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Beauty Series: Hair

Like with nails and beauty, taking care of your hair mostly involves some common sense and a wee bit of time and effort. Obviously, we all have different hair types, so I won’t go into the specifics, but the basics are all the same.

First off: Get regular cuts. Set up a running appointment with your hairdressers (or several if you are still looking for one that you like) and go to them. I don’t care if you are growing your hair for the wedding. It’s even more important as you don’t want a head of split ends to ruin all your hard work. Although they won’t make your hair grow any faster, getting your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks will make sure the hair you have is hair to be proud off. Wispy, broken ends are no good to anyone.

Start from within. Hair is dead, so although you can treat it to keep it’s condition looking good, you should work from the inside out to get the best from it. Protein, calcium, silica, iron and b-vitamins are all important for healthy skin, hair and nails. If you have been following the steps in the previous posts, you should already notice an improvement. If you are wondering where to start fresh (or frozen) fruit and vegetables, especially leafy green veg, live yoghurt, seeds, whole grains and oily fish are all great sources of what you need.

If you have cut out meat as part of a pre-wedding diet, or if you just eat very little or no meat, you may not be getting enough protein, iron or b-vitamins. Up your nut intake instead. Have a few bags of nuts handy at your desk and in the kitchen cupboards, I really like almonds and they are great for you. Brazil nuts and walnuts are also full of other goodies. Most supermarkets and health food shops have a large selection, so shop around and find a new favourite snack!

Leafy, dark green vegetables are a super-food. Spinach, broccoli, curly kale and Swiss chard are just some of the examples of these nutrient loaded vegetables. Add some carrots and use them a few times a week to see the results.

Eggs, dairy, oily fish and pulses are all really important too. Check these sites for some fantastically yummy recipes:

Joy The Baker – along with things that are very, very bad for your waistline, she has some great, delicious and healthy recipes. Promise.

River Cottage Community Recipes – lots of good, healthy recipes. Contributed by Hugh Fairly Witters-on and the general public.

Donal Skehan – the Irish wonder-kid has lots of great recipes on his site. He also has his own show on RTE called Kitchen Hero, it’s on Monday nights at 8pm.

Jamie Oliver – I am a huge Jamie fan, so couldn’t leave him out here.  What’s your favourite?

Oh – and don’t forget to drink your water!

Speaking of water – dehydrated hair is damaged hair and damaged hair aint pretty. Heat products dehydrate your hair. Try to cut down how much you blow dry, straighten or curl your hair. I’m not telling you to ditch your beloved GHD’s forever, but try to go at least a couple days a week without using them. When you do use heat to dry or style your hair, make sure to use some kind of barrier product. Almost all hair brands have heat protection products, but they can only do so much.

Chemical treatments, such as Brazilian blow-dries, perming, or colouring are also crazy bad for your hair, so don’t think you’re going to get away with ditching the straighteners for a cocktail of chemicals! There is some discussion about how different formulas give different results, but I don’t know enough about the topic to go into it here. If you do decide on going for perming or permanent straightening treatments, find out which kind of treatment you would get and research it.

Protect your hair from chlorine, sun and general damage. Cover it, clean it, condition it.

How often you shampoo and condition your hair depends on your hair type. Some need to be washed every day, others look best when you skip a day. If your hair is prone to dryness, or if you use heat products, use a conditioning treatment once a week. (Remember that stress-free evening with a face mask that you have every week, meet a new feature.) Give yourself a mini head massage while washing and when applying the mask to stimulate the hair follicles, or rope your fiance into doing it. You should convince him that this is a regular part of married life and he needs to learn the skills!

As with face and body products, price does not equal quality. Some cheaper products are just as good. Although, a salon I used to go to used Keratase products and my hair always looked amazing afterwards. But I never really fancied shelling out £15 for a shampoo, especially as I know the boy will just use whatever bottle he picks up first and it would probably the expensive one! It’s a personal choice though. Shop around and use what works for you.

On a final note – broken hair pins, crappy brushes, glued in extension and elastic bands damage your hair and scalp. Throw them out. You can get good-quality basics for pittance. Be nice to your hair.

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2 responses to “Beauty Series: Hair

  1. jacin June 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    great post!!! i am addicted to kerastase shampoo and find that you can find it for much cheaper online than in the salon! it is something i allow myself to splurge on 🙂

  2. Sarah - OGW June 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the comment Jacin. I’m trying to start taking my own advice from these posts, bit by bit, so that might be the next thing I look into. I have crazy hair, so it needs some tlc.

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