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