Fast fixes for glossy hair

Re­dis­cover a youth­ful shine to­day, with these top tips and must-have buys that will have your hair shim­mer­ing with good health, says Beauty Ed­i­tor, Michelle Nightin­gale

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Con­di­tion, con­di­tion, con­di­tion

Our hair is con­stantly un­der pres­sure from ex­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture changes, com­bined with high heat from ex­ces­sive styling. This strips it of es­sen­tial mois­ture, leav­ing our tresses parched, dull and frizzy. “It’s so im­por­tant to con­di­tion after ev­ery wash,” ex­plains Sally-Ann Tarver from The Cotswold Tri­chol­ogy Cen­tre and Ther­adome (www.cots-tri.co.uk). “Weekly in­ten­sive con­di­tion­ing masks can also im­prove hair health and will help pro­tect against fu­ture dam­age too. “If the dam­age is al­ready done, speak to your hair­dresser who may sug­gest a good cut. Reg­u­lar trims at least ev­ery three months are es­sen­tial for keep­ing hair in good con­di­tion.”

Up your vi­ta­mins

If your diet lacks cer­tain vi­ta­mins then your hair will suf­fer. Dur­ing the colder months, Vi­ta­min D deficiency is com­mon, too. “Your skin pro­duces Vi­ta­min D when ex­posed to the sun and plays a part in keep­ing hair at op­ti­mum health,” ex­plains Sal­lyAnn. “Nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies such as low iron, low Vi­ta­min B12 and Vi­ta­min D can slow down hair growth and con­trib­ute to hair thin­ning.” See your GP about any de­fi­cien­cies and con­sider tak­ing a general multi-vi­ta­min.

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