Your Healthy Hair Guide

We might be lockdown but improving our health has been a big push over the last few weeks, and whilst we hope that’s going well we’d like to share a few extra pointers to specifically help your hair look good and continue to grow well.

DIET

Clearly our diet has a big impact on our overall health, and we have singled out four for your hair, and to add to your shopping list this week, are:

  • Eggs. Packed with protein to support the hair follicles and Biotin which aids the production of Keratin, the hair’s natural protein.  Perfect for breakfast.
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to improved hair growth and density.
  • Sweet potatoes are the healthier option to potatoes and are a great source of beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A. This helps produce sebum from the sebaceous glands which protects and nourishes the scalp and hair.   Vitamin A is also linked to encouraging the growth of thicker hair we crave.
  • Berries are the best antioxidant as well as containing to protect the hair follicle from free radicals in the body and environment.   Also containing essential Vitamin C that aids production of collagen which strengthens your hair.  That’s pudding sorted!    

Staying hydrated significantly improves the functionality of your body’s cells and every strand of hair contains 25% water so drinking at least two litres of water a day will help the strength of your hair, increasing your hair’s growth too.

DESTRESS

It has been an incredibly stressful few weeks and this can have a detrimental effect on your hair cycle.   Stress pushes the hair into what is known as the “resting’ phase which ultimately stops new strands being produced and can also lead to more hair falling out during washing and brushing.  Sometimes there may be a delay in seeing the effects for this and this depends on the speed of your own hair cycle.  For an indication, check the heal of your skin and nails as these are earlier indicators for your hair. 

A gentle head massage not only relieves tension but boosts blood circulation at the scalp to stimulate the hair cycle.   Just be mindful of those bonds!

Take time every day to reduce your stress in whatever way you love the most.   Our very own Super Stylists are fans of Mindfulness, and you can also try yoga and exercise outside if possible – just remember to tie your hair back.  

SLEEP

Equally as important as de-stressing; your sleep is a great opportunity for all your body’s cells to repair and renew, this includes your hair.  As adults, we are recommended to have 7-9 hours a day and during lockdown our sleep patterns may be completely out of routine and don’t forget out to read our Bedtime Basics before you head to bed.

CARE

We recently shared 7 tips for hair care in lockdown so make the most of giving your hair some extra TLC and also try to lengthen between washes as the shampoo will strip your hair of some of the essential oils. Having that extra hair up day to hide your greasy roots is manageable for us all.

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