Hair: Q&A – Thinning Scissors

Today’s question is from Lucy.

Lucy asked:

I am wondering how to repair hair that has been hacked with those silly shear type
scissors(like pinking shears)…My hair has a big patch of split ends on one side.
Is there a type of shampoo/conditioner that will help splilt ends?

Ok, the scissors you are referring to are “thinning scissors”.
Instead of a blade they have teeth.
The idea of thinning scissors is to remove bulk, rather than actually
altering your hairstyle. They are great for use of people with
thicker hair, or for making a style look and feel lighter.
They are fabulous for adding texture to shorter styles.

Here’s what a pair of “thinning scissors” look like…

There’s always a BUT!!!!
But, they should be used sparingly. A few snips with thinning
scissors can make all the difference. This is where some hairdressers go wrong.
You can cut too much using thinning scissors and you do need to know what
you’re doing before you pick up a pair.

Lucy, the split ends feeling is from the thinning scissors.
I’d say the hairdresser has thinned it a little too much.
If you put your fingers in toward the roots, does it feel spikey?
That’s a sure sign a little too much has been taken out.

There’s not a lot you can do about it, it just has to grow.
Next time you go for a cut, ask that they don’t thin it out.
Just ask for a blunt cut. Depending on how quickly your
hair grows will determine if it’s a haircut or two before that hair
gets back to normal.

As for using a shampoo or conditioner to help the split ends,
it’not that kind of split ends that you can rejuvenate with a shampoo
and conditioner.

I hope that answers your question a little better, Lucy!

Chat soon,

Hair: Q&A – Hair Loss

Today’s question comes from Anne-Marie.It’s a good one that I’m sure has affected many women in their lifetime.

Her question is…

I have always had very thick and reasonably healthy hair…
despite constant colouring and foils over the past 20+ years or so… BUT why
do you think it is all falling out again?
It has happened to me after all 4 of my pregnancies… and then settled down.
BUT this time (those twins are TWO now already!) it settled down
after I stopped breast feeding but has since, recently, started happening again.
I have been told stress can cause it… which yeah, I guess I am ALWAYS
stressed… and I probably tie it up too often… BUT is there some miracle cure,
some supplement I should be taking?
It’s driving me nuts! LOL 😉

Ok, to start with the first part of the question about it falling out…
It isn’t uncommon for hair to fall out after major changes in your life.
Things like childbirth, stopping breast feeding, illness or major surgery
cause disruptions to the body. These disruptions can cause hair loss.

Childbirth and Breastfeeding have a lot to do with hormones and once
these settle down and return to normal, you’ll find your hair will settle down.
With Illness and Major Surgery, it’s usually stress related but medications
can cause all sorts of havoc on your hair. You may need to chat to your Dr
about these.
Hormone Imbalances will also cause hair loss. Inactive or overactive throids 
can cause hair loss and once the hormone imbalance is sorted out,
hair will usually start to regrow.
There’s also certain medications that can cause hair loss. These are side effects.
If you experience these, see your Dr. They may be able to recommend something
that won’t cause this problem.
As for it settling down and now starting to lose hair again, there could be a few solutions.

Your hair does goes through  various growth phases. These phases are generally time based.
The normal cycle of growth lasts for about 2-3 years. Each hair on your head grows approx.
1cm per month. That’s a normal pace of growth. It can differ from person to person.
Around 90% of your hair is growing at any one time and about 10% is in a resting phase,
at any one time. After a few months, the resting hair starts to fall out and the next phase begins.

A normal loss of hair for any one person is around 80-100 hairs per day.
Depending on your hair’s thickness and how many hair’s per square cm…it could be
significantly more or less. Lots of factors need to be considered.

As for hairstyles causing hair loss, it can happen.
Styles like corn rows, tight pigtails or even tight hair rollers can cause hair loss.
This is from excessive tension being put on the hair. It is called “traction alopecia”.
It can be irreversible if scarring of the follicle hasn’t occurred.
Once scarring has occured, hair will not regrow in that follicle.
So be kind to your hair!

Then there’s male and female pattern baldness.
This is a whole other issue which I won’t get into now. It’s too complicated a subject.
The pattern baldnesses usually run in families, for men and women.
I’ll touch on that at a later date.

To answer Anne-Marie’s question, it really depends on what sort of hair loss you’re experiencing.
It can be hard to pin-point it. I’d let your hair recover for a few more months,
but I’d say you’re going through  the resting phase and a bit is falling out.
Just my guess?

If you’re worried about it, talk to your Doctor.
Remember if you’re feeling good on the inside you’re not going to look great
on the outside. It all stems from how healthy you are!

I hope that has helped and cleared up that question a little!

Chat soon,


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Today’s question is from Tanyah…

I recently got fed up with my daughter’s very long hair…past her bottom, becoming knotty and her not being able to look after it and by the time I get to it the constant rats nest is unbearable…so I did the deed and cut it off…only
When I cut it she moved and it is now up to her shoulders. It is very thick and straight and I am worried if I cut anymore it will be very very short and I will be in the bad books more than I already am now…lol…How do I make it look even now it has so many different lengths…???

For the simple answer, Tanyah…Take her to a Hairdresser.
That’s the only way of redeeming what’s there and not going much shorter. Just tell them you want it evened up. By that, it’ll probably have to be cut to the shortest length in aid of a neat look. Otherwise I’d suggest layering it, but being shoulder length, that may not be an option.

If you were to cut it yourself, which I don’t recommend as you could find yourself cutting and cutting and trying to even it up til there’s not much there?
But when cutting long hair, you really must section the hair into small sections starting from the nape area and cut to a guide line. Then each neat even section that you let down must be cut to this same guide line. That way you are not taking off any more than you have to. Keep working your way up the head til you have no more sections. Then start on the sides, working to the same guide line.
Keep your elevation on the hair as it falls, that way it’ll be nice and straight.

Here’s a video I found showing how to blunt cut.
Courtesy of ehow Style.
Great video this one!

Remember, the thicker the hair the smaller the sections you take.
That way you have plenty of control in the cutting process.

I hope I’ve helped a little Tanyah.

Chat soon,