Jennifer Aniston’s hair care routine revealed

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If there’s one hairstyle I’d love to replicate, it’s ‘The Rachel’ – aka Jennifer Aniston’s chic, shiny cut made famous on Friends.

But what does it take to get that perfectly tousled ‘do? Well, we already know the actress is a fan of ditching her make-up, so it’s not surprising she also has ‘less is more’ approach when it comes to hair care.

Speaking to, she insists she’s a big believer in not washing her hair every day, citing the advice her long-time friend and hairstylist, Chris McMillan, gave her: “His whole thing is don’t touch it—don’t wash it, don’t put a blow-dryer to it.”

While she keeps it simple during the day, the actress does tend to her tresses at night, putting a serum “through the ends”. Her product of choice? Living Proof’s new antioxidant-infused night treatment, Night Cap, which makes sense, seeing as she’s their brand ambassador. (For a similar effect, try Puretopia Pure Protect Repair & Nourish Hair Serum or Kerastase Elixir Ultime.)

But the actress confesses there’s a hair look she’s yet to master: DIY beach waves. The 46-year-old just can’t seem to get it right, saying, “I never understand girls who have short hair and actually get it to do a wave. I’m like, ‘Oh, God—that always looks so wrong on me.’”

Perhaps she should check out our 3 ways with sea salt spray video!

What other celebs do you look to for hair inspo? What are your top hair care tips?



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Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

Jen's always had fabulous hair :)

Posted on: March 23, 2015 (Mar 23, 2015 3:29pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Her hair really does always look perfecto! Lucky lady! I find that some of the latest volumising products do wonders for the appearance of my hair. I'm enjoying using a Sebastian one at the moment.

Posted on: March 23, 2015 (Mar 23, 2015 3:45pm)

Your questions about carbs - answered

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When I think of carbs, my mind immediately pictures bread, potatoes and pasta. I then think about how I could never live without any of these foods, yet I’m surrounded by people who are cutting carbs out of their diet because they’re ‘bad for you’. But I’ve also heard that carbs give you energy, so cutting them out completely can’t be the answer. To clear up the confusion, we asked Australian nutritionist and Helga's Lower Carb Bread Ambassador, Susie Burrell to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about carbohydrates.

1. Are there ‘good’ carbs and ‘bad’ carbs?

While no one food is inherently bad, there are some types of carb-rich foods that don’t offer much nutritionally. Simple sugars, white bread and white rice, soft drinks and confectionery are all carb-rich foods that you could call far worse options than wholegrains, fruits, dairy and veggies.

2. Is cutting out carbs the key to weight loss?

Generally, cutting back, not cutting out. With more sedentary lifestyles, we need far less carbs than we once did, but the muscle does need some to burn body fat. It is easy to cut back with simple food swaps like regular white bread for Helga’s Lower Carb Bread (which uses a mixture of seeds to replace 25 per cent of the carb content) or enjoying just 1/2 to one cup of grains, rather than filling your entire plate with pasta, rice or cous cous.

3. Are ‘low carb’ foods better for you?

‘Low carb' foods often replace the calories with artificial sweeteners, fat and or protein.

bh tip: Since ‘low carb’ foods are laden with different kinds of calories, make sure you always read the label.  

4. Do carbs cause bloating?

For people who are sensitive to some of the sugars or FODMAPS in foods, yes - some wheat-based foods can cause bloating. But this depends on the individual.


5. You shouldn’t eat carbs at night. True or false?

Most people don’t need to consume a lot of carbs at night, because it’s typically a time when we are sitting (using little energy), plus we tend to eat late as it is. Half to one cup of carbohydrates is more than enough for most people.

6. Can eating too much carbs have a negative impact on the body?

Eating too much of anything can cause weight gain over time. More to the point, an excessive intake of refined, high-GI carbs (like soft drinks, pasta and beer) can cause increased blood glucose levels and weight gain over time.


Did any of the answers above surprise you? Is there anything else you’d like to know about carbs?



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Posted by: Jlgaddes (Australia)

I have so many friends who have cut out carbs from their diet....I love carbs!! :)

Posted on: March 23, 2015 (Mar 23, 2015 11:12am)

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Interesting article. There has been so many diff opinions over the years about carbs. I remember the potatoes..then back to potatoes are great..and similar things over the years (much too my suprise I saw 'low carb potatoes' last week?! Is there any such thing as a low carb potatoes?!?? Id love to see a list of friendly carbs and serving sizes. Thanks

Posted on: March 23, 2015 (Mar 23, 2015 11:12am)

How-to: channel a Harajuku girl

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So, I’ve just returned from a glorious holiday in Japan, where I indulged in what was probably one too many ramen noodle dishes, fell in love with streetside crepes (#omg) and hit the districts of Shibuya, Ginza and Harajuku, hard, to do some serious shopping.

And while my belly enjoyed the local cuisine a bit too enthusiastically and I giggled my way through endless Hello Kitty paraphernalia, what I loved most was aimlessly wandering the streets and taking in the incredible, eye-popping scenery. And by scenery, I mean the fashion and make-up looks of the Harajuku girls.

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Colouring outside the lines may be a beauty blunder back home, but in Japan, wearing candy-coloured blush directly beneath the eyes is exceptionally trendy. The rosy-eyed movement, known as me no shita chiiku (literally, ‘under-eye blush’), first appeared in fashion street snaps and then in Japanese beauty forecasts but only really took off once Japanese It Girl Momoko Ogihara made it her signature look. The masses followed - in a big way. And I have to admit… after a day amidst the colour and chaos, I was pretty tempted to try it myself.

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Japanese beauty and fashion thrives on channeling that innocently endearing, doll-like look, and me no shita chiiku is the perfect compliment. Along with bright wide-awake eyes and spidery lashes, the higher blush placement is favoured by Harajuku girls because it makes the cheeks appear round, supple and youthful - a contrast to the angled blush style that is so popular in western culture.

The concept is simple: blend subtly and don’t go overboard. Now, who’s ready to experiment with becoming a Harajuku girl?


The eyes:

Harajuku girls love the uru-uru look, which refers to huge, round, puppy dog-like eyes. Got bags? The added bonus of me no shita chiiku is that it’ll cover these, and make your peepers pop, so apply accordingly.

You’ll need: Maybelline New York Big Eyes Eyeliner applied to your waterline to create the illusion of bigger eyes, Max Factor Glide & Define Liquid Eyeliner applied to your top and lower lash line, and a set of Cool Contacts Big Eye Animae Contacts - inspired by Manga and Anime, they’re perfect for creating that doe-eyed effect.

The lashes:

Pop on some lashes and mascara to match those planet-sized eyes.

You’ll need: Glam by Manicare lashes are a great option - cut them in half and apply to both your upper and lower lash line, and then coat them in L’Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara. Hello Dolly!


The cheeks:

It’s all about the blush, baby. Have fun playing with shades - opt for pink for a sweet finish, coral if you’ve got freckles, or rosy-red to make a bolder statement. There are no rules, just colours. Apply the blush below and out toward your temples, gradually building colour as you go.

You’ll need: Essence blush up! Powder Blush, Lancôme Blush Subtil, Yves Saint Laurent Blush Volupté, Designer Brands Lip & Cheek Rouge


The lips:

Believe it or not, the greater the separation of colour between the blush and the mouth, the more the lips are emphasised. Stick to a lip gloss or stain.

You’ll need: Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain, e.l.f. cosmetics Essential Lip Stain, Lush It Started with a Kiss Tinted Lip Balm


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Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

This looks like a lot of fun. I would seriously consider this look for a costume party. :)

Posted on: March 22, 2015 (Mar 22, 2015 12:49pm)

Posted by: Chicklet (Member since 2008, Australia)

Probably best left to the Harajuku girls (whom I love).

Posted on: March 22, 2015 (Mar 22, 2015 1:02pm)

5 ways to make your hair grow faster

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The lob might be the cut of the moment – with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Emma Stone and Lara Bingle rocking the shorter ‘do – but long, luscious hair will always have a place in my heart. It makes me green with envy. I’m looking at you, Blake Lively. If you feel the same and are looking to grow your hair, or simply keep it in tip-top condition, follow these tips…

#1 Load up on wholefoods


True health begins on the inside. Want long, shiny strands? Up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables containing silica and zinc – these minerals are key for hair growth. You can find silica in leafy green vegetables, cucumber and strawberries, while red meat, spinach and nuts (particularly cashews) are high in zinc. Eat up!

If you struggle to get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet, consider taking a supplement. Blackmores Nails Hair & Skin is loaded with nutrients essential for strong, healthy nails, hair and skin.

#2 Brush, brush, brush

Brushing stimulates your scalp’s blood circulation and spreads its natural oils evenly over your hair. This is really important for hair follicle health and new hair growth. For best results, spend two minutes brushing your hair every morning and night. We recommend using a boar bristle brush – like this Lady Jayne Brush – as they specialise in stimulating blood flow.

#3 Get regular trims



We all know getting regular trims helps hair to grow faster, but how many of us actually do this? I’m guilty of skipping the odd appointment. Regular trims will stop your ends from splitting and breaking off – and your hair will never grow longer if it keeps breaking. Makes sense, right? So visit your hairdresser, beauties, and keep those strands strong.

#4 Minimise use of hair tools

Constantly blow-drying, straightening and curling your hair certainly takes its toll. If you want long, luscious hair, it’s best to minimise the use of heat-activated tools. Cut your time in front of the mirror and extend the life of your straight/wavy/curly ‘do with a good dry shampoo. We like De Lorenzo Essential Treatments Absorb Dry Shampoo. And when you do style your hair, make sure you use a heat protection spray like ghd Heat Protect Spray.


#5 Apply a hair mask

Get in the habit of using a deep conditioning hair mask once a week. It’ll work wonders in repairing damage, increasing shine and ensuring your hair is as healthy as can be. Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask penetrates deep into the hair shaft to moisturise and restore elasticity. And if your mane is really damaged, leave the mask on overnight, and wash it out in the morning.




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Posted by: TheUglyDuckling (Australia)

My paddle brush is my favourite, and I clean it after every use. My wide tooth comb is used after I wash my hair. I've yet to find a hair mask I adore. And my hair dresser is someone I see every six weeks. I think I'm on top...

Posted on: March 21, 2015 (Mar 21, 2015 11:03am)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I actually don't want my hair to grow faster, I like my shoulder length hair

Posted on: March 21, 2015 (Mar 21, 2015 11:27am)

The perfect product pairs you need in your beauty routine

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Many of our favourite beauty products are total stand-alones. Take that long-lasting lippie, or fail-safe body lotion. But in some cases, it takes more than one product to get the result you really want. Cue the product pairings you need in your beauty regime – because sometimes, it takes two…

Pair #1: Face cream + eye cream

You’re probably already in the habit of using a face cream (nice work!), but to prevent premature ageing, it’s important to pay special attention to your eyes, too. An eye cream such as Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate is the missing piece in your moisturising puzzle. Sure, it may add a few extra seconds to your skincare routine right now, but trust me, your peepers will thank you for it later on!

Pair #2: Nail colour + top coat

A vibrant nail hue without a glossy finish is like banana cake without cream cheese icing – just a bit of a letdown. Granted, some nail polishes do deliver decent shine on their own (Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Polish, for example), but for a salon-worthy mani, a top coat such as Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat is key.

Pair #3: Shampoo + conditioner

Okay, this one’s a tad obvious, but unless you’ve jumped on the co-washing bandwagon, you’ll find neither product works as well without the other. In fact, skipping conditioner can cause your hair to get oilier quicker – meaning you’ll have to wash it twice as often anyway. The same goes for men (although blokes with very short hair can get away with just a moisturising hair cleanser, such as GAIA Made for Men Shampoo).

Pair #4: Bronzer + illuminator

A sweep of bronzer is beautiful, but combine it with an illuminator and you’ll end up with a seriously luminous glow, a la Jessica Alba. To prevent the combo from looking cakey, brush a powder bronzer across your cheekbones and a more dewy liquid illuminator above. We love using jane iredale So-Bronze® Bronzing Powder and Benefit Sun Beam liquid highlighter together.

Pair #5: Fake tan + mitt

If there’s one thing bh’s Sam knows a bit about, it’s how to apply fake tan properly. Her secret weapon? A mitt. Not only will it stop you from getting self-tan all over your hand, but it’ll also help you to buff it in properly, ensuring an even application with zero streaks. The St Tropez Applicator Mitt and 1000 Hour Self Tan Applicator Mitt are both machine-washable, so they’re perfect for repeat use!

Do you use any of these perfect pairs? What other beauty products do you like to use together?



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Posted by: Linda_Vesinger (Australia)

Wouldn't dream of doing my nails minus a decent top coat, or shampooing without conditioning.

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 4:02pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Eyeliner and mascara are a duo I use most of the time.

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 4:11pm)