A Guide to Healthy Hair

Ok, so… I wish I could say that I live by the advice that I’m going to share below, but the truth is, I’m still very much a rookie. At the beginning of the month, Viviscal kindly invited me over to London to attend their Trusted Hair Talk with their trusted hair, nutrition and dermatologist professionals.

I jumped at the chance to attend the talk, because I have really wanted to up my knowledge on hair care and everything that goes along with it for quite some time now. I found the talk so incredibly insightful and really want to share some of the key learnings with anyone who might be interested. I’ve included a few points on hair care habits, essential dietary requirements for healthy hair, and of course, supplements.

Habits & Hair

I wanted to list a few things that are worth noting and practicing in order to keep and get your hair looking fabulous.

Good quality products – This is something that I am seriously guilty of neglecting. For a long time, the only shampoo I used was the Johnson’s baby shampoo, which is apparently awful for stripping your hair of it’s natural oils. I’ve also been known to just use shower gel if nothing else was on hand. It’s so funny because when it comes to skincare and makeup, I am so fussy and particular about every single thing that I use. Haircare just never entered my head until recently. I am definitely on the right track though now in terms of using really good quality products, and I can really feel the difference. I love products like Tresemmé, Kérastase, Pureology, and I know that Oribe is a really great brand although a little pricier than the others.

Heat protection – Again, this is something that I’ve totally neglected in the past but I have learned a lot recently that has encouraged me to start using a heat protection product every time I wash my hair. This should be a key element in your hair care routine if you use straighteners or curlers.

Deep conditioning – I try and use a conditioning mask once a week and find my hair feels so nourished afterwards. Whenever I run out of masks, sometimes I’ll use my normal conditioner as a stand in, tie my hair in a bun for the day, and then wash out as normal. Your hair will feel so silky soft afterwards!

Regular cuts – We’ve all been told a thousand times to get haircuts every 6-8 weeks, but I just find time flies far too fast and I always feel as though I just had a cut last week. In reality it’s usually close to 6 months ago. I’m trying to get more consistent with my cuts though, we’ll see how I do from now on, but I’m not holding my breath on every 6 weeks!

Good hairbrush – This is something that never entered my head to consider until I was at an event a few months ago and heard a hair stylist swear by the Wet Brush for hair care. I got a hold of one, and have used it every day since!

Silk pillows – So apparently silk pillows are not only gorgeous for your skin, but also for your hair! I’ve used silk pillows for the last 2 years, and while I can’t say for sure that they’re positively impacting the appearance of my hair, I’m happy to believe the hype because they feel divine each night. I’d recommend everyone sleep on one!

The elements – Chlorine and the sun are things that we should be religiously protecting our hair against. The damage that they can do is awful, especially to coloured hair. I’m lucky that I don’t have to colour my hair yet, but it’s still worth using protection sprays when your hair is exposed to either of these.

Nutrition & Hair 

Now we all know that I am far from an expert when it comes to nutrition and the correct sources of the important vitamins and minerals that are needed to support healthy hair in your diet. A lot of what I have below are from what I learned from the professionals at the Trusted Hair Talk with Viviscal, and from different articles that I’ve sourced online. Below are some essential elements for healthy hair, and the foods that you are most likely to find them in…

Zinc – Eggs, liver, lamb, cereal, and seeds

Biotin – White fish, carrots, cucumber, raspberries, eggs, and cabbage

Iron – Nuts, raisins, pumpkin, oysters, and onions

Selenium – Pork, beef, turkey, chicken, fish, shellfish, brazil nuts and eggs

Vitamin C – Fresh fruits, tomatoes, and broccoli

Potassium – White beans, spinach, bananas, mushrooms, salmon, and avocado

Vitamin A – Carrots, sweet potatoes, cheese, lettuce, and red peppers

* If you’ve spotted anything here that is totally incorrect, please do let me know as this is second hand information and I am not an expert. Thank you! <3

Supplements & Hair 

Viviscal – I’ve just started taking the Viviscal Maximum Strength Hair Growth Supplement, and I’m so excited to start seeing results. I take it twice a day, with water, after food. These tablets are scientifically formulated with all of the essential nutrients for healthy hair, like the ones that I have mentioned above. Viviscal is one of the most clinically researched hair growth supplement brand worldwide, and with ten published clinical trials, you can most definitely trust it. I learned so much about it when chatting with the brand manager at the talk, and it was great to hear that it is recommended globally by doctors, dermatologists, trichologists, nutritionists and hair stylists. It also has a cult celebrity following which includes Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon. If it’s good enough for these ladies…. Find out more here.

Blue Iron – This is an iron supplement that I’ve been taking most days since the start of the year. I don’t always remember but I definitely feel a little more of a pep in my step when I’m taking it consistently. Find out more here.

Symprove – I mentioned shortly after returning from London, that the Viviscal Dermatologist highly recommended Symprove as a brilliant probiotic for overall body, skin and hair health. I got my hands on it almost immediately and have been loving using it. The Mango & Passionfruit flavour is my go-to. Find out more here.

I really hope that you found this post helpful and interesting. I absolutely loved putting it together.

Niamh x

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