Grow­ing pains, bad hair days

Kapi-Mana News - - STYLE -

The first time some­one said to me ‘‘there is only two weeks’ dif­fer­ence be­tween a good hair­cut and a bad one,’’ I was hor­ri­fied.

It must be some­thing to do with the kiwi num­ber eight wire, ‘‘she’ll be right’’ men­tal­ity be­cause I have heard the phrase count­less times since.

Men are far more for­giv­ing than their fe­male coun­ter­parts, es­pe­cially where longer locks are con­cerned.

There is many a woman in a mo­ment of hor­monal in­san­ity who has gone for the all-out dra­matic chop, only to la­ment her loss for what seems like an eter­nity.

So if you should find your­self in this po­si­tion or if you want to con­sider a dif­fer­ent style with more length, where do you start? Like all things, it be­gins with a mind­set.

An un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tion is the num­ber one rea­son for dis­ap­point­ment. Hair grows roughly 1.2 cen­time­tres a month, which is why hair­dressers rec­om­mend ap­point­ments ev­ery four- to- six weeks for main­tain­ing a shorter style.

With longer hair ap­point­ments can span any­thing from six to 10 weeks to main­tain op­ti­mum con­di­tion. If more length is re­quired on rea­son­ably long hair, ap­point­ments ev­ery 10 to 16 weeks will suf­fice.

Af­ter ex­pec­ta­tion comes strat­egy, and it comes down to what suits your life­style. Achiev­ing any sig­nif­i­cant length is go­ing to take one to two years, so you will need to in­cor­po­rate some daily rou­tines that will help take the edge off those grow­ing pains and bad in-be­tween hair days.

For longer hair, in­vest­ment in a pos­tiche ( French for wig) brush is my num­ber one rec­om­men­da­tion. This is a nar­row bris­tle brush with a long tail. You can pur­chase these from a sa­lon or sham­poo shop. It is ideal for tam­ing longer locks with­out the tor­ture. It will also pro­vide clean sec­tion­ing with the tail for hair-ups and braid­ing.

Dam­age is of­ten caused by us­ing a brush on wet hair so it would pay to in­vest in a widetooth comb for when your hair is wet. But reg­u­lar brush­ing on dry hair helps to dis­trib­ute the nat­u­ral oils from roots to tips.

For shorter styles the chal­lenge is grow­ing out lay­ers. For some it is eas­ier to grow the lay­ers out first, be­fore aim­ing to gain suf­fi­cient length. One of my clients set her first goal as grow­ing out very short lay­ers to the point where she could hook the hair be­hind her ears.

From that point for­ward it be­came easy to reach her next goal of long flow­ing locks. Her rou­tine for the next six months in­volved fol­low­ing a three-day regime. On the first day she would blow dry and style her hair, on the sec­ond day hook the hair be­hind her ears, and on the third day wear a hat.

Other op­tions in­clude learn­ing how to use ac­ces­sories such as bobby pins to twist the hair into in­for­mal corn braids to pin hair out of the way around the back and sides.

Fur­ther choices that have proved pop­u­lar are clip- in hu­man hair ex­ten­sions. Adding ad­di­tional length and bulk can pro­vide the ideal base to cre­ate more elab­o­rate hair ups as well as mask­ing. Next month: Styling your pro­file shape

Paula Birnie is a hair and wardrobe stylist who lives in Ti­tahi Bay. For more in­for­ma­tion about hair, makeup and styling go to­ple­

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