So another year has passed, as many of us stay up til the wee hours of morn and party hard to celebrate the new year. And like many of you, when I awake groggily (some more than others) on the 1st of January 2012, I will resolve that this will be the year that I learn Italian, stop spending so much, start saving and go to the gym everyday (and not just to check out the hot guys). A new year for a new and improved me. I don’t know about you guys – but for me, it’s really not all that different to what I said I would do on January 1st last year…and possibly the one before. For all said above, I can only hope I fare better this year. However, if your new year’s resolution is to grow some seriously enviable, lusciously long locks OR to grow out those (let’s be honest) completely unflattering home-cut bangs; that far-too-short, spur-of-the-moment bob; or that Emma-Watson-esque pixie cut you thought you could pull off… then I am here to help, with some tips and tricks on how to care better for your hair, and encourage it to grow healthily.
FACT: on average, hair grows ½ inch each month – so that’s 6 inches in a year.
Although this figure varies from person to person (based on factors such as genetics, age and health), for most, it is generous, if anything. This is the natural growth rate of your hair, and it is not possible to naturally make your hair grow any faster. Sadly, we can’t do anything to change our genes or age. So our job is to ensure our bodies and our locks are in optimum health to make sure by the 1st January 2013, we have that extra 6 inches!
Cliché, I know, but incontestably true: if you’re healthy on the inside, your healthy glow will be reflected on the outside (hello glossy locks!).
So, this year, resolve to start drinking plenty of water. You may have doubted your biology teacher’s knowledge and competency, but they weren’t actually kidding when they said water makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water, so it is essential for good health. It is recommended that we try to drink about 2 litres a day – that’s 8-9 glasses of water.
Try to establish a healthy, regular sleeping cycle (minimise those all-nighters) to ensure you get at least 8 hours of sleep a day; and incorporate a variety of colourful fresh fruits and vegetables. You could also start eating a “hair, skin and nails” supplement, which can be found in the multivitamin and supplements sections of most pharmacies. Whichever you choose, the idea is to give your body the nutrients it needs to support healthy hair growth.
How to Properly Care for Your Hair
I know. You’ve been washing your hair all on your own since the age of 3, but think of these tips as a refresher course to check you’re caring for your hair as best as you can.
Using warm water for shampooing your hair is best – it helps to open up the hair cuticle so that you can clean out all the trapped dirt and oil. But not too hot, otherwise you might also risk stripping away all the natural oils of your hair, leaving your scalp dry and prone to dandruff. Another tip to avoid drying out your scalp is to only wash your hair every second day.
When lathering your hair, be gentle, you already naturally shed hair each day, but you don’t want to lose any more than necessary! When conditioning, take the time to comb the conditioner through your hair to ensure your hair is conditioned thoroughly from root to tip, and massage it into your scalp. This will not only help to moisturise your scalp, but the massaging action will also stimulate blood flow to your scalp, and therefore encourage hair growth. Leave the conditioner in for up to 5 minutes if possible. But, I know we’re busy people and not everyone (I know I can’t) can always afford to wait 5 minutes before rinsing your hair; so just leave it in for as long as you can. I suggest shampooing and applying conditioner first when you hop into the shower. Then after you’ve applied conditioner, twist your hair and pile it on top of your head to keep it out of the way while you wash the rest of yourself. Then, rinse out the conditioner lastly, just before you get out.
Conversely, it is better to rinse out conditioner with cool water – this will rinse out excess product without completely stripping all the moisture from your freshly-conditioned hair. It will also help to close the hair cuticle – giving you nice shiny hair (score!).
Well, I can’t give all my secrets away all at once! So that’s it for Part 1 of my new hair care series; look out for Part 2 in about a week. Until then, I wish you all the best for the year ahead, and good luck especially with your hair 🙂
”Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”
-Bill Cunningham, in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York
As an often fashion-deprived poor soul living in Wellington, New Zealand, the number of people wearing puffer jackets constantly depresses me. They belong in the same category as ugg-boots, ie. not to be worn outside the house unless your dog has just died and you are incapable of doing anything other than clutching the bag of dog food and bawling your eyes out. After seeing the movie, Bill Cunningham New York, (which I highly recommend by the way) about an on-the-street fashion photographer who takes photos of anyone who catches his eye, I was even sadder at the contrast between your average New-Yorker and your average Wellingtonian:
While puffer jackets may be warm, convenient, and comfortable, they are not in any way flattering, fashionable or interesting. I just wish people would try a little harder! Is that too much to ask?
BUT: that doesn’t mean to say that I am going to give up on fashion and become a puffer-jacketed, Supré-wearing clone. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – hearing Bill’s story I’ve realised that you never know who might be watching…
…And that is WHAT ROSIE LIKES.
Hellooo everyone! I am ever-so-sorry that it has been far too long since anything was published on Perdu Dans L’armoire so to reward your faithfulness I would like introduce you to my friend and thrifty fashionista Rosie.
The following post was penned by the affable Rosie Marsland… Welcome to a new series on the blog: WHAT ROSIE LIKES.
Hey anyone who’s out there, I’m Rosie, a 17-year-old Wellingtonian with a fetish for op-shops and Darren Criss. Forced into a floor-length hideous uniform Monday to Friday, my fashion sense is ready to explode by the weekend. I always try to be creative with my outfits, because you never know who’s watching…
Dress, scarf, belt, boots: Opportunity for Animals. Hat: Harry J White. Socks: Glassons. Bracelet: Gold Ore Silver Mine.
I spend every Saturday volunteering at the secondhand shop, Opportunity for Animals. Admittedly, this involves working all day in a mothball-y, dingy shop, wading through sacks of pilled Supré cast-offs and dealing with occasionally creepy customers…
BUT the rewards are great. Namely, bags and bags of vintage, preloved clothes. Oh, and I get to spend all day with one of my best friends, talking about general life and laughing at aforementioned creepy customers. At 3pm, Lucy and I close the doors, pull in the sign and bring out our pile of garments that have “potential”, collected throughout the day. What ensues is like a speeded up shopping spree that takes place in just one shop, Lucy and I pull clothes on and off at high speed, making ruthless and brutal comments about the other like, “you look middle-aged” and “way too Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”.
(Not a look either of us wants.)
By 4pm, we’ve each created a “yes” and a “no” pile, which then get hauled home in plastic bags (Lucy generally goes for a rubbish bag while I have a supermarket bag or two). And while admittedly a fair amount of the garments get taken back the next week upon reconsideration and our mothers’ opinions (often even crueller than our own), it’s not like we had to pay for them, right?
This weekly process allows me to keep my outfits fresh, steer clear of same-dress-chain-store dilemmas and have an ever-expanding wardrobe, at no cost at all. I can’t believe how lucky I am sometimes, and I’m pretty sure my situation is once-in-a-lifetime. But even if you don’t work there, your local op shop is always a good place to drop by every now and then, because you never know what you might find. Some of my finds need a bit of DIY-ing (the dress I’m wearing above was originally floor length) and I supplement my wardrobe with accessories and such from mainstream stores, but even so, 99% of my wardrobe is proudly op-shopped (testified by the above outfit, 5 out of 7 items are preloved). Anyway, welcome to my series on Perdu Dans L’Amoire: WHAT ROSIE LIKES.
Rachael and I arrived in Sydney yesterday so I decided to compile a list of my top 3 highlights of the day. Enjoy!
1. Getting Lost: Okay, so most people *coughrachaelcough* don’t enjoy getting lost, I on the other hand relish the opportunity to discover hidden parts of a city. On our way to Circular Quay we somehow ended up near The Rocks causing us to
suffer enjoy a lengthy walk to our desired destination. However, positives of this included walking under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and having a fantastic photo opportunity of the Sydney Opera House
2. Shopping: What would a trip to Sydney be with0ut hitting the shops? Rather depressing. After our “lengthy walk” Rachael and I decided to do some retail therapy to sooth our aching feet. And yes, posing with mannequins is an essential part of the sydney shopping experience. I love the quotes on the stairs in the first photograph… “anyone who thinks sunshine is pure happiness, has never gone shopping.”
3. The Cupcake Bakery: If you ever visit Sydney The Cupcake Bakery is most definitely a “must visit” eatery, the bakery has a small and homy feel, is easy to locate (it’s in the city centre – George Street!) and has millions of different cupcakes to choose from (well almost :P) Rachael brought a Sticky Date Cupcake for her mum (which she lost at a later point, that girl never ceases to amaze me :P) and I purchased a Vanilla Vanilla Cupcake for
myself my dad of course. Unfortunately due to transportation issues I had to do the nobel deed and eat the cupcake. After getting large amounts of Vanilla icing in my hair I can attest that “the devil tastes like vanilla”.
And that concludes my highlights from yesterday. 🙂
WHAT I WORE.
Top, Country Road. Jumper, Survival. Shorts, Valleygirl. Beret, Sportsgirl. Shoes, Converse.
I hope everyone is having amazing holidays!
Just wanted to share with you the Top 3s on my Jaw-Droppingly-Gorgeous and Most Tragically Dressed lists. Let’s begin!
LOCK UP YOUR HUSBANDS – and heck – LOCK UP YOUR WIVES. Nina Dobrev is red hot in a Donna Karan gown and Brian Atwood pumps, with a simple (yet glamourous) smokey eye and nude lip – not that you can look past that dangerously hot dress, that fits her amazing physique like a glove. That’s it. It’s official. My boyfriend is banned from watching The Vampire Diaries.
We all know that Kelly Osbourne has had her share of fashion mishaps, and body woes – but she looked breathtaking in a spectacular floor-length gown by J Mendel, with an elegant French roll to flatter her gorgeous drop earrings. Bravo Kells – you look amazing.
Another girl who embraced the red frock was Glee‘s Lea Michele, in a fitted Marchesa gown, cutting a striking silhouette. The rosette sleeves are darling, as is the entire ensemble – if not a tad simple and safe.
You know, it’s a special type of skill to be able to fake a muffin top. We all know health-freak Gwyneth Paltrow has one of the fittest bodies in Hollywood, but this Pucci gown just isn’t working for me. The phrase ‘deranged belly dancer’ comes to mind. I’m sorry Gwyn.
With a face and body like Heidi Klum‘s, it’s true – you can pull of anything. But that’s no reason why you SHOULD. Wearing a Christian Siriano dress, it’s good to see her supporting the past Project Runway winner… but critics agree that they miss the days when she used to grace the red carpet in exquisitely divine floor-length gowns. And for goodness sake, make your man button up his shirt! Please!
Oh Christina. There is no doubt that busty redhead of Mad Menfame, has a great figure, with va-va-voom curves – which she flauts in a custom Johanna Johnson gown. But really, just once – I’d love to see Miss Christina Hendricks on the red carpet with something not V-necked. With her look-me-in-the-eye cleavage on display, you can hardly notice the amazing beadwork of that gown. Such a shame.
Just because they’re awesome 🙂