Want your locks to look effortlessly beautiful? Try these tips from stylist to the stars Luke Hersheson
E’s the go-to hair guru for some of the A-list’s most envied locks – from Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller to Victoria Beckham and Claudia Schiffer – known for creating cool-girl styles that look effortlessly good. And now, Luke Hersheson, co founder and creative director of London’s Hershesons hair salon, is letting you into the secret of enviable hair with his new book, Great Hair Days & How to Have Them (Ebury Press, £20). Crammed with insider tips, advice and inspiration, it shows you that with a great cut, a few key products and a bit of confidence, beautiful hair fakes only minutes to achieve. But it’s not all about styling, says Hersheson.
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‘To have truly great hair, think beyond styling products – a 360° holistic approach is in order it you want to enjoy the best hair of your lite. Your lifestyle, what you eat, the supplements you take and your stress levels all have a say in how your hair looks, feels and grows.’ Like skin, hair needs nurturing from within as well as pampering from without. If your body is depleted – whether from a poor diet, stress or over-training – your system diverts nutrients to vital organs, meaning your hair can lose out, becoming lacklustre and thin. Stress and the environment also take a toll. Having healthy hair is a delicate balance of factors. Exercise is good – but don’t do too much – and eat plenty of fresh produce, making sure you’re getting enough calories and protein, says Hersheson. 66 Health&Fitness coachmag.co.uk Feed your hair ‘Hair cells are the second-fastest- growing cells in the body. Around 85 to 90 per cent of your hair is in growth phase at any one time and each hair requires a lot of energy to thrive.
Hair cells need a good balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals to perform properly. Any diet that excludes even one food group is a poor diet for hair. My hair superfoods include sunflower seeds, cold-water fish, oafs, green leafy vegetables and nuts.’ PACK IN PROTEIN ‘If your hair never grows past a certain point, you could be eating too little protein. Eighty to 85 per cent of hair is made up of the protein, keratin. Eating a good amount of protein ensures your hair remains in its anagen, or growth, phase for as long as possible; otherwise it can become brittle and snap before it’s reached its full potential. However, not all protein is equal as far as hair is concerned; primary proteins – animal proteins such as eggs, fish, lean and red meat and poultry – are best for your hair because the body makes good use of their amino acids.’
Mary Comber 3Don’t cut carbs ‘Without a good supply of complex carbohydrates for energy, the body looks to stored proteins [needed for your hair] for its fuel. Restricting or eliminating complex carbohydrates for too long can result in hair loss. Eat wholegrain bread, legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables.’
WATER YOUR LOCKS
Water keeps your scalp moisturised, supple and calm, and keeps your follicles in tip-top condition. If you’re dehydrated, your scalp will become dry, flaky, easily irritated, itchy and uncomfortable. Aim for 1.5 to 2 litres of wafer a day, or more if you work out a lot. ’ Eat fat ‘Just about the very best things you can consume to grow great hair are non-saturated essential fatty acids, omega-3, -6 and -9. They help regulate hormones, including those that, unchecked, cause hair thinning and loss, and those that boost cellular repair and reduce inflammation, which help your scalp and its follicles produce qualify hair. Oily fish such as salmon is an excellent source.
Iron deficiency is the culprit behind many instances of hair loss. Lustrous hair and a healthy scalp demand a nutrient-rich blood supply. If your iron levels HEALTHY . hair are low, your follicles will not be getting what they need and your hair’s growth cycle can go haywire, meaning you may notice more hair falling out when you wash and brush it. The best sources of iron are fish, chicken and red meat, plus leafy green vegetables, legumes, beans and peas.’ 7Snack more ‘Hair cells need a near-constant supply of energy. The energy stores that your hair follicles draw on for fuel are usually running on empty around four hours after your last meal, so snacking is essential if you want incredible hair. Complex carbohydrates are your hair follicles’ best source of fuel – fry nuts or raw vegetables with houmous.
Moderate cardio boosts blood circulation so it’s good for your scalp and boosts your general health – if your body’s in good working order, if has no excuse not to channel nutrients to your scalp and hair follicles. It’s a different story for excessive exercise – over a long period, if subjects the body to stress, leading to inflammation, and damage to hair and the scalp.’ Ease stress ‘Stress can have a profound effect on the health and appearance of hair. Chronic stress can cause hormonal changes that force follicles out of their growth phase and into a resting and shedding phase, so there’ll be less hair on your head. The results will show up around six to 12 weeks afterwards. Stress can also cripple your digestive system so, even if you’re eating hair-friendly foods, your body can’t take what it needs from them.’
10 TRY A SUPPLEMENT
Trichologists recommend the following nutrients for boosting hair health.’ Omega-3 fatty acids: Vital for a healthy, balanced scalp and glossy, beautiful hair. Look for omega-3s from a marine source with between 200 and 700mg EPA/DHA per capsule. Biotin: This vitamin supports hair growth and minimises hair loss. Food sources tend to contain only small amounts. Try a daily supplement with 500g of biotin. Vitamin D: Research suggests it helps create new follicles and re-animafes dormant ones. According to experts, we should aim for a minimum of 1,000 International Units (IU) a day.
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