Dab’s corner is a new feature for Papierdoll. Every month, expert hairstylist Dennis Bailey will answer your hair questions free of charge and without the Manhattan attitude. Direct questions for Dennis Bailey to firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I get/achieve the really short/almost shaved hair cut that is sported by celebrities like Brad Pitt, P. Diddy, and David Beckham?
Sam T. Richmond, VA
Unfortunately the only why to achieve those cuts are to go to a trained professional. Doing it at home could both be a hit or a miss and believe me; it will be very expensive to correct a miss.
How often should you shampoo and condition your hair?
Tina H. Seattle, WA
How often you should condition your hair will depend upon the texture of your hair and also what chemical process is introduced to your hair. If your hair is natural or has little to no chemical processing, then you can wash your hair as often as you like, but you must make sure that you use a shampoo and conditioner that has a lot of moisture. When chemicals are introduced, then I recommend washing your hair once a week also with moisture rich shampoo and conditioners. Whatever the texture or chemical treatments you have, you should also give yourself a good reconstructor treatment to really strengthen the hair.
I am thinking of getting “dread twists”. Any advice on the pros and
cons, how to achieve the style and then maintenance.
Diana P. Atlanta, GA
The pros of have your hair twisted are your hair is natural, it last for a couple of weeks without have to do it again, not so harsh a treatment as you would have with chemical processing. There aren’t any cons really except for the fact that it takes maintance if you would like it to look a certain way. Other than that, you are good to go. You achieve the style by washing and conditioning your hair, use a alcohol-free gel or light pomade to twist the hair, let it dry under a drier for about 45 minutes to a hour, and you are done. To maintain, simply clean in between the parts with a cotton ball and an astringent (ex: Sea Breeze), then follow it with your favorite oil.
I am loosing my hair. What do you suggest in terms of a good cut, or hair extension procedure?
Janice F. New York, NY
Loosing you hair can be very disheartening for most but it is not necessarily untreatable. Depending on what you the prognosis of your hair lose might be, you can either get a cut that is full of layers to camouflage the thinning hair or you can look into add hair to your own. If you are getting extensions because of hair lose I would recommend the sewn weave because this method offer the best rest for the hair. It will all be braided away and allowed to grow without the add stress of every day styling.
I am going grey. Should I color my hair?
Michael B. Bethesda, MD
On the topic of covering the grays, coloring your hair is definitely a personal choice. I, for one, love too see gray hair. I think it is gorgeous and sophisticated when add to the right style of a person. If you must color it, a professional color job from a professional colorist (note I did say a profession colorist cause some of us really don’t know what the hell they are doing) will last longer than you trying to do it at home.
Thanks for all your questions and I am looking forward to answering many more here at DAB’s Corner.