Frederic Fekkai: The answers

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Last week I asked you to send in your hair problems so I could ask hair guru Frederic Fekkai for his fix-all tips. I met Frederic in Selfridges; he was charming, down-to-earth and most importantly answered all your (and Team ELLE’s) hair conundrums.

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Q: I have quite fine naturally curly hair. I’ve heard the best way to get it cut is dry but hairdressers don’t seem to want to – what do you think? I always end up with shorter hair than I want.
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A: This isn’t true, even dry hair will bounce back up. Hair is easier to cut when it is wet as it is more flexible. Find someone who knows how to cut curly hair as they will factor in the shrink. If your hairdresser is cutting it too short every time you need to find someone new.
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Q: My hair is naturally thick and curly, I tend to us lots of products to stop the curls from frizzing. Are there any products or techniques you could recommend to enable me to have a more natural finish?

A: You don’t need to use lots of products these days as technology is much more modern and effective. Use Shea Butter Moisturising Shampoo, £18, which will instantly tame the hair. Then instead of conditioner use a mask every time. Make sure when you come to towel drying you pat your hair don’t rub it.Apply a serum to lock out humidity.

Q: I find it really hard to get volume into my hair! It is long, naturally straight and quite fine…any suggestions on products to perk it up?
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A: Everyone should alternate between two shampoos to address different concerns. You could try my Full Volume Shampoo, £18 and Technician Colour Care Shampoo, £18 if your hair is coloured. Never put conditioner on the roots. Apply Full Volume Instant Volume Root Lifting Spray, £16.50 at the scalp when towel dried, blow-dry your hair with your head tipped upside down and flip back to style. You’ll end up with more volume than you’ll probably want!

Q: I’m growing my hair, how often should I get it cut?

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A: It doesn’t matter whether you’re growing your hair or not, it needs to be cut every 6-8 weeks to keep it healthy and to get rid of split ends which only get worse with time.

Q: My blonde hair looks great when it is first coloured but soon turns dull and brassy. Any tips?

A: The environment can really affect blonde hair. Use my Technician Colour Care Shampoo, £18, Conditioner, £18 which protect hair from UV damage that can dull highlights.

Q: Can supplements really help hair?

A: Certainly. Use multi B vitamins which strengthen the follicle of the hair. You’ll have smoother, stronger hair; I take one every day.

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