Dear Scott: My hair is dry and damaged. If I take vitamins, will it help?

Answer: Vitamins will only nourish the new hair growth that is supplied by the blood. The hair that is already on your head is said to be “dead,” and only the root ball is alive. You might want to try a good protein treatment. If breakage is a problem, a polypeptide polymer will help to glue it all together. The answer to your question is no.

Dear Scott: What is the difference between hair and fur?

Answer: They actually have the same chemical makeup. Whither it’s the hair on your legs or an eyelash or the hair of the dog or a cat’s whisker, it’s all the same. But the long hair that grows on top of our heads is specific to human beings only and remains a mystery as to why. Our body hair is also specific to the human species.

So in other words, from all of the literature I have read on this subject, I have concluded that hair and fur are exactly the same, except they are totally different.

Dear Scott: How can I be sure the latest cuts are going to look good on me?

Answer: That is a very good question. Just because a haircut is new and popular does not mean that it is going to look right on you.

Facial shape, your styling habits and hair density all play an important part in deciding if something is going to work for you.

This is what separates the good stylist from the great one. The great one can tell you with a quick glance and a few important questions, yea or nay.

Dear Scott: I don’t know if I like my hair. I get a new haircut, and when I ask people if they like it, I always get a different answer. Some say they do, but others say they like it the way it was. How do I know if it looks good?

Answer: Here is the thing with that. If you ask 10 people a question, you are going to get 10 different answers.

If the opinion of another person means a lot to you, ask only the few people in your life whose opinion matters most to you.

Where your hair is concerned, your mother is going to have a totally different opinion about it than your 18-year-old daughter.

If you ask the girl at the checkout counter of the grocery store her opinion too, you are going to drive yourself crazy.

The bottom line is, when you get dressed to go somewhere, do you look in the mirror and say, “OK, I look good”?

Enjoy having something different on your head and don’t stress out about it. You look good.

Dear Scott: I used to have long hair when I was younger, but every time I try to grow my hair long, now I can’t get it to grow past my shoulders. Why?

Answer: As you get older the life expectancy for the hair gets shorter.

All hair only lives on the head, or the body, for a period of time before it falls out and is replaced by a new one.

Having your hair trimmed too often can also make the growing process take longer, especially if you are cutting off everything that just grew out.

Scott Terwilliger is an Aiken salon owner. He can be reached at for questions and comments.