Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

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Iwas 12 years old when I met my best friend Nadette. She was the pretty girl in the brown bub­ble skirt and match­ing crop top, with the glossi­est, thick­est and long­est hair I’d ever seen. I was a lit­tle star-struck.

Over the years, as our friend­ship grew, we had many things in com­mon: a well of use­less in­for­ma­tion about ’90s su­per­mod­els and a de­sire to work on a magazine (she as the pho­tog­ra­pher and me, the writer). We also shared the same choco­late brown hair. But my wispy, fine and frizzy lengths never quite com­pared to her mane, which was never shorter than her bra strap, some­times lay­ered, some­times with a fringe, but al­ways lush and thick. Nadette jokes that she was born with long hair, and I al­most be­lieve her.

Not all women are blessed with that lush­ness, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sud­den hair loss can be con­fi­dence-bust­ing. That’s why we spoke to a tri­chol­o­gist about strate­gies to pam­per your scalp to get your health­i­est head of hair in ‘Scalp truths’. And if chem­i­cal treat­ments and ex­ces­sive heat-styling have caused break­age, we’ve got help in ‘11 Rules for healthy hair’.

When it comes to our friend­ship, I can chart our his­tory through new hair tech­nolo­gies: Nadette was my big­gest cheer­leader the first time I had a bionic straight­en­ing treat­ment, wait­ing to see if my hair would still come out straight af­ter a shower (it did). She was the first per­son I knew to re­quest om­bré colour long be­fore it was fash­ion­able, and she told me about ker­atin treat­ments be­fore they hit our shores.

Some­times, the re­la­tion­ship with our locks is not as clear cut as our friend­ships. SA stars de­scribe theirs in one word in ‘Coif­fure con­fi­den­tial’. How would you de­fine yours? Hope­fully, af­ter you’ve worked through this is­sue and found in­spi­ra­tion to try a new colour, a great cut or a de­sire to em­brace your own tex­ture, only one word will spring to mind: love!

2000 My best friend Nadette and me with glossy, brunette locks.

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