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HEALTH & BEAUTY

26 | NOVEMBER 2018


Hair Care Tips for Autumn and Winter

The chilly weather is here again and it’s taking its toll on your hair. In the winter months hair needs more attention. Use our tips to avoid dull looking hair when it’s chilly. Dull and brittle hair

is caused by heat and friction, which damages the air cuticle structure. The solution: Rich conditioning treatments with oil extracts help prevent damage and repair the hair cuticles making them smoother. Simply add a few drops of hair care oil to your shampoo or work the oil through the ends of your damp hair. This will keep your hair supple and shiny.

Static hair

is arguably the most frustrating property of winter hair. Controlling static hair in the winter is very frustrating and is caused by hot air as well as the fibres in hats, hairbands and clothing. The movement of these fibres against hair produces static electricity, which makes hair stand on end. The solution: Styling products including styling mousse, extra-gloss wax and hair oil can help prevent static hair.

lack of moisture

in the air leads to a dry scalp, which The produces less sebum and can cause dandruff. The solution: Use a shampoo, which reduces dandruff and calms the scalp.

If you wear a hat on wintery days be aware that your hair could become flat, as hats tend to press your hair down. The solution: Use volumising spray or salt spray before you blow-dry your hair. Make sure you have the spray with you to refresh your hairstyle after taking off your hat.


HOME + LIFESTYLE

Work with us to bring

empty homes back into use Owners of long term empty homes in West Suffolk are being asked to work with the Council to help meet some of the local demand for housing. Nearly 250 properties in the area have been empty for at least two years. The figures have been published as part of National Empty Homes Week (15 to 21 October), although this is day to day work for the local councils. Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, Lead member for Housing for West Suffolk councils said: “The councils offer owners of empty homes help and support, through grants and services, to bring accommodation back into use. The reasons for property becoming and remaining empty can be personal and complex, but it is also frustrating as we know that there is a real need for this housing. We have a housing register of 2378 people across West Suffolk – some of these are people looking to upsize or downsize or move into an area, and the Council simply can’t meet this need on its own. “It may be that the owners, who are missing out on income from rent, do not feel capable of maintaining and managing the property as landlord. In that case, our landlord liaison officer would welcome the opportunity to discuss help such as the guaranteed rental scheme through our West Suffolk Lettings Partnership. “If it is the costs of repairing the property that is the barrier, then we also offer an Empty Homes Grant of up to £20,000 for essential works where the property has been empty for over a year. That could be ideal for a first time buyer considering taking on a fixer upper. We can also give the owners of these properties advice or point them in the direction of other services that may be able to help”. The Empty Homes Grant has been successfully used to bring a long term empty property in NOVEMBER 2018 2018 | 54 54 | NOVEMBER

Exning back into use. The property, in a prominent community location, suffered damage when a vehicle drove through the ground floor shopfront, which had residential accommodation above. Public Health and Housing officers worked with the owner over a period of time to explore all the options. The property was subsequently sold, and the new owner undertook renovations using the grant, and new tenants have just moved in. Cllr Mildmay-White continues, “That is the carrot, there is also a the stick in the shape of an increase in the 50 per cent Council Tax premium charged on properties that have been empty for two or more years, which is set to double in April 2019, so 200 percent Council Tax will be payable. The Council does have other powers to try to take over management of these properties to bring these homes back into use and although the number of empty homes has slowly been coming down in recent years, we will always keep these as an option where practical.” Contact information: Sally Easton sally.easton@westsuffolk.gov.uk


HOME + LIFESTYLE General Maintenance n Lawns enter a state of dormancy when temperatures fall below 6c (43f). It is a good time to aerate your lawn by putting a fork into at intervals all over. Keep the leaves off by raking up or mowing them up. n Create compost bins for collecting fallen leaves and dead plant material using old pallets. n Raise pots off the ground for the winter by using bricks or ‘pot feet’, to prevent waterlogging.

Flower Garden n There is still time to plant up your containers and borders with Spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. n Fancy a Magnolia tree. Now is the time to plant one.

n Plant heathers, grasses and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour. n From now until early winter is a good time to prune roses especially climbing roses. This is a general prune reducing the size of the shrub by about a third to prevent wind rock. Try to gather up the fallen rose leaves as much as you can as this will help to prevent black spot infection getting any worse. n Primulas, Pansies and violas will make an attractive display in a hanging basket or container and can be set out now. n Now is the time to dig up your dahlia bulbs for storage over winter in a dry, frost free place. Gently remove most of the dirt from the tubers cut back all of the growth and then keep

somewhere dry upside down so any moisture drains from the centre of the tubers. Remove further dirt once the plant has dried in a further couple of weeks and keep in a little compost or covered with newspaper.

Vegetable & Fruit Garden n If you have old clumps of rhubarb it is worth lifting these once they are dormant. Divide them using a spade and replant. n Plant Autumn Garlic now n It’s a good time to plant currant bushes and tidy up strawberry plants removing any runners n Now is a good time to prune apple and pear trees n If you have it, apply manure to your vegetable beds.

This months poem... “November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows.

With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate.

The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring.”

- Elizabeth Coatsworth

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