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How to keep your hair healthy this party season


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Get prepared for lots of sparkly dresses, mulled wine and weekday hangovers – the party season is almost upon us.

All that partying and surviving on canapes, mince pies and cheese, while still attempting to work, is a challenge. Not least for your hair apparently. So we spoke to trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver about how to keep hair looking glossy and gorgeous during the party season.

Eat enough protein

Tarver, from the Cotswold Trichology Centre and Theradome, says: “Protein deficiency can cause slow growing, fine, dull, brittle hair. It is essential that women get at least 45 grams of complete protein a day. But, only 24 grams of protein can be absorbed in one sitting. Ensure you include some with each meal rather than having one big protein portion in the evening.”

Do some damage limitation

Over styling hair with straightening irons during the party season can leave hair a frazzled mess. Can heat protection sprays help though? Tarver doesn’t think so.

“Heat damage from straightening irons is largely caused by pockets of moisture trapped inside the hair-shaft, which rapidly turns to steam, “she says. ” The steam can’t escape and tiny holes are blown through the cuticle, a condition known as ‘Bubble Hair Syndrome’. Weak areas form in the hair-shaft, leading to breakage and serious split ends. Unfortunately, the only way to prevent heat damage caused by straightening irons is to not use them, limit their use, use on the lowest heat setting and never ever use them on damp hair.”

Take supplements

Have you ever wondered why your hair grows faster in the summer or when you are on holiday?

Tarver says: “The vitamin D you produce in your skin during sun exposure plays a part in keeping hair at optimum health. Nutritional deficiencies such as low iron, low B12 and Vitamin D can not only slow down hair growth, they can also cause hair thinning too.

“Don’t spend a fortune on expensive hair and nail supplements, as they will only help your hair health if you are replacing a nutrient you are lacking in. Instead buy individual vitamins that you are deficient in.’

Condition (a lot)

Cold, dry air can cause the hair cuticle layer to lift, then going into a warm centrally heated environment takes all the moisture out of the hair, leaving it dry, frizzy and tricky to manage. Tarver has some advice to revive dull winter hair into bouncy, shiny locks.

“Intensive conditioning masks used once a week will help reduce the problem to a degree but it will not mend or give strength to hair that is already disintegrating. The only solution is to cut the damage portion off! Trim ends at least every three months to keep hair in good condition,” she says.

If you want to get really serious you could try the Theradome LH80 Laser Helmet, a gadget that’s supposed to help grow your hair, similar to a clinical laser therapy machine.

Tarver explains: “Laser Phototherapy stimulates blood circulation, nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles and helps to produce stronger, healthier, faster growing hair.”

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