The Mane Man

World renowned styling guru Errol Douglas explains how the right foods can better your hair as much as your body.

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Five days a week London hair guru Errol Douglas finds physical nirvana before 7am. Phase one: a half hour of meditation. Phase two: an intense 90-minute Bikram yoga class. It is only then that he heads to his Knightsbridge salon, where he tends to a celebrity clientele and enjoys a near-celebrity status of his own. 

Douglas has been working in London hair salons since he was 13, and at 47 it seems he is hitting his stride. Recently appointed the first UK ambassador for Moroccan Oil, 2012 also included a collaboration with Thompson Hotels and the opening of a blow dry bar. Next he has his sights set on a salon in New York City. So where does he find the determination? “Bikram. It’s the mental focus, it helps you concentrate and most of all, it invigorates you. It’s a very powerful thing.” 

And while he would never eschew life’s pleasures, Douglas is acutely aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle — for the body, as well as the hair. Be it through food, water or exercise, he preaches a beauty-from-the-inside-out philosophy in his salon, and abides by it in his day-to-day life. Here, his tips to eat your way to lustrous, healthy hair — no product or styling tools required: