The essential hair care steps that will result in youthful, gorgeous looking hair.
What better time to get back on track when it comes to healthy hair than spring? With the wardrobe and makeup changes, we say it's time for a spring cleaning job when it comes to your hair care. To ensure gorgeous hair this spring and summer (and the rest of the year), we turned to some of the country's top experts for hair care tips so you can achieve healthy, younger-looking hair right now.
Healthy hair tip #1: Eat the right foods
Protein is the building block of every hair strand, so be sure to pile your plate with protein-rich foods like meats, eggs and nuts. “Incorporating omega-3 rich foods like these into your diet will result in shiny, lustrous hair over time,” says Christina Kolovos, Senior Stylist at Donato Salon Spa in Toronto. “B-complex vitamins promote new cell growth within hair follicles and zinc supplements will help to strengthen your locks from the inside out.” And did you know that even exercise can make your hair look better? “Increased circulation promotes healthy hair development, as perspiring is a natural lubricant and protective barrier for the hair.”
Healthy hair tip #2: Try essential oils
Glistening hair took centre stage at a number of spring 2012 shows including Alberta Ferretti and Elie Saab, where hairstylists saturated models’ strands with argan oil to create a glossy finish. Exotic oils (harvested from trees located in places like Morocco and Africa) are now a common hair care ingredient. In addition to nourishing the hair, they help shorten styling time by making hair easier to manage with fewer tangles. Styling oils like Göt2b Oil-licious contains argan oil (from the Moroccan Argan tree) that is loaded with vitamin E to improve the hair health, while making it appear glossier. It also contains marula oil (extracted from the South African marula tree) and white grapeseed oil that gives frizzy hair added moisture and a smooth finish. “Many women worry that oils will weigh their mane down, but they actually absorb directly into the hair cuticle leaving it with a shiny, weightless finish,” says Kolovos, who likes Kerastase Elixir Ultime—a blend of four exotic oils that can be used for multiple purposes. “You can use it before cleansing to remove impurities, as a blow-dry lotion for protection, or apply the product as a finishing touch for enhanced shine and frizz control,” she says.
Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp, so Kolovos also recommends adding essential oils—aromatic liquids derived from plants and flowers—to shampoo for added benefits. “Essential oils stimulate the hair follicles and sebaceous glands in the scalp. Lavender essential oil is a popular option because it will help balance the scalp whether it’s overly dry or overly oily, as well as promote hair growth,” she says. Rosemary essential oil clarifies the hair by eliminating build-up on the scalp, while yling ylang essential oil adds thickness to the hair shaft and minimizes split ends.
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