13 January 2015

Guest Post: Top Tips for Healthier Hair

Hello lovelies. Today I thought I'd share with you a guest post from Nice Hair. I normally overload my hair with products and hope it will look as glossy as Kimmy K's - unfortunately I guess there's more to it than that - yes, the stuff we put in our mouth affects our hair too, dammit. However, I do suppose healthy eating will have other bonuses (beach bod, I'm onto ya!)

The condition of your hair often reflects your internal health and for a vibrant head of hair it's essential to consume a nutrient-rich and varied diet. For maximised hair growth, you need to give your body the resources it needs - protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Smoking and drinking will have the opposite effect. It's true that the key to good looking hair is to stay as healthy as possible. Try to incorporate all of the following ingredients into your daily diet to give your hair a boost.

  • Vitamin E - this fat-based vitamin gives your hair essential protection from sun damage and will help to keep it glossy and shiny. One of the best sources is nuts, which also contain zinc and selenium - two more powerhouses for healthy looking hair.
  • Vitamin C - this superstar vitamin performs so many essential roles within the body. One which is particularly relevant to hair, though, is that it aids the absorption of iron. Anaemia can have a catastrophic effect on the health of your hair, and Vitamin C has a role to play. Furthermore, the antioxidants it brings to the body are vital for hair health and it helps in the production of collagen. Get a daily dose of vitamin C from berries, broccoli, oranges, kiwi fruit, papaya or sweet potatoes.
  • Biotin - one of the B vitamins, biotin is important for hair strength. A lack of it, although rare, will result in brittle and shedding hair. Maintain your levels by eating egg yolk, soya, yeast, liver and whole grains.
  • Protein - as the prime constituent of the hair shaft, a protein rich diet is naturally a pre-cursor to a healthy head of hair. If there isn't enough protein in your diet, your hair will become weak, brittle and dry. Eggs, fish, poultry and dairy products are excellent sources of protein for meat-eaters, while vegans and vegetarians can get protein from pulses and nuts.
  • Vitamin A - is an essential constituent of sebum. This is the oily coating secreted by the sebaceous glands in the hair follicles and it acts a natural conditioner and protector of the scalp and hair. A lack of Vitamin A may lead to an itchy, flaky scalp and dry hair. Eat animal products or orange and yellow vegetables that are high in its pre-cursor, beta-carotene.
  • Zinc and selenium - these minerals protect the scalp and maintain the integrity of the hair. Look for fortified cereals and whole grains, oysters, beef, Brazil nuts and eggs.
  • Fish oil - the omega 3 fat contained in fish oil will keep your hair lustrous and hydrated and your scalp in good condition. You'll need to eat oily fish such as mackerels, sardines and salmon, or you can get other omega 3 oils from walnuts, pumpkin seeds and avocado.
  • Iron - if your body is anaemic, ie deficient in iron, you are likely to suffer hair loss as the body will fail to deliver all the required nutrients to the hair follicle. Red meat is the best source of bio-available iron, but vegetarians can get it from lentils, spinach and vegetables of the brassica family - cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Do you have any other top tips or blog posts to help achieve healthy hair? 

6 January 2015

Wishlist: A Girl Can Dream

There's nothing I enjoy more than daydreaming over designer pieces. I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of some high end pieces I've been lusting after. I think i might even treat myself to the boots on payday, i need them. *I promise to work extra hard this month*

Annoyingly the Mulberry bag is in the sale - how I wish I had savings! It's the most perfect bag ever and currently £400 cheaper le sigh. I also fell in love this card holder as soon as I watched Jess' video, I just had to pop it onto my wishlist. I recently spotted this Moschino Ipad Mini case in the ASOS sale - it's currently sold out but I'm holding on just in case more come in stock. Lastly, I couldn't resist popping these beautiful Celine sunglasses on for good mix!

Does anybody else spend their spare time drooling over high end?

4 January 2015

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream 30ml - £38.50 from Boots

If there's any gift I look forward to receiving most at Christmas, it's a brand spanking new perfume. This year I popped Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream onto my wish list and my parents were generous enough to buy it for me.  I've always been a fan of Marc Jacobs perfume, their original Daisy perfume and Lola both smell absolutely gorgeous - I've just never bitten the bullet and purchased one. Although they do smell amazing, I was certainly put off a little by the price tag (I've got rent & bills to pay!) so this will definitely be more of an occasional perfume.

Daisy Dream smells very similar to Daisy as they're both musky, fruity and floral - so I would suggest that if you were a fan of Daisy then you will almost certainly be a fan of Daisy Dream. The difference lays in the notes. Daisy has top notes of Strawberry & Violet leaves whereas Daisy dream has top notes of Blackberry, Grapefruit and Pear. To me the smell is much lighter, airy and fresher. If you're like me though and not good with imagining notes, I advise you to just spray a tester in person and decide whether or not it's for you.

Lastly, like I said previously, it is quite pricey for an eau de toilette as it isn't very long lasting but I guess it's nice to treat yourself every now and again as it really does smell yummy - and if you want a designer perfume then you're going to have to pay a designer price tag!