Hair is a man-made fiber and is a natural reflection of your health and well-being. Follow a proper hair care program and supplement your diet with balancing vitamins and your hair will look and feel great.
Diet: A balanced diet, rich in silica, calcium and iron, will help reduce or prevent hair loss. Green, leafy vegetables, especially sea vegetables, are good mineral sources. Raw oats provide silica. Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, like liver and other organ meat, whole grain cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, dates, and raisins. The hair is comprised mostly of protein, therefore to encourage hair growth, adhere to a diet rich in protein. A recommended diet for this purpose includes calves liver, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, and two tablespoons of granulated lecithin. Along with protein, these foods are also high in B vitamins, an important nutrient for hair. Silica is found in the outer coverings of potatoes, green and red peppers and cucumbers. Bean sprouts are also high in silica. Eat whole foods including sprouts. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron. Include a good serving of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Vitamin E is important for healthy hair growth. Eat avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil on a regular basis. Eat vegetables such as carrots or spinach in unrefined, cold-pressed seed oils such as flax, walnut or pumpkin seed and sea salt. Take turnips, cabbage, mustard, soy beans, peanuts, pine nuts and millet if there is a deficiency of iodine.
Washing Routine: Your hair-type will determine your cleansing routine, some of you may need to shampoo daily, others every other day, others even once a week. The water you use to wash your hair should neither be too hot, or too cold. Use your fingertips, and never your nails, to gently scrub your scalp. Be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly in order to get all of the soap out and then maximize the shine.
Combing: To begin with combing, first separate hair into small sections. Untangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb, carefully work from the ends in a downward direction only. Comb through hair only when dry. Hair is weakest when it is wet and brushing can easily damage it. Even when hair is dry always comb before brushing.
Drying: Air-dry whenever possible. Try to minimize the use of blow dryer as the strong heat tends to damage the hair, also the moisture lost makes them look rough and lifeless. Give your hair a break from that blow dryer, those curling irons and so many perms. When you are kind to your hair, it rewards you by looking and feeling better. Choose a hairstyle that will let your hair fall naturally.
Trimming: Get your hair trimmed on a regular basis (approximately every two months). This is especially important for growing out layers and/or bangs to reshape and make each stage of growing hair out a style.
Shampoo & Conditioning: Choose simple shampoos that promise only to wash away the dirty and the oil. The more complicated the formula is and the more expensive the shampoo the less it does good in your hair. Use a milder shampoo and try washing your hair less frequently. Also, always apply conditioner from the ears down – never condition the scalp. Do not over-condition as it might cause the cuticle layer of hair to lift making hair brittle and leading to breakage.
Styling: Your hair style is a reflection of your personality and a great way to express your individuality. Choose styling products which will make your hair look great, and impart essential botanicals and vitamins to each strand.
Sleep Pattern: Comb your hair before going to bed, do not let the bands or clips on. Even the way you sleep can affect your hair. Restless sleepers may actually be breaking hair as they sleep. If you are a restless sleeper, try a satin pillowcase so that the hair glides when you move in your sleep. On regular cotton cases hair can get caught and break. Putting hair up to sleep is also helpful. Hair should be put in a ponytail on top of the head.
Traditional societies have long understood the benefits that natural oils can offer hair: nourishment, luster, health, thickness and better growth. Different kinds of natural oils; olive, coconut, almond, mustard oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil and various others are used, depending upon the climate. Here is what natural oils can do for your hair:
Olive oil is one of the most recommended hair oil. Because of the many nutrients it contains it is good for the hair shaft as well as the scalp. It helps to condition the hair and moisturize it, lending shine and luster. Many also recommend warm olive oil massage to the scalp for combating problems such as dandruff.
Almond oil is another natural oil that is traditionally used not only for hair health but for great looking skin. Packed with natural nutrients, almond oil can help to stimulate the hair follicles to grow and can help combat hair loss, thereby boosting growth of fine or thin hair.
It is believed that the molecular structure of coconut oil enables it to penetrate the hair shaft to nourish it. This is supposed to boost hair protein and prevent hair loss. This oil is however difficult to use during the cold seasons since it has a high freezing point. It is best suited for warm climates.
Jojoba oil is thought to be similar to our scalp’s natural oils and can therefore help the hair in all the different ways that our body’s own natural oils can.
Rosemary oil is another remedy that not only helps to moisturize the hair and scalp, but is also thought to prevent hair loss by stimulating the hair follicles. It may also, in cases help with dandruff, premature graying of hair and reducing frizz and brittleness of hair.
Avocado oil is one more natural oil that is supposed to be great for the hair and scalp. Not only can it help nourish the hair and prevent hair loss, it can also help to ease dandruff. When you buy natural oil for the hair, look for ‘virgin’ or ‘cold pressed’ oil that has few or no additives, so that your tresses get the best of nature’s goodness.