Yes, there were many brilliant tips in GH’s Live with Dyson talk on hair. It was a meeting of three great minds: one of the UK’s leading trichologists (hair and scalp experts), Eva Proudman, joined celebrity hairstylist Michael Douglas (the man often behind the hair of Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Davina McCall) and GH’s own senior beauty editor, Alexandra Friend, to talk all things hair in midlife.
The most common quandary, it seems, with hair in midlife? Hair thinning. It’s a dilemma that Absolute Collagen – the sponsors of this event – see when their customers come to them, and one Michael has also noticed increasingly.
“We see hair as a representation of our health and we do, of course, want it to look healthy,” he said.
Trichologist Eva Proudman agrees. “When our wellbeing isn’t, in fact, very well, that’s when we can start to notice that things are little ‘off’ with our hair. Hair loss can be worsened by a multitude of factors – think diet, lifestyle, haircare – but the good news is, there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms.”
“One of the most effective things you can do to treat thinning hair is to ‘feed’ it from the inside,” says Eva. “For the cells inside your body, there are far more important things going on than hair. Think of hair as the bottom of the food chain. And while a good shampoo and conditioner will make a difference, one of the most vital things you can do for thinning hair is to increase your protein intake,” says Eva.
“Around 80% of your hair is made up of protein. When your body is going through midlife – think the menopause and all the hormone imbalances that come with it – protein is going to go to other areas of your body first. If you’re not getting enough protein into your diet in the first instance, your hair is going to become neglected, and thinning will be amplified.”
Eva recommends that this would be a good time to supplement with Absolute Collagen’s Marine Liquid Collagen: a sachet made up of hydrolysed marine collagen (the UK’s most concentrated daily dose, no less), a whopping 7.7g of protein and essential amino acids (yes; the stuff that your hair is made up of).
“This collagen supplement fills those protein gaps that your diet can’t always replace,” says Eva. “I take this to plug those gaps.” Michael agrees, telling us he thinks of collagen as being as essential as food.
The good news for us is that it couldn’t be easier to take: you add the collagen to any hot or cold liquid of your choice (think water, smoothies, tea, or even yoghurts).
And of course, it’s not just hair that ingestible collagen will benefit. The brand’s impressive clinical survey results tell us that 77% of users reported an increased firmness in skin, and 93% reported increased softness. Talk about a workhorse.
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