: So why is it that in some places my curls are all together and clump beautifully, but in others, it's just frizzy and won't clump together to save my life ! ): Ive even tried honey or whatever.

A: You simply need to learn how to style your curls in order to have consistency. The only way to control your curls is to style them correctly when wet. To watch a styling video that will give you step-by-step instructions, check out www.curlisto.com. You must also have the right cut for texture for your style to come out right. Healthy curls equal beautiful styles so must constantly condition your curls with a deep treatment like Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque once a week. If you have tight to coily hair, you should use Natural Coils Masque.

Dear Christo: OK, so I'm 16 and my hair is atrocious! I used to be a straightening freak! I used to do it every day because I think I look prettier. My hair became so damaged that I had to get it cut, even though it was already so short from my hair breaking off. So now I have like a bob and its been two months since my keratin and cut its so short! My hair will simply not grow; I don't know what to do to make it grow longer and faster! Please help!

A: Your hair is severely damaged from years of styling heat and harsh chemicals that have caused damage to the hair follicle. Before your try to put any more chemicals in your hair, remember that your hair is very fragile. As long as your hair is attached to your scalp, it will recover with nourishment, moisturizers and care. You will need an intensive treatment like Christo Hair Rehab to reverse the damage. It will take time but your hair will come back to life.