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Top tips for healthy hair

Lars Skjøth, founder of the Hårklinikken group of clinics, shares his top five secrets for healthy hair.

– Eat balanced, nutrient-dense unprocessed food containing the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids and water. Imbalances can cause disturbance in all body mechanisms. Ensure you have good variations in your food intakes, as the lack of certain nutrients can cause problems with hair growth.

– Wash your hair often with a shampoo that does not contain perfume, artificial colours and problematic preservatives. It has been said that it is not good to wash your hair too often, as it strips the hair and scalp of its natural oils. But, if you’re using the right shampoo, it is not a problem to wash daily or every other day.

– Dark hair is more prone to damage from the sun. The darker your hair, the more light it absorbs, whereas blond or white hair is at the opposite end of the scale. Black or dark brown hair’s ability to absorb light results in a relatively larger portion of it being transferred to the hair, which causes the molecules to vibrate faster. This, in turn, means that the temperature rises, as heat is really just movement among the smallest particles. The conclusion is that dark hair – even though it is stronger than blond hair types – is more prone to be dried out and damaged from sun exposure, and should be protected with a scarf or a hat – preferably a light-coloured one.

– If you use styling products, make sure to carefully apply them to the hair and avoid contact with the scalp since most styling products are loaded with chemical components and long-term exposure can cause contact allergies and eczema.

– Don’t drink coffee after 4pm to ensure deeper sleep, which results in a better hormone balance, better metabolism, more energy and subsequently more optimal circumstances for a healthy hair.