I believe that the most effective way to take care of your hair to support lush and long locks is using a multi-sided approach. I personally use inside and out methods to keep my hair in top condition, growing steadily and healthily! These are my ultimate supplements, nutrition, lifestyle and topical product tips for your best hair ever.
Supplement with Kelp and Zinc
Combining Iodine and Zinc in a supplement = a winning combination for hair health and growth!
Kelp is a large brown algae seaweed, and is a nutritious marine plant.
It is very rich in essential nutrients and minerals, such as iodine (and a bioavailable, plant based source of iodine too). Japanese culture swears by the beauty benefits of seaweed!
Iodine (from kelp/other forms) has been shown to help with hair growth and thickness, as well as other worthy health benefits, such as gut health, immune health, cell protection and energy.
Zinc is a mineral that is involved in so many different biochemical functions of the body - and has been shown to help maintain healthy hair.
Support scalp health
It was a game-changer for me when I found out how important the scalp’s health and function is for healthy, long locks!
You can support your scalp by choosing haircare products designed to nourish and care for it (this is a key feature of our Vitamin Haircare range!)
Numerous studies have demonstrated that oxidative stress and scalp conditions such as oily scalp and dandruff can adversely affect hair growth and hair quality. This can be reversed when scalp condition is restored and maintained by a suitable haircare routine.
Of course, I am using the Purifying Vitamin Shampoo and Nourishing Vitamin Conditioner, which have been designed to ensure optimal scalp health and can be tailored to suit every scalp and hair type, providing purifying action and hydration supported by antioxidant vitamins and botanical ingredients.
You can also use a scalp massager to encourage healthy blood flow and circulation to the scalp as part of your self-care routine – bonus, it feels heavenly!
Nourish your body with balanced nutrition
Wholefoods feed our body the nutrients and minerals we need to thrive and keep our cells functioning and healthy. Hair health and growth can be supported by various nutrients you can get from creating healthy, balanced meals. Some of the top ones are iodine, zinc, selenium biotin, amino acids, essential fatty acids and even iron.
All of these hair-loving nutrients and minerals come from a wholefood diet! If you load your plate with a variety of colours and include all the macronutrients, you can’t go wrong. For example a nourish bowl with a protein source (I love salmon!), quality carbohydrates, healthy fats (hello avocado) and leafy greens would be extremely nutritious when it comes to hair health and growth.
Quality topical haircare products
Having a natural yet science-backed haircare option is really beneficial. Look for topical haircare products that are free from sulfates, parabens and silicones. Sulfate-based shampoos have a super high detergency power and are extremely efficient at dissolving the natural hair lipids (and extracting colour!) - not what you want when it comes to caring for your mane.
You don’t need to sacrifice results and performance when selecting a natural shampoo and conditioner, just make sure that it has quality active ingredients proven to work. Our 2-Step Vitamin Haircare System is bursting with vitamins and botanical actives to nourish the scalp and elevate your hair from root to tip. My hair has literally never been better!
The little things we do in our day-to-day life can make a difference to your hair. Here are a few little tricks I love:
- A silk pillowcase to keep my hair feeling soft and shiny, plus prevent breakage
- A detangling brush - key for getting those knots out without damaging the hair
- I also avoid overheating or excessively colouring my hair
- Regular haircuts to keep to keep split ends at bay