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Beauty and the Beast?

Should you get a perm? Is your husband stealing your shampoo? What to do on both counts.

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. True, but it doesn't hurt to accentuate what your mama gave you.

As a licensed cosmetologist and hairstylist with more than 10 years of experience, I've done colors, cuts, extensions and everything in between. Ever since I can remember, I've had a love and talent for beauty. In Beauty Buzz, I'll give readers answers to some of the most common beauty questions I am asked.

Q: What is hair made of?

A: The main component of hair is keratin, which is also found in other parts of the body, such as nails, teeth and skin. Keratin is made of amino acids and cysteine disulfide. Fun fact: Keratin is found in Jello and other gelatin products.

Q: My husband steals my shampoo and uses it in the shower. Should he be using his own shampoo, or is it OK if he uses my color-treated shampoo? Karen, LN.

A: If he has virgin hair—meaning his hair is not colored—he should be using a non-color-treated shampoo, because the color-treated shampoo will not thoroughly cleanse his hair. As a result, he may feel as if he has product left in his hair. Color-treated shampoo is milder and protects hair with color. Patty, LN

Q: My daughter wants her hair naturally wavy all the time, like celebrities, and is considering a perm. She is 11 years old. What do you think? Nancy, LN

A: What she doesn't realize is that those celebrities have personal hairstylists who are doing their hair every day, using curling irons and blow-dryers. People's hair isn't naturally smooth and wavy; a perm is a permanent chemical that might make the hair frizzier. A perm requires a lot of maintenance, meaning consistent trips to the salon. The only way to get rid of a perm is to grow the hair out and cut off the chemically treated hair. Quick tip: Schedule an appointment with your stylist to show your daughter how to style her hair like the celebrities she likes.

Q: I'm considering getting hair extensions but know nothing about them. I'm a 47-year-old who has never been happy with my hair. I have shorter-length hair, and I'm trying to get out of my current style rut. Are extensions right for me? Jackie, DP

A: The first step is to do research in your area regarding a stylist that does hair extensions. You need to call and set up a hair consultation. Remember to go in with clean, dry hair and a list of questions you want to ask. I'd recommend seeing three people to get different opinions.

tim telles April 07, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Perms and Mulletts were all the rage in the 1980's.Who did not where a perm.And of course all the short haired clients wore the wedge haircut.

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