While you are brushing I want you to really listen to the sound the brush is making as it goes through the hair. Think about how it sounds running through your own hair. If there are no mats, the brush should pull through with no resistance and the sounds will be a consistent swish, swish sound.

Get the biggest daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore newslettersHASLINGDEN’S vital work for armed forces veterans is under threat after the last two members of the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) committee retired.Leonard Riley and Les Whittam stood down after last weekend’s Remembrance Sunday parade but were left with no one to hand over the reins to.And although Martin Taylor, steward at Haslingden RBL club, and Lara Oakley, lieutenant of Haslingden Army Cadets, have pledged to step in and do all they can to help in the interim, new blood is badly needed to carry out the year round work of the branch.Membership of the committee has gradually dropped over the last few years now finally reaching crisis point.Lara said it was important to remember that the legion helped soldiers from all conflicts, rather than just the world wars.The welfare side of the legion assists those who have served or are serving in the forces and their families helping them obtain funding, for example for wheelchairs or help at home, or offering social and emotional help.Lara, who has been involved in the town’s remembrance events for 16 years, said: ‘There’s a lot about the Royal British Legion that people don’t realise and they seem reluctant to come and help because they think Remembrance Day is only there for the two world wars.’It’s also about looking after the lads and lasses who’ve come back from places like Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ve got a lot of former army cadets from Haslingden serving at the moment and it really brings it close to home.’She added: ‘We really do need people to come forward so it doesn’t disband.’Martin, who spent 24 years in the army and marshals the parade in Haslingden, said he was hoping for around six people to volunteer to help.He said: ‘People have dropped off over the last few years and the two guys left, who were doing a cracking job, have unfortunately had to finish. It’s important to keep it going.

“Property owners should be getting the notifications three weeks to 30 days in advance of our visit,” said Oakley, noting that he wanted to make sure people know why staff members will be taking pictures of houses. “There will be three people in each team and they will have identifying tags. We will knock, but if no one is home we will walk around the property and take a few pictures and check a few measurements.