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No matter your age or nationality, your hair will always play a role in how attractive you feel. This section can help you keep your hair looking both lustrous and wonderful.

Great hair is more than just a sign of beauty – it’s also an indicator of how things are going on the inside. See our expert advice on how to get your hair in top shape in the Healthy Hair page. If styling your hair is usually the last thing on your list on a busy morning – read on. These hairstyling tips will help you get out the door looking great in virtually no time.

With all the options out there, choosing the right hair colour can seem like a daunting process. Experiment with our virtual colour guide to find the exact shade and tone that’s right for your hair. Whether you’re in your teens or in your fifties, go to the Hair Styles For Different Ages page for some of the best cuts and styles that will help you feel attractive at any age.

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Hair that is healthy and lustrous can do wonders for how you look and feel.  See our expert tips on how to get your hair in top shape:

  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type: There’s something on the market for every hair type. If you have curly or coarse hair, go for a frizz-minimising and softening shampoo. If you dye your hair, use a shampoo designed for colour-treated hair. If your hair is damaged or chemically treated, consider a “2-in-1” shampoo.
  • Eat the right foods for hair health: Make sure you are getting enough iron and protein in your diet – both of which are crucial for healthy hair. Essential fatty acids, vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid are also important to your hair.
  • Concentrate shampoo on the scalp: The American Academy of Dermatology advises washing the scalp primarily with shampoo, rather than the entire length of hair. Washing only the hair may lead to flyaway hair that is dull and coarse.
  • Let your hair air-dry: Allow your hair to dry by itself instead of using a blow-dryer or hot rollers. Using artificial modes of drying will make your hair more brittle and dry. If you’re short on time, then use a blow-dryer sparingly and make sure you have it on the lowest temperature setting.
  • Never flat iron wet hair: Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage. Either allow your hair to dry naturally or blow dry it on a low setting before putting the flat iron on. Flat irons should never be put on wet hair.
  • Opt for looser hairstyles: When braids or weaves are too tight, they hurt. Pain signals that the hairstyle is pulling too hard and there's too much tension. Try to keep ponytails and braids loose, to reduce the amount of tension on the scalp.
  • Do not leave products in for longer than advised: Although some people believe that products will be more effective if they leave them in longer than they should, it is actually when damage can occur. Only leave hair products in for the recommended time.
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These hairstyling tips will help you get out the door looking great in virtually no time:

  • Use 2-in-1 products: Try a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner to reduce shower time.
  • Invest in a good hairdryer: Ionic blow dryers can cut hair drying time in half. These dryers produce ions, which are electrically charged molecules. The ions have a negative charge, while water has a positive charge, so they bind quickly.
  • Use a flat iron instead of a blow-dryer: Another way to cut hairstyling time is to skip the blow-drying altogether and simply smooth air-dried hair with a really hot flat iron. You can achieve a sleek, silky look by dividing hair into just six sections: two on each side, one at the crown, and one at the nape of the neck. Then iron each section slowly and deliberately.
  • Try a beach spray: Beach sprays can be used on damp or dry hair to create loose, sexy beach hair or as an easy way to add texture.
  • Use a microfiber towel: Microfiber towels are extremely absorbent and remove more water from your hair than regular towels. These save you time in the morning and make blow drying your hair easier and faster.
  • Try out different ponytail styles: Ponytails are the best way to get out the door fast, but they don't have to be boring. You can add a few curls or flat iron the ponytail. Try adding a hair accessory, such as a headband, to spruce it up.
  • Consider changing your cut: If you can’t maintain your hairstyle at home by yourself, it’s probably too high-maintenance. Go for a cut that fits in with your lifestyle. When it comes to minimising styling time, use the weight of your hair and its natural texture to your advantage. So if you have heavier and thicker hair, you may want to wear it longer so that gravity will help keep it in place.
  • Wash your hair less often: Over-washing will strip away sebum (oil) from the scalp and dry out strands, even if you’re using gentle shampoo. Most women need to shampoo only three times a week—and less often if their hair is on the dry side. Less frequent washing means you’ll avoid not only excessive cleansing but also excessive blow-drying, another move that can leave hair parched. H
  • Focus on the defining element of your look: If you’re short on time in the morning, cheat a little by focusing on the one thing that defines the look. For a sleek style, that means spending most of your time blow-drying the hair at the part and the layers around the face, which will give the whole head the illusion of being done. The underneath and the back don’t matter.

To find the right hair color – try the Virtual Colour Guide from Marie Claire.

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No matter how old you are, your hair will always play a role in how attractive you feel. Here are some of the best hairstyles to keep you looking and feeling great at any age.

Teens

Teens can normally pull off anything, but this is the best opportunity to indulge in girly and flirty hairstyles, and to embrace the innocence of youth. Try playing with ponytails, twists, buns, braids and fun hair accessories.

Twenties

Hair don’ts are definitely more forgiving at this age, so feel free to experiment with new styles. This is a time to establish what your likes and dislikes are. Remember though that versatility is key in your twenties, so go for a style that can look polished for work and fancier events, but can be made sexier when you’re on dates or out on the town.

Thirties

These are the years you may be starting a family, powering ahead in your career, or both. Pick a style that makes you feel the most attractive and confident, but one that also fits your lifestyle. This is also a great time to break away from your childhood style and embrace a chicer look that has clean lines and is well-polished. Classic shapes that offer versatility work best here – something that can take you from the office or home to a dinner out with the girls.  Well-groomed mid-length or long hairstyles (either layered or one length) look great. Classic or graduated bobs are another stylish option.

Forties

Believe it or not, you don't have to go short in your forties. Instead, stick with what makes you feel young and beautiful. The long-held belief that you should cut hair short as you mature is because long hair tends to pull the face down. But cutting hair short is not the only solution. The same can be achieved through layering, which draws the face out and upward giving you an instant facelift.

Fifties and beyond

If your hair is becoming finer, thinner, or weaker – consider a shorter textured style. A short haircut allows the hairs of your head to sit on top of one another, giving the illusion of thickness. Soft shapes, colours and styles also work well at this age. Softness around the face will help to soften lines and the appearance of mature skin. Moving towards a lighter hair colour will add pigment to dull dry hair, giving it a youthful shine. This can take years off your face. Ask your stylist what colour works best for your skin tone, and don’t forget, silver can also be sexy.

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