GENERAL HAIR CARE TIPS
All women crave beautiful hair. It’s their crowning glory. Hence, no matter how strong and beautiful your hair appears to you, you need to pay careful attention to their hair care regimen to keep them at their best. Taking care of your hair becomes even more important if you have dry, damaged, dull, coarse, thin, curly, oily or treated hair. Hair loss in women can be caused by many factors such as genetic predisposition, stress, diet deficiencies, hormonal imbalance and others. Hair loss is a very common ailment these days be it men or women.
Your diet is the first step in hair-care and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected if you don’t eat right. Doctors suggest that you consume around 12 mg of iron daily and including iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereals in your diet helps in effectively kerbing hair loss. You also need protein because that’s what strengthens your hair. Your diet must include complete proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas and yoghurt.
How to Maintain Healthy Hair: Basic Tips
- It’s normal to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair a day so there’s no cause for panic.
- Comb wet hair with extreme care because they’re fragile and prone to breakage. Take a broad toothed comb and run it from the roots to the ends of your hair as gently as possible.
- Get rid of those brown and rough split ends by trimming your hair every few weeks. Cutting about 1/4th an inch of your hair every 6 to 8 weeks helps in avoiding the split ends to grow out again.
- Applying some conditioner on the ends is a good precaution when you wash your hair. Avoid washing hair every day. Try and use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner.
- Rinse the conditioner off with cold water as it is good for both strength and shine.
Oil for hair is the best – Though a conditioner works wonders for your hair, oil gives it certain minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids that boost the overall health of your hair and strengthen your roots. Coconut oil comes most recommended by mothers and hair experts! It can protect your hair from sun damage, dandruff and removes sebum build-up from hair follicles accelerating hair growth. You could also boil some curry leaves in coconut oil, strain the oil and apply. You could also use Chinese hibiscus flowers instead of curry leaves. If you’re suffering from hair fall then olive oil would be a better bet. You can combine it with a host of other ingredients.
Olive oil with honey and cinnamon powder – Massage this paste into your scalp, leave for 15 minutes and wash.
Home-Made Hair Masks
Rightfully termed home-made the necessary ingredients can be easily found in your pantry.
Egg, curd and mustard oil – If you’ve got dry hair then this mask is ideal for you. Eggs are rich in vitamin A, B12, D and E, fatty acids and protein. The protein helps strengthen the roots, the fatty acids make it a natural hair conditioner and B12 helps add volume.
Avocado and peppermint oil – Also referred to as the butter pear, avocados are creamy, rich and the only fruit combines the protein of meat, fat of butter, vitamins and minerals of green vegetables and a nutty flavour. Mash some avocado, add a drop or two of peppermint oil and apply this mask on your hair. Leave it in for 15-20 minutes and wash off.
Olive oil, coconut oil and egg – this one’s the ultimate mask for speedy hair growth. Warm 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, let it cool, add one or two eggs and two tablespoons of olive oil and apply.
Hope these homecare tips are helpful in kerbing hair loss.