Who Said Sun Hats Aren’t Sexy?

We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.

When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!

Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.


Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.


Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.


Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.


The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.


The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.


The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.


You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.


The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.

Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.

Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.

You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.

You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!

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October 15, 2014

Has your hair gone a bit haywire of late? You could be suffering from ‘Autumn

Has your hair gone a bit haywire of late? You could be suffering from ‘Autumn Frazzle’…

Nifty Braun Hairstyler
Autumn is time to take charge of hair…the effects of summer (sun, surf and humidity) all create havoc with our hair and can still be felt and seen well into the autumn months, leaving hair frazzled and frizzy. In fact, you might have succumbed to a condition known as ?Autumn? or ?Fall? Frazzle!

You might notice your mum?s hair looks especially unkempt ? age, health and stress are also factors that can affect the condition of the hair and may leave her suffering from more bad hair days than good!

Celebrity hairstylist and Braun hairstyling spokesperson, Joe Gibara reckons: “Steam hairstyling products are perfect for everyone and especially great for mums. They’re easy to use and give quick, fantastic results. As people grow older, hair can get a bit wirier and more prone to bad hair days! The heated brush, curler and straightener from Braun are perfect to help tame unruly hair and because they?re steam-based, they won’t dry out the hair?.

Powered by a nifty energy cell, the hairstylers are cordless and perfect to pop in handbags or keep in a desk drawer at work. They won?t break the bank either – the Braun Independent Steam Styler and Curler is $64.95 (RRP), Independent Steam & Straight is $69.95 (RRP) and the Heated Power Brush, $49.95 (RRP).

As an added Mothers? Day bonus ? any Braun Independent Steam product purchased until May 9 and could include a bonus 100g bottle of Schwarzkopf Silhouette Lacquer Superhold* to help the style last all day and night.

All products are available from department stores, electrical retailers, mass merchant stores and selected pharmacies nationwide. Braun consumer helpline

Six Steps to Autumn Hair Heaven from Braun:

1. Make sure that you?re getting your essential vitamins and minerals ? hair health ultimately comes from within
2. Regularly condition your hair or give it a boost with a leave-in conditioner once a week
3. Beware of harmful UV rays, even in the cooler months – select shampoos and conditioners that have UV filters
4. Don?t neglect regular trims during the cooler months. It is especially important for maintaining longer hair, or to assist with growing out a style and is the only way to reduce the chance of split ends
5. Adopt a style to suit the season: Hair tends to be grown during the autumn/winter months. Layer hair around the face to soften a long, sharp style. Or use a hair curler to soften the ends. Waves and curls add a soft and romantic touch in the cooler months
6. A bit of steam styling can make a huge difference to unruly hair, and requires very little effort ? very useful for women on the go. It?s a fantastic way to maintain a sleek look and won?t dry hair out.

SheSaid and Braun have three fabulous Independent Steam and Straight products to give away. Click here for more details.

*subject to availability, while stocks last. Offer not available in Priceline and Target.

April 28, 2004