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6 golden rules to having the most gorgeous wedding day hair

We all have bad hair days but your wedding's not the day for it. Here's how to keep your tresses in tip-top condition for your special occasion!
 

EAT RIGHT

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Like with your skin, having great hair starts with your diet. Some key nutrients include: 

Iron - A major factor for hair loss is a lack of iron so be sure to include this crucial mineral in your food intake. Lentils, spinach and other leafy greens, as well as animal products like red meats, chicken and fish add iron to your diet. 

Protein - Hair's made of protein so you'll need it to keep your tresses from getting weak and brittle. Legumes, eggs, lean chicken, turkey, nuts are great sources of protein. 

Zinc and selenium - These minerals aid in protecting your scalp - inadequate zinc can result in hair loss and a flaky scalp. Go for whole grains, as well as mushrooms, beef, shellfish, broccoli, kale and dark chocolate. 

Omega-3 fatty acids - These important fats aren't produced by our bodies and can only be obtained via our diet. They provide oils that keep scalp and hair hydrated. Include oily fish (think salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel are excellent sources) and plant-derived fats (avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts) in your diet.

See also: WANT GLOWING SKIN AND HAIR ON YOUR WEDDING DAY? INCLUDE THESE 8 FOODS INTO YOUR DIET

 

USE THE RIGHT & QUALITY PRODUCTS

Again, like your skin, there are various hair and scalp types. Fine hair, for example, has significantly less protein than thicker hair, so you'll need a gentle product that strengthens and adds volumn. For coarser or curly hair, think hydrating products as well as hair oils for softer and more manageable locks. Go sulphate-free if you have dyed lengthsso your hair isn't stripped of its colour. (See also: Colouring your hair? What this hairstylist wants brides to know

Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Wash smoothing shampoo

GET REGULAR SNIPS

Even if you're planning to grow out your hair for a specific do, a regular trim will help get rid of split ends and flyaways, and also improve the look and feel of your mane. Gun for every 1 - 1.5 months to keep your tresses healthy.

See also: 10 PRETTIEST HAIRSTYLES FROM OUR REAL BRIDES!

 

GO COOL

While you might have heard that washing your tresses with hot water might damage them, most of us don't actually shower with water that's actually scalding enough to do damage. Instead, warm water separates the overlapping cells of the hair cuticles, letting shampoo penetrate the hair's shaft deeper and get rid of excess oil.

So when do you go for a cool rinse? After you're done conditioning. It closes down the cells so water and moisture is retained, instead of letting your conditioner go to waste, which it may very well do so with hot water. Hair cells also lay more smoothly, which means better light reflection, and in turn, a shinier mane

IGK Blocked Water-Resistant Hair Shield, $43, from Sephora. 

USE PROTECTION

It's not just heat styling tools that can wreak havoc on your hair - so can UV rays. For the former, consider reducing or completely forgo using them in the months leading up the big day. Either way, use heat protectors to shield against damage, even when you're using your hairdryer. 

 

GO FOR A GLOSS TREATMENT

Also known as a glaze treatment, this gives your hair shine, revitalises dull and lifeless hair and helps tame flyaways. According to Chester Wong, founder of local hair studio Hair Philosophy, this can last up to 28 washes.

See also: 11 SIMPLE, PRETTY BRIDESMAID HAIRSTYLES FOR MEDIUM TO LONG HAIR LENGTHS

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