The def­i­ni­tion of gor­geous, luxe locks? Check th­ese three to start, says Ash­ley Ahn.

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Three ba­sic rules for gor­geous healthy, tresses – check­list per­fected by Kérastase

The start of Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13 brings with it a plethora of fresh ideas. Be it the drenched ’ dos at Louis Vuit­ton or the slicked back styles at Gucci, one thing is for sure: It all starts with the healthiest of tresses, and that means hav­ing this trio of basics cov­ered. “When we talk about beau­ti­ful hair mass, we mean strong, sup­ple, healthy hair,” says in­ter­na­tional hair­dresser, Lau­rent Tav­ernier.

A thick and vo­lu­mised mane is not just a sign of youth­ful­ness; it is also a sym­bol of fem­i­nin­ity. No won­der it is high on the list of out­ward changes that can ad­versely af­fect a woman’s self-con­fi­dence.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search, one out of four women will ex­pe­ri­ence thin­ning hair be­tween the ages of 35 to 45. Most cases are due to poor nu­tri­tion, hered­ity fac­tors, stress, ill­ness, and var­i­ous scalp con­di­tions. TIP: Apart from hair thick­en­ing prod­ucts, there are many dif­fer­ent styling tech­niques we can hone to “trick the eye”. En­hance move­ment and shape with larger curls or waves, as it builds body and gives the il­lu­sion


of fuller tresses. Also, try prod­ucts in­fused with vi­ta­min B, which helps re­duce hair loss and boosts fol­lic­u­lar strength.


Healthy hair has never re­ally been about trends but the wet, just-out-of-the-shower look may reign supreme this sea­son. That said, how does one over­come the rav­ages caused by daily sun ex­po­sure, chem­i­cal pro­cess­ing – dip dye­ing, we’re look­ing at you – and heat from flat-irons or curl­ing tongs? Now all you’ve got are dull strands the shine equiv­a­lent of a vin­tage penny. TIP: Fre­quent chem pro­cess­ing, colour­ing, and heat styling tends to di­min­ish nat­u­ral shine, leav­ing hair dull, dam­aged, frizzy, and frag­ile. Pre­vent fur­ther dam­age by ap­ply­ing a good heat pro­tec­tant or hair serum that con­tains an­tiox­i­dant polyphe­nols for more pro­tec­tion against high heat and UV rays. Con­sider car­ry­ing a travel-size leave-in con­di­tioner in your purse for those vi­tal spruce-ups to tame frizz and nour­ish your strands on-the-go. A tight, stressed scalp leads to un­healthy locks. With as many as 230 re­cep­tors per square cen­time­tre, the scalp is one of the most nerve-rich or­gans in the en­tire body. Sen­si­tive scalp is­sues such as ir­ri­ta­tion, itch­ing, and scal­ing is most un­pleas­ant and un­sightly, re­quir­ing im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion. TIP: “A healthy and nour­ished scalp is the key to real beauty,” says Mi­nako Ya­mamoto, fa­mous Ja­panese beauty guru. The sim­plest method is to mas­sage the scalp reg­u­larly, which is ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial in many ways. It in­creases blood cir­cu­la­tion and pro­motes hair growth. The gen­tle stim­u­la­tion also en­cour­ages lym­phatic drainage for the face, lead­ing to a health­ier, younger look­ing com­plex­ion. Try mas­sag­ing your scalp ev­ery night; this might even help you sleep bet­ter.


Diane von Fursten­berg Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

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