Wow Fac­tors!

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - FROM THE EDITOR - Sally Emery, EDI­TOR

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….

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