This is the one ingredient Alesha Dixon swears by to protect her natural hair

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Be it her dramatic on-stage styles during the good old days of Mis-Teeq or embracing her natural curls back when quarantinis and banana bread reigned supreme, Alesha Dixon is no stranger to a new hairstyle or two.

And when the singer, author and presenter appeared on Zoom to discuss that very topic with me, she is once again sporting a new hairstyle: a super long, super straight blunt cut. Here, Women's Health chats all things haircare, beauty and the hair heroes Dixon can’t do without.

What's been your biggest haircare lesson?

'Leave it alone. By that, I mean less is sometimes more, which is hard to say considering the industry I work in which requires a lot of styling and hair changes, and a lot of heat. So, I have to take extra special care of my hair because of my job allowing it to just do what it naturally wants to do: to give it a break from sprays, gel and heat. When I'm not working I tend to just let my natural curls have a breather. I have to find a balance, really.'

What does hair health mean to you?

'Aside from using regular treatments like hair masks, I would say being gentle with your hair is key. I think when a lot of us are on the go, we tend to wash our hair frantically because everything's rushed. But actually, it's about taking care–and self care is such an important part of your day–if you can just give yourself that moment. And that comes from washing your hair in the same way you take care of your skin. Today, for example, I made sure I put a nice treatment in my hair and applied oil to my skin; I just take time with those things.'

Your favourite haircare product

'I have to say I love Tresemmé's new Pro Pure Shampoo. After I've washed my hair, it feels really soft, and conditioner feels more like a bonus than a necessity afterwards. The range contains 0% sulphates, silicones and dyes, and is really gentle which is a huge win for me.'

Which haircare ingredient do you love most?

‘I love coconut oil–every room in my house has a tub of coconut oil; I'm obsessed. I like that you can use it for so many different purposes as well. I cook with coconut oil; I use it in my children's hair, on my hair and I use it on my skin too. It's great. It's a multi purpose ingredient whose conditioning properties work wonders for skin and hair.

What are your beauty non-negotiables?

‘I won't leave the house without cleansing my skin thoroughly; using a serum and moisturiser and then followed by an SPF. I took that for granted in the past particularly being mixed race; I had the kind of attitude believing my skin didn't need SPF and I would only use it on holiday. Now I've started using SPF pretty much every day as part of my skincare routine. I also don't leave the house without taking my supplements or making a protein shake (the secret recipe of which includes kale, beetroot, ginger, lime and pineapple.'

Best haircare advice you’ve been given?

'When I was in Mis-teeq, the first hairdresser I worked with told me that how you feel and how you act both play a part in your hair health. If you're stressed and you're carrying that around, it will reflect in your head. And so it comes back to lifestyle choices. I just trust now that my lifestyle choices and how I feel are all connected, internally and externally.'

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