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Your Summer Hair Questions Answered by Peter Mark Hair Experts!

By Beaut.ie | July 18 2011 | 35 Comments

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Still on a high following their double-whammy at the recent L’Oreal Colour Trophy – not only did Michael Corcoran, Peter Mark educator reign supreme as this year’s overall winner, but Peter Mark also scooped the coveted Irish Tatler Style Award too – we’re gonna tap into their expertise today.

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Michael Corcoran, Peter Mark educator, second left, Ivan Bishoff, commercial director of L’Oreal Professionnel Ireland, second right and Suzy Dowling, Peter Mark, right

So, have you been scratching your head or tearing your hair out with a tress-related query? Here’s your chance to potentially get your question answered by experts Michael and Suzy.

Leave us your query as a comment below, making sure it’s within one of these hair topics:

  • Cuts
  • Colour

Cheers girls – now get querying. We’ll pick out the best, put them to the experts and report back in due course.

Please note, the experts won’t be answering queries to do with at-home hair colouring nor will they be able to diagnose specific hair issues.

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35 Replies to "Your Summer Hair Questions Answered by Peter Mark Hair Experts!"

  • Oh help! I’ve been rocking a Rachel from Friends on and off (but mostly on) since 1998 and I’m stuck in a rut. The length and layers suit me but any tips to update it?

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  • I think ive overdone it on the highlighting over the years. In natural light the blond looks ok, but in pictures it looks bright yellow / orange!! I always ask for ash colour highlights, but i’d like to darken it up a bit – what should i ask for when i next go to the hairdressers!!! Thanks!

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  • I have long (to my shoulder blades) browny blondey (natural colour) hair and a bit of a fringe that’s been the same style for years. I can’t cope with layers, in fact I’m awful with even a blow dryer. It’s halfway between straight and curly (a bit kinky, my mother calls it!) and I can’t do anything with it. Even when I get it styled it only lasts for about two weeks and the style just falls away with the weight and length of my hair and I’m back to square one.

    Also, I’m a big fatso, with a round face and a hint of a double chin. Ok, a very definite double chin, so a bob just makes me look like a big wobbly round thing.

    Help? Any styles that might suit me? I’m hoping to get a hair cut this weekend or next weekend for a wedding in August and would love it to be fab and also to last!

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  • I’ve a question reguarding colour, why havnt more hairdressers been trained in balayage? Is it really such a different and difficult technique? The last time I checked with my local Peter Mark only one stylist was trained to do it.

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  • Okay, here’s a colour one – I’m 28, with very thick, wiry, long hair that is naturally curly and can get dry/frizzy. I’m also going grey. I don’t want to keep having to do all-over permanent colours to get rid of the greys, is there anything I can get done colour-wise to disguise them or keep them at bay for a while? Hair is dark brown, and I don’t have the colouring to carry off blonde or red toned highlights. Help!

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  • Aisling

    Oh this is a great topic! I really want to go a bit lighter – just to a lighter brown, but what does the stripping out process do to your hair? Would I be better going for a half head of highlights rather than an all over colour to protect the condition?
    Please help!

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  • She also told me to come back in a few weeks because my hair was in too poor condition :( So any tips on improving the condition of hair so it can be coloured would be much appreciated. Would be great if you could answer. Thanks.

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  • My question isn’t regarding colour or cuts so feel free to ignore it, but I’ve been considering a career change and would love to do hairdressing. I’m 28 so was looking into doing one of the courses like David marshall or Robert Chambers as I would be qaulified quicker. However the hours in my current job have been cut and its looking like it will take at least a year or so to save up the money to do the course. Would I be better off to do try and get an apprenticeship or to keep saving and do the course?

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  • I’ve got long curly highlighted blonde hair. Since having a baby I’ve noticed that the roots appear much darker than before and the contract between the roots and the scalp hair is more obvious. I find I have to go more frequently to the hairdresser for touch ups.

    Have you any suggestions as to how to do my highlights that will make the regrowth more subtle looking. Or should I attempt to darken my highlights altogether. My hairdresser currently uses two blond shades and one lowlight.

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  • The word Contract there should read “contrast”.

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  • This is a very timely post indeed!! I have had a run in (a bad one) with a thinning scissors and my layers have been cut way too short, my hair looks dreadful now. Unfortunately my new style is closer to a mullet than I would like but I think I may need to wait for it just to grow out.

    In general though is there anything that can be done to help the appearance of hair that has been thinned out too much? And are there any guidlines on how often hair should be thinned out? Every cut or every second cut? Or not at all maybe? Thanks.

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  • Aisling

    Papillion – I would love to have a contract with my hair – then I could sue it for behaving the way it does!

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  • hi, what’s the best cut for very fine/highlighted hair? Is it really impossible to grow them long as I have been told? It feels like I have to cut them all the time to keep in some shape.
    thanks!

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  • Ok…I have fine limpish hair and I’ve had it in a bob style for a while now but no matter what way I get it cut – long layers/short layers/side fringe – within a matter of days it looks the same like I never had it cut in the first place!!! Is it my hair or the hairdresser??? Any suggestions for making my hair look a bit more volumous without having to put half a can of hairspray in it (even then it’ll only last for an hour if I’m lucky!!)…Thank you :)

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  • Do any hairdressers do classes in how to style your hair? It may seem obvious but not to me, I’d love some help with styling! I’m handy with a hair drier and can blow-dry my hair or others straight (more of a feat before the advent of GHDs), but with mid-length hair, I either wear it up in a pony tail or down… very boring. I need help!

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  • I’ve been growing out a bob for the past year, and with very thick hair every time I straighten it it turns into a static ball of fluff! it’s just past my collar bones now, and I’m sick of having to tie it up all the time, any suggestions to help the static?

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  • Similar to above. Have quite fine, thin hair which I wear in the same short bob, with a fringe (sometimes swept to the side, sometimes full and heavily chipped). Bored with this style now, have had it for about 10 years. Have large squarish face (nicer than it sounds :) ). Any suggestions for a cut?

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  • With rebekah on this one (but fortunately don’t have her static problem).

    I haven’t got my bob cut since Patrick’s weekend.

    Are there any styles you can suggest when you want to grow out your hair, getting a bit sick of my scruffy hair at the moment but don’t want to approach my hairdresser yet (until I have a plan) in case she goes scissor happy and I’m back to square one.

    Thank you

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  • I’m 31 and have been stuck in a ‘hair rut’ since I was 14. Here is the deal: I have REALLY thick hair, that has layers cut in I don’t like it layered as it is hard to manage, but when I grow them out, my hair gets really thick. So I go to the hairdresser and by the time i get there my main concern is the thickness, not the layers and the hairdresser thins it out by cutting in – you guessed it – layers. So i grow it out….and back to square 1. Help! I really want to get away from layers and just have nice thin hair. Is is possible?

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  • hi i had radiotherapy on my throat before christmas and i dont no if its anything to do with it but my scalp is gone all dry and falls off me like snow , i have tried everything but nothing works , if i dont wash it everyday it becomes quiet itchy , drives me up the wall x

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  • OK, here’s a fun one. My hair is white and greay at the front with a big old kick-ass streak of Black right down the back. I’ve been going with Blonde to try and blend it all together, but while the roots at the front are grand, the back bit shows after like 20 seconds. Are there and colours you could recommend that would work? Black is way too harsh for me now, and I get the opposite problem with roots then.

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  • My hair is naturally a mid-brown shade (which I like) but I have some silver greys through the front which I feel are visible. Last time I was in the hairdressers, I got some highlights in. I stressed that I wanted them very natural, but I still think she went too light. Now I feel like my hair looks yellowy. I know there are violet toned shampoos that are supposed to tone down yellow highlights, but these seem to be for blond hair. Are they suitable for brown hair with highlights as well, or is there something else I could use (other than an all over colour!) to reduce the yellow glare? I hate my hair to look obviously coloured, please help!!

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  • I second Trillian’s question. The you tube clips were great for tips but I would love some classes on hair styling. My hair is just past my shoulder blades, and it’s always worn in a ponytail or side plait. I am terrible at blow drying, and if any classes were run in this, would be great!

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  • Could you recommend a style to liven up long, naturally straight, thick hair? I love having long hair but I find that the thickness weighs it down making it quite flat at the top which means it is difficult for me to get it to ‘sit’ right. I don’t mind having some layers but don’t want it to look too thin at the ends either. Would changing the colour make it more exciting? I already have natural looking blonde highlights but would really like to liven up my look, especially with a new cut.

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  • Hi, I’ve been growing out a pixie cut for about a year now, had it cut into a bob a few months ago and I’m continuing to grow out, its about shoulder length and quite thick. I ahvent a clue what to do with it as a I can’t leave it down, looks hideous and frizzy. Do you have any idea of a flattering transitional cut I could get? Sick of my hair :(

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  • I’ve naturally red hair, never been coloured. Im getting a few grey hairs above my ears! and at the parting. I don’t want to have to colour my whole head, Any ideas? Its quite long with layers at the front, so the grey hairs are not long ones! Thanks.

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  • Oooh yeah, I would love to know if there are classes run on how to do casual upstyles and different looks. My hair is always either down or in a pony and I often wonder where other people have learnt how to do different things! Oh and what exactly I should be using (and avoiding) product wise, for my hair….

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  • I have just about the shoulder length dry,frizzy and FAR too thick hair. I get it thinned out every now and then but am presently growing out a bad cut and can’t style my hair at all – even with GHDs. Any tips on how to style it or can you tell me what products will help with really unruly hair. I can’t do anything with it apart from a ponytail or bun. I’d love to just have longish straight hair but it seems like an impossiblity. Help!!

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  • Hillybilly I have long hair and I go on Youtube and search “hairstyles for long hair” or Upstyles for long hair. There are some great video tutorials and I usually practice on my hair and experiment with the hairsprays etc on the nite im washing my hair. that way u can practice and take risks with sprays and mousse and if u put in too much it wont matter!

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  • Im having a terrible time with the greasiness of my hair. I have highlights and its quite fine. I was recommended a Kerastase shampoo for oily roots and dry ends but I seem to still have to wash my hair EVERY day! Even if I wash it in the evening and blow dry it straight when I wake up the morning the blow dry is gone and my hair looks like it hasn’t been washed in a week!! I have to use conditioner in my hair because it gets very tangled after washing so would break easily without it…. please help me find a solution so I don’t have to wash my hair every day!!!

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  • I would love a fringe but have a ‘cows lick’ on one side (left side if you are looking directly at me)
    Every time in the past I have attempted to get a fringe the cows lick makes it pop up and look ridiculous.
    My hair is dark brown and long and straight.
    Any suggestions please?!

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  • Things to do with short hair! Not sure if this counts as a “cut” query, but anyway.

    I have a jaw-length bob with a blunt fringe – very similar to the girl in the middle in the second photo above. I love the cut, but would like to have a go at styling it differently (quiffs? fake up-dos?) and have no idea how. What products to use? Is hair that short possible to curl with tongs or a GHD? Fashion magazines only ever seem to cater for people with shoulder length hair and pixie crops and nothing in between!

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  • I have blonde highlighted hair that’s very fine. I love when it’s long and layered but when it goes much beyond my shoulders it gets very scraggy and unhealthy looking. Is there any way I can grow it longer without it looking so terrible? Also my hair is extremely knotty….EXTREMELY. Any remedies?

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  • I’ve been dying my hair red for a couple of months now and love the colour, I’ve finally figured out how to keep it looking fresh between getting it done but lately I’ve noticed my roots coming through very quickly. Any tips or suggestions to prevent me being in the salon every two weeks getting my colour done!?

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  • I want to get a complete overhaul, stylewise, but I’m terrified of the hairdresser just not listening as i’ve not had an experience OF them ever really listening and getting the look I want.
    What to do? Go in & give them complete reign over my head of hair?
    My hair is quite fine, i want a style that is stylish and modern, yet not too ‘out there’ – am i asking for the impossible?!!

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