“From Russian with Love”
In the beginning of my career I received a very nice compliment about my hair. I’ve got very thick, heavy, straight and that time super long hair; I shall thank my parents’ gens for it. But I was told that I just started modeling, so I took an action…
I learned many tips how to take care about the hair. Here’re some:
• remember the rule: shampoo for the scalp only, conditioner – for the ends. But sometimes I have to wash my ends with shampoo when I have tones of gel on it after the magazine shoot. And I use conditioner first if I have a very tough backcombing, trying to brush it from the ends to the roots using fingers, and then I wash my hair with the shampoo.
• rinse the hair with the cool water. Just think about what hairstyle you have in a hot day, after sauna or workout, right? Same with hot water what may make your roots look greasy.
• if possible, let the hair dry naturally, limit the use of dryer or straightener.
• don’t brush your hair when wet. Wait at least until your hair is damp and brush them using Tangle Teezer or natural bristle brush.
• for the ends try to use hair masks instead of conditioner.
• use serum for the ends and heat protection all over the hair – SPF is needed not only for your facial skin, but hair as well. And not only when you are intended to use a hair dryer, but even going outdoors – sun slowly damages your hair.
• hair remembers the position and starts resting on your head flat if you have parting, to add a volume, just switch the side every 3-4 week.
• include in your diet: nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans, sweet potato, eggs, Greek yoghurt, dark green salads (especially spinach), red vegetables (carrots, red bell pepper, tomatoes).
• once or twice a year take a month vitamin supplements for your hair (Vitamin A, B, C, E, Biotin and Niacin).
Luckily, I don’t have dry hair, it’s naturally moist, which is my bad and my good: with natural oils hair resist heat better, as well as my hair look groomed and shining without additional effort. But they might look too shiny, even greasy, ooops. During the busy period of castings and shows for the Fashion Weeks when I have to wash my hair every day, it just encourages your body to produce even more oil to replace the ones I’ve just washed out. Once a week I do a special homemade mask. Please do it when you’re alone, it might shock your loved ones:
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 teaspoon of vodka
• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
This mix spread on your scalp, massage it in, cover with a shower cap, and after 15-20 wash it off with cold (!) water.
I had a funny reaction of my Canadian roommate once. I texted her early morning asking:
‘Ali, do we have vodka?’
‘Ali I need vodka, do we have it?’
And dears, find your perfect hairstylist who you can trust and have fun as I do with Dimi!
x x x K
Thank you K! you are simply the best xxx