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  1. The 7 best hairstyles for women over 50

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    Now that salons are open again, you might be thinking about trying a drastic change of hairstyle. You might not be able to go out and show it off, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to look your best. If you are thinking about trying something bold and brave, this could be the best possible time to give it a trial run. Thanks to Salon Iris, you’ll be able to book an appointment with your favourite salon online, so no need to worry about calling or popping in.  Women in their 50s might be facing new hair challenges they have never faced before. They might start to see the first few greys appear, or...
  2. Why Women Experience Hair Loss and How To Prevent It

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    Is your hair beginning to look thinner? Are you finding more hair clogging your shower drain than usual? If so, you are not alone. Contrary to popular belief, it is not only men that are affected by hair loss. According to the NHS, 8 million women in the UK are experiencing it.   Nevertheless, it can be very upsetting when it occurs. It is extremely common to see bald men walking around, and there are countless male celebrity heartthrobs such as Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. With women, unfairly, it is far less accepted. With only a few notable exceptions, it is rare to see...
  3. How to cut and colour your hair in lockdown and what steps hair salons are taking to be safe when they reopen

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon In this episode of the Midlife Real Life Chat show, we asked Jason and Tony of Smith and Cullen in Windsor all of your pressing questions about hair, from how to look after it during the remainder of Lockdown (condition, cut and colour) to what we can expect when hairdressers reopen. A visit to the hair salon will be very different to how it was just a few months ago. This was a fun and informative session. I am joined again by fellow panellists make-up artist Jo Jewett and stylist and brand consultant Maggie McMillan. These are just some of the questions we asked: What is the best thing we can do for our hair in lockdown Is it OK to use home colour kits – will it affect how professional products will work later? Best way to cover roots – grey hair and blondes How to...
  4. Review of Color Wow Dream Coat

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have been wanting to try Color Wow Dream Coat for a while. It is described as a ‘Supernatural Spray’ that ‘Magically transforms texture amazing humidity-proofing powers’. I have naturally curly hair, which only has to be exposed to humidity for seconds when it takes on a life of its own. It is totally unmanageable. In the winter months I rarely go outdoors without a hat – in fact I think friends recognise my hats before they recognise me!! Not a great solution to minimise the impact of humidity in spring and summer. Color Wow Dreamcoat is a humidity sealant. Applied to towel dried after hair shampooing and conditioning, it is heat activated when you blow dry. On the instructions...
  5. Going Grey – the French Way!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve – a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian There used to be a saying:  French women don’t get older, they get blonder. And many French women do, get “blonder” with age. But, as is the case in many places, there are also many French women who choose to go grey. Sophie Fontanel, the famous French journalist from Elle magazine, decided to go grey and wrote a book about it. She found it not only liberating, but even a source of a new power and beauty. Choosing to go grey But, as ever, with the French, it is a question of choice. In France, choosing to go grey, like most other attributes, is capitalized upon, and used as a strength. Often silver hair is becomingly...
  6. Review of Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon We can get so caught up in trying all the new products that are being launched, that it can be easy to forget established products that do a great job. Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer is a haircare product I was first introduced to about fifteen years ago –  and it one I continue to use to this day –  it is one of my ‘must take’ products whenever I go on holiday to a sunny location! A pre-wash intensive conditioning treatment, Elasticizer was initially recommended to me following a disaster at the hairdresser’s where my hair had been over processed when I should have had a few subtle highlights. My hair was dry, and brittle.  A new hairdresser I visited to ‘rescue’ the...
  7. Review of Power Dry Me – can you reduce the time it takes to dry your hair by half?

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Far from slowing down, my life in my 50s seems to have speeded up. I have days when I feel as though I am living on roller skates, I fit so much in! I have long hair, although its not that thick. I used to get away with washing it every other day, but now that video zoom calls have taken over from phone calls , I feel the pressure to be ‘camera ready’ every day, which in my case means washing my hair pretty well daily. Any time saved is a bonus for me. I tried Power Dry Me, which claims to reduce the time it takes to dry your hair by 50%.  I timed how long it took me...
  8. What are the benefits of a silk pillowcase?

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon   I was introduced to silk pillowcases nearly a decade ago, primarily for the benefits it brings to haircare, but it also offers significant benefits to mature skin. A traditional pillowcase can create ‘drag’- both for hair and skin. If you sleep on your side, as you move during the night, friction is created as your face moves across the pillowcase surface, created sleep creases and over time, wrinkles. With a silk pillowcase, the smooth texture helps the skin to glide over the surface and also retain moisture and helps to reduce puffiness. Less friction so less tangling and breakage As we get older, our hair tends to become drier and more brittle. Again , sleeping on a traditional cotton...
  9. Our Guide To Beating Hairloss After 50

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    Our Guide To Beating Hairloss After 50 As we age, our hair can become more and more delicate, with easy breakage, fading colour and more. While the signs of ageing can’t be avoided, there are things you can do to help slow or solve them and hair loss is one of the easiest of them all. From adjusting your styling routine to opting for hair transplants if you are unhappy with your hair density, we’re taking a look at how you can beat hair loss after the big 5-0. Hair Loss Over 50 Unfortunately, losing hair is something that many of us will have to come to terms with as we grow older. While in some cases, baldness is hereditary and in others, it’s simply a result...
  10. Tips for looking after grey hair

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon with tips from Anabel Kingsley It’s a growing trend to stop colouring hair and letting the grey hair shine through. Social media is awash with images of celebrities and real women proudly showing their grey locks.   How attitudes have changed. I can remember my own mother handing me a pair of tweezers while she sat at her dressing table and instructing me to pluck out any grey hairs (she started to go grey in her mid to late 30s). This was done weekly. When the plucking became more severe and she realised that she was in danger of going bald – such was my enthusiasm to complete my task, she started to colour – only recently as...
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