TLC for hair and nails

This Women’s Month we’ve shown you how to pamper yourself by running a blissful bath, recreating a hydrotherapy spa bath and even teaching you why it’s important to pamper yourself in the first place. But don’t forget about treating your hair and nails…

TLC hair and nails


The best way to give your tresses a treatment is with a mask. Most need to be rubbed into your hair and then given some time to work their magic. So while you’re in the shower or bath, give your hair a quick shampoo and then lather on a mask. Sit back and relax for 2 to 5 minutes, or if you’re in the shower suds up the rest of your body during that time. When you’re ready, simply rinse off the mask and style as usual.

The Professional Sebastian Penetrait Masque, R270, will restore shine and strength to dull and dry hair, while the Wella Professionals Enrich Mask, R181, is best used on thick, course hair. KeraStraight has a great at-home Protein Mask, R425, for those who’ve had their hair recently straightened with a KeraStraight treatment. And if you really want to spoil yourself, we recommend Sensai’s Intensive Hair Mask, R535, to strengthen severely damaged hair.


Treat yourself to a mini-mani after you’ve given your mane some nourishing TLC. First, file your nails to make sure they’re smooth and all the same length. LCN has a pretty funky Colour Me Up Nail File, R70, that’ll be perfect. Next rub Sorbet’s Hydrating Hand & Nail Cream, R27.99, onto your hands and nails, and soak them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes – this will help soften your cuticles. The shea butter, calendula oil and vitamin E will nourish your skin while the tangerine not only provides a citrusy aromatherapy boost, it also contains vitamin C. Alternatively, instead of soaking your hands, apply the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, R79.99. Squeeze the thin gel onto your cuticles, wait 15 seconds, then rinse off with warm soapy water.

Now you can gently push back your cuticles with LCN’s Nail Care Pen, R160 – the tips are soaked in a yummy apple and pear scented oil, which soaks into your cuticles. Before applying your nail colour, either apply a coat of the Sally Hansen Complete Care Extra Moisturising 4-in-1- Nail Treatment, R99.95, or the Tip Top Miraculous Results Nail Build, R75.99, to strengthen your nails.

You can continue treating your cuticles by applying the Tip Top Cuticle Treatment, R75.99, nightly. You’ve got to massage this oil into the skin on your cuticles and around the nail, but don’t wash it off.

• Professional Sebastian products are available at leading salons nationwide
• Wella Professional products are available at leading salons nationwide
• KeraStraight is available through Prana Products 011 463 9912
• Sensai products are available at selected Edgars, Truworths and Red Square stores
• Sally Hansen products are available at selected Clicks, Foschini, Edgars, DisChem and PnP stores, and selected pharmacies

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30 Responses

  1. Love Tip Top Nails Miraculous Results and cuticle oil. Their are the best and a must have

  2. Love hair masks and Sensai mask sound indulgent. One tip i learnt fron an Italian friend for shiny strong nails and cuticles is to dip them in olive oil. Take two small bowls and put olive oil just enough to dip fingers till nail top. Leave in for some time and then massage gently spreading the oil on your hand. Works wonder.

  3. I’ve nevre used a mask on my hair – I think that’s exactly what it needs after winter!

  4. Love this. My nails always suffer in winter and i appreciate the tips to help me build them up for summers multitude of mani’s :)

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