We get tons of questions from our viewers- all desperate for hair help! Fabio visited to save you from hostile hair, and answer all your hair questions!
Karen from Nova Scotia writes:
"Fabio I have been using the same shampoo and conditioner for the last 5 years, it normally works great but lately I've noticed it leaves my hair dull and lifeless- is it true you should switch shampoo from time to time?"
Absolutely necessary to switch shampoo, I'm glad you're being proactive. Here is my general rule of thumb, the more specialized your shampoo is, dry and damaged, dandruff, volume building, oily, the longer you can stay with the same shampoo. By longer I mean 4 months or the duration of the seasons. Generally coming out of winter you will experience the need to switch shampoos. Conditioner is more specific, barring any extreme natural textures your conditioner should have a purpose such as to adjust, hydrate, repair, add volume or used as a de-tangler. Once the condition is improves you should change your conditioner to suit.
Charlene in Calgary, Alberta writes:
"In the last 2 years I have gone from a very short hair style to a longer style. I decided to go longer in order to look younger, I'm in my 40's.
I'm not sure if I should stay this way or should I change. Prior to my holiday in Hawaii, I was blond, and now I'm a red head. I am a wife, mother of two boys, aged 6 and 8, and I work as a registered nurse on a busy vascular unit. I would like to look younger, but still professional. I attempt to look my best, but I need improvement.
Would you be able to assist me? I find this style thing so confusing.
Thank you for your time and assistance."
Thanks so much for sending in your photos: 3 very different looks from the cut to the colour to the way you styled all three. Here is my professional opinion:
1) The first look is probably the one that doesn't suit you, I feel it is too short in the back which exaggerates the height and roundness at the top. The colour is too monochromatic which tends to blend in with your skin and eyebrow colour
2) I do like this length for you, although im sure it took some time to style. The best part of this look is your colour because it has dimension, there is strength in the base colour with the high lights adding just the right type of effect. Lastly it is the more current look.
3) This look is my second favorite although again I feel the colour is too monochromatic although I like the natural styling as well as the overall length of the cut.
My recommendation - colour:
Charlene, for your skin and eye colour try to use a combination of hair colours: a light warm brown with highlights 2-3 shades lighter. This will always frame your face and pick up on your eye colour and light pink hues in your skin colour. Alternatively, you can also pull off a lighter reddish/copper shade with some illumination 2-3 shades lighter although placed in the top and sides. More creative placement.
My recommendation - cut:
In a perfect world I would like to see you with a flirty fringe and definitely some hair peeking out from the back. I would stay away from any type of bob/blunt looks instead I would recommend a more disheveled look with layers and uneven lengths to add a touch of youthfulness.
"What I can do to have more volume around my face without a lot of work, as my hair does not naturally have a lot of body?"
In your question you spoke of volume: I would suggest you use the word movement, why, because when I hear the word volume it means either temporary or over worked. Adding movement rather than volume will add the texture you crave and the slightest curve in the hair will add your volume.
Here is how:
I would love to add some invisible layering throughout the front/sides so when you style your hair it will perform better. Also I would move away from the one length fron and move to a longer sweeping fringe that you can style with multiple partings.
Try to use a more substantial styling aid such as Mousse Forte from Sebastian Professional this will add the oomph and long lasting styling you crave.
Lets invest in a round brush 11/2-2inch in diameter or some hot rollers (if you use hot roller use largest ones). The idea is to add movement so let's not think curl.
1) Blow dry to almost dry with fingers or light brush
2) Take large sections of hair (one on each side and three on top) roll smoothly into a round brush or onto a hot roller and blow dry for 30 seconds
3) Then roll back out without pulling hair
4) Finally always cold set by adding some Shaper hairspray from Sebastian
5) Finally let set for 30 seconds and then run your fingers through the hair 3-4 times in the direction you wish and spray to hold. Now you have some sensuous movement that will last all day- or night- long!