My hair is uber-fine, long and highlighted, which means that every morning my hair brush and knotty strands go to war. By the time I get the knots out, my hair is left looking limp and damaged.
While I do receive compliments on the length of my hair, I can’t help but feel that the condition is not what it should be. I tend to neglect my hair and it’s time to take better care of my crowning glory.
Here’s my guide for optimal hair health:
Feeding your follicles
Healthy hair starts from the inside.
- Omega-3-rich oily fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, and nuts stimulate hair growth and shine.
- Dark green vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, are packed with vitamin A to promote the production of natural oils in the hair.
- Protein sources, such as eggs, chicken, legumes and beans, strengthen hair follicles with biotin (vitamin B-7), zinc and iron.
Treating your tresses
Revive dull-looking and damaged hair with a weekly treatment best suited to your hair type.
I’m usually too busy to set aside time to relax with a hair mask in my hair, but I like to apply the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor in the shower and leave it on while I exfoliate and shave. It penetrates the hair quickly and I’m left with baby-soft tresses afterwards. My pick for a more nourishing spoil is Redken All Soft Heavy Cream, which I need to repurchase ASAP. Coconut oil is a cheap yet amazing remedy for dry hair.
Remember to condition your hair after a treatment as the final step.
Turning off the heat
Step away from your trusty ghd and give your hair a much needed break from harmful heat. I swear that using minimal heat is one of the reasons my hair is finally able to grow. I air dry my hair as much as I can, and when I do use a blow-dryer then I use a heat-protective product beforehand and a hair oil on the ends afterwards for some shine.
Skipping the shampoo
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I adore my Batiste Dry Shampoo (the tropical variant is my favourite, and I keep a can in my gym bag and car too). Washing your hair everyday strips it of its natural oils and isn’t necessary unless you have very oily roots. I do have an oily scalp, but I find that a few sprays of dry shampoo is all I need for an instant hair refresh. I’ll then pop it up into a top knot before work and when I take it down, it looks as good as freshly-washed hair.
Every two months, ask your hairdresser to trim off the minimum amount necessary to maintain a healthy mane. Cutting off split ends reduces hair breakage in the long run and surprisingly makes hair appear longer and fuller.
What are your tried-and-tested tips for a magnificent mane?
The Fashion Fox