Bridgette Jones has the most effective hair and make-up tricks up her sleeve
I am a 25-year-old woman. I recently travelled abroad and purchased an artificial hairpiece in order to give my hair extra length and volume. But now after having used it for a month I find it looking dull and shabby. How can I maintain it ?
Hairpieces, whether made from real or synthetic hair, must be carefully treated if they are to give good service. To keep it hygienic, regular cleaning must be done. The more often a hairpiece is worn, the more it is going to require a good cleaning. A hairpiece that is constantly worn should be cleaned at least fortnightly, if not weekly.
Here are some general tips about handling a hairpiece that should come handy:
• Avoid using sharp combs and brushes as it can damage the texture of the hair on the hairpiece.
• Modern synthetic fibres may be set and blow-dried. Some may even take heated rollers and tonging. Avoid very high temperature to curl or wave the hair.
• Synthetic hair may be washed with shampoo and should be rinsed in cold water.
• Remove any excess water by gently shaking the hairpiece and allowing it to dry preferably in the open air.
• When dry, styling can be carried out.
• Remember that too much brushing or combing can loosen the fibres.
• Finish off with a serum for shine and a smooth look.
• Always point the airflow of the hair dryer down the hair shaft to smooth the cuticle and encourage shine.
• Too light a hair colour can make the hair appear thinner.
• Avoid rubbing, pulling or stretching wet hair.
• Always wash your brush and comb when you shampoo the hair.
I consider myself really lucky to be blessed with normal skin and don't need to do much to maintain it. When it comes to make-up I try to keep it as minimal as I can. For kajal and gloss, my pick would have to be M.A.C as the make-up lasts longer and has a very good finish too. For compact and blush-on, I prefer Chambor as the shades not only blend well with my skin making it look natural, but the products from the brand also suit my skin. For my hair, I use Sunsilk shampoo and massage my scalp regularly with almond and castor oil. I also make it a point to go for regular hair spas, manicures and pedicures.