Healthspan September 08, 2017

Regardless of age, hair length, style or type, your hair needs a good quality shampoo but a full regime alongside that works even better. We’re going back to basics with a simple 5 step hair care routine for optimum results.

Step 1 – Get your nutrients

If you really want to give your hair the best chances of good health, ensuring you’re getting the right nutrients is important. Natural oils help promote shiny hair from the inside; oily fish like salmon and mackerel are great sources. Iron and vitamins help build a healthy scalp and strong locks so get munching on those leafy greens too.

Finally, protein is another building block of hair – when you don’t get enough, hair growth can slow significantly. Meats are good sources or if you’re vegetarian make sure you’re getting enough from other sources like dairy, beans and seeds. It can be difficult to make sure we are always getting the nutrients we need so a supplement can really help.

Step 2 – Shampoo

The frequency at which you wash your hair will depend on your hair type so work out what’s best for you. If your hair is dry, chances are you could go without washing for a little longer, whereas hair that is prone to becoming oily will require washing more often. Massage the shampoo in with circular movements to help remove dirt from the scalp and stimulate blood flow which can in turn help to encourage growth.

Hair needs different care as we age due to changing hormone levels. By choosing a shampoo with phytoestrogens, you can help restore your hair against these natural but often undesirable changes.

Top Tip! Avoid washing hair with water that is too hot, this can strip hair of its natural, protective oils.

Step 3 – Condition

Just like your skin needs a moisturiser, your hair needs conditioning too. This helps to keep hair hydrated, manageable and looking lustrous. Apply a generous amount to the lengths of hair; if you have particularly dry hair you can apply right up to the roots. For oily hair types it’s best to stick to the lengths only. Leave this to sink into hair for a few minutes for full benefits. Again, by choosing a conditioner with phytoestrogens you’ll be helping to restore hair’s more youthful shine and vitality.

Step 4 – Repair

Using a hair treatment as part of your regime helps to give damaged or dry hair a little extra nourishment and can be used straight after your shampoo in the same way that you would use a normal conditioner. Leave on for a little longer than usual for ultimate benefits.

For very dry or damaged hair, you can use an intensive conditioner after every wash, whilst it’s a great treatment to use as an alternative conditioner once a week for those with normal hair types.

Top Tip! Let your hair air dry when possible to avoid unnecessary heat exposure.

Step 5 – Oil

Taking care of your hair shouldn’t stop once you get out of the shower as heat damage and the effects of environmental influences mean you need to continue the protection. Hair oils are a great way to provide hair with the nutrients it needs to stay manageable, protected and looking great.

Choose a hair oil that contains a blend of natural oils, vitamins and phytoestrogens to give mature hair a multitude of benefits. They’re easy to use too, simply towel-dry washed and conditioned hair then dispense the oil onto your fingertips and work through the hair, starting with the mid-lengths towards the end. Hair oils can also be used on dry hair to tame frizz, before heat styling or as a pre-cleanse treatment. This helps to provide moisture, protection against both heat and environmental damage, tame fly-away hair, increase strength and much more.

Top Tip! Use a wide tooth comb rather than a brush after washing as this causes less damage.

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Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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