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.

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Beauty Hair.

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:

1.    Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub ($385)

      It’s has a fantastic spa fragrance and the granules left my skin feeling and looking revitalised’.

2.    The Body Shop Olive Body Scrub ($115)

      The granules are coarse without being harsh and my skin felt moisturized and soft’.

3.    Mama Mio O-Mega Body Buff ($395)

      ‘The granules aren’t messy and allow for fuss-free application. My skin felt soft afterwards’.

4.    Sorbet Cleaning Anti-oxidant Body Scrub ($36.99)

      ‘A gentle scrub with a crisp “green” scent. My skin felt moisturized after using it!’

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Help for Tired Skin

Thumbs up!

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.

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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.

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Ozone Jojoba Topical Gel

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