CLEVER NEW WAYS TO BEAT THE EFFECTS OF STRESS

Hair Rescue
Research shows that we can shed up to 10 per cent of hair during winter months – mix this with static from wearing protective hats,colouring, heated styling tools and no wonder hair is stressed and prone to breakage. Try L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo £6.99 9 (boots.com) sulphate and foam free, the creamy formula causes minimal friction as it cleanses making it ideal for fragile and weakened hair.
* Changing to silk pillowcases can help brittle, damaged hair as high thread cotton pillowcases can cause more friction as you toss and turn during the night.
*Allow more time between root retouches and use one of the new clever cover-ups like Color Wow Root Cover Up (£28.50 colourwow.com) the first mineral powder formula which stays in place until shampooed out – also covers dark roots in lightened hair without peroxide. Available in six shades
Hair Herbal Essence Herbal Detox
* Olaplex, a salon treatment for coloured, damaged or brittle hair, helps rebuild the strength, structure and rebond damaged follicles, leaving hair smoother, silkier and more manageable. It can either be mixed in with your hair colour by your colourist or afterwards to ‘mend’ the hair. The treatment is left on for 15 minutes and then washed out and lasts until your next colouring process – From around £50 www.olaplex.co.uk.
*To encourage growth, restore density and strength, boost thinning hair with a supplement – try Viviscal, £51, enriched with essential ingredients for optimum healthy hair growth and used by A list celebrities (Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence, Abbey Clancy,) Scientific studies show that there is 111% increase in terminal hairs after 3 months.
*At the clinic try Angel Hair, a new treatment which uses platelet rich plasma from your own blood which is then mixed with growth factors and injected into the scalp to help stimulate hair follicles. A course of 6 monthly treatments recommended to restore health and hair. From £1500 0207 436 4441.

De- stress Yourself
It’s very easy to say reduce stress but we all know it’s not as easy as that but do try and look at your lifestyle – some of the most effective stress banishers can easily be slotted into your daily life.
* Sleep More -stress is the main cause of insomnia – try and unwind before hitting the sheets and sleep more.
*Enjoy Exercise – do something you enjoy for at lease 30 minutes a day – it will help release endorphins, which can banish anxiety, as well as boost circulation to the skin.
*Eat Well – a good balanced diet with plenty of water and try to cut down on sugar. Include more stress reducing foods high in Vitamin C – like oranges, and kiwi– a German study found that this vitamin helps reduce stress and return blood pressure to normal levels after a stressful situation and also boosts the immune system. Tuck into apricots which are rich in magnesium -a natural muscle relaxant.
*Be Kind to Yourself – learn to unwind and do something for yourself, read a book, some deep breathing exercises or have a pamper session with friends.
*Say No More Often – set yourself limits and realistic goals so you’re not trying to do everything for everyone. Don’t try and be perfect in everything you do.

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