Meg hair! about of you got a “wild hair” at the chance for my Mr. Marco Pelusi to answer your hair dilemma’s! I thought we’d get a few questions-since we got over 20 (and Marco wants to carefully answer each one) we are going to do 3 at a time! Thanks so much Marco! Here is his hair wisdom and very generous use of his time! We love you!
Colie079 says, I was wondering If shampoos and conditioners that are organic and sulfate free are better for your hair, and also how often do you suggest washing your hair?? Everyday, or every few days?? Thanks so much!
Hello my dear! My personal belief is that anything we can do to utilize more naturally-based products, the better off we all are, in the long term. So generally speaking, if you are able to find an all-natural or even an organic shampoo or conditioner that works for you, and feels good on your hair, do it! However, be aware, that even the older ingredients like sulfates, that have been tried, tested and true for years and years, are still acceptable for the hair. Everyone is so crazed over products without sulfates – sort of like for years we were crazed with foods without fat – and more recently foods without carbs – so the answer isn’t so black and white – but rather a bit grey – somewhere in the middle, not so extreme. Some ingredients have proven more compatible with haircolor (if your hair is color treated, this is a concern for you) – whereas some natural, herbal, or organic ingredients have not. The best way to find out about a product is literally to purchase a trial size of a new shampoo or conditioner, and experience how it feels on your hair. You’ll know how it feels even after one usage. As far as shampooing your hair, the older we get, generally, the less we need to cleanse our hair, so we won’t dry it out over time. It’s hard to specify without personally seeing your hair. But in general terms, if you have thicker, coarser, frizzier, or color or chemically treated hair, at least skip a day between shampoos. If you have very fine hair, it’s possible you may need to shampoo daily, if your hair gets flat and/or oily quickly. Check out my haircare products at www.marcopelusi.com. I have a wonderful conditioning shampoo as well as a bodifying shampoo.
kellie76 says, This is really exciting and very nice of you to do. Thanks for thinking of us.
I have naturally curly, brunette hair that is a little longer than shoulder length. I am 32 and have only added some subtle color to my hair less than ten times in my life. I never really know the best way to deal with my hair. I am not ever sure what the best and most stylish type of cut would be for my hair type. By the way, I have a big head and a wide forehead to boot. I feel that this limits my style options. I just feel like my hair often looks flat or frizzy. I am never quite sure of how to care for my hair at home. I never blow dry because it ends up looking even frizzier. I also am thinking of doing some mild highlights. But I am not quite sure of how to explain to my colorist that I want something natural that still makes an impact. These are not very specific questions, I know. But as I am sure you are aware of, many women struggle with how to handle their curls. I would appreciate any suggestions.
Ok-A more specific question has just occurred to me. My curls always seem to have more volume and definition at the bottom of my head. While the top of my head always seems to have flat hair. Nothing seems to change this. What can I do?
Hi there! You bring up some very common issues with curly hair, what a wonderful question. You’re right, curly hair tends to frizz, and blow drying generally makes it look even frizzier. It’s a very, very common problem with curls. The trick to a great curl is NOT to overdry nor overmanipulate the hair while styling. Overmanipulation – i.e. using your hands to scrunch and scrunch and scrunch – while the hair is wet, or even damp – is what will make the frizz even worse – especially when done in combination with a blow dryer. It’s really important, firstly, as a general rule, for women with curly hair to ensure the hair stays moist, and in good condition – therefore, you need a good in-shower rinse-out conditioner. Secondly, once out of the shower, the key is to utilize a lightweight leave-in conditioner to comb through the hair, and then possibly a lightweight, non-sticky gel or glaze – AND THEN LET THE HAIR DRY NATURALLY ON ITS OWN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. You also mention the curls at the bottom of your hair are big and the top of your hair is flat. Grab a few inexpensive ‘jaw’ clips – lightly and loosely clip some of your curls towards the top of your head – perhaps a total of three or four sections – and allow the product in your hair to dry naturally for a while. This will ‘suggest’ to your hair to lift in the areas towards the top of your head, as opposed to the natural progression for the curls to be ‘big’ on the bottom. You might even consider driving to work with the clips in your hair, and when you get to work, sneak into the restroom, take the clips out, and lightly and gently scrunch once you get there, or perhaps even consider bringing a blowdryer with a diffuser there with you to finish the look. Check out my haircare products at www.marcopelusi.com. I have a wonderful miraculous in-shower conditioner, leave-in conditioner, as well as a lightweight alcohol-free gel – a dynamite combination for curly hair.
hao9703 says, Trends do you see going forward in hair for fall and winter? Any special tricks when dealing with thick hair? Thanks so much!
We’re definitely still in the middle of the modified ‘bob’ craze!
There is still time to have fun with it. Victoria Beckham started it, Katie Holmes continued it, and we’re all still wearing a version of it. Try it! Just make sure your hairdresser creates a bob that flatters your face shape. A good hairdresser can design a cut to frame your face properly and attractively. As far as color goes, deepen up, and richen up the color for fall. Honey auburns, beautiful rich darker reddish browns, and chocolates will be all the rage. It’s important to honor the autumn season with its gorgeous reds and browns within the scope of our haircolor choices as well. As far as a trick for dealing with thick hair – don’t be afraid to get a really good cut with a lot of texture – not so solid. Perhaps you may need to ask your hairdresser for some texturizing during your haircut ?? Texturizing is the modern-day version of ‘thinning’ – which is rarely done anymore. Thinning means taking chunks of the hair out at the root area or close to it. Texturizing means to lighten up on the ends of the hair – which works beautifully for thicker hair. Maybe for you it’s time for a richer deeper haircolor – and a new modified bob to frame your face for the upcoming fall season!?
Thanks so much Marco! We’ll get to all of your questions and I hope these answers helped some of you beauties out!