As a beauty editor, writer and yoga instructor, wellness isn’t just a once-in-awhile habit to casually fit in when I have the time. Rather, it’s an integral — and essential — part of my daily routine. These practices optimize the physical health and emotional wellness of the most important relationship I have in life: Taking care of me.
And, as a veteran of a celebrity-focused hair and beauty magazine, when it comes to my hair — along with its overall health and scalp wellness — I don’t cut any corners. In fact, I treat the steps of my hair care routine the same way I do my (extensive) skincare routine.
Morning to night, here are the eight healthy habits I practice to help me stay mindful, present and in optimum health, from tresses to toes. Plus, learn more about some of my favorite products to keep my hair looking thick and healthy.
Maximize and Make Mornings Mindful
Elevate your mornings by making the most of those early hours. How you start your day sets the tone for the hours that follow. It’s the law of attraction, after all: If you begin with a positive attitude and mindful intentions, they’ll manifest throughout your day. Conversely, if you start the day waking up on the “wrong” side of the bed, you’ll likely have a day filled with more of the same.
Wellness Action Item 1: Practice Gratitude
When I wake up, the first thing I do is — while still in bed — is to say a prayer. Then, I read my three daily meditation books, followed by writing down at least three things I am grateful for in the journal I keep on my nightstand.
Wellness Action Item 2: Set Intentions
Next, I set three intentions and/or affirmations that I want to manifest that day. I believe in the power of putting pen to paper, followed by reciting these statements and speaking them aloud.
Wellness Action Item 3: Hydration Station
Next up: Rehydrating with the glass of water with fresh lemon and apple cider vinegar that I keep on the nightstand. This is super important, as dehydration can set in after the evening hours while we sleep — and I like to flush out the system with H2O before I drink any caffeine.
Then, I head to the kitchen, where I’ve usually pre-prepared the ingredients for my morning hydration routine. My morning trifecta includes homemade low acid cold brew coffee, detox tea and an alkalizing, adaptogenic celery juice.
For the celery juice, I blend organic celery, fresh ginger, fresh lemon, fresh mint, a splash of apple cider vinegar, filtered water and a packet of VEGAMOUR's GRO WELL Boost Supplement + Probiotic. This proprietary blend includes adaptogens, vitamins and minerals, as well as probiotics (50 million CFU) to help support a healthy gut microbiome, which is helpful for healthy hair and skin. It also includes pro-inflammatory cytokines in order to support healthy collagen and keratin production. All of these super-charged ingredients address the underlying root causes of hair loss while also supporting healthy circulation and gut health.
Wellness Action Item 4: Hair and Skin Self-Care
While I drink up, I start my morning hair care and skin care routine. First, I grab my reusable eye patches and ice roller out of the freezer. Keeping them — literally — on ice helps up both the depuffing factor as well as soothes my sinuses and any lingering congestion. Plus, the cool shock is an extra pick-me-up in the morning!
After I cleanse and tone my skin – along with my lashes to keep potential eye irritants at bay – I head to the linen closet-turned-beauty closet next to the bathroom. Here, I reach for my morning routine serums:
- First, I choose that day’s skin care serum and mix it with a drop or two of Pure Marula Oil. I apply this by dabbing — rather than patting or rubbing it in — on my face, forehead and neck in a downward motion to allow excess lymphatic fluid to drain. I usually also use a rose quartz or jade gua sha tool to allow the serum to deeply penetrate the skin as I elevate the lymphatic drainage factor.
- Once my skin is all prepped, I apply vegaLASH Volumizing Serum to both my lower and upper lashes. I’ve noticed a big difference since I started using this in both the length and volume of my lashes. Some days, I even skip mascara completely, which was something I would never have previously done.
- I follow this by applying vegaBROW Volumizing Serum on my arches, stroking in an upward motion so I can skip using any brow pencil or gel.
- Then, I use a few drops of GRO+ Advanced Hair Serum with CBD along my hairline, into the roots and above each temple. If CBD isn't your thing, you can try the original GRO Hair Serum formula.
Wellness Action Item 5: Get Moving Mindfully
I find that both my brain and body work best when I make movement a must in my morning. Whether it’s yoga, pilates, riding my stationary bike or a morning walk, doing so allows me to alleviate any stress, get my endorphins flowing and creates clarity of mind, which ultimately helps me to focus better throughout the day. Plus, as a detail-oriented Virgo, checking off something productive on my list first thing boosts both my mental and physical state.
Wellness Action Item 6: Cleanse, Clarify, Create
Following my workout is a much-needed shower! If it’s a hair wash day, then I use GRO Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner to wash and condition my long hair. If it’s not a hair wash day, I lightly mist GRO Dry Shampoo mainly around the crown and on my roots, where I tend to get the oiliest. Then, I put my hair in a loose bun and tuck it into a satin-lined shower cap.
It’s important to take time at the end of each day to truly disconnect from the events of the day, reset your system and create the calm needed for a good night’s sleep. You might want to try a soothing yoga flow for sleep, read a book, journal or enjoy a cup of tea — whatever helps you turn “off” your brain from your to-do list and transform it to chill mode.
Wellness Action Item 7: Relax and Unwind
One of my favorite things to do at the end of a long day is to treat myself to a soothing, calming scalp massage. I like to apply the same GRO Hair Serum that I use in the morning, using my fingers at the temples for an acupressure massage. Then, I up the ante with the GRO Revitalizing Scalp Massager. I find this helps to further boost my circulation and improve blood flow — and it feels amazing!
Wellness Action Item 8: Get Set for Sleep
Finally, before I go to sleep, I do one more final spray of GRO Dry Shampoo and apply the vegaLASH and vegaBROW serums again. I loosely braid my hair and secure it with Organic Bamboo Hair Ties because they don’t snag or damage my hair. Then, I always use a hair-preserving pillowcase like the Good Nights and Hair Days Pillowcase, which is 100% organic bamboo. It's soft, gentle, and won’t create hair-damaging friction or breakage. I even pack one when I travel to protect my hair. Sweet dreams!
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