Have you been having a bad hair day…over and over again? If your hair has been in subpar condition, restoring your strands may be as easy to correct as a trip to the grocery store. Incorporating some new foods into your diet and cutting some of the old ones out can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your hair.
Dry hair can be due in part to a lack of vitamin A. “Vitamin A is essential to the induction of the genes that control the process called keratinization, which is part of the cycle of how hair grows. But if you’re not getting enough vitamin A or the right proportions of it, your hair can become dry,” says Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologist Will Richardson, MD.
How to correct it: Load up on foods rich in essential fatty acids and healthy fats. “Foods that are high in omega-3 and -6 fatty acids like lineolic acid will ensure proper hydration to the hair,” says Dr. Richardson. Also, make sure you drink at least one to two liters of water per day to keep hair supple.
Foods to include: fish like tuna, salmon and trout; flaxseed; walnuts, fruits and vegetables
Foods to avoid: processed foods
Hair that’s brittle is more prone to breakage and split ends. If you’re not feeding your body with essential fatty acids, the strands become even more vulnerable to damage from heat styling and chemical processes. “When your diet is low in omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, sulphur, vitamin A or deficient in calories, the result can be brittle hair,” says Dr. Richardson.
How to correct it: To reinstate the health of your hair and repair it, include vitamin E and essential oils in your diet to oxygenate and fortify the hair.
Foods to include: nuts, grains and green, leafy vegetables
Foods to avoid: caffeine, coffee and refined sugar
If your hair is dull, it’s because it’s unable to properly reflect light. When the hair is healthy, it lies flat, and, when light hits it, the light bounces off the cuticle, making it supershiny. But if you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, the cuticle will gnarl and lift. Overexposing the hair to stripping agents, like bleach, can also be a cause.
How to correct it: Stock up on protein-rich foods, which allow the cuticle to grow and lie properly
Foods to include: lean meats like poultry and salmon, cleansing vegetables like algae and wheatgrass
Foods to avoid: complex carbohydrates, junk food
Why Aveda makeup?
I choose to work with Aveda makeup because they take a different approach to beauty than many other product lines. With Aveda, beauty is approached with total wellness and health in mind. They accomplish this by using natural, plant-derived ingredients in their products that are good for the consumer—and the Earth.
What are your top 3 makeup tips?
1. Wear the right shade of foundation. Making a foundation mistake is the quickest way to ruin your makeup look—and it’s also the most common mistake I see. When choosing your foundation, always check it in natural light. It should seamlessly blend into your skin.
2. Remember to always prep your skin before applying makeup: your skin is your canvas. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize to create a smooth surface.
3. Always check your makeup in natural daylight. Some mistakes you can’t see in your bathroom light — check it in natural daylight for best results.
How can I choose the right foundation?
First, consider your skin type. If your skin tends to be oil rich, a powder formula like inner light™ mineral dual foundation minimizes and controls shine. If your skin is dry and needs moisture, inner light™ mineral tinted moisture provides a dewy, luminous finish. Once you’ve figured out which product suits your skin type, choose the right color. Try 2-3 shades that appear to be close to your natural skin tone. Always check by testing it on your face. Choose the one that blends invisibly into the skin. Be sure to compare colors in daylight or natural light.
What are the 3 items you can’t live without?
1. Moisturizer. I approach skin care as the first step in makeup application; it is preparing the canvas for a flawless look. Foundation applied to dry skin quickly looks flakey and powder on top enhances the dryness making it difficult to blend your other makeup products.
2. Eye lash curler. Curling your lashes instantly opens the eyes and gives the eyes a wide-eye appearance.
3. Cheek color. A little cheek color gives instant radiance to the skin. It gives your entire face a healthy glow.
4. OK, one more — Concealer. A little concealer goes a long way and will instantly brighten up dark circles under eyes, giving you a more rested appearance.
How do I create a 5-minute makeup look?
This is the most common request that I get. Here are some simple steps to get out the door in a hurry.
1. Apply a moisturizer.
2. Apply concealer where needed and follow with foundation. Remember, even if you are in a hurry, blend well.
3. Use cheek color; I love our petal essence™ face accents, which look natural and radiant on the skin. Swirl all 3 colors together, smile and apply in the apples of the cheeks.
4. Apply an eye color over the entire lid. Choose a color that is close to your natural skin tone or a highlight color, to go all over the lid. Apply a little liner along the lash line and blend with our eye smudger brush.
5. Curl lashes and apply 2 coats of mascara.
6. Don’t forget your lips! I love our uruku color glosses; they are easy to wear and come in great natural shades.