Not just on your Wedding day but every day!
Years ago, every morning I’d be Kermit-coloured with jealousy at how a colleague would fly into the office having woken up just fifteen minutes earlier. Okay, so she may have side-stepped a shower but her hair always looked great. Whether it was up in a swingy pony, a scruffy bun or still bedhead, I’d have given all my beloved Duran Duran merch to have her thick, glossy hair – even for one day.
Chances are, you’re relying on a hair pro to help you score your best every hair day for the big I Do. But wouldn’t it be beyond amaze to look that good every future day of your life? Well, according to trichologist Anabel Kingsley, it is possible to wake up to dream hair. In fact, she says it’s as easy as…
‘An egg a day keeps the trichologist away! But have it on whole grain toast for breakfast as that’s the most important meal as far as your hair is concerned. Your energy levels peak at breakfast time.’ Eggs pack in tons of essential amino acids along with B6, B12 and Vitamin D. Anyone else suddenly fancy a whole grown, oops grain soldier?
To encourage healthy hair growth, along with a lustre boost, sink a hair supplement with your breakfast too. Packed with hair-loving vitamins and minerals, they nourish from within. An added bonus is that you’ll probably notice an improvement in your skin and nails too.
‘Tangled hair can cause breakage if you move a lot in your sleep so gently comb it smooth after applying some pre-shampoo conditioner. Simply wash it out in the morning for softer, shinier hair.’ Anabel adds that it’s good to shampoo and condition your hair everyday anyway. ‘You take your hair and scalp to the same places you take your face and they get just as dirty.’ Makes perfect sense to me.
‘Many people find sleeping on a silk pillowcase helps to reduce frizz, flyaways and tangles plus it leaves their hair more manageable in the morning.’ Check the temperature in your bedroom too. ‘Just like your skin, your scalp sweats, and sleeping in a room that’s overly warm can leave you waking up with a sweaty head. If you can’t leave your window ajar, use a fan or sleep under a lighter blanket.’
Well, it saves heaps of time in the morning if you’ve strategically set your hair into a style before hitting the sheets. A plait = mermaid kinks, curls = hollywood waves or a messy bun = mussed-up Mossy texture. Anabel warns against the use of tight elastic bands and metal grips which can snap your hair and scratch your scalp. ‘Tightly pulled back hair styles put a great deal of traction on the hair follicle causing breakage and hair loss (called traction alopecia). Sleep with your hair in a fabric covered hair tie.’ That’s scrunchie in my world.
‘Opt for a gentle hairbrush with flexible, plastic prongs that are rounded at the end and detange starting at the ends and gently work your way up. When you style, use a heat protective spray or serum and don’t over-dry your hair – turn the heat off when your hair is ‘just dry’.’
Are you going to give any of these tips a try? Or do you have any others to share? Let me know below!