We’ve probably all committed a hair sin or two in our time (hello bottle dye), but The Mandarin Salon’s resident trichologist Andrea Clark is more concerned with the habits that are affecting the health of our locks and scalps. From alopecia to split ends, Andrea treats clients discreetly in the salon for a whole range of hair and head problems – but even those with a healthy head of hair need to continue maintaining their luscious locks. With over 30 years of experience in hair styling, salons and treating scalp conditions, Andrea shares her top hair-care tricks and tips.
- Don’t tie up wet hair: this is when the hair is at its weakest and can cause breakages or create a damp scalp environment. Vacation and poolside can be an exception.
- Diet plays a big part in the growth-life of each strand of hair—so if you’re suffering from frizz, you might want to look at what’s in your fridge rather than smothering yourself in anti-frizz products.
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your hair: energy to form hair cells is lowest first things in the morning, so it’s important to eat a balanced breakfast.
- Hair is primarily made up on protein, so including plenty of meat or plant-based proteins like beans, tofu, and nuts in your diet is essential.
- The environment of the scalp is important – don’t be afraid to shampoo every day if necessary as your hair and scalp will be exposed to dirt and pollution.
- Use a shower filter. This can be especially important in places like Hong Kong where the minerals in the ‘hard’ water can sometimes upset the balance of your hair and scalp.
- Get your locks trimmed regularly. It won’t make hair grow faster, but it will strengthen the ends.
- Make sure you’re getting all your vitamins. Eating enough Iron is essential for hair growth, as is Vitamin C to make sure it’s absorbed.
- Go outside: Vitamin D is vital for good hair growth, and the best way to absorb it is still sunlight. Exercising will additionally lower stress and promote healthy hair growth, too, so you can do two in one.
- It’s normal to shed around a 100 hairs a day, but if you notice an increase consult a trichologist, who can solve 90% of all hair loss concerns.
Andrea Clark is available for consultation at The Mandarin Salon.