They line the shelves in shop and salon – lotions and serums
claiming to repair split ends. How much can they actually do? ‘Hair is a dead
fibre, so once it splits, there is no way to bring it back to life and fix the
damage. A trim is the only permanent solution’, says stylist Eva Scrivo, author
of Eva Scrivo on Beauty (Atria Books). But repair products to offer a temporary
treatment. ‘By coating the hair shaft with ingredients like polymers and/or
silicones, they may help bind together broken ends till the next shampoo’, says
Dr Birnur Aral, director of health, beauty and environmental sciences at the US
Good Housekeeping Research Institute. And smoothing ends together works to
minimize frizz and jagged edges. Try our picks between salon visits: Pantene
Pro-V Slip End Repair Keratin Protection Crème and Avon Advance Technique 3D
Rescue Leave-in Treatment.
Help for Tired Skin
Winter skin needs a lot of TLC, and a weekly scrub will keep
skin flake-free and soft. We tested these:
Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub ($385)
has a fantastic spa fragrance and the granules left my skin feeling and looking
The Body Shop Olive Body Scrub ($115)
granules are coarse without being harsh and my skin felt moisturized and soft’.
Mama Mio O-Mega Body Buff ($395)
granules aren’t messy and allow for fuss-free application. My skin felt soft
Sorbet Cleaning Anti-oxidant Body Scrub ($36.99)
gentle scrub with a crisp “green” scent. My skin felt moisturized after using
Help for Tired
These fun zip files from Tweezerman ($54.95, Stuttafords and
Foschini) have a thumb slide to extent and control how much of the file you
want to use. Once you’re done you can retract the file to protect in from
breaking and bending.
Look what we found…
This wonder gel has impressive antibacterial and antifungal
properties, so keep a tub of Ozone Jojoba Topical Gel ($169, available at pharmacies
and health shops) in your desk drawer and bathroom cabinet for minor cuts,
burns or chafed skin.