Hair is a contentious subject for us girls. There are so many trends, styles and ways of working it that everyone has an opinion of what looks good. The cuts change with the seasons and you only have to look at this list of hairstyles from the last century to know how dramatic those changes can be. There are so many things that can affect hair health in life, from stress to the birth of a child. It’s understanding how to manage the effects of those things that can keep your bonce in tip-top shape.
There are hundreds of articles on the internet that can teach you how to keep your hair in good condition, and this varies by the hair type. What suits one will not suit another and while you can use human tape in hair extensions for a lush and thicker hair look, there are things you can do for your actual hair to make it thick and healthy. Getting back a shine when you’re used to it looking more lacklustre isn’t the easiest, but it can be done! Genetics does play a role in your hair type – if your mother has thin and brittle hair, it’s likely you would deal with this at some point in your life. However, it’s also the weather, pollution and the way you approach haircare that can have a real impact on the health of your locks. So, how can you make sure your hair stays health, lustrous and looking beautiful for longer?
- Protein. Did you know that your diet can have a huge impact on your hair? A lack of protein can be to blame, as hair is made up of mostly protein. Without it, you can experience hair that is weak and brittle and actually have an impact on your hair colour. You don’t have to be a carnivore to have nice hair, but adequate protein is a must.
- Zinc. Without enough zinc in your diet, your hair can shed. Multivitamins can really help here, and eating a diet rich in zinc can really help. After having a baby, your hair sheds due to lack of shedding throughout the 9 months of pregnancy. You can minimise this with the right supplements and food.
- Omegas. Omega-3 fatty acids can work to stimulate hair growth and follicles, while helping your sebaceous glands. None of this makes your hair grow, but it does make your scalp as clean as a whistle. Cold water fish, cottage cheese and flaxseed can all help you up your intake of omega-3.
- Shampoo. You have to have a good understanding of what makes your hair shine and sometimes this takes trial and error with shampoos and conditioners. It’s important to remember that things that affect you in life can change the way your shampoo works, so while you should stick to one type, don’t be closed off to making changes.
Your hair is your crowning glory and the whole world sees it. Wear it well and wear it proudly!