THE Vanity FILES
Beauty expert MATHAHLE STOFILE and hair guru DAVID GILLSON talk beauty sleep and hair trends
‘WHEN WE’VE HAD TOO LITTLE SLEEP, THE PHYSICAL EFFECTS ARE OBVIOUS’ MAT SAYS… ‘Sleep your way to beauty’
DAVID SAYS… ‘Let’s hear it for the Lupita effect’ ‘IT’S SUCH A REFRESHING CHANGE TO SEE THIS RETURN TO ORIGINAL BEAUTY’
Currently, my greatest aspiration in life is a full night of uninterrupted sleep, as my baby still needs to feed every so often. I’ve always considered sleep to be one of the greatest joys in life; my favourite time of the day. In Arianna Huffington’s brilliant book, Thrive, there’s a chapter dedicated to the importance of sleep, titled ‘Sleep Your Way to the Top’. She puts it quite simply: ‘There’s practically no element in our lives that’s not improved by getting adequate sleep. And there is no element of life that’s not diminished by a lack of sleep.’ It made me think of so many successful people I’ve come across that confess suffering with insomnia or the inability to rest. I always wonder, how could they miss the irony of this? You’ve made all this money and power but can’t enjoy the simple, necessary things like sleep. How is this success and not torture?
In beauty, we know that when we’ve had too little sleep, the physical effects are obvious. We know that when we’ve had adequate sleep, we wake up with more energy, a cheerier mood and clearer skin. Looking down at my sleeping daughter, it is no wonder baby skin is as perfect as it is. I also get why she wakes up looking very content before cracking into a huge grin. Unlike other wonderfully delicious things, your body can’t really oversleep. It will always let you know when it has had enough by, well, waking you up. As sleep expert professor Till Roenneberg told The Washington Post, ‘We sometimes overeat, but we generally cannot oversleep. When we wake up unprompted, feeling refreshed, we have slept enough.’
If you are reading this and have no babies to keep you up at night, may I suggest you take the time in the evenings to really indulge in your evening beauty routine of cleansing, treating and moisturising. Do this just before you get your seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and watch your skin transform itself to its optimum condition. Sleep truly is probably the most underrated beauty and health habit we can all adopt.
Everybody’s talking about it. Perhaps it’s a movement, perhaps more of a rebellion. The spotlight is on black women embracing their natural hair and creating something larger and more significant than just a trend.
There has been a rise of women easing out their weaves and going back to their natural roots and, of course, embracing it. I call it the Lupita effect. Lupita Nyong’o is, after all, the poster girl for this look, after winning multiple awards and being the rst black beauty ambassador for Lancôme. It’s worth noting that, despite the obvious suggestions of extensions and weaves, she insisted on keeping her natural Afro in the campaign.
The fashion world has begun to welcome it too, with recent runway shows mirroring this trend. Dominican native Lineisy Montero stole the spotlight at Prada with her short-cropped Afro, joined by Karly Loyce at Céline, also wearing her look proudly. At Balenciaga, Mari Agory, Nykhor Paul and Ajak Deng all worked their close-cropped Afros. For years, Naomi Campbell’s straight extensions or Joan Smalls’ mid-length weaves were the look women aspired to. It’s such a refreshing change to see this return to original beauty. From a professional point of view, it’s a great thing to have a break from those damaging straighteners, chemicals and relaxers and why not take a break from time-consuming weaves and extensions? It may be just what your hair needs. My recommendation for athome maintenance is Davines Oi oil shampoo, conditioner and oil, which are best for adding sheen and manageability to natural hair.