Best Kept Secret for Beautiful Hair: Relaxation
If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, my social media, any article I’ve written for magazine, or interview that I have done, then you have no doubt heard me preach about the importance of healthy hair. The truth is that no matter how skilled your colorist or how amazing the products you use, they can only do so much if your hair is a frazzled mess.
Overtime, we’ve talked about several different ways to get healthy hair- less heat styling, all natural products, even foods for healthy hair- but I would say that today’s tip is one of the (it not THE) most important of all: Relaxation. Stress is terrible for your health in general, and kills your hair directly and can also lead you to coping mechanisms that are damaging for hair (i.e. smoking, drinking, unhealthy food).
The reality is that we are all busy and stressed out at least some of the time, so it’s vital that we take some time out to de-stress and center ourselves. Below are three of my favorite ways to disconnect and rejuvenate:
Take a spa day: By far my favorite way to unwind is by going to a spa and pampering myself. I have an intense travel and work schedule pretty much year-round, and while I absolutely love what I do, it definitely takes a toll on me. Recently I took a weekend off at Spa Montage at the Montage in Laguna Beach after a particularly busy week. Facials, a detox wrap, a body scrub and a massage are just what the doctor ordered to get me feeling energetic and inspired. I highly recommend this spa for those of you who live in Southern California- it is otherworldly.
View outside my hotel room balcony at Montage Laguna- breathtaking, isn’t it?
Feeling refreshed and glowing after having spent the entire day at the spa getting facials, scrubs, and massages.
Break a sweat: A spa getaway is wonderful, but to de-stress on a daily basis I like to hit the gym. As the saying goes, when your body feels great so does your mind; Working out helps to release endorphins (feel good chemicals in the brain that act as natural pain killers) which improve sleep and reduce stress. If working out at the gym by yourself sounds tedious, shake it up a little by looking to classes. There are so many to choose from that there will definitely be something that motivates you. Some of my favorites are Soul Cycle, Best Butt Ever (at Equinox), and Hot 8 Yoga.
Take a hike: One of the things that I adore about living in Southern California is that there are many gorgeous and serene hiking trails. Getting out in nature, especially in solitude, can be extremely meditative and is a great way to reduce stress. Hitting the beach (ever notice how you feel immediately grounded when you stand on sand?), going to the park, or even on a scenic walk at dusk also suffice.
What is your favorite way to de-stress? Let me know in the comments below.
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