Justine Tyerman is a New Zealand journalist, travel writer and sub-editor. Married for 36 years, she lives in rural surroundings near Gisborne on the East Coast of New Zealand with her husband Chris.
When you are born with baby fine straight hair, you spend your life looking longingly at other people with luscious, thick hair and curls.
You fill your bathroom drawers with products promising to miraculously add volume and oomph to your meagre locks.
And you become highly suspicious when your only other fine-haired friend suddenly sprouts a ravishing mane of shiny hair.
Sitting behind said friend at a wedding recently, I was amazed at the thickness and lustre of her normally-fine hair and decided she had finally done what we had often talked about.
“Fabulous wig,” I whispered to her later.
“Where on earth did you get it? I need one.”
She smiled triumphantly and suggested I give her “wig” a tug.
It was firmly attached to her scalp which was even more amazing.
“It’s my own hair,” she replied.
“I’ve finally discovered products that actually work.”
Needless to say, I sprinted to the nearest salon to buy the same Kérastase Densifique products she had been using. I gulped at the price, decided I had to have them anyway and ran home to pour the stuff all over my hair, expecting instant results.
Having not had the desired miracle after a week, I sent a disgruntled text to my friend who advised me to be patient and keep using the various treatments for at least a month before losing heart.
Two months later, I’m confident there is a distinct difference in my hair. It’s thicker, healthier looking and has more oomph.
In a realm where scams reign, these products do seem to have merit. It almost makes me believe in miracles, albeit slow-acting ones.
Fortunately, I had the good sense to marry a man with extraordinarily thick hair thereby safeguarding my daughters from the fine-hair curse.
It grieved me hugely when they used to thin their gorgeous hair to wisps because it was the fashion — but now they have grown up, seen sense and appreciate the thick-haired genes they have inherited.
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Note: image is a stock photo and not of Justine Tyerman.