When it comes to hair, hair care or even hair styles, my skills and knowledge are limited, to say the least. I always find myself frustrated with this lack of information and wishing for either a genie or glam squad to offer me guidance so I don’t snap and just shave my head bald (or “pull a Britney”). It had (purposely) been a minute since my last trip to the salon and I decided to take advantage of the few hours there by picking the brain of my stylist and friend, Lauren. Prior to visiting Lauren at Lux Salon here in Raleigh, I reached out to my friends and readers asking for any lingering hair care questions they might have. And friends, I’m excited to share the answers to all of our top 20 hair care questions!
Do you have any simple tips for growing out hair quicker?
LB: The simplest answer I can give you is, LET IT GROW. Imagine Elsa is singing this to you. I wish I could tell you something else. But that literally is the only option to give you 100% expected results.
What’s the best product to tame frizz when you want your hair to go natural (while at the beach, etc.)
LB: Expecting to tame your hair if you have any natural texture to it whatsoever, while you’re at the beach, or pool, or lake, it’s just not going to happen unless you have a keratin, or smoothing treatment. There’s honestly no “natural” option to 100% get rid of frizz while you’re out on the elements.
Is there a cut off age where it isn’t appropriate to wear braids?
LB: Absolutely NOT
What’s the best way to mend dry/fried/split ends (besides a trim?)
LB: Besides a trim, nothing to truly “mend.” You can mask the damage and frazzled look of the ends with using a good oil/serum. You also want to make sure you’re using a good conditioner.
What is the best product to use to make hair thicker?
LB: There isn’t a product that can literally make your hair “thicker” But there are products that can help to give you more lift at the root. Such as sea salt spray and dry shampoo.
What exactly is a cleansing conditioner? Is it meant to replace regular conditioner or is it an added step to your routine? Is it something meant to be used daily or sporadically?
LB: Cleansing conditioners are basically just conditioners. And best for people with very dry/coarse hair. Just because you have curly hair doesn’t mean you need a cleansing conditioner. You can have fine curly hair that cleansing conditioners are too heavy for.
Does your hair get used to the shampoo and conditioner you use? Should you switch up the shampoo/conditioner you buy or will it work just as good using it over time?
LB: It’ll work just as fine. But obviously sometimes it’s more fun to switch stuff up
What is the best shampoo to use for oily hair with dandruff? (If tea tree oil doesn’t work)
LB: First, make sure you actually have dandruff. Sometimes it’s just dry scalp. Dandruff is more yellow, waxy and smelly. T-Gel is a good shampoo for hair that is oily and does in fact, have dandruff.
What is the best dry shampoo to use when you want to skip washes?
LB: I love the Alterna Bamboo Dry Shampoo
What is the best product to use on curly hair to control frizz in humidity?
LB: An oil/serum. There are tons of different ones; I honestly don’t know the best because it’s something different for every head. I honestly love the DevaCurl line and I also love John Freida’s Frizzease.
How do you maintain blonde hair on a naturally dark color without it getting brassy?
LB: The best way to maintain is to use a purple shampoo and get toners regulars between appointments.
How can you maintain hair volume during humid weather?
LB: Teasing and hairspray!
How can you realistically take your hair from brunette to blonde?
LB: It’s a PROCESS. Please trust the process over time. It looks more natural than trying to do so much lightning at once. Don’t expect to be platinum ashy blonde without any warmth the first session. Please refer to the pictures of Khloe Kardashian phasing into blonde over time! And look at when Kim bleaches it all out in one night. Also good shampoo and conditioner and products.
What is the best way to keep curls in fine hair?
LB: Making sure the hair isn’t too weighed down with other product and a good hairspray!
What do you think will be the next big trend in hair?
LB: I feel like the balayage technique is here to stay.
What is a good way to tame static during the winter months?
LB: Rubbing your hair with Dryer Sheets.
What is the best purple shampoo to maintain ash blonde coloring?
LB: Pravana The Perfect Blonde
Can you explain what Olaplex is and how it is used to treat hair?
LB: Olaplex is not a conditioning treatment. Olaplex is used to rebuild the bonds that color, and hear styling breakdown. It’s not intended to make your hair soft and silky. It really gets INSIDE the hair and rebuilds the bonds from the inside out.
Do you have any recommendations for quality tape in extensions?
LB: I honestly don’t have s lot of experience with tape in extensions. I can say that I think clip ins are a better option and don’t cause less hair damage than tape ins.
What is your advice for a brunette wanting to go blonde?
LB: Schedule a consultation first so your stylist can tell you what’s all involved. Have realistic expectations. Do your research. Invest in good quality products. You don’t want to spend money on lightning your hair and use Pert Plus or Head and Shoulders. Don’t forget we’re hair stylists, not magicians. Know that going lighter is 100% going to cause SOME damage to your hair, and you’ll have to cut SOME length. But if you do it in sessions, over time it will cause the least amount of damage. Get Olaplex treatments. Like I mentioned before, just because it doesn’t make your hair feel silky smooth and weighed down doesn’t mean it’s not doing its job.
A HUGE thanks to Lauren for all of the expert advice and for my fresh, new balayage! If you’re in the Raleigh area and in need of a cut or color, go see Lauren at Lux Salon. Tell her I sent you and get $10 off!