Choosing a new cut can be a big decision, so Rita Amartey talks to celebrity stylists Michelle Sultan and Desmond Murray to get the know-how on achieving a great style Michelle Sultan Desmond Murray
Worth all the trimmings
Many women want long healthy hair and in order to achieve it they avoid scissors like the plague. But running in the other direction at the mere mention of a trim is not going to help you get the desired results, and actually it can do more harm than good. 'The worst thing you can do is reduce the amount of trims you have, as this will only result in lank, weak hair that's prone to breakage,' says Michelle. 'It's not necessary to be fearful of the snip, as a knowledgeable stylist can often take off a minimal amount of hair and achieve great results.'
Regular trims (every six to eight weeks) will promote growth, improve volume, increase moisture retention, prevent breakage and banish split ends. 'My advice is always to get a regular trim to prevent further damage and my clients trust me on this one,' says Desmond Murray. 'However, if the scissors cause real concern for a client, regular reconstructive salon treatments go some way to masking the problem of split ends, but will not be a cure.'Faux cuts:
Hair extensions have expanded the gallery of styling options. In one month you can go pixie short like Estelle, rock some bold bangs like Naomi Campbell, or ride the curly waves like Leona Lewis -- all without any added chemicals, scissor snips or intense heat on your own hair. 'I get really excited about clip-on extensions because they are semi-permanent which allows versatility and it doesn't compromise the condition of the hair,' says Desmond.