Hair Stylist of the year Charlie Taylor has joined the YMB team – and is giving her tips on some of the best styles and how to get them.
Mum of three Charlie has led the way in hair design for three decades – and has salons in Scotland but travels the world inspiring other stylists and raising the bar when it comes to quality and standards.
“Everyone is an individual, but when it comes to hair woes we are in unison, all facing the same set of challenges. Limp, thin hair usually tops the list of bad hair day gripes.
” But both teams at my Dundee and Perth salons are on a crusade to help mums achieve the long-lasting volume they desire. Whether it is down to genetics, bad diet or just sad hair, there are many ways to pump some extra volume into your locks,” says Charlie.
Tip one: Back to basics
We start by checking how a client cleanses and conditions her hair. Body-building shampoos work wonders on limp hair because they are designed specifically not to weigh hair down.
Tip two: Ban the bald spot
For hair that is actually thinning, we move up a gear to products scientifically formulated to fight hair loss. One of my favourites is Nioxin, which even helps new mums halt hair loss.
Tip three: Blow big
Styling is essential in battling lifeless, flat hair. Volumising mousses applied at the roots give real lift, especially if you dry your hair upside down until it’s around 60% dry, then turn upright and finish off your blow dry. If you hanker after the Duchess of Cambridge’s luscious look, roll hair up in curlers and allow to cool or nozzle dry hair using a big, round Kent hairbrush.
Tip four: Dry by
Between washes, spritz some dry shampoo on the roots to stop grease weighing hair down.
Tip five: Cut above
It’s not just the way you wash or dry your hair that creates the volume, a good regular cut, possibly with layers, allows hair to bounce up into loveliness, while professionally applied colour can create the illusion of depth while adding shine and lustre.
Tip six: Go for Pro
For ongoing and more extreme hair loss, trichology is the answer. Trichologists, like Philip Kingsley, are hair doctors who can prescribe a combination of treatments to arrest hair loss and reactive growth. I work closely with Philip Kingsley, offering an evening hair clinic in both of my salons. His TRICHOTHERAPY® Hair & Scalp Regime consists of three innovative products specially formulated to help maintain optimum hair and scalp health from the inside out.
(Photos courtesy of Wella)