Earlier this month, we had you submit questions to celebrity hair stylist Ursula Stephen. Ursula read your questions and comments and has responded with your much needed answers and advice…
Q: I want finger waves sooo bad but I’m afraid they are not quite back in style, are they?
A: Girl get your finger waves! Don’t worry about whats not in style, do you!. Its not always about what’s in, its about what looks good on you. And by the way I love finger waves – have you seen the Maroon 5 video featuring Rihanna, wink wink. hahaha
Q: I’ve been getting sew in’s (my natural hair braided) and have noticed growth with my hair when I get it redone every couple months. Is having my hair braided helping or hurting my hair?
A: Weaves do not MAKE your grow. They simply create an illusion. Hair growth comes from within, you can achieve this by eating healthy, taking vitamins (GNC makes a good one). Biotin is also a great hair growth supplement. Keeping up with your trims and conditioning treatments is how is you maintain healthy hair… baby your hair, its your beauty!
Q: Blessings. I’ve been a loc wearer for over 6 years, what do your recommend for conditioning? Currently, I’m just using natural Almond Oil for shine, but I always find that the winter weather can be very harsh on my locs. Also, do you have any tips for curling your locs?
A: You can set your hair with the old school jheri curl rods to create large soft curls. They may be a little tight when first get them done, however they will drop day by day and look beautiful.
Q: Are there any over the counter treatments for Alopecia? Or is it best to seek treatment from a dermatologist??
A: The only over the counter treatment for hair loss is Rogaine. However this requires a lifetime commitment, and research on your end. I would suggest going to dermatologist first and getting his professional medical opinion.
Q: Hi, I’m in the process of going natural and wanted to know what products are best when it comes to everyday use and when I straighten my hair. It’s still pretty humid out so every time I straighten my hair it frizzes up immediately.
A: Get used to it. Frizziness is a characteristic of natural hair. Because it does not have any type of chemical in it to control it. Try frizz ease – its an old school product that works. If that doesn’t work, just go with flow and rock your natural locks – cant fight nature!!
Q: What’s the best thing to combat split ends and breaking. Also do you recommend that permanent blowdry for relaxed hair?
A: Regular trims are truly the best way to prevent split ends. wearing your hair up, especially during winter months is also a good way. When the hair strands rub on certain fabrics they split therefore causing the “split ends”.
Q: Hi, my hair has been breaking off bad from the blow dryer, flat irons etc… what treatments would you suggest?
A: Right now your hair is traumatized!! You need moisture!! Constant heat from the blow dryer and flat irons fries the hair, causing it to become dry and lifeless. Mizani has a great moisturizing conditioner. Then follow with a leave in conditioner, and a daily moisturizing cream. Be patient, use the conditioner every 2 weeks until you see a difference. Also, lay off the harsh heat-try rollersets. Put more time into maintaining it with out depending on your flat iron.
Q: When I wrap my hair it never seems to come out how it was before??? any wrapping tips??
A: Wrapping you hair is only a method to keep your hair tame while you sleep. You still have to put time into it the next day to get it back into the style you wear. Try switching your wrap direction about every two days or so, this creates more versatility in your hair’s movement. Pin curling at night is also a great alternative to wrapping.
Q: What relaxed products do you recommend for children? I have a beautiful little girl…
A: In my opinion, girls under the age of sixteen should not have a relaxer or chemicals of any kind in there hair. Their hair is just not ready to withstand the harsh effects of chemicals. Its like comparing baby teeth to adult teeth – there is none.
Q: I wear glued in extensions. In the beginning I loved it and it made me feel great! Ive been wearing them for a few years now and slowly but surely its taken its toll on my real hair. Im starting to bald and my hair is broken off so badly. I desperately want to stop wearing extensions and restore my real hair (which was great before the extensions!) but my hair is so badly damaged I cant just stop! Please help me!! Are there any other options is getting my real hair back? Please Help..thanks.
A: That’s where you went wrong lady, never wear extensions for that amount of time. You went from wearing extensions because you WANTED to, to wearing them because you HAVE to. Just let it go, its time for a new look. It time to invest in hair care.
Q: I have a relaxer & my hair seems pretty healthy, but my scalp is very dry! I’ve tried different oils & scalp treatments, but my hair looses it’s luscious body afterward. How do I combat this problem without my hair falling flat?!
Q: I have natural curly hair but it tends to get really frizzy i think this is down to my years of straightening, how can i get my tight smooth curls back?
A: Because you’ve been straightening for so long your hair is now trained to be straight. Now you have to reverse it. A series of deep conditioning (steam) treatments are recommended. And curl enhancing products, which should be applied while hair is wet in a scrunching motion. Be patient, as long as it took to loose the curl is about the same amount of time it will take to get it back.
Thanks to all the readers who submitted questions, and keep checking back for more with Ursula on Concreteloop!
DISCLAIMER: Ursula Stephen is a respected and professional hairstylist, however, you are taking her tips at your own risk. Please make sure to consult other professional hairstyles before doing something drastic.