Re-Imagining Hair Care and Celebrating Uniqueness

What if lovingly caring for ourselves would mean re-imagining everything we know about hair care?
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Credits: Valentino
“Authentic beauty lives in the difference of how unique and rare we are as individuals.” - Bridgette Hill

But What Does It Mean to Take Care of Ourselves in The Most Loving Way? 

The world-renowned trichologist Bridgette Hills treats people from different walks of life with various hair textures. She used to work for most well-known magazines as an editorial stylist before discovering her real passion: Scalp Care! Bridgette believes it's vital to widen our appreciation of universal beauty and, in consequence, to let go of outdated beauty standards. Beauty standards that are based on comparing and contrasting different hair structures! 

There is no such thing as a good vs bad hair texture. Learning to be kind to ourselves is the first step to improving our hair care. It requires us to let go of negative self-talk and acknowledge things that feel good to us. Haircare that radiates self-acceptance and self-love. 

Bridgette also believes in the healing power of breath. Slowing down to breathe allows everything around us to expand. 

“For me, breath brings in all that is. Positive energy to be used by our body and removes all things that do not serve us. This all really affects our hair.” - Bridgette Hill

What Rituals Help With Optimal Hair Growth?

Optimal hair growth starts with adequate amounts of vitamins in our diet. Bridgette Hills explains that hair fibres are nonessential tissues. Therefore, one of the last tissues that receive necessary minerals and nutrients. This means that any long-term nutritional deficiencies may lead to weak hair fibres. Hair that appears like it doesn't grow at all. 

In addition, genetics play the most significant role in our hair fibre characteristics. Nevertheless, introducing an excellent scalp care routine will impact optimal hair growth and create beautiful hair as a long-term effect. 

According to scalp expert Bridgette Hill there are several factors to consider. 

  1. Re-fine your cleaning routine
  2. Extend the time between colourings and chemical treatments.
  3. Invest in professional deep hair treatments one week before chemical or colour services.
  4. Keep the lengths of the hair moisturized.
  5. Minimize heat.
  6. Use a silk pillowcase. It protects the cuticles of the hair and helps to retain moisture. 
  7. Be mindful of mechanical damages that can be caused by the wrong brush.


What Is a Pre-Shampoo Scalp Treatment?

According to the scalp expert, it's best to start by asking yourself questions: Is your scalp dry and itchy? Is it sensitive to touch? 

They are different oils to stimulate the scalp. For example, peppermint, tea tree and citrus can enhance blood circulation.

Oils applied to the hair's fibre (the lengths of the hair) allow deep nourishment. It also prevents stripping the needed moisture from the hair during the shampooing process. 

To maximize the effects, it's best to apply pre-shampoo treatments overnight. Then, gently apply the product from the roots to the ends. It's perfectly normal to use a greater amount of the product and then comb the oil through the hair. Afterwards, fix the hair with a soft scrunchy (preferable in silk). 

Shampoo and light condition the following day. 

Hair Care That Starts From Within

Food that isn't beneficial for our body will not enhance the quality of our hair. Therefore, it's critical to minimize foods that cause inflammation. In addition, to reduce the consumption of yeast in our diet. The scalping expert Bridgette Hill noticed that her clients usually consume enough protein but show a significant deficiency in essential nutrients that can be found in vegetables. She strongly believes in the power of green juices and smoothies. 

“The future of hair care is to combine holistic, scientific data backed understanding of the scalp and hair, that is rooted in the single guiding principle: Heal the body and beauty will follow.” - Bridgette Hill

What Supplements to Choose for Optimal Hair Growth according to the Trichologist:

Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin D

Biotin: Biotin is widely discussed when it comes to hair care. However, it's better to run a blood test before seeing if a person actually has a deficiency. Generally speaking, it's rare in western countries to lack Biotin. 

Zinc: Zinc reduces inflammation in the body. Furthermore, it's essential to how our body uses protein and several other body functions. 

Selenium: Benefits our thyroid function. Our thyroid regulates hormones that affect hair growth and hair loss. But it's essential to be aware! Too much selenium can create an adverse effect.

Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is a popular Adaptogen. It decreases the cortisol levels in our body while increasing blood circulation. This positive effect on the entire body affects explicitly healthy scalp and hair follicles. 

Saw Palmetto: It has been proven to slow down 5-alpha reductase. 

Horsetail: Horsetail is rich in silica, strengthening the hair fibre.

It's time to finally celebrate our uniqueness! Or to say it in the words of Valentino's creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli: "Beauty is diversity, is uniqueness, is a celebration of individuality. That's Beauty for me." Trichologist Bridgette Hill continuously works on bringing the study of trichology and holistic health to the forefront of the beauty industry. Creating a world that genuinely appreciates uniqueness. 



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