Ask the Patch Pro: Hair, Beauty Experts Answer Your Questions

Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer all your questions about hair, skin, make-up and more in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.

It's time for another edition of , where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions.

This week we're talking about hair and all things beauty. What's the best conditioner for your hair if it's overprocessed with color? How often should you get a trim? What style is best for your face shape?

Whether you're looking for a new style or just some advice, Patch wants to help you get your questions answered. But we needed some help.

We don't have the answers to those (and your) questions, but not to worry. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:

  • Dana Pierce: Hairstylist for 14 years
  • Maria Fister: Hairstylist for 8 year, St. Charles Fantastic Sams 
  • Kemberley Perkins: Owner of Cuts-N-Color Hair Salon in O'Fallon for 11 years
  • Kelsey Lawson: Cosmetologist with Golden Razor Salon, from St. Peters

Got a question for our experts? Ask below!

Jordan Lanham September 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
What is the best product to use with your hair straightener or curling iron ?
Maria Fister September 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It must contain a thermal protectant, but beyond that, it is personal preference. I like Hotsets by Redken for curling because it's a little stiffer. For straightening I prefer something softer, like an aerosol spray that contains ingredients for shine, such as silicone. It's just a matter of trying a few until you find the right one for YOU!
Jordan Lanham September 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thanks Maria! I've been using Straight Sexy Hair Smooth and Protect for both. I'll have to try Hotsets!
Tamara Duncan September 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I really don't like coloring my hair to cover the grays, and I wouldn't mind them so much if they'd just behave! But they're not the same texture and they curl up and stick out. Any ideas?
Maria Fister September 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
There are many smoothing creams and serums that help like Redken Real Control. Just apply to damp hair before blow drying. Running a flat iron through helps as well, depending on how much time you're willing to spend. Again, there are many products out there that do the same thing so it's important to try a few until you find the one that works for you! Another suggestion is using a semi-permanent color. It doesn't color all the grays, just blends them so you won't have a line of demarcation, and eventually fades out completely. It will coat your hair follicles, making your hair soft and shiny, taming those stubborn grays!
Kelsey Lawson September 06, 2012 at 07:11 PM
For a thermal protector, I love Canopy by Phyto Organics. It's very light and also protects against UV damage. It is very important to remember to protect your hair from the blowdryer too. Use a thermal protector you can put in your hair after you get out if the shower.
Dana September 06, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Hi Jordan, I definitely recommend something with a heat protectant. This is a must! I love, love Sleek Look Iron Smoother by Matrix. I have been using this for years! Usually, I find that some products get used to your hair and therefore, stop being effective-not this product! It protects against heat damage and the biggest reason I love it is because it also controls frizz! Uck! Frizz! It also has a style memory to lock in the style you leave the house with! Another thing you can do is to make sure you shop at a professional salon that guarantees their products. This means, if the product doesn't work well with your hair, you can take it back, (make sure you know what each salons policy is for returns or exchanges), and get another product to try. This way, you don't have a shelf in your shower filled with products you'll never use!
Kalen Ponche September 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM
How often should people aim to shampoo their hair each week? I've heard shampooing often strips your hair of natural oils. Is there an "ideal" number of times for someone with thick long hair?
Maria Fister September 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Kalen, how often you shampoo your hair depends on how oily it is. Mine for example is very oily so I HAVE to shampoo it everyday. Some people however can go a day or two between shampoos. I even know people who wash their hair once a week! At some point the question of hygiene comes in to play (LOL), but don't feel like you have to shampoo everyday if you have dry hair. There is no product out there that is better for your hair than natural oils so let them do their job. Hope that helps!
Dana September 06, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Hi Kalen, Shampooing 3 or 4 times a week is all that is needed. Some people think this is a bad idea, due to the fact they fear it will result in dirty, smelly hair. For those that have hair that gets oily fast, you can look into dry shampoos or shampoo powders to absorb the oil on your scalp, in-between shampoos. I have always told my customers to at least wash their hair every other day. Again, some hair-this does not apply to, for example, working in a fast food restaurant, or working out in the heat all day, this is an exception to most people. Make sure when you are ready to clean your hair, you are using a product that is specifically for your hair type. For those who choose to shampoo every day, please use a lightweight or daily shampoo.
Kelsey Lawson September 07, 2012 at 01:45 AM
If your hair is color treated, it is never reccomended to shampoo everyday. If you are finding that you have oily hair, i would work on treating this rather than damaging your hair and color with water and soap... Reasons a person may have oily hair: improper washing/rinsing, hard or chemical water(treated easily with a water softening shower head), poor shampoo and/or conditioner, poor styling products, and least likely a hormone imbalance causing excess oil secretion. Your hairdresser should be able to help you determine which category you fall under. Remember that a little bit of oil is very good for your hair and scalp. So maybe have a ponytail and headband day. ;) There is an amazing product that i LOVE by Aloxxi to help with dirty or oily hair. It's the Aloxxi Dry Shampoo. Best one ive ever used! It perks your hair right back up if its a little oily, dirty or limp. If you can avoid shampooing everyday and even every other day, its so much better for your hair and color. :)
Carrie E. September 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
My 12 year old daughter has horribly dry hair. To compound the problem, she is naturally curly too, which ends up being frizzy looking. She only shampoos her hair 2x a week and we've tried various conditioners and nothing seems to work. We've even tried putting almond or olive oil in her hair after she showers. Can you recommend a heavy duty moisturizer that doesn't cost and arm and a leg?
Maria Fister September 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Carrie, I love, love a product called "It's a 10". It's a leave in treatment for dryness, frizz, shine, among other things. It's amazing! With that being said, the subject of hair is not black and white. Everyone is different! If you go to 10 different stylists, chances are you're going to get 10 different opinions and 10 different product recommendations. We can point people in the right direction, but it's also up to the client to be creative and experiment with products. A lot of times there's no right or wrong. It's just personal preference. In MY opinion, however, I would give "It's a 10" a try. I'm not sure about price, but it will last you a while because you don't need to use very much.
Carrie E. September 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thanks, we'll try it!
Kemberley Perkins September 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM
You could also try to flat iron your hair to gain better control over those grays.
Kemberley Perkins September 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
This is a very common problem with curly hair. Sometimes too much of a good thing is bad. You may be using too much in her hair. The hair strand itself is made up of protein (keratin) think of it as a water balloon, if you fill the balloon too much with water it will explode. The same happens for the strand of hair if you have too much color, protien, keratin etc. in it. I would try a daily conditioner for a while and see if that helps. Also heat opens the cuticle of the hair and cool water will seal it down. Have your daughter rinse with cool water when rinsing her conditioner. Good Luck
Kemberley Perkins September 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
As a stylist time is money and as a Mom with a fulltime job I don't have all the time in the world to spray each section of hair prior to flat ironing. My little trick is... a blowdry lotion that does not dry hard and crunchy like a gel and I mix it with shine drops. I apply it to my hair or the clients hair before I blowdry.The reason for the heat protectant is so you don't deplete your hair of your own natural moisture while using hot tools, the heat protectant coats the hair so it works as a barrier before your flat iron gets into your natural moisture you want to keep in your hair. Two birds with one stone, heat protectant and shine at the same time.
aspasia October 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Hello!I got natural level 5 hair, dyed now at a level 4, very light olive skin and light brown eyes. I really want to go lighter about 2 tones from my natural color but no hairdresser seems to agree (my hair is healthy) and everyone seems repelled by the idea. Why so? Seriously, I dont stand a chance being blondish for a change?
Kemberley Perkins October 20, 2012 at 01:15 AM
It is because two levels lighter than your natural would be the same as your skin color and then you would look washed out. You have to have the contrast of the two, skin color and hair color. What would be ideal for your skin tone is either real dark..level 3 or real light level 9. Either way you go with it will compliment you.


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