Healthy hair looks and feels shiny, thick and glossy, and can be achieved by adapting not only your beauty routine, but also your diet and lifestyle. Read on to discover the best ways to achieve gorgeous locks every time…
Think Inside Out
For truly luscious locks, it’s crucial to take an inside-out approach and prioritise your nutrition and health. As hair is made of protein, ensure your diet is rich in protein, with foods such as chicken, fish, dairy and eggs all featuring heavily on the menu. Iron is also an important addition as it enables the hair follicle to continue to be fed by a nutrient-rich blood supply, helping keep it thick, shiny and healthy. Vitamin C helps the absorption of iron, so is also important in its own way; snack on fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, oranges and broccoli for an instant hit. While these food groups help the scalp as well as the hair, a healthy scalp also relies on an intake of zinc. With this in mind, ensure you’re eating wholegrains and eggs or taking zinc supplements to stave off dryness and itchiness.
Assess Your Lifestyle
As well as overhauling your diet, there are a number of practical steps you can take to achieve an enviable mane. First, consider how stressful your life is. Stress is a major factor in hair loss for both men and women, so for a full head of healthy hair, the less stress the better. Take time for yourself and try and incorporate techniques like mindfulness and meditation into your routine to maintain a calm, stable mindset. Exercise plays a big part in keeping both mind and body (and hair health) in check, while getting the right amount of sleep (7-9 hours is ideal) keeps stress levels down and ensures your body can take care of itself and repair.
Get Supplement Savvy
Sometimes our diet slips, which is where supplements come in handy to bridge the gaps. Hair that’s lacklustre, thinning or flat can benefit from an all-round supplement such as Votary’s Super Seed blend. Containing natural ingredients and fatty acids such as hemp, chia, pumpkin and raspberry seeds, this formula boosts shine when taken daily. We also highly recommend Ouai’s supplements, which are tailored to each hair type and contain fatty acids, crucial vitamins, iron and biotin.
Find Your Perfect Haircare Routine
While keeping stress levels at bay, taking supplements and eating right are all important for maintaining the condition of your hair, using the right ingredients topically is also crucial. Think of it as a double-pronged approach; you feed your hair from the inside and maintain its appearance from the outside. All hair types should avoid heat as much as possible (both with heated appliances and very hot water) and try not to over-wash; try and stick to a routine that sees you shampooing 2-3 times a week. Any more regularly and you can strip your hair and scalp of vital oils.
Follow our product guide to getting healthy-looking hair, whatever your type…
Straight, fine hair should avoid shampooing too often so as not to weigh the hair down. Stick to volume-boosting shampoos and light conditioners which won’t be too heavy for your hair. Try Living Proof Full Shampoo followed by Christophe Robin’s Volumising Conditioner with Rose Extracts.
Dry hair should find a routine that focuses on nourishing ingredients and moisturising formulas. Try to mask twice weekly and leave on the product for at least 30 minutes to properly absorb. Some of the best treatments for dry hair include the Oribe Signature Moisture Mask and Living Proof’s Restore Mask.
Combination hair should avoid over-washing, brush hair regularly and stick to natural ingredients which balance things out; we like Christophe Robin’s range. Unsure whether you have ‘combination hair’? This hair type tends to have both dry ends and oily roots.
Normal hair does not suffer from excess oiliness or dryness and has a texture that is best described as normal. Maintain your beautiful locks by washing 2-3 times a week and experimenting with shampoo formulas until you find one that works for you – lucky you!