MAT SAYS… ‘Mind your hairline’
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’