I am in my 50s and have very fine hair, straight, not dyed. Where can I find a good hairdresser who is able to cut my hair to suit me? I have tried dozens and have not found one. Shouldn’t hair be cut to suit the shape of one’s face?

It seems that nowadays hairstylists do consider the face shape to some degree but mostly take into account the person’s features, the hair’s texture and health, and they try to give you a style that is easy to maintain and handle. If hair is damaged by over-perming, coloring, dryers and curlers, etc., it may be better to have it shorter. And if you are like most women, you need a hairstyle that is easy to do yourself, one you can spend very little time on and one that looks becoming on you. Here are some tips for the fine, straight hair. It is probably better to have it cut in one length with a blunt cut just below your ear or above so that the hair looks fuller. Bangs could be zigzag (short over long). These are not rules, just tips or suggestions. To get a good cut, try these suggestions: Visit a salon your friends recommend or one that you may want to try and arrange for a consultation. Do bring in some pictures of styles that you like, so that the hairdresser knows what type of hairdo you are after. This will also enable the hairstylist to see your own hairstyle and discuss your new one.

Tell the hairdresser if you are taking any medication and what you are currently using on your hair (shampoo, rinse etc.).

Never leave a salon with wet hair, it should be dried so that you see the finished result.

Try a new haircut first and see how you like it. Later you can try some of the other styling ideas your hairdresser may have suggested – just do one thing at a time.

Are there other ways to prepare my skin for tanning besides using sunscreen lotions and not wearing any perfumes?

You should be aware that some medications such as aspirin, tranquillizers, antibiotics, birth control pills, etc., can make skin more sensitive to the sun. This can result in skin rash, pigmentation markings, allergies to sunlight, etc. You are correct in not wearing any perfumes when sunning, but you should also avoid highly perfumed body creams or lotions or after-splash fresheners. Avoid taking a shower or bath before sunning and don’t use any deodorant soaps when showering. These can destroy some of the skin’s surface proteins which are needed for added protection. Do apply sunscreen lotion liberally. Smooth it onto the skin – don’t rub it in like a body lotion, it should sit on the surface. It will gradually lose it’s effectiveness as the result of perspiration and oil excretions.