The One Product You Should Never Put in Your Hair

There’s one product you should never put in your hair. Find out what it is and why you should keep it away from your tresses below. 

The smell of fresh, clean hair is intoxicating. Catching a whiff of your favourite fruity shampoo infused into your strands can make you feel like you’ve escaped to the tropics. And while it might be tempting to spritz your hair with a hint of your favourite fragrance every once in a while,  it turns out that spraying perfume through your tresses won’t help you get the healthy, lustrous locks of your dreams. 

Although a subtle spritz of a light and uplifting scent on your locks sounds like a quick way to freshen up your hair, it turns out that perfume is the one product you should never put in your hair.

There is a reason for this madness and it’s a simple one: perfume contains alcohol. Alcohol is very drying for hair, leaving it brittle to the touch and much more likely to suffer from breakage. So if you want to avoid hair that feels like hay, don’t spritz your hair next time you’re applying perfume.

For something just as sweet and much better for your hair, try a hair mist. They’re still perfumed but the alcohol content is much lower. So you can spray away! Bonus: because hair is so good at holding onto smell, your mist will last for ages so there’s no need to keep topping it up throughout the day.

Take a look at some of our favourite hair mists, below.

Now that you know where you shouldn’t be spritzing your favourite scent, click here to find out exactly how you should be wearing fragrance. 

Your Eyebrows Could be the key to Looking Younger

Want to know the secret to eternal youth?  According to scientists, your eyebrows could be the key to looking younger.

Put down that youth-restoring serum that promises to rewind the clock: finessing your eyebrows could be the key to looking younger.

A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology (you can view it here) found that facial features, such as lips and eyebrows, stand out less as we get older. As part of the study, researchers analysed 763 photos of make-up free women aged between 20 and 80 with various skin tones. A computer programme then analysed facial contrast – how much eyes, lips and eyebrows stand out due to differences in light and darkness with the surrounding skin. It turns out, people with stronger facial contrast are perceived as younger.

Researchers then created Photoshopped versions of some of the images using different levels of contrasts.  The new images were shown to a group of volunteers who were asked to identify the younger-looking face. According to the group, the high-contrast face was chosen as the younger of the two nearly 80 per cent of the time.

The researchers believe that using cosmetics to darken and enhance features would replicate the same results. Co-author Richard Russell, associate professor of psychology at Gettysburg College, told Time “The way we manipulated features in the photos was very similar to what you’d do with makeup, and I would be surprised if you couldn’t get similar effects,” says. “We know that lips get less red with age and eyebrows get lighter, for instance, and those are both things that you could address with makeup if you wanted.”

All the more reason to start perfecting your brow game, we say. Take a look at three of our faves for doing just that in the gallery below.

Not sure how to shape your eyebrows? Click here for our top beauty tips for bold and beautiful brows.