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Question: Hi, I have fine, extremely oily / greasy hair. I wash my hair every morning, however it often looks like it needs another wash by the time I get home from work. What shampoos and products you would recommend for my hair? Thanks so much, Fiona.

Hi Fiona. Managing oily hair can be made a whole lot easier by simply using a shampoo that has the right ingredients. Parabens, sulphates and silicones are very common ingredients in supermarket brand shampoos. These ingredients coat the hair giving the illusion of smoothness. The problem is, that over time these ingredients build up weighing the hair down. This is an added problem when your scalp is naturally producing excess oils.

Clarifying shampoos are excellent for removing any build up on the scalp and in the hair. A good clarifying shampoo will gently cleanse while staying extremely kind to colour. Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash is a detox clarifying shampoo. Enriched with Tea Tree, it is perfect for soothing irritable scalps. It is also sulphate, silicone and paraben free, making it kind to colour so you will not notice any additional fading. The absence of these ingredients has another benefit. This shampoo can be used on hair with keratin bond extensions. As mentioned, the absence of sulphate means the keratin bond will not break down. Making it an excellent choice if you have hair extensions.

The Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash is perfect for oily hair, frequently washed hair, irritable scalps, coloured hair and hair extensions.

Considering your hair is fine and oily, I would recommend using a very light conditioner. The Kevin Murphy Staying Alive Treatment is a lightweight spray in conditioning treatment. It is so light, it can be used as a leave in treatment. However, In the case of very fine / oily hair I would recommend leaving it in for 1 – 5 minutes before rinsing. Spray into the mid lengths and ends, leaving it completely off the roots. This treatment will keep the ends of your hair hydrated and prevent your hair from becoming brittle and snapping.  The Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash and the Kevin Murphy Staying Alive Treatment are 2 fantastic products for addressing oily roots while keeping mid lengths and ends strong and healthy.

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Question: Hi, I was wondering which product is best for keeping highlighted blonde hair bright? I would like something for daily use as I wash my hair every morning. Thank you, Sarah.

Answer: Hi Sarah, The Redken Blonde Idol range are fantastic products. The Sulphate Free Shampoo works wonders with blonde hair by removing any product build up, impurities found in water and daily grime.  Blonde hair tends to be more porous than darker hair and will absorb these impurities a lot quicker. This shampoo will gently cleanse your hair restoring the colour and natural shine. This shampoo is kind enough on the hair and scalp to be used every day. Check it out here

The Blonde Idol conditioners are tone based. The purple one is for ashen / platinum tones and the gold one is for warmer tones. Unlike other toning conditioners, you decide how much tone you want. The twist top allows you to determine how strong or weak the tone is. This is dictated by the dial which measures the strength of the tone. This is a really great toner as it does not grab on the ends like other products. I would recommend using this toner once a week. Check it out here

If you want something for daily use, I would strongly recommend the Redken Extreme Conditioner. It is a super light protein based formula that will strengthen and repair you hair but not weigh it down! And if you really want to treat yourself, the Redken Extreme Anti Snap is an extremely light leave in  treatment that is a miracle worker for blonde hair! It will help protect from heat and styling while adding an extra layer of protein protection. This is one product every blonde haired girl should have in the bathroom! Check it out here

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Question: Hi, I was wondering if you could advise me on what shampoo and conditioner to use.I have very thick, dark brown hair that get's greasy after the second day of washing. Also in he last few weeks my hair has become very static. Thanking you, Claire.

Answer: Hi Claire, This is an all too common problem. The best shampoo for dealing with thick hair that is prone to excess oil is Shu Uemura Anti Oil Cleansing Shampoo. It is a lightweight cleanser that will leave your hair feeling squeaky clean. It is quite concentrated, so only a small amount is required. Check it out here

Shu Uemura have just launched the complementary conditioner which is silicone and paraben free. This means there will be no build up on the ends, however leaving your hair feeling silky smooth and tangle free. Check it out here

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Question: Hi, can you suggest a good product and styling tips for naturally curly hair please. I find it very hard to get quality products that define my curls and keep them moisturised and shiny. Lisa.

Answer: Hi Lisa, We stock a fantastic rang of products for curly hair, but my favourite has to be the Paul Mitchell Curls range. Firstly I would recommend shampooing with a curls specific shampoo. The Paul Mitchell Spring Loaded Shampoo works by detangling curls and reducing frizz while gently cleansing and moisturising. Check it out here

Secondly, The Paul Mitchell Full Circle Leave in Treatment is a lightweight treatment that deeply hydrates and tames frizz, leaving curls looking and feeling full and bouncy. Check it out here

Using the above two products on their own will work absolutely fine. However, if you would like to add longer lasting definition to your curls the Paul Mitchell Twirl Around is a must! The crunch free dual formula enhances curl definition and keeps frizz from developing throughout the day for longer. Check it out here

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Question: I love the way my hair looks and feels after a salon blow dry, but I can never seem to achieve the same look myself. What tips and advice would you recommend? Ellen. R.

Answer: This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions. Blow drying your own hair can be quite a daunting task especially if you don't have the right tools or know how. Firstly you will need to make sure you have a good quality hair dryer. A professional dryer will generally have more power and a range of settings. They also come with a slim nossel which controls the flow of air, allowing for a smoother finish. Secondly you will need a good hair brush. I am a huge fan of the IBIZA BRUSHES and have been using them for over 15 years. The difference is the quality. Each brush is made with natural boar hair and a cork handle. The boar hair distributes the natural oils in your hair for a super shiny finish, while the cork handle makes blow drying incredibly comfortable. There are a few easy steps you can take to reduce blow drying time and effort. One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to blow dry their hair from wet. By hand drying your hair to almost 80% dry, you will dramatically reduce drying time. When 80% dry, take your hair in sections and work from the nape up. Keep the dryer facing down so the air flows over the brush. Allow the dryer to follow the brush in controlled movements and repeat until smooth. When you are finished, blast your hair with cool air. This will close the cuticle so it does not absorb moisture. Remember, hair is more likely to respond to styling when it is in good condition, so don't underestimate the benefits of a good shampoo and conditioner.

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Question: I recently gave birth to my first child, and a few months on the condition of my hair seems to be deteriorating. I have noticed that I am loosing more hair than usual and my hair line is looking more and more sparse. Is there anything I can do to prevent the hair loss? And will it grow back? Sam B.

Answer: Firstly congratulations Sam! This is an exciting time for you, the last thing you need is the worry and stress of loosing your hair. This is one of the most common issues experienced by women after pregnancy. The good news is that for most women their hair will grow back. Women loose on average of 50 – 100 hairs a day. The shedding process slows right down for many women during pregnancy, leaving them with thicker fuller hair. However the shedding process speeds back up post pregnancy, giving the illusion that you are loosing more hair than usual. In some cases, the follicles around the hairline can become dormant. This is why your hair line is looking sparse.

Nioxin is a complete range of shampoos, conditioners and treatments that are specifically designed to treat hair loss. I would recommend Nioxin 2, for noticeably thinning hair. If your hair is coloured or chemically treated, I would recommend Nioxin 4. Massage the shampoo into your hair and scalp for 1 – 3 minutes. This will encourage blood circulation and hair growth. Repeat with the conditioner, leaving in the scalp for 3 – 5 minutes. If you really want to give your hair growth an extra boost, use the scalp treatment once a week, leaving for 20 minutes before rinsing. These products really are fantastic and are available individually or as a complete Nioxin kit for €35.50 .

Check out the link to see the full range of Nioxin products. Click Here

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Question: -Hi I regularly get my hair coloured bright red and its a hard colour to keep from disappearing down the plug! High Street brands haven't really done wonders for me so far. So I am looking for a better quality shampoo/conditioner system that will help me. My hair is quite fine to, so preferably nothing that will weigh it down too much, Many Thanks.

Answer:  For total luxury and care the Shu Uemura range of products are truly wonderful. While bright coloured semi permanents will still fade, the Shu Uemura range made with Deapsea oils will hold your colour for much longer. The Full Shimmer range from Shu Uemura is best suited for your hair type. Shampoo and Conditioner will cost approximately €71.00, if this product does not fit with your budget, don't worry there is another suitable product from Sebastian.

Sebastian Colour Ignite is designed to enhance and prolong coloured hair. Presently they have a gift pack which includes both a Shampoo and Conditioner. With the Shampoo.ie discount of 20% on Sebastian products you get both products for just €23.99.

Remember to use just small amounts of each product, and with the Shu range you need only wash once.

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Question: - There is so much talk about these new hair oils, Moroccon oils etc, are they any good, when should I use them and how often?

Answer:  .They are fantastic, two of my favourites are Shu Uemura Essence Absolue and Kerastase Elixer Ultime. Both products can be used as a treatment prio to shampooing, before blowdrying and also after blowdrying. Elixer Ultime is suitable for all hair types, leaving the hair nourished yet weightless and looking great.

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Question: - I have been ill for the past 2 years which has left my hair feeling fine and limp with really no life at all. Somebody told me about the Densi Recharge tablets, I have tried a few courses of pharmacy tablets and nothing has worked. Can you tell me a little bit about them before I buy them please? -

Answer: Densi Recharge Tablets are a food supliment, they have Complex Amino Vegetal and essential fatty acids which plump up the hair and basically give it more guts! They need to be taken for at least 8 weeks after which you will find the hair feeling thicker with a lot more density. You may need to take a third course if your hair is quite fine and lifeless but you will notice the effects after 8 weeks. In addition to the Densi Recharge tablets I reccomend that you use the Kerastase Bain Prevention in the Specifique range. Good news here as there is an offter on at the moment, when you buy Densi Recharge your bain Prevention is complimentary

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Question:- I had my first baby over four months ago and over the last couple of weeks I have noticed that I am shedding quite a bit of hair, I was expecting this, however is there a shampoo that could help as I also noticed on my scalp that there are a couple of small areas of greasy flakiness. I have long hair with highlights?

Answer:  Firstly congratulations on the birth of your baby. We would recommend that you try the Wella System Professional products, Clear Scalp Shampoo, balance scalp masque and clear scalp leave in lotion. This range of products are designed to clear any dandruff and oiliness issues on the scalp while still maintaining a healthy ph balance. Also to help strengthen and encourage new growth you could in conjunction with the SP products try the Kerastse Densi Recharge Tables, which are designed to give density to the hair, targeting the main areas of hair loss.

Ciaran Nevin has over 30 years experience in the hair dressing industry. He initially managed one of Frank Hessions salons for more than five years. In 1989 he then set up his first Salon, in the Conrad Hotel, but soon he was bursting at the seams and he went scouting for a new larger location. He found the perfect property in Terenure, and has developed a loyal clientele, employs over 20 full time staff and has won the following awards.

Ask The Expert The Expert: Ciaran Nevin Ask your question here! asktheexpert@shampoo.ie

Winner, "Global Salon Business Award" 2008
Global Salon Business Awards, 2008 Los Angeles
Winner, "Customer Care" Award
Schwarzkopf Irish Hairdressing Business Awards, 2007
Winner, "Salon Director of the Year" Award
Schwarzkopf Irish Hairdressing Business Awards, 2007
Winner, "Salon Entrepreneur of the Year" Award
Global Salon Business Awards, 2006, Barcelona
Winner, "Client Philosophy" Award
Global Salon Business Awards, 2004, London
Winner, "Customer Care" Award
Schwarzkopf Irish Hairdressing Business Awards, 2003

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