MAT SAYS… ‘Mind your hair­line’

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

Ihave al­ways wanted a widow’s peak. The rst woman whose beauty ever took my breath away had a very sharp and pre­cise one. Her hair was cut very short and kept in its nat­u­ral coil. She was wear­ing lip­stick and I had no idea who she was.

I now know that a hair­line can truly change a per­son’s face (for bet­ter or worse). It de­ter­mines how high your fore­head ap­pears, which can sig­nif­i­cantly al­ter your face’s ap­pear­ance. As luck would have it, I have a high fore­head and re­ally weak and unde ned hair­line. When I think of a bril­liant widow’s peak, anessa Wil­liams and Rachel Weisz come to mind. Both strik­ingly beau­ti­ful and sexy women, I can’t help but give credit to their very well de ned hair­lines with sharp points go­ing down at a very pre­cise mid­dle.

Many of us suf­fer from re­ced­ing hair­lines as a re­sult of trac­tion alope­cia due to braids and weaves. This is when the ner hairs along your hair­line no longer grow due to pulling and tight hair­styles. The only way to get these hair fol­li­cles work­ing again is con­tin­u­ous, rm scalp mas­sages (about 15 min­utes at a time fo­cus­ing on the af­fected area) us­ing a hair oil (castor oil is great for this). Do this re­li­giously two to three times a week. It is time-con­sum­ing and not prac­ti­cal for many peo­ple, but it is ef­fec­tive.

If you have a healthy hair­line, fo­cus on work­ing with the tex­ture of your hair and not against it. Fewer chem­i­cals, less pulling and stretch­ing and min­i­mal heat ap­pli­ca­tion can all go a long way to­wards pre­serv­ing a healthy hair­line. African hair, es­pe­cially, needs all the mois­ture it can get – pro­tect your hair by seal­ing in clean wa­ter with oil. The best way I have found to do this is to wet it, pat it damp and ap­ply castor oil. If you are go­ing to plait or braid your hair, be very gen­tle, es­pe­cially around the hair­line as that is where hair is nest and weak­est.

‘FO­CUS ON WORK­ING WITH THE TEX­TURE OF YOUR HAIR AND NOT AGAINST IT’

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