POSTED IN Seasonal ON 02 January, 2020
02 Jan January – The Self-Care Season
JANUARYThe Self-Care Season
KEEP YOUR MIND, HAIR & BODY HAPPY
Once the decorations have been taken down, the last of the Christmas chocolate has been eaten and champagne corks have been cleared away after your New Year’s Eve party, we are left with… January!
January is typically seen as a gloomy month, where New Year’s Eve Resolutions are made, then broken and the cold, dark nights aren’t nearly as cosy without the festive glow of Christmas lights.
But here at Francesco Group, we want to rethink January… we’re now calling it ‘The Self-Care Season’. Why not use these long, cold nights for long, indulgent baths, hair-masks, facemasks and practising mindfulness techniques?
Let’s think of January and February as the comfy cocoon that you can emerge from in Spring as a glorious butterfly!
We want to share with you some of the best self-care tips to keep your mind, hair and body happy during these remaining winter months; so you are ready to step into spring, rejuvenated and blooming!
We know that January is the time of year that many people decide to detox their body after the excess of Christmas, but did you know that you can also detox your hair?
Kérastase Fusio Scrub is a range developed to deeply cleanse the scalp and hair.
Do you struggle with an oily scalp, dandruff or lifeless lengths?
Then Fusio Scrub may be the perfect product for you this winter. There are two types of scrub available, depending on your hair needs.
Picture this; a candlelit bath, a facemask, your favourite book and a hair scrub! You will be left feeling squeaky clean, completely relaxed and you will be so glad that you treated yourself to a little bit of ‘me-time’.
This gentle scrub is specifically designed for sensitive scalps, to remove product build-up and combat dryness and dandruff. Scrub Apaisant leaves the scalp free to breathe; leaving hair looking gorgeous, shinier and with added volume.
This energising scrub deeply cleanses the scalp and hair and exfoliates an oily prone scalp, to combat oiliness and dandruff; allowing for stronger, healthier and more beautiful hair.
EAT YOUR WAY TOHealthy Hair
Are you going on a health-kick this January? Did you know that there are certain nutrients your hair needs in order to be spun into Rapunzel-esque gleaming locks? Add a few of these foods into your diet to get your hair in tip-top shape for Spring!
Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair which may lead to hair loss. Biotin rich foods are wholegrains, liver, soy flour and yeast.
Too little iron is a chief cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply, when iron levels fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia, which affects the hair growth cycle. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish provide iron. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron, so foods high in vitamin C are great to eat with any iron-rich foods. The best sources of vitamin C are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. These foods help in the production of collagen which strengthens the hair shafts.
Find out about other foods to add to your diet here.
GET THOSE 8 HOURSof Beauty Sleep!
Longer nights are the perfect excuse to ensure you have at least 8 hours of beauty sleep every night!
How many of us use overnight skin treatments? Now, thanks to Kérastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum, it is time to treat your hair to the same luxury during these cold, winter nights.
The non-greasy formula, containing iris root extract and a blend of 5 essential vitamins, leaves hair feeling lightweight and luxuriously nourished in the morning, with no need to rinse out. With its beautiful fragrance, designed to develop whilst you sleep, it is the perfect addition to your night-time beauty regime. After all, you woke up like this.
EMBRACEShampooing Your Hair
Embrace Shampooing your Hair as a Mindfulness Technique
Mindfulness is the process of purposely bringing your attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. Studies have documented both physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and have consistently shown a positive relationship between mindfulness and psychological health.
Shampooing your hair can be one of the most relaxing mindfulness techniques to add into your usual routine. Pay attention to the scent and texture of the products and embrace the feeling of your scalp moving as you shampoo your hair, notice the sensation of the bubbles as they begin to form and how they feel against your fingertips.
When you rinse your hair, be mindful of each movement in your routine and enjoy the feeling of truly taking care of yourself.
EXERCISEfor Healthy Hair
There are certain exercises that increases blood-flow to the scalp, which can aid in increasing hair-growth; so, if you are thinking of taking up a new sport this year, why not choose one that can help you to achieve luscious tresses?
The health of our hair can be easily affected by stress. When we are stressed, we produce a hormone called Cortisone, which can lead to our hair shedding. However, whilst exercising we produce the hormone Serotonin, which helps to reduce our stress levels. The less stressed we are, the healthier our hair becomes.
Running helps us to perspire, which opens up our skin pores, including the pores on our scalp. This gets rid of the harmful toxins which are damaging to the hair. People tend to think that because they sweat, their hair is dirty. This isn’t true; it’s just salt and your natural oils. If you use dry shampoo and blow-dry sweat into the hair, you can create a gorgeous texture and polish.
Yoga increases blood flow to the body and scalp because it encompasses back bends and inverted poses, as a result it is fantastic for hair growth! The more frequently blood flows through your body, the more the nutrients and oxygen are delivered to the scalp, improving your hair growth.
Find out more about exercise and healthy hair, here.
A VISIT TOthe Salon
Your last salon appointment was probably during the Christmas rush, where you squeezed it in before your Christmas party and you probably spent the whole time pondering over presents you still needed to buy and deciding if you really wanted to travel up to Aunty Sues’ on Boxing Day!
So why not celebrate January – the self-care season, by booking a salon appointment that is purely for you to relax and indulge yourself? Not because of an event or because your hair desperately needs doing! Even just booking in for a treatment and blow-dry will give your mind and body a reset.