Beauty bi­ble

How to have beau­ti­ful hair

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - CONTENTS - Lisa Arm­strong

IF SHINY, SWISHY HAIR just sprouts from your scalp, you prob­a­bly don’t think about how this mir­a­cle comes to pass, apart from ev­ery time you catch a glimpse of your mane in a re­flec­tion.

I’d got to the stage when I thought prob­lem­atic hair was my eter­nal lot. Not true. Once you de­cide to get proac­tive, you can im­prove the look of your hair quite dra­mat­i­cally, what­ever your age.

A top-of-the-range hair­cut is the star. Post hol­i­day, when hair tends to be at its most clapped out, is an ex­cel­lent time to take the bull by its tresses: some­thing stylish, shine en­hanc­ing that doesn’t re­quire end­less dry­ing prod­ucts and heat to main­tain. Joel Gon­calves at Daniel Galvin (daniel­galvin.com) is one of the best in the world. If it still feels in need of ma­jor TLC, Sibi Bolan’s De­tox Treat­ment, de­signed to re­move and pre- vent fu­ture build-up of chem­i­cals from prod­ucts, hard wa­ter, chlo­rine, too much sun­light, should set you up for win­ter (from £55, josh­wood­colour.com).

Brush­ing, although not over-brush­ing, is, as our grannies kept telling us, key to stim­u­lat­ing cir­cu­la­tion and scalp health (try the ul­tra kind Wet Brush). So is feed­ing your hair. An­abel Kings­ley, daugh­ter and heir ap­par­ent to the fa­mous, late tri­chol­o­gist Philip Kings­ley, rec­om­mends eat­ing two eggs ev­ery morn­ing. Fail­ing that, tuck into cot­tage cheese or salmon. Ve­g­ans should en­sure this is when they take their nuts, quinoa and oats, since morn­ing is peak time for pro­tein ab­sorp­tion. ‘Fast-shed­ding hair isn’t an in­evitable con­se­quence of age­ing, so much as crash di­et­ing,’ she says. ‘Check your iron and fer­ratin lev­els. Hair isn’t con­sid­ered es­sen­tial tis­sue by the body, so if there are any min­eral and vi­ta­min de­fi­cien­cies, the hair will be the first to lose out.’

Those of us past 30, ac­cord­ing to the holis­tic nu­tri­tion­ist Jen­nifer Han­way, could prob­a­bly up our col­la­gen in­take. She rec­om­mends Bul­let­proof ’s Pro­tein Col­la­gen, which also helps build mus­cle. It’s not for veg­e­tar­i­ans (it’s de­rived from cows), but Han­way says fish col­la­gen is less sta­ble, and plant-based ver­sions are syn­thetic and thus far less ef­fec­tive.

The jury’s di­vided on whether sham­poos should be sul­phate-free. I like Stemm’s range (from £25, vic­to­ri­a­health. com), which is, but have also re­cently be­gun us­ing Philip Kings­ley’s Pure Sil­ver Sham­poo. This isn’t sul­phate free, but it makes grey hair stun­ning, tones down brassy blonde streaks and takes the vir­u­lence out of light browns that have turned too cop­pery.

It also adds gloss, as does Dream Coat, the lat­est in­no­va­tion from Color Wow. This blowdry spray not only hu­mid­ity-proofs hair for up to three days, but coats each strand. Even if you don’t suf­fer from frizz, this is the cult buy of the mo­ment: sleek, shiny tresses guar­an­teed.

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