Let me introduce you to my amazing hair God, Hannah Andrusky. When it comes to hair, she is literally a guru. Every time I leave her spinning chair I automatically feel refreshed. I spoke with her recently on how to achieve thick, shiny, healthy hair- here are all the juicy deets:
+ What’s a natural hair remedy that makes your hair shine?
Moroccan Oil [ the light brand ]. The regular kind is too heavy. Use it only the ends of the hair. For a cheaper alternative, try coconut oil. It makes the hair smell good and works really well.
+ Supplement to strengthen hair?
Bio Tin; you can buy it Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. You want 3,000 mcg. a day. This can be taken on top of a hair and nail vitamin. Omega-3 vitamins are helpful too.
+ Let’s talk jello:
Gelatin or any kind of gummy is fantastic for your hair and nails because it helps to strengthen & grow them. You can do a protein treatment with Knox Gelatin. Use warm water, Knox Gelatin, leave it in your hair for 30 minutes, rinse, & then add a leave in conditioner. Too much protein will cause breakage. You can do the treatment once a month, or every two weeks.
+ Healthy tip for people that color their hair?
For summer, spray a UV protectant on your hair for sunscreen. We always forget to sunscreen our hair. Your hair needs protectant, just like skin. [ Lauryn's hair sunscreen pick can be found here ].
+ What healthy foods you eat to strenghten you hair?
Iron in spinach is fantastic. Lots of protein will make your hair grow. I can tell a vegetarian a mile away by their hair. If you’re not getting proper nutrients your hair will suffer. Under nourished vegetarians will have fine, translucent hair. If you’re a vegetarian make sure you’re eating a lot of beans, tofu, edamame, etc.
Any drinks that promote healthy hair?
Fresh veggie juicing you’ll see in your skin and hair.
+ Want: natural beach waves…how do I achieve this naturally?
Scramble egg whites and sugar together to scrunch your hair for beachy waves.
+ Hottest hair style for Summer 2012?
High, thick bun and slicked back ponytail.
+ Best hair product from the grocery store?
If you’re strapped for cash or pinched for time, use Pantene Pro-V. It coats the hair with detergents, so it creates the optical illusion that your hair feels good. I like to go a cheap shampoo once a month, because it has detergents in it that will strip any build-up or natural oils.
+ Best product to invest in?
Kérastase’s shampoos and conditions. I like the green moisturizing one best.
+ How often should you shampoo your hair?
Decades ago they used to wash their hair once a month. They had lush, long beautiful hair because of this. Get away from daily shampoos. Use a dry shampoo if you’re working out. I would recommend shampooing every three days a week.
+ Best hair advice:
Less is more, less product, less styling, less fussing…
++ To book with Hannah [ she's based out of Rancho Santa Fe, California ], e-mail her at H_Andrusky@yahoo.com.
[ My hair, after Hannah's magic touch ]