Hair is an extension of our personality. Hair can be made to
look fabulous if it is well maintained by devoting little time for its care. Hair
care is an essential daily routine. When hair care is ignored, problems like
dull hair, dandruff, lice, split ends occur and lead to hair thinning and hair
loss. Taking care of hair and attaining shiny, beautiful, and healthy hair by
following few DIY tasks is quite simple.
Hair Care Diet
need to feed ourselves a healthy diet for a healthy hair. Consumption of food
that has nutritional value instead of junk foods is an essential aspect of hair
care. Some of the food items that aids in hair growth or care are –
- Whole grains, cereals, pulses, fruits
and vegetables are considered as a good source for hair growth.
- Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty
acids like sardines, mackerel, and salmon
- Hair is made up of proteins. So, have
more protein rich foods like nuts and legumes
- Iron is very essential nutrient for
hair. Green leafy vegetables, red meat, and chicken are some of the food items
that are rich in iron.
- Food with more zinc content like
lobster, crab, dairy products, red meat, mushrooms, whole grains, and nuts.
- Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K are
essential for a healthy hair.
Oiling The Hair
Oil moisturizes hair and prevents dry and frizzy hair. It is
a good practice to oil the hair at least twice a week. After applying oil in
the hair, it should be allowed to soak for few hours and subsequently, shampoo
can be used for washing. This helps to retain moisture in the hair. Coconut
oil, olive oil, and castor oil are considered as good for hair. Few drops of essential
oils like almond oil, lavender oil, rosemary, cypress oil can be mixed with
coconut or olive oil and applied on hair. These application mixtures help in
promoting hair growth and prevent dandruff.
Shampoo Your Hair
It is not advisable to overdo the hair with shampoo. Washing
the hair with shampoo should be restricted to twice or thrice a week. It is
important to use the right shampoo for the hair.
- Shampoos that are paraben and sulfate
free should be chosen, as these chemicals damage hair.
- Based on the type of hair – curly,
straight, dry, oily, or color treated.
- Medicated shampoos for treatment of
lice and dandruff.
Condition The Hair
make the hair smooth. Hence it is a good practice to apply a conditioner after hair
wash, as shampoo makes them dry. Avoid conditioners on scalp, as it attracts
dirt if not thoroughly cleaned. Alike shampoo, the selection of conditioner
should also be based on the type of hair.
Rinse Your Hair
A proper and thorough rinse of hair
after shampooing and conditioning is absolutely essential to avoid any residues.
Soft and shiny hair can be obtained by rinsing in a mixture consisting of ¼ cup
of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and ¾ cup of water.
Dry Your Hair
rinsing, hair should be dried naturally. Blow dryer should be avoided as the hot
air may damage the hair. If necessary, blow dryer may be used in cool mode with
Style Your Hair
hair can be styled with a comb. Wet hair is usually very weak and is prone to
breakage. Hence, brushing the hair while it is wet should be avoided. Initially
a wide toothed comb should be used to remove tangles, and avoid breakage and subsequently
a good quality comb may be utilized to style the hair.
General Hair Care Tips
- Sun damages the hair. So protect your
hair by covering it with a hat/cap/ scarf.
- Drink adequate water to keep the hair
- Eat healthy and nutritional food.
- Do not damage the hair with
chemicals. As far as possible, natural products should be used.
- Blood circulation helps for hair
growth. So, massaging the hair with oil at least once a week helps a lot.
- Split ends are inevitable. Cut the
split ends regularly for proper hair growth.
In spite of all the
above mentioned efforts, if the hair problem persists, it is advisable to seek
medical opinion by consulting a dermatologist or a trichologist.