Su­per sup­ple­ments

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As if we need an­other rea­son to love sum­mer, our hair and nails grow at a faster rate dur­ing the warmer months. This is be­cause of the gen­eral in­crease in our ex­po­sure to sun­light, which re­sults in our bod­ies pro­duc­ing more vi­ta­min D, which is im­pli­cated in hair health.

Con­versely, nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies are thought to slow hair growth and cause thin­ning. So whether the sun’s play­ing ball or not, up­ping your vi­ta­min in­take by tak­ing just a few sup­ple­ments a day can do your locks a world of good. Tri­chol­o­gists rec­om­mend tak­ing sup­ple­ments for­mu­lated for hair, skin and nails, as they con­tain the right dose of im­por­tant in­gre­di­ents such as bi­otin, vi­ta­mins B, C and E, iron and omega-3. Scalp help A healthy scalp equals healthy hair, and with so many tar­geted prod­ucts on the mar­ket, it’s easy to ad­dress your in­di­vid­ual con­cerns. oily scalp THE CAUSE: Some of us have a nat­u­rally oily scalp, but stress can make it worse, and ex­cess salty, fatty or sweet foods can al­ter your scalp’s ph, mak­ing it a breed­ing ground for bac­te­ria that can cause ir­ri­ta­tion and flak­ing. THE FIX:

Mas­sag­ing your scalp a few times a week with a detox­ing treat­ment is ex­cel­lent for ex­fo­li­at­ing flakes and con­trol­ling oil – try L’oréal Paris El­vive Ex­tra­or­di­nary Clay Detox Clay Mask, $11. For an ev­ery­day boost that won’t make hair oilier or weigh it down, try a serum that will pen­e­trate deeply. We like Kéras­tase Ini­tial­iste Ad­vanced Scalp and Hair Con­cen­trate, $70. dry, flaky scalp THE CAUSE: Dan­druff can re­sult from cold weather, mois­ture­sap­ping in­door heat­ing or sham­poo that’s too harsh. THE FIX:

Swap your sham­poo for a cream-based ver­sion like Bum­ble and Bum­ble Gen­tle Sham­poo, $39. Then, once a week, ap­ply a hot oil treat­ment de­signed to soothe the scalp. Cas­tor oil is a bril­liant nat­u­ral op­tion and avail­able for just a few dol­lars from phar­ma­cies and health stores. It’s packed with nu­tri­ents, in­clud­ing nour­ish­ing vi­ta­min E and omega-9 fatty acids. Ap­ply to the roots of dry hair and mas­sage it into the scalp, leave overnight, then wash as usual. pso­ri­a­sis THE CAUSE: This chronic in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tion is thought to have nu­mer­ous causes, in­clud­ing ge­net­ics and stress. THE FIX:

Al­though there’s no known cure for pso­ri­a­sis, there are things you can do to keep it un­der con­trol. Try us­ing a sham­poo like Ma­trix Bi­o­lage Scalp­sync Anti-dan­druff Sham­poo, $30, which con­tains piroc­tone olamine, an an­ti­fun­gal and an­timi­cro­bial com­pound used to treat fun­gal in­fec­tions of the skin, par­tic­u­larly the scalp.

Try: Swisse Ulti­boost Hair Skin Nails, $45.

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