Hair is the reflection of our health and personality. Hair and the scalp need proper care regularly, as they become brittle and rough over the years if proper care is not taken of them.
Diet: To reduce hair loss, a healthy, balanced diet, rich in calcium, iron, and silica is a must. Fresh vegetables are good sources of minerals. For silica, raw oats are the best. Iron-rich foods like eggs, dates and organ meat should be eaten.
In taking a protein-rich diet is good advice if you want long hair, as the hair is made up mainly of portions. One should eat whole foods as they are high in silica. For vitamin C, include a good portion of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, as vitamin C improves the absorption of iron. Vitamin E is good for growing hair, so include nuts, seeds, and olive oil in your diet on a regular basis.
Hair washing routine: While washing your hair, ensure that the water is neither too hot nor too cold. Fingers should be used to scrub the scalp. Never scrub with the nails. Rinse your hair properly to completely remove the shampoo. Wash your hair while leaning as it improves the blood circulation in the scalp.
Combing: Always untangle your hair with a wide tooth comb to avoid tearing of the hair. Comb the hair from up to down. Never pull the hair. Use a brush on dry hair only, as the hair is weak when it is wet and the brush can damage it.
Drying: Use a blow dryer only when most needed. Try to dry it naturally. This is because the hot air damages the hair and the moisture are lost, resulting in rough hair.
Environment: Use a conditioner when going out in the sun, as it protects the hair from the sun. Wear headgear when going out. When going swimming, wear a swimming cap.
Trimming: Trimming on a regular basis is a must as it removes the split ends and makes the hair look healthy.
Shampoo and conditioning: Choose a shampoo which is not very complicated in its ingredients, as they are expensive and do no good to the hair. Conditioners make the hair look healthy and shiny. Use a conditioner on dry hair only. Go for a mild shampoo and don’t wash your hair too frequently. Try to avoid the scalp while conditioning.
Styling: Choose a style that makes your hair look good in its natural fall. If using styling products, then go for products that provide vital botanicals and vitamins to the hair.
Sleep: When going off to sleep, comb your hair and tie a ponytail on the top of the head with a cloth wrapped rubber band. A peaceful sleep is essential for healthy hair.
Products used: Look out for hair care products keeping in mind the scalp problems. Scalp test it first before you buy it. You should also consult a dermatologist for the right product.
Remember, our hair adds beauty if it is taken care of, and it’s the reverse if proper care is not taken.