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June 13, 2016
Easy Tips for Achieving Healthy & Lustrous Hair
Answer Dear Sara, Who hasn't coveted easy tips for achieving healthy & lustrous hair? Actress Melissa Rauch of CBS's Big Bang Theory has enviably beautiful shiny blonde tresses both on (Bernadette) and off-screen. Sometimes achieving gorgeous strands can be tricky without ...
October 6, 2015
Color Correction Tips
I desperately need some color correction tips. I decided to dye my hair at home.  According to the hair color package, the result should have given me a rich Ebony black. Unfortunately the color I got was not the color  I was expecting. My hair has an ashy/dirty brown look with the ...
June 16, 2015
How To Control Wig Edges
I recently bought my first full wig to wear so I'd would have additional styling options. I need to know how to control wig edges since my own hair always seems to escape from underneath the wig. I always struggle with getting and keeping all of my hair underneath the wig. This is true, ...
December 24, 2014
Long Hair Bun
Dear Karen, My natural hair color is a medium brown.  Recently I dyed my hair a deep raven black.  It's so black, it almost have a blue cast to it.  I love it. Do you have an idea for a cool, edgy long hair bun or updo?  My hair is also long and extends to the middle of my back. I've ...
December 8, 2014
Keratin Smoothing
Recently I've have heard a lot about the Schwarzkopf  Supreme Keratin hair smoothing treatment. I am very interested in the treatment and have several questions. When I asked my stylist about it she told me she doesn't offer any type of keratin treatments. She told me she feels they are ...
September 28, 2014
Hair Extension Extend Tubes Problems
Dear Karen, I recently had hair extensions put in and they hurt.  They put in the ones with a type of metal tube on the end. They told me at the salon that they are called {{asin=B0056LP7C4,text=Strand-by-Strand}} Extend Tubes? Immediately after I got home with my extensions they started ...
September 17, 2014
How Often Should I Wash My Hair?
Dear Karen, My hair tends to be very oily at the scalp. I know hair experts strongly recommend that you don't wash your hair every day. I still feel I need to suds my hair up everyday in order for it to feel clean.   I also like the way it looks when I can style it fresh after day after ...
August 23, 2014
Too Much Hair Protein
Dear Karen, Hi, I have heard that too much protein for hair could do more damage than good. I have been using a shampoo and conditioner that have both hydrolyzed wheat and soy protein in the bottom third of the ingredients list. I have fine, straight hair and it has been looking dry, frizzy, ...
June 18, 2014
Coloring Curly Hair Gray?
Dear Karen Here is my question: I am 34 and recently starting coloring my naturally curly hair because of my ever increasing silver and grays! I can’t have silver/gray hair at 34! I love my natural color (medium brown), but the first time I colored it I hated that it looked flat and blah ...
June 16, 2014
Going From Dark Brunette To Platinum Blonde
Dear Karen, My natural hair color is a medium brunette,a little bit lighter than to Glee's Lea Michelle.  In fact, I used to wear my hair long and shiny with a full fringe.  I do have a lot of gray coming in at the temples and throughout the top. I decided about six months ago that I wanted ...
June 7, 2014
Best Female Celebrity Bob Hairstyle On TV Currently?
Who would you say has the best female celebrity bob hairstyle on TV currently?  Please also explain why. Thanks, Marian Answer Dear Marian, When it comes to the best female celebrity bob hairstyle on TV currently I think Patricia Arquette wins hands down. The actress who is ...
May 16, 2013
Brunette To Blonde – Bleach Or Color Remover?
Dear Karen, I have naturally medium brown hair which is a few inches below my shoulders.   I cover the natural brown with a drugstore product to even out the color which tends to fade on the ends. Recently my sister who just started beauty school about a month ago promised she could easily ...
October 24, 2012
Does Hair Color Damage Hair Texture?
Dear Karen, I've been visiting HairBoutique.com since 1997 and have found so many great answers to my questions about my naturally curly hair.  However, I have natural texture which would be classified mostly as 3c with a mixture of 4a in the naturally curly world. Recently I was encouraged ...
September 18, 2012
Best Curly Hair Product Ingredients?
- Best Curly Hair Product Ingredients Dear Karen, I have naturally curly hair which consists of the loose loopy curly type. I am constantly searching for products for my hair which are best.  Sometimes I'll find a great shampoo or conditioner which works great at first but then starts to ...
September 11, 2012
Platinum Hair Without Bride’s Permission
Dear Karen, I'm the maid of honor in a wedding around Thanksgiving. Without discussing my decision with the bride, who is my future sister-in-law living in another state, I bleached my hair platinum blonde.  It was originally a dark brunette with some lighter highlights. When my mom ...
January 30, 2012
How Do I Get My Hair Shiny Naturally?
Dear Karen, I have medium length brunette hair which is naturally curly.  My curls are big and loose which is great.  I love my current texture.  My only complaint is that because my hair is curly, it never seems to be super shiny. I've tried different shine serums and while they add ...
January 24, 2012
Do I Have Hair Porosity?
Dear Karen, After a few terrible home hair color disasters my waist length hair was so damaged my hairstylist told me it needed to be cut.  She recommended that I go with shoulder length hair which she promised would remove the damage.  My hairstylist said that my hair was moisture deprived ...
December 30, 2011
Hair Cut Shock?
Dear Karen, I recently went to my hairstylist for a small hair trim and unfortunately they cut a lot more off than I asked for.  I wanted a trim, but they cut 6 inches off. As if that's not enough to deal with, now my ends are acting crazy weird.  They are thick and bushy which never ...
November 12, 2011
How To Go From Nicole Richie Buttery Blonde To 2010 Brunette Haircolor?
Dear Karen, I adore Nicole Richie and loved her hair best when it was that beautiful chocolate brunette with lots of highlights and low lights she had in 2010. I have several questions about Nicole's hair color.  Do you know the name of the colorist who colored her hair from butter ...
November 3, 2011
Dyed Hair Auburn But Wanted Strawberry Blonde
Hi, I have dyed my hair myself for over 20 years.  I have always dyed it blonde. I just recently dyed it a darker brown with a deeper red, almost auburn color.  I really wanted more of a strawberry blonde instead.  Can you please let me know what I need to do to go from auburn to ...
November 2, 2011
Rosemary As Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Dear Karen, I have a chronic itchy scalp and recurring dandruff.  I've tried a variety of over-the-counter shampoo formulas, but would prefer to utilize a more natural formula like one made out of herb or similar. Do you have a recipe to deal with dandruff or a chronic itchy ...
November 1, 2011
Male Hair With Very Dry Hair
Hi, I am a 20s somthing male with hair that is very dry. I apply conditioner to it every time after I wash it, but it always returns to its previous dry state. I use Prell Shampoo or what I can buy the cheapest at the dollar store.  I wash it every day in the shower. I also apply a bit of ...
How Do I Transition From Dark Black To Light Brunette?
Dear Karen, My natural hair color is a light brunette.  Over the past two years I have repeatedly colored my hair with the darkest black permanent shade I could find.  I wanted my hair to be vampire black. Unfortunately I have gotten tired of the black hair color but don't seem to be ...
October 30, 2011
Need Dressy Long Hair Style To Show Off Accessories
Hi Karen, I have long brown hair which extends several inches past my shoulders.  It is naturally wavy. I have a long side-swept fringe which I wear from a side part. I am going to a special party where I want to wear some spectacular long earrings my husband gave me as a recent anniversary ...
October 29, 2011
How Do I Extend Life Of My Hair Color During Recession?
Dear Karen, My job got downsized recently and I am on a much tighter budget.  I'm worried about my hair, especially my color. I really don't want to resort to at-home box colors because I'm not sure how to begin to take on that option. Unfortunately, I can't afford to go see my ...
October 24, 2011
My Hair’s Thinning Fast So What Should I Do?
Dear Karen, I am a 45 year old woman with graying hair who has been suffering from sudden and extreme hair loss.  As a result I've started seeing a doctor who specializes in hair loss diagnosis and treatment. He has suggested that I undergo a battery of tests to determine what physical ...
October 21, 2011
Best Rosemary Hair Recipe For Darkening Hair?
Dear Karen, In an effort to save money I've been reading about different home hair treatments which not only help to darken gray hair but keep hair looking healthy and lush without breaking the bank. I've been reading about using rosemary herbs as an option.  Do you know if rosemary can ...
October 9, 2011
Highlighting Hair – What Age Is Too Young?
: Dear Karen, I have a 9-year-old daughter, Kim, who asks repeatedly to have her hair highlighted. What age is appropriate for her to begin getting her hair colored? Kim's Mom Answer: Dear Kim's Mom, Thank you so much for visiting HairBoutique.com and for your email.  Believe it ...
October 29, 2010
Are Ponytails Unprofessional?
Dear Karen, A former student I had, who is Asian, was criticized harshly by her new boss in a training program because she had a ponytail. He said it wasn't a professional hairdo and it made Asian women look childlike. This was a high tech company where standards are business casual for ...
October 31, 2009
What To Do About Bad Hair Extension Reviews On Internet
Dear Karen, I have a client that I did extensions for and she's been complaining a lot about everything. I have been doing extensions for years and have many happy customers who know I have a high work ethic and integrity. Anyway, I was searching around on the web to find out if anyone ...
August 20, 2009
Hair Extensions For Fine And Thin Hair
Hello! I just read your articles on the internet about the hair extensions. I am interested in getting them put in. If you have a second, I have a few questions. My hair is about 5 inches at its longest length in the back. My front pieces are 4-5 inches. My hair is thin, fine and growing ...
May 11, 2009
How Long Must My Hair Be For Hair Extensions?
Karen, my hair is about 1 1/2" long now after losing it all to chemo.  I truly would love to get hair extensions for my daughter's birthday party which is coming up in the end of May. Is it possible for me to get fusion hair extensions or would it be better to go with clip-in extensions?  Cost ...
July 15, 2007
I Want To Straighten My Curly Hair Permanently
Dear Karen, Most respectfully I want to ask you about my curly hair.  I have used a lot of creams to straighten the curls, but all in vain.  A few days after I use the many different creams my curls rebound.  I am a young man who just wants to permanently straighten my curly hair. Can ...
May 26, 2007
When Did Bobby Pins First Arrive On The Hair Scene?
Hi Karen, I am curious.  When did the bobby pin first arrive on the hair scene? Specially I would like to know when the pin first appeared as a hair accessory.  Was it in the 1920s? Or did it come later? Cheers Carole Answer Dear Carole, Although bobby pins were very popular in ...
April 12, 2005
Is My Hair Stylist Overcharging Me For My Hair Extensions?
Hi.  I'm in Charlotte, North Carolina and have worn hair extensions several times.  I like the sew-in method with the braids.  My stylist has never told me if the hair he uses is 100% virgin hair or where the hair comes from.  I do know that it feels like human hair on my head.  He orders ...
March 6, 2005
Dark Underarm Hair That Never Seems To Be Completely Removed?
Dear Karen, My baby sister is getting married and I'm a bridesmaid. Our gowns are sleeveless, but I'm worried because I have very dark, very course underarm hair that just never seems to be completely removed. No matter what I do. Even right after I shave, the hair seems to instantly grow ...
August 6, 2004
Need Hair Extension Expert On Long Island, New York
Dear Karen, I love HairBoutique.com.  It has so much great information. I am very interested in hair extensions. I was wondering what length my hair had to be before I could use extensions. My hair is not 6 inches yet. I am letting it grow out of a very short haircut. I live on Long ...
July 20, 2004
What Kind Of Highlights For Black Hair?
Dear Karen, What kind of highlights do you suggest for black hair? Thanks, Linda Y Answer Dear Linda, There are a variety of options depending upon your ultimate goal.  Do you want to achieve a subtle change building dimension, shine and movement into your hair? Or do you want ...
July 4, 2004
Hairstylist Nicked Skin On Neck During Haircut
Dear Karen I recently decided to try a new stylist because I wanted to go shorter with my current hairstyle. To my horror, the hairstylist accidentally nicked the skin on my neck while she was cutting my hair. My neck bled quite a bit. Although she apologized repeatedly and seemed very ...
April 17, 2004
What Are Very Best Hair Extensions?
Hi Karen, I've spent the last 15 years of my life growing my hair and with one really bad hair cut it is all gone!! I hate the way I look with short hair, so i need magic to help this situation! Thanks in advance for any help you can provide regarding the hair extensions.  I found a place ...
November 15, 2003
Hair Extensions For Males
I am a 16 yr old guy who wants hair extensions.....but the problem is that i don't know if it will look alright?  How long does my hair have to be for extensions?  Do guys get hair extensions? Teen Wolf Answer Dear Wolf, Although it's not heavily publicized, guys do actually get ...
October 16, 2003
My Hair’s Thinning Fast What Should I Do?
Dear Karen, I appreciate your service and hope you can offer me some advice. I am Australian living in Tonga, a small Pacific island country with no available specialists, however, there are doctors and if you recommend any pathology to assist diagnosing the cause of my hair loss, I can ...
February 17, 2003
What Happened To Conair Thermacell Cordless Irons?
I have two of the Conair Thermacell cordless curling irons (Model # CA0262A). They both have begun to fail to work properly. I can't seem to find this product any more, or a way to get them repaired. Has Conair stopped making this product? If not, please tell me where I might purchase. The ...
July 13, 2002
Will Getting Hair Cut By Pregnant Woman Speed Growth?
Dear Karen, My mom told me that if you get your hair cut by a pregnant lady your hair will grow very fast until the baby is born. Have you heard of this before?  My mom said that it worked for her but I am not sure if this is absolute truth or not? Kaila Answer Hi Kalia, I ...
April 1, 1998
What Is Folliculitis And How Does It Impact My Hair?
Dear Karen, My doctor told me I have folliculitis, but didn't really explain how I may have gotten the condition. Do you know if that has anything to do with my scalp?  How does it impact my hair? Jane Answer Dear Jane, Folliculitis is the inflammation of one or more hair ...
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