Ask Chuck: Heading: hair can be such a tease....

By Charles Colson
April 19, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 18, 2012 at 11:19 p.m.

When my hairdresser teases my hair, it does better than when I try to do it. Is there some kind of trick you all know that maybe we don't?

Not a trick at all, but it helps to know the proper way to tease hair. The most important thing to remember is that the ends of the hair never need teasing.

If so, the hairstyle will look dull and ratty. No matter the length of hair the procedure is the same. For example, pick up only the section of hair to be teased and the most important stroke in teasing is the first one.

The goal is to gently stack the hair just for a cushion. From your fingers place the comb and go all the way down completely to the scalp. After that important stroke, the hair will stack as full as you desire.

For a tighter tease, use a small tooth comb and a wider tooth comb for just minimal teasing. Most of the time teasing simply is used to relax the hair from being so set looking.

It also makes it easier to brush through the ends, that needed no teasing. Remember the ends of your hair are what everyone sees so you want to keep that part smooth looking. With longer hair that needs less teasing, use the tip end of the brush to achieve best results.

This will allow for a softer more natural look to the style. You may ask if teasing is still in style. Yes, very much so. It's what we call ratting that is not necessary any more.

Most all styles need some teasing in places to give the lift that you are trying to acquire. You see, if you keep the teasing away from the ends of the hair, no one will ever guess if you did or did not apply teasing. Keep 'em guessing ... right?

I want to color my hair a different shade but I want to keep the few natural streaks in the front. Is this at all possible?

Most definitely. It can be a tedious situation but if done right, it can look quite sophisticated. Before applying the tint you have chosen, take caution in keeping the natural streaks clear from absorbing or touching the hair dy e.

First apply Vaseline on each streak from the scalp out. When covered completely, wrap the streaks in foil just for added protection. Carefully apply the hair dye to the remaining portion of the hair, and leave on as desired.

After hair is colored, remove the foil gently from the streaks and rinse immediately and thoroughly. Shampoo at least three times to make sure the Vaseline is removed. Condition well and rinse completely.

Now you can proudly see how the new shade compliments the streaks and visa versa. I bet you can't keep account of all the compliments coming your way, especially if you did it all yourself.

Is there a certain time limit that conditioners should be left on the hair before rinsing?

Even with instructions on the bottles, there is no such thing as a set time for everyone's hair to properly condition.

When hair is more porous, from color or perming, it's best to never leave a conditioner on more than three to five minutes. In fact, in many cases, it's quite beneficial to rinse immediately after combing conditioners through.

This method is used just to make sure excess shampoo is released from the hair and scalp. This makes it a perfect conditioning creme rinse. It also allows for additional body and volume rather than the alternative of limp hair.

Do not always trust that shampoos with conditioners added will suffice a good conditioning treatment. It remains to be true, you can't always tell a book by its cover.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions s to or call 361-575-5331.



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