Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Beauty, Hair

Are you using the right brush for your hair type?

We spend so much money on visits to the hair salon and products to make our hair shinier, bouncier, fuller and silkier but often neglect the most fundamental tool in hair care – the right brush.

Finding the right brush and comb for your hair type is vital for healthy and damage-free hair.  Ask your hair stylist what is the right type and brand for you and in the meantime here are a few quick tips for a beautiful mane:

Detangle:  Tangle Teezers have become a beauty icon – twenty are sold every minute worldwide.  This is the ultimate brush to detangle hair with minimal breakage or damage.  Suitable for all hair types, wet or dry.  Also available are a blow out and finishing brush which provides a 3-step routine for ‘salon-beautiful’ hair.

Combing Wet Hair:  Most hair experts say the best way to detangle wet hair to minimise damage and breakage is by using your fingers and applying a detangling cream or serum.  For those of us who like to use a comb, a wide tooth comb (or a Tangle Teezer) is the next best option.  Start combing from the bottom working your way up in short strokes.

Fine to Medium Hair:  A boar-bristle brush helps to stimulate the scalp and distribute oils evenly through the hair whilst brushing.  Great for a soft, brushed-out texture on dry hair.

Mixed Bristle Paddle Brush:  This brush is in every hair stylist’s bag and if you can afford it, the Mason Pearson brush is the holy grail of hair brushes.  The nylon bristles comb through the hair easily whilst boar bristles create a soft texture leaving hair shiny and silky.  Judging by it’s appearance on the ‘best-ever beauty products’ list every year, the Mason Pearson brush is worth every single penny.

Mixed Bristle Round Brush:  Easy to use for those of us who are not Vidal Sassoon, the mixed bristles glide through the hair easily and create a soft and smooth texture.

Boar Bristle:  Since the 1800’s boar bristle brushes have long been used to create shiny and bouncy hair.  Reported to reduce frizz, improve hair texture, stimulate the scalp and reducing the use of styling products and shampooing frequency.  Recommended for fine to medium hair.

Flat Paddle Brush:  Recommended for long hair and detangling thick hair.

Detangling Curly Hair:  Other than the Tangle Teezer, the Ouidad Double Detangler is the curly hair’s BBF.  Available at

Teasing Brush:  If it’s height you’re after, for best volume ditch the teasing comb and use a multi-level boar bristle or mixed bristle brush instead.

[Image Credit:  Twiggy photographed by Richard Avedon, Paris 1968.  Hair by Ara Gallant]

Beauty Info, left to right clockwise:  Tangle Teezer $29.95,; David Jones Beauty wide tooth comb $6.95,; Rock and Ruddle small boar bristle brush $44.95, Beauty gold-tone brush $105 and gold-tone comb $50,; Ouidad Double Detangler approx $50,;  Cricket Amped Up multi-level teasing brush $5.95, Pearson Popular Pure Bristle and Nylon brush $275,;  GHD Paddle Brush,

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Beauty, Hair, Make Up

Though you may be making a bold fashion statement at this year’s Spring Racing Carnival (see my fashion post, a pretty and polished approach to makeup and hair is the most flattering option for the over-40 woman regardless of age or skin tone (especially if you’re heading trackside in the bright sunlight).

Take inspiration from Halle, Nicole or Sharon with soft yet strong makeup (especially brows) in hues of nude, rose, violet, brown and grey and repeat the look for Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks or Stakes Day.  

Start your makeup routine with a radiant primer to ensure makeup lasts the day and finish off with the important pièce de résistance to race-day beauty – an all-over sun-kissed glow.

Style N.B.:  Need help with your race day outfit?  It’s not too late. Book one of my Spring Promo ‘Race Day Mini Style Sessions’ and I’ll help you find that perfect race-day outfit in no time.  Go to my Facebook page for more info.

Beauty Edit:  L’oréal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer $29.95,; Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Oil Free Foundation $72,; Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Multiflash $40,; Maybelline Full’N’Soft Mascara, www.; Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Pink $75,; Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Sandwash Pink $46,

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Beauty, Celebrity Style, Hair, Make Up, Red Carpet

The most popular beauty look from the Emmys 2016 is also the most adaptable.  Full lashes and nude lips are so flattering, and oh-so easy to master, for women of all ages.

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Balanced Beauty, Beauty, Hair, Make Up

This week in my Women of Style series on I’m featuring 49 year-old French Vogue Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Holt.  Known for her cool and understated style – usually consisting of black jeans and an elegant blazer – Alt is not a fan of affectation; rare of someone in such an esteemed fashion job.

Her approach to beauty is even more understated than her wardrobe – a great haircut, minimal, if no, makeup and a natural golden glow (obtained from a great bronzer).  Alt maintains she never exercises, doesn’t drink, smoke or drink coffee (surely a crime in her native France) but does love to eat well.

Alt is regularly photographed with no makeup and messy hair, which she manages to pull off very well (must be that ‘French woman’ thing) and when she does ‘dress up’ it’s usually just a whisk of eyeliner and mascara and a pink/nude lip.

Not one for cosmetic enhancements of any kind, Alt is comfortable in her own skin and makes her more beautiful in my book.

Get Alt’s look with a few 5-star beauty products:

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Balanced Beauty, Beauty, Hair, Make Up

My fashion post this week ‘Style Redux: The Puffer Jacket’, showcases how the fashion elite have turned the once-mocked puffer jacket into one of winter’s style stars.  Now that the puffer has entered into the realms of high fashion, turn up the beauty volume to add polish and glamour to puffer style.  Grab inspiration from these celebs – add a fedora-style hat like Salma, a chic beanie like Kylie, sleek hair and bold lips like Angelina or tousled pony like Julianne.

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Balanced Beauty, Beauty, Hair

I recently read an article in the New York Times in which Elle MacPherson conveys her beauty tips.  In the article she credits her London based hairdresser Josh Wood for keeping her hair colour ‘looking modern and relevant’ and ‘strong and natural’.

Elle perfectly describes the secret to great hair as we age – keeping it modern and relevant.  Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you can’t have great hair in your 40s, 50s and beyond.  Too many times I see women with what I describe as the ‘granny haircut’ or with colouring that is too dark – or light – for their skin tone.  Very aging.

Many hairdressers agree that the secret to the most flattering haircolour in over-40 women is to stay as close to your natural hair colour and skin tone as possible.  That doesn’t mean a boring one colour – look at Salma Hayek and Halle Berry’s ombre tips or Elle’s golden highlights.

In terms of hair cut, women are no longer settling for those old-fashioned rules about hairstyle as we age.  Love your long hair?  Great.  Just ensure the cut is perfect and visit your hairdresser regularly to remove split ends.  Want a short ‘do’.  Fabulous.  Copy Robyn Wrenn’s edgy and modern chop.

Like Elle, you too can have a hairstyle and colour that is modern and relevant.  Sure it takes more effort but great hair can take years off your face – I for one am a fan of that concept!