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6 ways to wake up to beautiful hair



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…

1. Eating eggs

‘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?

2. Popping a pill

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.

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Philip Kingsley Tricho Complex, £45 

3. Applying conditioner before bed

‘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.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £31  

4. Sleeping on silk

‘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.’

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 14.40.54Silkskin, £49 

5. Styling while you sleep

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.

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ASOS Pack of 2 Metallic Hair Scrunchies, £10 

6 Getting tooled up

‘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’.’

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 14.46.14Philip Kingsley Vented Grooming Brush, £18.50 

Are you going to give any of these tips a try? Or do you have any others to share? Let me know below!

Sarah x

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  • Fingers very tightly crossed. I hope that your tips work with just 4 weeks to go. Why is my hair suddenly so uncontrollable? xo

    5 years ago : Faye
  • I swim every day in my quest for a more streamlined body but a trip to my stylist showed that the chlorine was killing my hair. I don’t get on with swim caps so I use a ketastase cream protector. It’s working…. (phew)

    5 years ago : Bobbie
  • Bun rings are naf aren’t they???? You’d only wear one if you were marrying someone from Geordie Shore. Weight through extensions – is far better x

    5 years ago : JAcks
  • Umberto giannini do this updo cream shot with sparkle. It’s amaze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheap too x

    5 years ago : Florenxe
  • Since getting a pro conditioning treatment I’ve started using only Argan oil shampoos and conditioners plus a matching leave in conditioner at night. Every morning my hair is soft as silk – it’s never tangled even after washing. I’m definitely noticing a difference. Monica xo

    5 years ago : Monica
  • I find that wearing my hair up is really helping it grow stronger. I fuss with it less and use less heated appliances. Weekly conditioning treatments feel so good too . Karen x

    5 years ago : Kazza13
  • These are great tips – and I love how you’ve found some cool scrunchies too! I suddenly feel like rocking a high side pony! A good wedding style you think??? Totes! Tilly xxxxxxx

    5 years ago : tsharp
  • Sorry, I meant to add that Baptiste dry shampoos are the best! Ex

    5 years ago : Liz
  • Dry shampoo! It eels out time between oil- stripping shampoos. Ex

    5 years ago : Liz
  • I deep condition my hair every week and cover it in cling film to make the conditioner penetrate deeper. It really works! Simone c

    5 years ago : Scafferty
  • I’ve been taking viviscal supps since I got engaged – and having regular trims. I also love colour treatments for softness. Jackie Hampsey

    5 years ago : Jackoh