THE Van­ity FILES

Beauty ex­pert MATHAHLE STOFILE and hair guru DAVID GILLSON talk beauty sleep and hair trends

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY - David Gillson is mas­ter stylist and part­ner at Carl­ton Hair, Hyde Park

‘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.

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