Tips for shiny, healthy hair
Leading trichologist Mike Ryan tells you how to take care of your mane
Who doesn't want to have healthy, shiny hair? Unfortunately, due to pollution, bad diet and lots of chemical treatments, your hair goes from being naturally healthy to limp and dull. However, hair problems are not entirely untreatable. You can fix damaged hair without using any chemicals but taking a little care. Just follow these instructions!
HAIR ACCESSORIES: Try not to use uncovered elastic bands. Instead, use ones with a fabric covering. Uncovered elastic can cut into your hair shaft resulting in breakage and can also pull your hair out when removed.
NUTRITION: The energy to form hair cells drops four hours after eating a meal. Have a healthy snack, such as fruit, raw vegetables or wholegrain bread/crackers, between meals to boost energy levels to your follicles. Carbohydrates are a good between-meal snack as the energy they produce is quickly and easily absorbed by your body.
HYDRATION: Make sure to keep hydrated throughout the day. Not only can dehydration dry out your skin, but it can dry your scalp too. Water is best, but decaffeinated beverages, such as herbal teas and fresh juices, are also good options.
BLEACHING/HIGHLIGHTING: Bleached/highlighted hair is more prone to problems such as split ends, breakage and dullness. But it can look wonderful when it's healthy and hydrated. To improve the condition of bleached hair and to keep it looking its best, use a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. This will help prevent and repair damage, strengthen your hair and add shine.
SHAMPOOING: Before shampooing, gently run a wide tooth comb through your hair from tip to root. If you start off with tangles, you'll end up with more tangles! Hair is most vulnerable when wet, so you certainly don't want large knots to contend with after washing, as this can cause damage and breakage.
BLOWDRYING: Correct blow-drying doesn't damage your hair. It's blow-drying and applying heat to already dried hair that causes damage – so turn the power off when your hair is just dry! If you use straighteners on already dried hair, apply a heat protective serum, to help minimize damage.
STRESS: Stress is sometimes blamed for extra hair fall and also dandruff. This is not a myth. Stress, through a convoluted route, can produce more androgens, the male hormones that can be responsible for hair thinning. Stress can also exacerbate dandruff. You can help lower your stress levels by meditation, yoga, or an afternoon nap. If you are experiencing dandruff, you can use products such as those from the Clear Shampoo range to sooth your scalp and clear up irritation/flaking. It's extremely important to wash your hair regularly if you have a flaky/itchy scalp to keep the flakes from building up!