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Love your thick hair!

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Best Cut: “If you have thick hair you are very, very lucky.  Most women would kill for a thick head of hair.” Stay away from short styles; your locks could end up looking like a wig if cropped too tightly. Instead, try an effortless layered cut like the one Jennifer Aniston wears.

Get the look: Do not let the stylist cut too much — you’ll want strands to fall at least past the shoulders. Request long layers around your face and throughout, which will create movement and take off weight, so as not to drag your hair down.


Matthew Mansoor

Celebrity stylist

Brand ambassador for TRESemmé

Beach waves

There is nothing sexier than a head full of unruly, wavy curls after a day at the beach. I love this look! Matthew tells us how to prepare this relaxed summer look at home - that can work for a casual day, as well as a chic cocktail evening.

Here’s how…

1.  Shampoo and condition hair with TRESemmé 24 hour Body Shampoo and Conditioner.

2.  Rough dry your hair tilting your head forward to create more volume. Ensure that hair is 100% dry.

3.  Spritz TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray from the mid-lengths through to the ends and comb through the hair.

4.  Twist 2cm vertical sections around a broad curling tong. Roll each section up to the root area and hold for approximately seven seconds then release.

5.  Once you have completed the whole head, work your fingers through the hair to create the tousled look.

6.  Spritz with TRESemmé 24hour Body Finishing Spray.


Matthew Mansoor

Celebrity stylist

Brand ambassador for TRESemmé

Straight and protected hair

The majority of women I know have become slaves to their flat irons. Including myself. Over time, hair can become extremely dry and ‘crispy’ if you do not use good quality heat protective products. Matthew from TRESemmé offers great advice to achieving that sleek look without the damage.

There’s one rule when you expose your hair to heat – the hair must be protected. TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray guards against heat and friction to keep your hair shiny. It’s a fantastic tool for instantly transforming all hair textures and hold shape. You get the style you want without the damage.

Step 1: Start by washing hair with TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner, then towel dry hair.

Step 2: Spray TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray liberally 14-18 cm away from the mid-shaft to ends. Use both on damp hair before you blow-dry and on dry hair before flat ironing to shield hair from damaging heat. Tip: When blow drying hair with a round or flat brush, always point the nozzle down towards the end of your hair. This smoothes the cuticle and prevents tangles.

Step 3: Iron hair straight. Finish off with TRESemmé 24hr Finishing Spray.

Matthew Mansoor

Celebrity stylist

Brand ambassador for TRESemmé

The French Twist

The French Twist, a celebrity red carpet staple, graced the Oscars this year and was seen on the runways at London Fashion Week. Take style to new heights with an up-do made easy.

Step 1: Start by washing hair with TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner, then towel dry hair. Apply TRESemmé Extra Control Mousse and blow dry.

Step 2: Tease about 5 inches from the roots to lengths.

Step 3: Twist hair up and start pining at the bottom using large bobby pins, working your way up to the crown of the head to create a French twist. To finish, use TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray.

Matthew Mansoor

Celebrity Stylist

Brand ambassador for TRESemmé


Best hair cut for your face shape

Have you ever gone to your stylist with a photo of Jennifer Aniston, only to leave looking like a watered down version of Bridget Jones? Been there, done that.

So maybe we can’t all look like our favourite celebrity, but we can work with what we have and make a statement nonetheless. Matthew is here to guide us on how to choose the most complimentary hair cut to suit your face shape! I could seriously have avoided many a hair catastrophe if I had known this information.

Enjoy ladies! And remember to post your comments and questions at the end.


“When it comes to getting great hair, don’t look any further than your own mirror. Whether you’re a “heart,” “round,” or “oval,” your best cut is determined by your face. Everyone’s face is different and it’s important to understand that every hairstyle is not for every face shape. To accentuate balance and beauty, strive for a hairstyle that works with your particular face shape. That strategy will not only give you your best look, but also emphasize your best features. Be sure to bring this up with your stylist and make it an important determination in your new look.


Figure out your face shape by pulling hair back into a tight, structure-revealing ponytail. Look at the outline of your face – the size and shape of your forehead as it compares to your cheeks and chin determines its shape.

If your face shape is: Round – full with round chin and hairline. Dos: Add volume to the top of head to slim. Don’ts: Stay away from a spiky and short topside. Avoid width or volume on sides.


If your face shape is: Square - with strong jawline and hairline. Dos: Take the edge off with a softening style featuring a side part and length at nape of neck. Don’ts: Don’t center-part hair or cut square, straight bangs. Avoid geometric lines.


If your face shape is: Oval - jawline narrower than temples, rounded hairline. Dos: Add volume to the top of head to slim. Don’ts: Stay away from a spiky and short topside. Avoid width or volume on sides.

If your face shape is: Long – narrow jawline and hairline. Dos: Layer it on for fullness on sides. Don’ts: Skip short cuts, jaw-length bobs, or styles that add height on top.


If your face shape is: Heart – wide temples and hairline, narrowing at chin. Dos: Try bangs and a length that frames the jawline. Don’ts: Don’t go too short at the nape of the neck.

Matthew Mansoor

Celebrity stylist

Brand ambassador for TRESemmé

Meet TRESemmé’s brand ambassador…


Matthew Mansoor is a well known expert within the hair industry. His client list boasts some of South Africa’s top celebrities including the likes of Jamali, former Miss SA Tansey Coetzee and world famous Indian film actress Shilpa Shetty.

I am a huge fan of the TRESemmé range of products. It offers affordable salon quality, and most importantly…has reduced my number of bad hair days to nearly zero! Over the next few weeks, Matthew will be checking in with us to share his hair tips and advice with my Lily Storm readers. We invite you to post any questions and comments below, in our new ’Matt’s Hair Tips‘ category.

Visit Matthew’s Facebook page here, and check out his website: to view his portfolio.

Watch this space for fab TRESemmé news and Lily Storm offers. Lets get this page going!