Beauty Tip: Hair Questions Answered | Clozette

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With the summer heat upon us, that can only mean one thing: it's time to up our haircare to combat the heat and damage from the sun (and because we can't escape it: our styling tools). We don't know about you, but we definitely don't want to spend our summer worrying about hair loss and dry, damaged hair. So we recently chatted with Mark Birch, the Consulting Trichologist for Svensonand got him to answer some of our hair questions. 

As one of the world's experts in hair and scalp care, there was no other man better to talk to than Mark Birch (fun fact: he has consulted for members of Royalty and celebrities). Here's what he had to say about haircare, scalp care, and his stand on dyeing one's hair.


How does one take care of Asian hair given the region's hot and humid climate?

Mark Birch: "Asian hair tends to be straighter, coarser, and stronger than Western hair. Asians also have greasier scalp and hair. A shampoo that is more suitable for oily scalp should be used for Asian hair. In humid weather, the scalp tends to be oilier because you sweat more as the body temperature changes. The best way to maintain healthy hair is to use a suitable shampoo to wash the hair at least once a day, and to use a suitable conditioner every day. Create a good lather with your shampoo and leave shampoo on the scalp for several minutes in order for the shampoo to be effective. Always use warm water when rinsing the scalp and hair. Thorough rinsing is the most important part of washing your scalp and hair to remove excess shampoo."
There’s a big debate about how often women should wash their hair. How many times a week is healthy, without damaging the hair?

Mark Birch: "Using a suitable shampoo, you should wash your hair at least once every day. Frequent washing will not damage the hair. Instead, using the wrong products is often the main cause."

How important is scalp health for hair growth and quality?

Mark Birch: "The scalp is the foundation for hair growth and quality, which makes it even more important than the hair itself. The hair's nutrients, blood circulation and oxygenation are all affected by the scalp. While existing hair will eventually fall out, it is the hair that will be immediately replacing the fallen hairs that should be the focus, and these are affected by the scalp condition."

What signs should one look for to determine the current state of their scalp and hair?

Mark Birch: "The scalp is the foundation for hair growth and quality, which makes it even more important than the hair itself. The hair's nutrients, blood circulation and oxygenation are all affected by the scalp. While existing hair will eventually fall out, it is the hair that will be immediately replacing the fallen hairs that should be the focus, and these are affected by the scalp condition."

What are good hair health habits to practice to prevent hair loss?

Mark Birch: "Shampoo hair every day using a suitable product suited for your scalp. Eating a sensible, balanced diet. Minimising use of hairdryers and other mechanical appliances. Follow a good hair care regime, i.e. using suitable hair products for specific hair and scalp type. Exercise and sleep regularly--in general, a good state of health. Tiredness leads to weaker hair in the same way that lack of rest will result in tired skin. Ensure there is enough oxygenation for your hair and build up Vitamin D through at least 2-3 hours exposure in the sun every week."

Are there any hairstyles in particular that women should stay away from to help reduce hair fall?

Mark Birch: "If you're suffering from hair loss, you should not be going for a perm or straightening your hair. Avoid using hairspray and other hair junk cosmetics. Always be gentle on the hair and keep the scalp healthy. There is not much difference between long or short hairstyles but rather it is important to maintain a clean scalp."

Is it advisable to dye one’s hair ever so often? How can women keep coloured hair healthy?

Mark Birch: "Dyeing the hair will not cause hair loss. It is common for most women in their thirties and older to dye their hair every 4 to 6 weeks. However, it is the harsh chemicals in the hair dye that lead to hair loss problems. Instead of doing DIY dyeing, visit a professional colourist. You can keep your coloured hair healthy by looking after the scalp and using good conditioner treatments. Coloured hair tends to be drier and weaker as bonds which hold the polypeptide chains in the hair are being broken down. To keep your hair healthy, prevent splitting and help the colour to last longer, use a good conditioner every day and perform regular treatment on your scalp."



A legendary makeup product and a must-have for all women looking for a loyal beauty partner for every occasion, CHANEL's Rouge Coco lipsticks have been revamped with the latest release of its Ultra Hydrating range. The multifaceted lipstick that embodies sensuality, joy, and radiance is re-formulated for even more gentleness, comfort, radiance, and melt-away quality. 

It comes in 29 new shades with hydraboost complex that ensures lips are dressed in a supple comfortable veil while intensely hydrated and nourished. The result: plump, smooth lips. Perfect for any occasion, whether it be work, brunch-date, or a formal affair, CHANEL's Rouge Coco promises exquisite colour and texture for a truly luxurious feel. 

Clozetter, Pauline Thum, recently got to give it a try and created three signature looks for the weekend. Armed with the colours 416 Coco, 434 Mademoiselle, and 444 Gabrielle, here are the looks she came up with! 


Look #1: Keeping It Simple

"The first look from the range was done with the 434 Mademoiselle, one of my all time favourite colours as it's slightly mauve with a rosy-nude undertone. I love this lip colour as it can be carried with minimal make up or with a slightly smokey eye look. It's a my-lips-but-better, with the extra shine brightening up a bare minimal-makeup look.

I love the new texture as it felt nourishing and glides on the lips easily, with a texture almost similar to a lip balm but with amazing colour pay-off. It also has a beautiful plumping effect that doesn't feel harsh at all on my lips. It contains ingredients such as Mimosa, jojoba, and sunflower plant butter which help create the added plumping effect."

Look #2: Casual Day Out

"For the second look, I opted for a brighter colour perfect for a casual weekend outing. I used 416 Coco lip colour with a light makeup base to even out my skintone and a thin application of black eyeliner and mascara for a fuss-free eye look. 

The 416 Coco shade is slightly orangey-pink which suits fair Asian skintones and adds a pop of colour to the face without being too over-the-top. It's an easy colour to pair with your everyday makeup look."

Look #3: Bold & Intense

"For my final look, I decided to go bold with the 444 Gabrielle. I have always been pretty cautious with red lipsticks and reserve it for days when I want to be a little bolder and daring with my makeup. However, you can never go wrong with a red CHANEL lip colour, so I wasn't at all surprised with how much I loved this lip colour on me.

The colour is pretty intense and the texture is very smooth and glides so easily on the lips. Its shine and intense colour definitely add a touch of glamour to any look--very luxurious! This is a colour perfect for attending events, weddings, or a night-out with my girl friends."


Overall, CHANEL has impressed yet again with this ultra hydrating range of their iconic Rouge Coco lipsticks. There's a reason why this lipstick line has been a mainstay in the makeup collection of beauty lovers everywhere--it is luxe and hydrating with a beautiful colour range that suits a variety of skintones and makeup looks.



We're kicking off the first weekend of April with these videos from the top Makeup and Style gurus on Youtube that we haven't featured yet. Check out our list to see where all our excitement is coming from. Here are the top 5 videos for the week: 


Cinderella Glam Makeup Tutorial

By: Carli Bybel 

MAC launched their Cinderella collaboration collection with Disney and though we've been quiet about it, we're actually really excited in getting our hands on one, particularly that eyeshadow palette. The packaging is simple yet very dreamy and everything has a dash of sparkle for that magical princess-y look. If you want to know how to put the collection to use, check out this tutorial from top vlogger Carli Bybel and finally nail that before-midnight ball look.  

Spring Festival Lookbook 2015

By: TheLineUp

This is TheLineUp's way of celebrating April Fool's day in style. This video is hella hilarious! Don't let the cover photo fool you, this lookbook video is actually modeled by 2 guys in cool monochrome looks and girly poses. Enjoy! 

How To Cover Up Acne

By: Clozette TV

Of course we can't forget Clozette TV's useful tutorials. What this clip shows is how to cover up your acne with makeup without it looking cakey. This is a must-watch, since its also the season of sweat and oily skin, so you can keep these tips handy for zit-days.

Outfit Ideas For Vacation + Spring Break Lookbook! 

By: Mylifeaseva 

The bubbly Youtuber Mylifeaseva dropped a video on her channel with her bright summer looks with a beach background that made us want to book the next plane ticket to Maui. Her looks are handy for vacationers who won't just be lounging around inside their hotel room as these outfits are for those with an adventurous agenda. Our favourites were the one with a denim jacket and the one with bright rashguard overalls. How about you?

Best Drugstore Skincare Under £15! 

By: Essie Button

Our favourite Canadian Youtuber Essie Button reminds us that good skin can be achieved with cheap drugstore products. She went through drugstores, tried out a few ones, and rounded up the best products that worked for her. We can't wait to get our hands on that blue tin of magic, do you know where we can get one?