Having a “good” or “bad” hair day? At least eight in 10 women agree that how their hair looks can affect their whole day.1
If your hair is feeling dry, damaged and weak or if you frequently use chemical and cosmetic procedures, then here’s good news: strong, sleek and beautiful hair is within reach. Follow these top tips and make every day a good hair day!
1. Healthy hair begins from within
Hair quality is closely linked to our nutritional state. Given that hair can grow 1 cm a month for up to six years before falling out, nutritional support is vital for maintaining healthy locks.2
Hair is primarily made up of keratin, a structural protein.3 However, keratin is not normally found in the diet and when taken as a supplement it is difficult to absorb.
Cynatine® HNS Keratin however is a revolutionary ingredient comprised of hydrolysed soluble keratin, which is more easily absorbed by the body. It’s clinically studied and been found to improve various parameters of hair health such as strength and appearance.
In addition to keratin, there are various other nutrients which can support hair health.
Protein intake in the diet is also important as it provides the amino acids to help build new hair. Foods such as eggs, chicken, pulses and nuts are good sources.
Biotin is a B vitamin and is involved in the metabolism of amino acids from protein that contributes to the maintenance of healthy hair.3,4 Biotin can be found in eggs, salmon and sweet potatoes.
Copper plays a vital role in the production of melanin, the compound that provides the pigment that gives hair, skin and eyes their colour. Without sufficient melanin, hair can turn grey.5 Copper-rich foods include beef, potatoes, mushrooms and cashews.
Zinc has antioxidant properties and contributes to the maintenance of healthy hair.6,7 Zinc deficiency can lead to temporary hair loss,8so it’s important to include zinc-rich foods such as beef, chicken, yoghurt and pumpkin seeds in your diet.
2. Take care with wet hair
Hair is more prone to breakages when it is wet so avoid brushing as soon as you get out of the shower and dry your hair carefully by gently patting rather than rubbing.
3. Keep your hair cool
Around 60 percent of working women in the UK report straightening or smoothing their hair every single day.9 Unfortunately, this excessive use of heat on your hair can cause structural damage. Use straighteners and curling tongs for special occasions and instead try blow drying your hair. A blow dry can last for up to three days so that hair can be left to rest and repair.
4. Wear a hat!
Radiation from the sun leads to the production of free radicals. This oxidative stress can have a negative impact on the colour, strength and protein content of your hair. The sun is strongest in the summer months between 11:00 and 15:00, so try to keep your hair protected during this time.
Good Hair Days Ahead
By following each of these tips, you’re on your way to developing a routine that keeps your hair truly healthy—from the inside and out. Over the long-term, that can only mean better days looking fabulous ahead!
Optimal Solutions® Survey, Wakefield Research, 2014, survey among 500 U.S. women.
Ralph M Trüeb, MD. Serum Biotin Levels in Women Complaining of Hair Loss. Int J Trichology. 2016 Apr-Jun; 8(2): 73–77.
Cruz, C.F.; Costa, C.; Gomes, A.C.; Matamá, T.; Cavaco-Paulo, A. Human Hair and the Impact of Cosmetic Procedures: A Review on Cleansing and Shape-Modulating Cosmetics. Cosmetics 2016, 3, 26.
EU approved health claim – Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair.
EU approved health claim - Copper contributes to normal hair pigmentation.
EU approved health claim - Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal hair.
EU Approved health claim - Zinc contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Malkud S. Telogen Effluvium: A Review. J Clin Diagn Res. 2015 Sep;9(9).