The festive season can take its toll on our appearance, and whereas the main focus is often on shedding those few extra kilos we’ve gained, paying attention to other features like our hair, face and hands can make us look and feel instantly better. Here, VIDA rounds up a dream team of beauty professionals who give their advice on how you can look great for the new year.
Lara Steer is the hairstylist for VIDA and Pink magazine and part owner of dSalon. Having won the Best Hairstylist Award at the Malta Fashion Awards, and been to New York and Berlin to represent Malta for Wella at the International Wella Awards, Lara brings her experience to VIDA to give you tips on caring for your hair.
If our hair doesn’t look good, we don’t look good, and as a result we don’t feel good. Clients often tell me, “If my hair isn’t done… nothing seems right!” This proves how important it is to care for your hair. Here are some of my top tips to make your hair look and feel great:
- Ask your hairstylist to recommend the right professional products for your hair. Buy a good shampoo and a hair mask. Like your skin, your hair needs to be cleansed and treated to look its best. Get into the habit of enjoying a salon treatment designed specifically for your hair type. Those who heat style their hair regularly should do this at least once every two weeks to infuse moisture and strength.
- Avoid using too much heat on your hair and get a Brazilian treatment. If you’re one of many Maltese women with dry, coarse hair that requires heat to style, getting a Brazilian treatment only takes around an hour and you’ll enjoy the smooth hydrated effect for around four months. A Brazilian treatment smoothens out, de-frizzes and hydrates your hair as well as builds up hair strength, boosts shine and gives it a silky texture.
- If you hate your big hair, don’t suffer in silence. Get a thermal straightening system done and you won’t believe your eyes – it will be transformed into the wash-and-go silky smooth straight hair of your dreams. This treatment takes three to four hours but you can enjoy the results permanently.
- Book a colour appointment at a professional salon at least every two months. Don’t be afraid of a subtle change every now and then – you’ll be surprised how good it will make you feel. This season’s top hair colours are rich auburns and vibrant copper shades, which really suit paler complexions. Alternatively, ask for a dip dye or soft caramel ombre that is fashionable and fun. A few lowlights can also dazzle your colour and enhance your eyes!
- If you love long hair, you need to have it trimmed at least every three months for it to grow strong. Having said that, the current fashionable hair length is a flirty versatile midlength that can be styled in different ways. If you like to stand out, a textured bob with an undercut is really on trend, or a Vidal Sassoon-style sixties bowl cut in a vibrant colour. A great haircut instantly brings out your features and will have you walking with confidence, so never put your salon visits aside!
Diane Nikolic is one of Malta’s leading makeup artists and beauty therapists, working with TV personalities, on fashion shows and shoots, music videos, singers and dancers. Having 25 years of experience within the beauty industry, Diana brings her wealth of knowledge to VIDA, as she shares her top ten beauty tips that will have you facing the New Year looking your very best!
- Drink plenty of water and eat your fruit and vegetables; all those vitamins help your skin look and feel better.
- Using a skincare product containing vitamin A is proven to help slow down the signs of ageing.
- Use your skin care products every morning and evening. Having them sit on your bathroom shelf looking pretty is not going to give you better skin. Using skincare products containing vitamin A is proven to slow down the signs of aging.
- Use a good hydrating night mask at least once a week if you have dry skin – there are masks you can sleep with nowadays that won‘t scare anyone at night as they disappear into the skin.
- Looking good is feeling good, so try to find five minutes a day to put on some makeup. A little mascara, some highlighter under your eyes and lip gloss can make a big difference, and you don’t have to be an expert – it‘s easy and you can look good in minutes.
- An orange tinted concealer or foundation can help tone down under-eye dark circles.
- A thick concealer under the eyes can make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent, so use a highlighter or illuminator. They are light in texture and do not create creasing, plus they also contain special particles that attract light, thus giving you a bright and fresh natural look.
- Avoid using lots of powder on dry mature skin – this tends to make wrinkles look deeper.
- Avoid purple or brown lipstick if you have olive skin, as they can make you look drawn, tired and lifeless. Instead, use pink tones or bright colors to give your skin a more radiant glow.
- Eyebrow shaping is essential. A bad eyebrow shape can change your expression and make you look less attractive. Nowadays you can find eyebrow experts who will shape your eyebrows accordingly and can bring out the best shape for your face.
Cherisse Mizzi is a fully qualified VTCT Nail Technician with nine years of experience within the industry, based at The Nail Lounge in Mosta. She offers a wide range of professional nail services such as gel and acrylic extensions, refills, manicures and pedicures among others. With the cold weather in full force, Cherisse shows you how to keep your hands soft this winter.
Hands are often one of the neglected body parts of our usual beauty regime. We give importance to our face, eyes, lips and even eyebrows, but not hands. It’s generally believed that hands are meant for hard work and are not to be pampered. Whereas it is true that hard work is essential, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take care of our hands.
Beautiful, smooth and supple hands not only add to overall beauty but are also an indicator of general health and hygiene. Constant neglect and pollution do take their toll on hands, and as a result they can become rough and flaky, losing all their moisture. One way of preventing this and taking care of our hands is to give them a paraffin treatment.
One marked property of paraffin wax is that it is capable of holding on to heat for a long time. It uses this property to improve blood circulation within both the muscles and the skin of the hands, as a result improving the skin tone and relaxing tired and tense muscles.
During the treatment, hands are placed inside a bath of paraffin wax and taken out. The wax turns solid and begins to transfer heat to the hands, rehydrating and moisturising them. It also opens up pores and helps to treat aches and stiffness on the part of the body where it is used. Paraffin hand and nail treatment has proven to be effective for healing stiffness in the joints and pain caused by arthritis, osteoarthritis and bursitis. It can relax tired hands, and is particularly suitable for hands with extremely flaky and dry skin. Even individuals with skin conditions like eczema can benefit immensely from paraffin hand treatment.