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In this section of our website Taylor answers your questions. So if you've got a hair or beauty treatment related query email us at info@taylorferguson.com and we'll aim to publish the question and answer as soon as we can.
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I've decided I need a new look - where should I begin?
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Ask yourself the following questions... how long have I had the same style, how long have I opted for the same colour, how long have I looked the same? If the answer to any of these questions is "too long" then the time is ripe for change. We can all get stuck in a rut with our appearances and Spring is as good a time as any to opt for a change.
The most important change you can make is on the hair style front. A new and great cut can make a mass of difference and can chop years off your appearance too!
I can't tell you how many new clients we see coming in with a look that is verging on the dowdy and they strut out post-cut with a new confidence and a contemporary style.
A change of colour - even subtly - can also help ring the changes and your colourist should look at introducing highlights, lo-lights or a subtle sun-kissed veil to lift your hair's appearance. Book that appointment now and take the first step to your new look.
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Two of my colleagues have fringes and I think they look amazing but I'm just not sure my face shape is the right one for that look. At 39 I'm also worried that I'm too old for a fringe. Any advice?
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Fringes emerge as big trend hits, fade, then return but remember they're not going away. A well cut fringe can be so flattering - for any age group. There are literally hundreds of fringe cuts available - and a good stylist will be able to adapt a fringe to any face shape. Opt for the chunky, thick-cut fringe which is adaptable to most face shapes.
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I've been asked to present the prizes for my company's annual sales competition. I'm freaking as my hair looks so thin at the moment. I'm a 42 year old mother of two and since childbirth but hair's been thinner. Can you help?
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Seriously think about real-hair extensions - even a half head which will give you volume. We use the highly reputable Great Lengths hair and the cold fusion bonding system which removes risk of damage to your existing hair. Prepare to present these prizes with pride! Check out our hair extensions page for more information.
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I have thick hair and I seem to be moaning about it non-stop. It just gets so unruly. Please advise me what I should be doing to tame my wild locks?
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Firstly stop moaning! Many people would love to have your problem. Thick hair means healthy hair - but I accept yours might need some taming. You can reduce its bulky appearance by opting to have it chemically straightened. You'll find it easier to maintain and the appearance and condition will be greatly enhanced. Make sure you also opt for the best cut possible. By having a good cut with texture chopped into it you'll see a major difference.
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Each morning I battle with frizz as I try to get ready for work. I'm beginning to think I'm losing the fight with my crowning glory. Please help?
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Rest assured you're not alone. Too much heat - either via your dryer or straightening irons - will bring on the frizz. I'd recommend a good in-salon treatment to de-frizz. Some of the results I've seen are dramatic and the products are now so good the effects are long-lasting. At the end of the day the frizz happens because your hair's condition has worsened so you must take steps to improve the condition.
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I noticed one of my male colleague had been out to buy an over-the-counter hair dye to touch up his grey hairs but in my opinion it's looking worse because the colour's a bad match. How can I convince him to have it done professionally?
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Tell him it's the only way forward. He's already shown that he doesn't want to have grey hair. Grey hair ages people - and men can suffer most.. It's a fact. But some carefully applied professional colour will work wonders and ensure he keeps his youthful good looks! He certainly won't be the first male to have his hair coloured.
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I get my annual bonus next month and want to treat myself to hair extensions because my hair isn't as thick as I'd like. What would I expect to pay?
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With extensions please bear in mind you get what you pay for. I've seen clients in tears having spent a couple of hundred pounds having extensions put in elsewhere and they come to me for a rescue remedy. On average a half head of extensions which will add significant volume will cost around £450. A full head which makes a really striking difference in terms of volume and length - up to 65cms or 26 inches - will be anything from £850 upwards. The financial factor comes into play when you're choosing how much longer and thicker you want your hair to appear. We're great believers in that you get what you pay for when it comes to hair extensions and we've checked out other brands but reckon we've found the best in terms of quality and the overall effect. We use Great Lengths hair and the cold fusion bonding system which means no damage to your own hair and less noticeable bonds. You won't be disappointed!

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