Proper Hair Care and You
We’ve laid down the law on the different types of hair, spoken of the scalp and its oils, mentioned some of the dangers and conditions which hair can be subjected to, and also took a look at dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Now comes the part in this guide where you can learn what can be done about the damages caused to your hair. Learn how to heal your hair and make it shine, literally and figuratively. Some of these techniques and practices were mentioned earlier, but proper hair care is something that bares repeating.
Things to Generally Abstain From:
- Washing hair too often
- Spending too much time in chlorinated pools
- Excessive sun/wind/dry air exposure
- Using the wrong kind of shampoo and conditioner
- Harsh chemicals and/or detergents and/or preservatives (e.g. sulfates, parabens)
- Using drying products on dry scalp/hair, or moisturizing products on oily scalp/hair
- Overly heating with
- Blow driers
- Curling irons
- Hair straighteners
- Any other hot implement
- Overly using chemical treatments such as perms, relaxers, etc.
Health & Wellness
First and foremost, understand that what comes out of your body (in this case – hair) is the direct result of what is going into your body. Eating right, sleeping right, exercising, and relieving stress and anger are all necessary for proper physical and mental development. This all has a direct affect on our scalp, our hair, and our general well-being.
Getting enough nutrients – vitamins, minerals, fiber – and staying away from harsh chemicals, and overly-processed foods can be crucial for some. There are those with a genetic disposition for dandruff or baldness, for instance, which can only be countered by introducing healthy substances into the system.
Foods For Healthy and Strong Hair:
Salmon: Full of omega-3 fatty acids, it is an essential acid which can help your immune system. It can also help hair grow in thicker and fuller.
- Greek Yogurt: This food has a lot of protein in it, which is the building block of your hair and cells. It also contains vitamin B5, which helps blood circulation reach the scalp and promotes growth.
- Spinach: Contains vitamin A, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. These all come together to help your hair in a healthy way. Furthermore, spinach helps your hair retain moisture, meaning it isn’t as prone to breakage.
- Guava: Another food that can help you prevent breakage. Guava is bursting with vitamin C, which makes it ideal for taking care of hair.
- Cereals and Grains: Iron is essential for hair health. Eating foods which have been fortified with iron (like breakfast cereals) are an easy way to reach the daily recommended amount, and make sure your locks remain healthy and strong.
- Poultry (protein rich foods): Protein is what helps the hairs build and reproduce. If you do not get enough protein, the hair-growing mechanism is at risk of reaching a point of stagnation. In order to avoid reaching that point, make sure you are getting enough protein, whether from animal or veggie sources.
- Sweet Potatoes: Yummy, healthy, and great for your hair. Sweet potatoes, carrots too, are filled with beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A, which is a hair staple. It stimulates the glands to create more sebum, and gets the hair looking shiny and healthy.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon promotes blood circulation, and delivers oxygen to the hair follicles. Oxygen revitalizes the hairs, giving them a healthier look.
- Eggs: Rich in protein and iron, as well as vitamin B. These nutrients help strengthen hair strands, as well as fingernails. Vitamin B deficiency may lead to hair loss in the long term.
- Oysters: Zinc is one of the most essential nutrients for healthy scalp and hair. Not getting enough zinc can lead to seborrheic dermatitis. Oysters are rich in zinc, and it is also found in lobster, beef, and fortified cereals.