Q: What I've realized is that I don't like the way I look with my hair all down. Even if the hair looks fine, I don't. I think it's because it does tend to get flat and flat hair is not flattering on me at all. I look much better with some hair pulled back. My question is whether there is a haircut that I could get which would take care of this problem so that I could wear my hair all down and have it look nice on me?

Christo: It is very important to wear your hair down because you are able to enjoy the full benefit of having long hair. The best way to do this is to have angles that frame the face and are reversible so that they can be pushed back to give lift to the top layer of the hair. I highly recommend texturizing the top layer to have the best look. I do not agree with texturizing the sides because it only looks good when its tied back and not when its left loose. Cutting the sides will make you look like you have the wrong haircut. Overall, the cut has to frame angles down to the shoulders and texturizing has to be enough to provide lift on the top. The products that you use can make or break your style. They can help create a glamorous look or make your hair look unhealthy.

Q: I am afraid that I am beyond help. I have medium-long naturally curly hair (2c - 3a), and I color it professionally because the grays are taking over. For the past few years the ends have broken off, making the last four to five inches of my hair look really thin. My hair grows very slow, but I do cut it every eight weeks. To add insult to injury, I had surgery six months ago and now may hair is coming out. I feel like I may need to cut my hair short, but I am scared to death to cut it and I haven't got a clue what type of cut to get. I have always wanted long curly hair. Gosh, what do I do first?

Christo: It is very scary to cut off all your hair when you’ve had it long all your life. I hope you are doing well after surgery. There are a few things I would like to share in case you didn’t know. The anesthesia causes hormonal changes and you can therefore see hair loss afterward. It will grow back when your hormone levels return to normal, but it will take a little time. Hormones also change with age: hair becomes thinner and breaks easily. Here are some steps you can take to get your hair back in shape:

  1. It would be in your best interest to nourish your hair with Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque once a week.
  2. Go for a consultation with your hairstylist and mention all the issues you are having with your hair. Get expert advice to see if a short haircut will work with your face. If there is a lot of breakage on the bottom, I would recommend you minimize length to get rid of them. There are products that help you to create lift into the root area and make your hair look and feel thicker. For us, this is the Curlisto Curl Reform. This product will lift the root, make the hair look fuller with its Expansion Technology and protect your hair from breakage.

Q: I have a problem with the hair closest to my nape being frizzy. It's the strangest thing to me because my hair will be fine and frizz free except for that area. Only 15 minutes after styling, it reverts back to this intense, coarse frizz like it's severely moisture-starved. Yet no amount of moisture quenches it. Any suggestions?

Christo: The hair by the nape of the neck is very sensitive and tangles very easily. You should use a leave-in conditioner like Curlisto Repair Styling Cream as a leave-in conditioner helps prevent hair from getting dry and tangled. A lot of people suffer from this problem. If this suggestion doesn’t help, you should go for treatment to soften the curls, get rid of frizz and eliminate build up.

Q: My hair is soft and relatively easy to manage. I just can't seem to get the hair on the top of my head to curl, no matter how much I scrunch! Any advice?

Christo: From what you describe, the top layer of your hair is a different texture from the rest of your head. A lot of people have different curl textures, and it can be remedied by getting the right hair cut. If you don’t want to relax that area, you will have to get the right cut and use the right styling products. For a start, change the styling products you use on the top. You should use lighter products like Repair Styling Cream and Bio-Gel Mousse. You want to texturize in order to give body. If this does not satisfy your question, I highly recommend that you talk to your stylist to address this problem and ask about a cut or body wave. Always keep your hair healthy; it is the most important aspect of having the right style. Therefore use the Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque at least once a week even though you feel that your hair is healthy.

Q: I checked the humidity level first thing this morning and was happy to see 10 percent: bone dry! Even though it's raining, I thought i would have a good hair day. I drove to work, which is 20 minutes away and in another county. I walked in my office and WHOA! My curls turned into frizz. How can I deal with the humidity?

Christo: There are many ways that you can keep your curls frizz free this summer, even though there is a lot of humidity. My first suggestion is to condition, condition, condition with Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque even when you feel your hair is healthy. Then, use the right styling products for your curls. We tested it in very humid climates and the results were amazing. The only thing you have to do is have the right product and follow the directions.

Q: I don't know what's happening, but I am losing my curls. In the past few days, I have notice that my hair doesn't clump as much. The last time I highlighted my hair was this past December and lately I have notice that once the gel dries and I scrunch the crunch, my blond pieces of highlighted hair stay together and don/t clump with the non-highlighted hair. So now I have these blond pieces that don't look natural. I do a deep treatment once a week. What's going on with my curls?

Christo: This is a sign that your hair texture changing dramatically. It usually happens because of a change in body hormones. The best thing that you can do is to ask a nutritionist or your doctor if you are going through any changes. You should also condition, condition, condition with Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque at least 3 times a week. It will take a long time for you to see improvement in your hair. I recommend that you gradually cut off the ends so that they better blend with your style. If you are in New York City, feel free to come to my salon for a free consultation with a senior stylist.