Weak. Damaged. Dry. Limp. Lifeless. These are all words I’ve used to describe my hair in recent months.
Instead of a bad hair day I’ve pretty much had a bad hair year.
It all began in October 2017, when my hair starting falling out in clumps (I was in the process of buying my apartment, so under a lot of stress). Thankfully I stopped shedding so much by December. But it meant that my already-fine-hair suddenly looked dramatically thinned out.
And add to that a lot of colour and styling damage – then a long, hot summer that frazzled my dry ends even further – and you get one very unhappy head of hair.
I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t affected my confidence. But, instead of fretting about it, I’m now throwing all of my energy into getting my hair back into a healthy state. And these are my three key areas of focus…
My Healthy Haircare Routine: 3 Areas of Focus
STEP 1: A FOCUS ON NUTRITION
I’m a pescatarian, and my diet is full of colourful fruits and vegetables. So I know that my body receives a lot of essential vitamins every day. However, since completely cutting out meat at the beginning of the year, I’ve probably been a little bit low on protein.
And this was confirmed by a really informative article about hair loss that I found on the Cosmopolitan website. The Cosmo team spoke to trichologist Anabel Kingsley, who confirmed my suspicions. “Hair is made of protein, making adequate daily intake of protein rich foods essential,” Anabel told Cosmo. “Include at least a palm sized portion of protein at breakfast and lunch (approx. 120g in weight).”
I’ve been taking Anabel’s advice, and have made a conscious effort to add more protein into my diet, increasing my intake of fish, nuts, eggs, lentils and seeds. And I’ve also started mixing a spoonful of hemp protein powder into my porridge each morning.
It’s too early to see whether these changes have made a positive impact on my hair, but my energy levels have already risen. So that’s one big positive!
STEP 2: LEARNING TO LOVE A NEW STYLE
If you watch my Instagram Stories on a daily basis you’ll remember that a few weeks ago I was fretting about whether to cut my hair into a long bob.
My hair needed it; there was no question about that. But it had been years since I’d last had a shorter style, and I was reluctant to go for the chop.
In the past I’ve found that shorter hairstyles require much more styling on a daily basis. And I’m definitely a low-maintenance girl when it comes to beauty. So I spent a while weighing up the two evils: continue with longer, unhealthy hair that acts as a self-esteem killer, or adopt a new style that requires more TLC on a daily basis.
Eventually I settled on the latter, and I’m happy with my decision. My hair now looks and feels fuller, healthier and happier.
However, as expected, I don’t like the fact that I need to use heat stylers more frequently. But I’m sure I’ll get used to this over time. And maybe I’ll even grow to love my hair at this length…
STEP 3: A NEW HAIRCARE REIGME
“The damage and stress that affects hair health, from pollution, to over processing, to aggressive mechanical damage, increases as hair grows longer,” Kérastase reports. “These effects manifest themselves in split ends, dullness, and unmanagable hair – and most of the time the only solution for highly damaged lengths and tips is to cut them off.”
Ain’t that the truth?!
I’m not sure whether I’ll continue to keep my hair at a shorter length for a while, or immediately start growing it out again. But I’m switching up my haircare regime, so that as my hair does grow it continues to retain its strength. And that’s where the new Kérastase Résistance Extentioniste* range comes in.
The Length Strengthening shampoo, conditioner, mask and scalp serum have all been formulated for those seeking long and healthy hair.
“Résistance Extentioniste combines scalp care and reinforcement of the structure and surface of the hair fibre to help keep hair’s elasticity, it’s glow and very importantly, it’s strength from root to tip,” Kérastase state.
For the most part I’ve found that my hair has responded best to Kérastase products ever since I started colouring my hair in my late teens (I’m naturally a brunette). So I feel confident the new Résistance Extentioniste will help improve its condition.
And, along with switching up my shampoo and conditioner, I’ve also started taking Sugarbearhair vitamins*. These delicious gummy bears are packed with all of the key ingredients your hair needs – from Biotin and Folic Acid to Vitamin C. They’re famous for having great online reviews and tons of celebrity fans, so I hope the vitamins live up to the hype and give my hair a boost.
I’ll be sure to update you on the effectiveness of both Sugarbearhair and Kérastase Résistance Extentioniste in late November/early December, when they’ve both had a proper chance to work their magic.
Do you have a healthy haircare routine of your own? And have you struggled with hair loss or hair health recently? I’d love to know what worked for you, if so. Leave a comment below to have your say…
* Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of the Résistance Extentioniste range and Sugarbearhair supplements to trial. However I am under no obligation to feature either of the products or give them a positive review. I’m genuinely curious to try them both, and am crossing my fingers they’ll work. However, if I don’t see any noticeable results I will be open about that in my three month update.