The Telegraph
| Sunday, September 8, 2013 |

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Cosmetic cures

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 ?

Avantika

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.

TOP TIPS

• 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.


Niki Sawansukha
entrepreneur

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.