For the last year and a half, I have taken a photo of myself almost every day using an app to track my hair growth. I started three months after chemo finished, which is why I look like a baby chick in the initial pics. I also went make-up free in all the photos so that I could track my eyelash and eyebrow growth - a whole year of no make-up selfies, if you will.
The last time a professional did my make-up (and I use that term loosely), I came off looking like a very grumpy doll on amphetamines. The hair was too fixed, my eyelashes had been
teased yanked into curly spiders and the make-up enshrined my face in a layer of powder, blush and lipstick that screamed: I am so ugly I need this much make-up to hide what I truly look like.
It's bikini weather and the world cup is happening in Brazil. How could I resist? Here's ten things you need to know before you get a Brazillian.
For thousands of years, beauty, status and wealth have been measured by the length, color and celebrity appeal of the follicular crown. A glossy mane symbolizes strength, health and vitality. Follicle worshipping has become the norm all over the world, and humans undergo daily grooming rituals to appease the Bedhead Gods.
Many people struggle with their Summer holiday beauty look. When you are lying by the pool, on or the beach in the sun, you want to feel comfortable and look flawless.
I've been a hairdresser for over twenty years and in that time, working across the TV and music business as well as magazines with the likes of Lady Gaga and Chris Martin, I have had the pleasure (usually) to run my hands through the hair of quite a few famous faces...or should I say heads!
We have come to directly associate beauty with appearance over time, so that now no one would use the word to praise somebody's personality. Maybe that is the starting point, each of us this week need to use the word when talking about something non physical. We need to reclaim the word, something marvellous, amazing, outstanding. We need to close our eyes and see the beauty.
Traditionally body image hang-ups have been widely accepted as something of a 'women's problem.' However, over the past decade, there has been a growing trend of men becoming increasingly body anxious and insecure.
It is a complete myth that baldness is inherited from only the mother's side of the family. You hair future is determined by genes from both sides of your family and you have likely ended up with some mix of your parents' hair genes.
So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.
Collagen is found in a whole host of products at the moment. It's all about regenerating your epidermis, plumping and hydrating the skin and it's never too early to start using it. Elemis the brand behind the products used by 5.7 million spa visitors every year have their own Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.
If you've been longing to slip into a little black dress and feel confident and sexy when you do so, check out our seven quick steps that will help you tone, sculpt and banish unwanted bulges. Our top tips will reveal quick exercises you can do regularly so that you can transform your body without having to spend hours working out...
For many women one of the pleasures of ageing is that it frees them from the need to continually monitor and police their appearance. What a relief: bring on the elasticated waistbands and sensible shoes, they cry! But if 50 is the new 30, 60 the new 40, etc etc, they're doomed to eternal self-scrutiny. How to look hot at 100? The very prospect gives them a migraine.
When I was born, my parents offered me to our childless neighbours (accepted practice in rural Taiwan fifty years ago). They rejected me saying "I was too dark, skinny and ugly!" Straight talkers us Chinese. It's ironic then that my whole professional life has been devoted to expressions of beauty.
I hope there never comes a time when my daughter suffers from self doubt due to her appearance or feels the need to surgically 'enhance' her incredibly perfect self. There is much more pressure in the world she's growing up in than I had to deal with, and I will do what I can to equip her to have confidence in herself, as she is
It got me thinking...in a world where we are bombarded by the latest anti aging beauty products at every corner, often at exorbitant prices, could the secret to eternal youth really be in something as simple as meditation?