Your hair really says a lot about you, it enhances your overall personality and can also reflect your health.
Although hair loss is not a life-threatening situation, it certainly spoils self confidence and it may also imply internal health problems.
If you neglect your hair for long, it will turn brittle with split-ends. Serious cases of neglect can lead to dandruff and hair loss.
Studies suggest that in a large number of cases, hair loss is genetic, however diet, general health, vitamin and hormonal deficiencies, overuse of hair dye, physical and emotional stress can also lead to uncontrolled hair loss.
The good news is we can control some of these factors to improve your hair!
While there maybe no permanent cure for hair loss, there are some preventative measures you can take to ensure healthy and shinning hair.
Tips For Healthy Shining Hair
Remember that the most important factors that decide the quality of your skin and hair are your genes and family history, your nerves and emotions, and your immune system. However, everyone can improve and maintain healthy hair. Here are hair tips to help you do just that naturally.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
A balanced diet containing all essential vitamins and minerals can help minimize hair loss.You should include green, leafy vegetables, raw oats, and whole grain cereals, eggs, dates, and raisins in your daily food regime.
Because hair is made of protein, it is also a good idea to include protein rich food in your diet. Calves liver, brewer’s yeast, and wheat germ all contain protein as well as Vitamin B, which is an important nutrient for hair.
The outer coverings of potatoes, cucumbers, and green and red peppers are high in silica, which is also essential in maintaining strong and beautiful hair.
Vitamin E also promotes hair growth and reduces hair fall.
A person may experience hair loss due to thyroid dysfunction also. Therefore, you must include foods, which are good sources of vitamin A and iodine.
Your hair cleansing routine will largely depend on your hair-type. In general those with oily hair will wash more regularly than those with dry hair. Some may need to wash every day, others just twice a week. Never use water that is too hot or too cold to wash your hair. And while cleaning or massaging your scalp, you should always use your fingertips in a gentle rubbing motion.
Using a wide-tooth comb and always comb down to ensure you are not breaking the hair as you brush. A wooden or tortoise shell comb is better than a rubber one. Avoid combing wet hair. Hair is at its weakest when it is wet.
Brush Your Hair 100 Times Myth
The old wives tale to brush your hair 100 times a night is actually very beneficial to hair health. Brushing your hair with a good quality brush from root to tip distributes your hair’s natural oils down the hair shaft and makes hair shinier, more manageable, and less prone to breakage. You may be able to eliminate some hair-care products if you devoted time to brush the 100 strokes as the myth says.
Be sure you start your brushing at the bottom of your hair, and gradually work your way up; this will allow you to gently remove and tangles until you’re just smoothly brushing from root to tip.
Drying Your Hair
If possible, allow your hair to dry naturally. Avoid using a blow dryer as its heat can damage your hair making it appear coarse and lifeless.
Use of Shampoo and Conditioner
Always choose a simple formula shampoo, these usually cost less money and are often more effective. Remember, the basic purpose of a shampoo is to wash away the dirt and the oil.Try to find a milder shampoo, which is less expensive and more beneficial for your hair.
Apply a good quality conditioner once you have cleaned your hair with the shampoo, but do not over-condition your hair.
Using a Good Conditioner
Conditioner can help protect your hair from sudden environmental changes when visiting the beach or taking a dip in a pool. Find an effective conditioner that protects your hair from the sun, chlorine, and sea water.
You should also wear a protective hat or a cap to avoid overexposing your hair to the sun, salt or chlorinated water and pollution.
Choose a Comfortable Hair Style
There are many ways to wear your hair that can truly reflect your style whilst significantly enhancing your personality. Remember that hair straightening, dying, and other harsh styling techniques can damage the hair.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
The harsh chemicals present in hair dye and perm treatments also affect the health and growth of your hair. Therefore, you must avoid coloring your hair more than once every 2-4 months depending on your hair type.
Limit Alcohol and Smoking
Reduce alcohol consumption and also avoid using it on your hair. Avoid using hair care products that contain alcohol, this can cause your hair to become dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
Treat Dandruff Naturally
Unfortunately, there is no cure for dandruff, which is a skin disorder also known as seborrheic dermatitis. However, you can treat dandruff to manage the symptoms. If you want to avoid the chemicals found in over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, there are other things you can try.
Tea Tree Oil Remedy
Tea tree oil has been shown to treat dandruff. Add about 20 drops of tea tree oil to your bottle of hair cleanser, or keep a bottle of tea tree oil in the shower and use two drops or so every time you wash your hair. Alternatively, you can also add about 20 drops of tea tree oil to 1/4 cup of olive oil, rub this into your scalp, wrap your head and sleep on it. Wash normally in the morning. You can use this as a “jump start” treatment for your dandruff.
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy
Apple cider vinegar is another safe option that has been shown to assist with dandruff. Rub apple cider vinegar into your scalp (dilute with about 50% water if you have sensitive skin), wrap your head in plastic or a shower cap, then in a towel. Leave this sit for about an hour, then wash. Do this once a week or so to keep dandruff under control.
If these options don’t work, you could choose an old fashioned bar of tar soap. Tar soap has been used as an effective dandruff treatment for hundreds of years and is still recommended by dermatologists for some skin disorders like scabies and ring worm. Tar soap is also recommended for treating lice. But it is, in fact, made from coal; it can smell bad and it can also stain light hair a darker color. Used in low doses, scientific studies have shown that tar soap is safe for treating true medical conditions but it can cause skin irritation in some, and I personally would only use it as a last resort.
Sleeping pattern also affects the life and health of your hair. Restless sleep can cause the hair to break, so if you happen to fall into this category of sleepers, then it’s a good idea to use a satin pillow case which allows your hair to move smoothly causing less breakage.
Also take care to comb your hair gently while going to bed. You should also gently remove all bands or clips used during the day.
Healthy Hair Video
As a bonus, here is a popular video on YouTube on how to have healthy hair. We enjoy watching videos from this channel and thought we would include it as well:
Quick warning! You may get jealous of her hair after watching!