Give Kim Kardashian a run for her money with these four steps to shinier hair
Let’s face it, we ALL want hair that glistens. Well it’s time to make your dreams come true with our gloss-boosting guide.
Like beauty, great hair starts from within. L-cysteine’s an amino acid that helps your body make keratin, a protein critical for glossy hair growth. You normally make enough of this, but stress or illness can give your body’s L-cysteine levels a battering.
Superproof your shine with a diet rich in eggs, soy, walnuts, and sunflower seeds, and grains such as barley, oat bran, durum wheat and spelt – all packed with lock-friendly L-cysteine. Many hair supplements also contain L-cysteine, so make sure you check out the label.
Look for a natural gloss-booster such as argan oil ¬– it’s rich with vitamins A, C and E, as well as being loaded with antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid (studies show it may even help boost cell renewal).
Many oils hiding in your kitchen cupboard will help nourish hair too – try olive, coconut or avocado oil. Warm your chosen hair oil in your palms and then massage into your scalpright down to the tips of your hair, and let it work its magic for an hour or so. Don’t forget to opt for a natural shampoo when rinsing it out.. Et voila! Shiny hair.
Supplement your diet
A hair care supplement’s a great way of staying one step ahead in the glossy locks battle – but what ingredients should you be on the lookout for? Biotin’s a B vitamin that’s linked to thicker, healthier hair, B6 activates the metabolism of proteins in hair follicles, and omega-3 can help nourish the follicles to boost growth. Low iron levels may make hair look dull or even lead to breakage. And zinc is said to play a crucial role in DNA – the essential building blocks of everything!
Get your ACV
Letting products build up on hair over time can lead to flat, dull and lifeless hair. Add to this that many chemical shampoos and products disrupt your hair’s natural pH levels, affecting hair cuticles and the scalp’s condition, and you’ll agree we need to hit the reboot button! One of the easiest ways to strip things back to how Mother Nature intended is by using Apple Cider Vinegar, which is high in “good acid” and has a pH level close to that of our natural healthy hair.
Make a cleaning spritz by mixing equal amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar and water to use after shampooing. Leave it on for at least three minutes – the time it takes the vinegar to break down the bad stuff so it’s easily rinsed away.
Now get out there and let your hair do the talking!
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