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This New Year, Skip The Glass Of Bubbly To Save Your Hair
How much did you drink this festive season? Between end-of-year work parties, Christmas festivities and New Year’s celebrations, your liver probably had quite a workout. Regardless, now’s a good time to adopt healthier behaviour with regards to alcohol consumption. You may have heard that alcohol-based shampoos are bad for your hair, but did you know drinking alcohol can also damage your locks?
Alcohol’s effect on your hair
Alcohol can have a negative impact on your overall health, but few people grasp how detrimental alcohol can be to the health of your hair. Too much of a good time can trigger zinc and iron deficiencies, causing your ends to split, strands to break and, in some cases, fall out. In the same way that drinking alcohol desiccates your skin, it dehydrates your hair, and you must take steps to prevent this, if you hope to keep your do strong and lush.
According to industry expert and Matrix regional education developer Terry-Leigh Germishuizen, “A drink now and then is understandable, especially during celebratory periods. The problem is when you overdo it, as your hair can reflect dehydration damage just as much as your skin. Worse, the negative effects can snowball. Damage-repair products exist, of course, but when it comes to your tresses, prevention is always better than cure. To keep your hair in optimal condition, you should really lead a moderate lifestyle in conjunction with a healthy hair care regime. And if you’re confused about what is best for your hair specifically, schedule a salon appointment for a hands-on expert analysis.”
Rejuvenating your tresses
If you indulged over the festive break it may be time for a little bit of damage control. Here’s what you should do to get your hair health back in check:
- Use a hydrating hair mask like aloe-inspired Biolage Hydrasource Mask to add moisture to dry, dull hair
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a balanced diet complete with vitamins, nutrients and proteins
- Consider folic acid, iron and zinc supplements
- Invest in a gentle shampoo and conditioner. The Nutrifier range from L’Oreal Professionnel are excellent nourishing examples, containing glycerol and coconut oil
- Redken Regional Education Developer Richard Nienaber further recommends Redken Hair Cleansing Cream, a specialised, non-drying shampoo that removes pollutants and excess mineral build-up. It should be alternated with your regular shampoo and is ideal for use after a big party night.
No matter your hair type, diet and moisture are key to a luscious mane. Alcohol counteracts the positive effects of hydration while stripping you of the essential vitamins, proteins and nutrients that your body needs to function optimally. Remember to always drink in moderation, and work to keep yourself hydrated at all time, especially when painting the town red.
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