The Telegraph
| Sunday, September 8, 2013 |


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 ?


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.

Niki Sawansukha

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.