MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat” usually referring to your general health and the condition of your skin but did you know this also applies to your hair too.
Protein is essential for strong healthy hair. If you’re not getting enough protein your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak and in extreme cases might result in hair loss. Focus on your protein intake by eating fish, eggs and white meat. For vegetarian or vegan options quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, almonds and chai and hemp seeds… so truly there’s no excuse for not having enough protein in your diet!
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through food. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Get your Omega-3 fix with oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and non fish options like avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Iron is a super important mineral for hair and too little iron is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels fall too low, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in hair loss. We all know that meat and fish are an excellent source of iron but you can also improve your iron intake with broccoli, kale, spinach and lentils.
Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron so useful have iron rich foods at the same time as Vit C rich ones. The best sources of vit C are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.
Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. You can increase your Vit A intake by eating animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
Other important nutrients to consider are Zinc and Selenium (found in cereals, beef and eggs) to help protect and nourish the scalp and Vitamin E (avocado, mango, kiwi) to help protect your hair from the sun. Nuts are a fantastic source of zinc, selenium and vit E.. just try to not eat too many of the salted variety!
NOT TOO MANY CHEMICAL TREATMENTS
We all love to change our appearance occasionally (even more so these days having been in CoVid hibernation) or it may not even be a change we’re after simply covering unwanted grey but do try to go easy on the chemicals you use. If possible please always leave to the professionals and don’t be tempted to do anything too drastic at home resulting in an emergency speed dial to your salon to correct. It is far easier for a professional to work with neglected hair rather than chemically treated disasters.
Not everyone brushes their hair every day and that’s fine .. We certainly don’t as we’re curly girls and we’d end up looking like a frizz ball! For those who do brush regularly try not to over brush as excessive brushing can lead to hair loss or breakage.
Try to brush only once a day starting with the bottom and moving up to mid lengths then up to the top. Be gentle with knots and gently tease them out as you can break the hair off if you are too rough.
We recommend to use a comb to get rid of tangles and knots especially when wet, and a brush for styling and blow drying your hair. The best combs are wide toothed ones they won’t pull on your hair too much and are easy to clean. We have a plastic free option if you would like to take a look Plastic Free Hair Comb | Dolores and Rose. Try to avoid metal combs they can be a little harsh on your hair. Which type of hairbrush depends on your styling regimen. Generally a vent brush for straighter hair, a paddle brush for wrap drying and a round brush to create volume and waves. Best to avoid any brushes with metal prongs as these can scratch your scalp.
TRY TO USE NATURAL PRODUCTS
Use sulphate and silicone free hair products if possible. Silicone can block the pores that produce natural oils and dry out your hair. Sulphates remove all dirt and oils from your hair … but unfortunately they can also strip your hair of its good oils too and they can cause irritation. Find out more in our blog on sulphates: http://staging3.doloresandrose.co.uk/lets-talk-sulphates/
Finding a good product that’s good for your hair is quite often trial and error but can result in your hair looking amazing and bouncy or dull and lifeless. You should be able to see the benefits of a good product working with your hair from the first wash with the positive effects increasing over time.
TAKE TIME FOR YOUR HAIR
Everyone likes some “me time” to nurture our souls whether that’s a little meditation, yoga, reading or running or a little pamper session. Pamper session do however focus on skin and nails and our hair is often forgotten … Our hair needs to be part of that self-care routine. Like you would do a face mask – do a hair mask occasionally or like you would moisturise your skin you need to apply the correct products to your hair to maintain its health and look amazing. All our Dolores and Rose products are also 100% naturally fragranced with essential oils which as well as their range of beneficial properties for your hair and scalp also smell amazing giving your bathroom luxurious spa feeling.
Looking after your locks can feed your soul as well as your strands. Beauty is about how you feel inside and out so be actively healthy, eat right and treat yourself well . The holistic approach to looking and feeling your best is fairly simple… just don’t forget your hair!