Want your hair to grow faster and look healthier?
Here’s the thing…
What you eat, your genetics, how stressed you are and your age can all contribute to thinning and breakage. You may not know this, but hair growth is a cycle and there are lots of things that can disrupt this, from hormonal shifts, medicine, illnesses and disease. Anything big going on - like pregnancy, menopause and even losing weight - can also interfere with hair growth. And constant chemical treatments, hot styling tools and even harsh brushing can reduce or damage the hair.
So what’s the answer? Shampoos that nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair of course! They not only make it less brittle and healthier, they can reduce oil build-up, which in turn encourages hair growth (by reducing breakage).
To really speed up your hair growth, supplement your shampoo with a diet rich in protein (found in lean meats, leafy greens, nuts, beans, and fish), fats (fish, nuts, flaxseeds and avocado can really help keep hair soft and silky), vitamin A (milk, eggs, and yoghurt to improve scalp health), and iron (try a supplement or eat more lentils, eggs, and spinach).
Here are some of our favourite shampoos that will give your locks a new lease of life…
Elvive Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo
This wonder shampoo is a steal and even gives you change from a fiver! The clay-infused formula rids the scalp of excess build-up, which can slow down growth. The shampoo also purifies and rehydrates the hair.
OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
Like the Elvive shampoo, this OGX product does a lot for such a bargain price. Its blend of powerful ProVitamin B7 Biotin infuses nutrients into every strand and the hydrolyzed wheat proteins help to strengthen making thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair. The biotin and collagen boost volume on fine hair and leaves hair shiny and glossy. Best of all, its ingredients brings brittle hair back to life with new growth. We also really love this shampoo because it is sulfate-free and less drying than many similar products. The keratin proteins and argan oil also strengthen the cuticle for stronger hair.
Nioxin Cleanser, System 1 Shampoo
This is a winner for fine, thin hair. When you use it, it’ll make the scalp tingle a little, so you’ll know it’s working. It’s packed with vitamins, botanicals, SPF, and amino acids to help protect hair and promote healthy new growth.
Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste (250ml) and Fondant Fluidealiste (200ml)
This product duo leaves hair strong and full of vitality and shine. After you use it, your hair will be less frizzy for days. Full of amino acids and wheat protein derivatives, it makes hair stronger and smoother.
ArtNaturals Argan Oil Shampoo for Hair-Regrowth
This all-natural option is a great pick for anyone who wants to reduce the impact of thinning hair and encourage new hair growth. This argan oil shampoo contains DHT blockers (DHT prevents nutrients from being absorbed by hair follicles, which causes them to shrink and eventually fall out. This special ingredient works to prevent damage of the hair and further hair loss.
She’s the ultimate #hairgoals…
…but how does Kim Kardashian get the high shine look?
Here two of her favourite hairstylists, Jen Atkin and Justine Marjan, reveal Kim’s hair secrets.
Regular hair masks
If your hair is healthy, it’ll shine. And while most celebrities like Kim have their hair and make-up done professionally for work, on their days off they rehydrate and repair with a hair mask, says Jen. One of Kardashian's go to's is Carol's Daughter Monoi Hair Mask, which is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that fortify damaged, chemically-treated hair. Buy it here.
Use a T-shirt to dry hair
"Post shower, instead of drying your hair with a traditional towel, gently squeeze out moisture with an old cotton t-shirt so as not to disturb the cuticle layer of the hair," advises Justine.
Controlled heat styling
If your curler or straighteners are too hot, you will singe the hair which will make it appear dull. Justine says: “When styling, I always use tools that won't damage the hair. GHD's irons are optimised at 365 degrees - the ideal temperature that won't blow open the cuticle layer or cause colour fading."
Sleep on a silk pillowcase
Cotton or polyester pillowcases can absorb moisture and be abrasive to hair. Investing in a silk case will help retain your strands' natural shine - and your hair won't get frizzy overnight, says Justine. It’s a win-win.
Some oils — like the OUAI's signature blend of African galangal, ama, and borage oils — can double as heat protectants when you're using hot styling tools. Justine likes to mix oils together to enhance shine.
You can stock up on daily supplements packed with ingredients like B-complex vitamins (such as biotin, cobalamin, and niacin) to help restore shine from the inside-out. Try Justine’s go-to OLLY Undeniable Beauty Grapefruit Glam Gummies, which helps to create stronger and shinier hair. Buy it here.
Repair with Olaplex
One of our favourite products for shine especially for those of you that dye your hair. Olaplex repairs the hair structure on a molecular level while it processes. Kim likes to use it as an overnight treatment and puts it in her hair before she goes to sleep.
This is an edited version of an article which first appeared on Marieclaire.com. Read the original here.
January is all about self care and looking after ourselves again after a month of mainlining wine, cheese, chocolate and Christmas dinners.
And what better (and easier) way than to start from the top. We’ve come up with some of the best products out there to give your hair a healthy shine boost. Let us know which ones are your favourites!
It’s the new year and everyone is on a diet, detox, Dry January (or all three!).
And it’s not just your body and skin that takes a beating over Christmas and New Year - all that festive drinking can really play havoc with your hair.
In the same way that alcohol consumption dehydrates skin causing spots and break-outs, it also dries out your hair.
Excessive boozing can also trigger a zinc deficiency in the body, which in extreme cases can cause hair loss.
But don’t worry, as we’ve gathered our top expert tips to help you repair and restore your hair. The party may be over, but that doesn’t mean your hair has to suffer.
Yeah yeah, we know it’s boring but water really is one of the key ways to keep your body - and therefore you hair - hydrated.
Not only will it have your hair shining and skin sparkling in no time, it’ll help reduce hangover time, too.
Hydrate your hair
Invest in some hydrating shampoo and conditioner like the Matrix Biolage HydraSource range.
As a L’Oreal salon, we stock and sell lots of amazing products including Matrix Biolage.
Ditch the crap
Not an easy request we know, but booze, fags and coffee are all nutrient-poor and damage the hair and body.
Food full of vitamins and minerals support healthy hair. Ot try a hair supplement like Vitabiotics Perfectil.
Get a trim
Cutting off split ends and having a fresh cut can not only make you look and feel great, it gets rid of damage and helps new hair to grow.
Book your appointment by calling 01865 553725 or click on the ‘book a haircut’ button, below.
The dancer and Step Up star Jenna Dewan shows us what she’s learnt from years of having her make up professionally done for movies and shows.
Model Ashley Graham shows us her quick and easy red carpet make up look. Video courtesy of Vogue.com.
With their huge incomes and glam squads on call 24/7 to keep them looking red-carpet ready, it’s no surprise that celebrities are the ultimate #hairgoals.
But there are certain things you can do to keep your hair looking as good as a celebrity.
Here we reveal six celeb secrets to keeping your hair in shape.
Celebrity secret 1: They take their haircare regime seriously - and stick to it
Hollywood stars know looking good is their job so they take their beauty routine extremely seriously. That means regular haircuts and deeply hydrating conditioning treatments.
Secret 2: There are no “off” days
When they’re not working, celebrities still need to look after their image. And that’s why a day off means a day restoring and reviving their hair in a conditioning mask.
This will not only combat the negative effects of constant heat styling but also any chemical damage.
Secret 3: They use heat protectants when styling
Too much straightening, curling and blow-drying plays havoc with hair.
Using an oil or heat spray before styling is the best way to protect the hair.
Secret 4: They take vitamins, because beauty comes from within
Supplements can not only ensure scalp health, they can help hair grow faster and thicker.
Your hair needs vitamin A to stay moisturised and grow (also find it in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and kale if you prefer to get your nutrients from food).
Research has also shown that vitamin D could help create new follicles - the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow.
Secret 5: They know how to brush wet hair without damaging it
Be careful what type of brush you use on wet hair, which is at its most fragile.
A wide tooth wooden comb is the most gentle, or even simply run your fingers through your damp hair.
Secret 6: They use wigs and weaves
Whether it’s for a big role, photo shoot or special event, hair pieces are commonplace in the celeb world - and they are a great way to change up a look and have fun with your style.
Model Kylie Jenner shows us how to replicate her make up look. Video courtesy of Vogue.com