I DON’T KNOW why a good blow-dry makes me feel like I can conquer almost anything, I just know that it does. One of the best beauty gifts I’ve received came from my hairdresser many years ago when she didn’t blow-dry my hair after my cut. Instead, she handed me the brush (which I, of course, bought immediately afterwards – you need one with a ceramic barrel so it holds the heat) and hairdryer and stood behind me, instructing me exactly how to blow-dry my own hair to make it look its best. I felt like I’d been handed the hairdresser’s Secret Code; up until then I believed I needed six hands, 10 brushes and double-jointed arms just to make my hair look presentable.
I saw the power of the do in action last Sunday when I was at Carlton Hair. I noticed every single woman’s face light up in that moment when the hairdresser stood behind her with a hand mirror and she saw the full effect of expert colour, a great cut and a bouncy blow out. I even heard one woman remark that her new look was a turning point for her, that she was going to put the angst of the past few months behind her… (the details of which I overheard because you know that hair salons are the capital of oversharing ).
A good hairstyle, however, needs healthy hair, and on page 38 the experts share their simple but highly effective tips for caring for your hair, so that you can look wow.
This issue we’re adding wow to other aspects of your life too, from your home – I know you’re itching to take a look at all of décor guru Vicki Sleet’s clever home-makeover tips – to your wardrobe (perfectly fitting jeans for your body) and your meal times.
I had my first poke bowl a couple of months ago – all that fresh, healthy deliciousness made me silly happy. The great thing is they are really so easy to prepare at home once you know how – and that’s exactly what we show you with our step-by-step guide on page 88.
And because we’re longing for a holiday in the sun far away (the Christmas break already feels like a lifetime ago) we’ve got a fabulous collection of recipes that are basically a plated version of your best holiday memories: paella, parmigiana, fattoush… turn to page 96 and plan your next food journey.
I can’t sign off without mentioning the biggest wow of all – our gorgeous cover with Reese Witherspoon and her daughter, Ava. This photo really makes me smile. One of my biggest joys as a parent is seeing my son and daughter growing into adults I like (love is always a given) and admire, and that’s the feeling I get when I look at this photo too. Read our interview with Reese on page 18. She talks family, home and beauty, and why she’s no longer nervous about giving dinner parties – now she puts the emphasis on joy and happiness rather than perfection.
Here’s to a happy April, and if you’ve got a hair appointment scheduled, try to nudge your hairdresser into sharing some secrets with you too….