On planning the Bare Body special I knew I wanted to include a post about hair. At first I envisaged a ‘finishing touches’ feature but, the more I thought about it, the more I felt that hair plays a far greater role than that of a mere accessory.
When you’re feeling a bit shy about wearing very little, there’s a magic about hair that allows you to vamp things up a touch. As if sometimes a good ‘do is all you really need to be wearing. (Perhaps that’s what Lady Godiva was thinking!)
To further explore the role hair plays, this post calls on a true pioneer of the organic haircare industry, John Masters. John started developing organic haircare over 20 years ago and now retails a wide range of products under the John Masters Organics name, which also features skin and body care items (more on these another day!)
This luxury line further highlights the glamour and indulgence of organics, with packaging as glossy as the resulting locks.
How do you think hair impacts a person’s overall body confidence?
Hair is definitely very important; on a good hair day you feel more positive about yourself and this is projected onto the people you meet, which makes you appear stronger and more confident.
Is there anything we should be doing to prep our hair for a holiday? And what about after?
Well, many people have chemical treatments, such as highlights or colour, before they go on holiday. Using John Masters Organics Honey Hibiscus Reconstructing Shampoo and Reconstructor along with the Cider Rinse will restore the hair, helping to correct the drying and damaging effects of these treatments.
Post holidays, especially if you have been close to the ocean, you can use the Honey Hibiscus Shampoo and Reconstructor to help restore the hair, as both excess sun and salt can be drying.
What are your top tips for styling hair at the beach?
Keep it simple, being at the beach is about enjoying yourself. My key styling product for the beach look is the Sea Mist, this is sprayed onto the hair after washing and scrunched through. As it dries, it creates loose sexy waves which can be worn up or down. If you decide to wear it up, simply pin loosely at the back and leave a few tendrils at the front and sides for the relaxed look.
Any secrets for surviving the dreaded bad hair day?
Well, I’m hoping that if you use John Masters Organics products you won’t be having a bad hair day! One key thing, don’t over wash, this is a major thing for many people and is why their hair lacks body, or is prone to frizz.
Any favourite trends for this year’s spring/summer styling?
Loose, sexy waves, as mentioned earlier, are definitely trending for spring and summer. Why? It’s effortlessly sexy and easy to achieve using Sea Mist.
Which nutrients should we be looking to incorporate into our diets to feed hair from within?
The following are my ‘hair heroes’, eat them regularly to keep hair shining with health:
Protein: it contains amino acids, which the body manufactures into keratin; a central component of hair. Sources include meat, fish, eggs, dairy, tofu, beans and nuts.
B vitamins: including B6, folate, biotin and inositol are found in whole grains and are instrumental in boosting hair health.
Essential Fatty Acids: Try adding oily fish to your regular diet. They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for keeping your scalp healthy and regulating sebum production. Vegetarians and vegans could try supplementing with Flax Seed oil capsules.
Eat fruits and vegetables: leaves such as kale will provide many minerals, including bio-available iron, and eating an array of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables will ensure you get plenty of free radical scavenging antioxidants and vitamins.
Who has the best beach hair?
To be honest, it would really be hard to pick one person, so many people look great!
Where’s your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere close to nature, it’s what I love best of all.
With thanks to John Masters & John Masters Organics
I’m with John when it comes to my preferred beach hair; what says free and summery more than a loose and slightly messy wave? Sunny blonde highlights are of course optional.
The John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray allows you to beckon a sense of summer at any time. A mix of sea salt and lavender, it smells heavenly – a refreshing change from the more common chemical sprays.
The salt creates the volume and texture, while the lavender nourishes the scalp and slows hair loss.
When it comes to the application, the choice is yours; apply wet or dry and style as you please. With natural curls prone to frizz, I find it best to mist onto mostly dry hair. I imagine those with sleeker tresses might see the most dramatic result from damp scrunching.
The mist really lives up to its promises and I am particularly impressed with the way it lifts a ponytail, giving great texture and bounce. (Naturally hair feels slightly more dry while using, so this is not the product if you want to switch to smooth without washing first.)
It’s a playful and versatile styling spray that deserves a special spot in your suitcase.
£16.00 for 266ml – www.johnmasters.co.uk