I have very long and thick hair which requires a lot of attention, and unfortunately a lot of products. The truth is, whatever your hair type, your barnet needs regular treatments to keep it strong and healthy looking. I like to keep my routine as simple and quick as possible, so after you’ve done the shampoo and conditioner thing, I recommend adding in a few things to keep your hair in tip top condition. We’ll have you looking like a shampoo advert model in no time.
The condition of your scalp is so important for hair health and it’s often neglected; the Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer may be expensive (£43.00) but remember your scalp is (literally) at the root of your hair. Having been using this product every two days for over a year now, I’m still not half way through – so it’s well worth the investment. The ginseng scent is really refreshing and when massaged in gently it boosts circulation and opens up the hair follicles promoting growth, making it ideal for people with thin hair.
Daniel Galvin are fiercely against chemical ingredients so their Salon Intensive Conditioning Treatment (£24.00) is an amazing natural, gentle conditioner for damaged or coloured hair. I find it works best when left on for a good 20 minutes under a shower cap (or just in a warm environment) and then gently but thoroughly washed out with cool water. Not only does my hair look shiner after use, but it feels super strong and infuses moisture to prevent further damage. When my hair needs a lift but I’m pressed for time, I often substitute my regular conditioner for this and just allow a few minutes for the product to soak in; but try and give it a decent length of time at least once a week.
The vast array of hair supplements available might be tempting, but in my opinion there’s not enough evidence to suggest they do the job. For ease I much prefer to get all my hair-boosting nutrients from the food that I eat and the best way is to make friends with good fats. My favourites include extra virgin olive oil (rapeseed and coconut oil are also good), nuts and seeds (especially peanuts, almonds and walnuts,) salmon and fresh tuna, avocado and in moderation a little butter (miles better than processed spreads). Aim to eat these a few times a week and your hair will ooze shine and strength.
As always, it’s important to adapt hair or skin care advice to fit your lifestyle, but the main points to remember are: don’t neglect your scalp, dedicate as much time as you can once a week to giving your hair a deep treatment and make the right choices in your diet. What are your top tips for a healthy looking hair?
Written by Alex Thompson