Jul 2016

By Lily Lawson

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Help! How can I keep my hair healthy as a model?

A “theme” of sorts in conversation between my model friends and I of late, has been our hair. As models, our hair goes through hell. Between the constant heat-styling (with no heat protection being used), the backcombing and styling; keeping our hair in good condition can sometimes feel like a losing battle. Thus, for this week’s Model Monday post, I thought it would be useful to explore some tips and tricks for looking after your hair as a model.
  1. As with anything to do with the body, the building blocks to having strong, luscious hair is good nutrition. Eat a diet rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium and protein. To do this, eat foods like avocado, kale, spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, cabbage, carrot, beetroot, grapefruit and oats. In addition, make sure you eat foods like flax seeds, walnuts, beans and olive oil that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. In essence, eat the rainbow.
  2. Once weekly do a hot oil treatment to nourish and replenish your hair. The act of massaging the oil into your hair for five minutes will also stimulate your hair follicles by promoting blood flow to your scalp.
  3. Another natural wonder for hair is aloe vera. Aloe vera, prevents hair fall, encourages hair growth, reduces dandruff and helps to make hair shiny. To use aloe vera, you can drink the juice or mix fresh aloe vera with some lemon juice, apply it to your hair and leave it on for twenty minutes before washing it normally with shampoo and conditioner.
  4. Although this may seem obvious, washing your hair correctly can really help in maintaining your hair’s structure. As such, it is important not to shampoo your hair too often and to gently massage the shampoo into your scalp only. Just as important, is to use conditioner every time that you wash your hair to help replenish lipids and proteins that are found inside the hair shaft. Conditioning your hair will also help prevent damage from happening to your hair by sealing the cuticle. Lastly, for a few seconds at the end of washing your hair, rinse your hair with cold water. Over time this simple trick can help to grow your hair and keep long hair healthy, for longer. Cold water works by smoothing the outer layer of hair, helping to prevent breakage, heat damage and moisture loss.
  5. A simple change that we can all make is to switch up where we place our pony. By doing this, your hair will be given a chance to grow strong and free from damage caused by tying your hair in the same place each day.
  6. Queue the eye rolls, but regularly trimming your hair really does help keep your hair in better condition. By trimming your hair you will prevent split ends from working their way up the hair strands, which would inevitably mean a more drastic hair cut should you want healthy looking hair.
  7. There’s absolutely no point in reading articles on heat styling your hair correctly when you are a model, as the fact of the matter is that you have no control over the amount of heat your hair is exposed to for work. What you can do though, is prepare your hair as best as possible. Make sure that you use a good conditioner, and always apply a heat protectant on your hair before styling your hair, as this will create a barrier between your hair and the heat source.
Lastly, be gentle with your hair, especially when it is wet. If you can avoid heat styling your hair yourself, do, as this will give your hair a much-needed break. Although hair products may make your hair look amazing at the time, they also suffocate your hair, so use them sparingly. I hope that all these tips and tricks help you, and that you are better able to look after your hair with work now that you have them up your sleeve. Don’t get too bogged down by the state of your hair though, remember to be kind to yourself always and your body will be kind to you.