Easy Hair Care

Quick and easy, hair care tips for damaged hair are given to keep your hair healthy and shining.

Hair is made of protein. A diet rich in protein can avoid most of the hair problems. An unhealthy diet and stress/tension in life affect your hair. Proper care can give you fabulous, shining, thick, beautiful, gorgeous, and dandruff free hair.

  1. Oiling hair regularly will prevent various hair problems.
  2. Trim the split-ends of the hair regularly.
  3. Do not over brush your hair. Brush your hair regularly with a good quality hairbrush/comb. Use a broad toothed comb brush on wet hair. Wash your brush or comb regualrly with soap or shampoo.
  4. Avoid the use of other's comb. Always clean your comb.
  5. Do not use very hot air for drying wet hair.
  6. Avoid over-exposure to the sun.
  7. If you color your hair, try to organic dyes such as henna (mehndi) or coffee and avoid non-organic dyes like peroxides.

Vitamins for healthy hair

Taking certain vitamins, foods and a proper diet can promote hair growth. remember that unhealthy food can also cause damage to healthy hair and scalp.

Vitamins B complex, minerals like magnesium, zinc and sulfur and a nutritious diet can promot hair growth and stop thinning and hair loss. Fruits rich in Vitamins A, C and E are beneficial for hair enhancement. Some foods that you can eat to grow hair are given below.

Following is a list of super healthy hair foods to bring in bounce and luster back to your hair and for fast hair growth. If you want to get rid of dry, greasy or dull hair, then eat these foods and see the difference.

  1. B-Vitamins: Vitamin B3, B5 and B6 : Foods rich in vitamin B include beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soy beans, nutritional yeast, bran, nuts and eggs. Take a vitamin B-complex supplement.
  2. Biotin: Biotin is an element, which helps to keep hair shiny and lustrous. Food sources of biotin include brewer's yeast, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, eggs and walnuts.
  3. Vitamin C: Vitamin C help promote scalp circulation which is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles. Vitamin C guarantees efficient transition of oxygen to hair follicles. It also helps in the formation of collagen and promotes hair growth and prevents hair breakage.
    Include all colors of capcicums (bell peppers) in your diet as they are a great source of vitamin C.
  4. Vitamin A: Vitamin A and vitamin C help in the formation of sebum, which is a natural hair conditioner and hence moisturizes your skin and scalp. however, excessive intake of vitamin A can cause hair loss, so remain in limit. Vitamin A prevents dull scalp and hair and promotes growth and proper circulation of oxygen to the hair follicle.
    Existence of vitamin A in carrots helps in formation of sebum oil in the scalp, which is a very important element which helps to keep the scalp and hair very well moisturized promoting good hair. Include lots of dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli and lettuces in your diet whcih are excellent sources of vitamin A and Vitamin C.
  5. Vitamin E: Vitamin E may stimulate hair growth by enhancing the immune function. Eat avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil on a regular basis.
  6. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, vitamin E and copper so they protect hair against damage from the sun. They also prevent hair loss and help keep your hair lustrous and rich in color.
  7. Zinc: Zinc may stimulates the immune function which can promote hair growth. Green peas are loaded with all types of minerals and zinc, iron and vitamin B, which help in maintaining the health of your hair and scalp.
  8. Amino acids : L-Cysteine and L-methionine promote growth.
  9. Thyroid dysfunction can be a cause of hair loss. If that is the case, then eat foods rich in iodine and vitamin A. Eat vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, mustard, soy beans, peanuts, pine nuts, spinach, turnips and oils such as flax, walnut or pumpkin seed.

    Symptoms of Thyroid Problem

  10. A low-fat diet can help in slowing down the baldness process in men. A high-fat, meat-based diet raises testosterone levels, and that may adversely affect hair follicles.
  11. If you are anemic, then take iron rich foods.
    Eating iron rich prunes in your diet can help prevent hair loss, dull hair, thin hair and discoloration of your hair.
  12. Foods high in protein can encourage hair growth. Foods high in protein include cheese, beans, lentils, yogurt, brewer's yeast, soy products like soya beans, eggs and fish. Soy protein stimulates hair growth, so eat tofu and drink soy milk, which are good sources of soy protein.
    Cottage cheese is rich in calcium and proteinwhich is good to get rid of dull hair.
  13. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with protein, omega-6 fatty acids, zinc and iron, so they are a perfect hair rejuvenating snack and overall health.
  14. Silica can slow hair loss. Use silica shampoo. Silica is found in potato skin, peppers, cucumbers, bean sprouts, etc.
  15. Non-vegetarian foods for good hair: Salmon, Beef, Oysters,Bacon, Shrimps etc. are good foods for fast hair growth.

  1. Do not make tight braids and pony tails that can cause hair loss due to Traction Alopecia.
  2. Do not blow hot air on hair to avoid damage.
  3. Wear a head cap during swimming because chlorine in swimming pool water is harmful for the hair.
  4. Protect your hair from UV rays in sunlight to avoid hair damage and graying.
  5. Avoid rain water on your hair as environmental chemicals present in that water that can cause hair loss.
  6. Always use a wide toothed comb. Avoid excessive combing as it can cause split ends.
  7. Avoid harsh chemicals present in hair colors and bleaching agents to prevent hair fall. hair masks recipes

Dry Hair Remedy

Dry hair may be due to hormonal reasons, use of hot hair dryers and heated rollers and perm. If you have dry hair, you may develop frizziness, split hair ends and dandruff in hair.

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  1. Drink lot of water, about 8-10 glasses daily. Avoid drinks such as juices, coca cola, coffee, etc.
  2. Massage your hair and scalp with oil like coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil. This will prevent the loss of water.
  3. Do not shampoo your hair more than 2 times a week to prevent dryness.
  4. Condition your hair with a hair conditioner with natural ingredients. This will prevent hair breaking and split ends.
  5. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey in half cup of full cream milk. Massage on the scalp and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo.
  6. Combine 1 banana, 1 egg, 1/4 cup honey, about 3 Tbs of milk and about 5 Tbs spoons of olive oil. Massage on the scalp and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo.
  7. Zinc and essential fatty acids (pumpkin seeds, nuts, vegetable oils) are good for dry hair. Eating the foods rich in zinc help.
  8. Hair Rinse
    Mix 1 Tbsp of a herb (either of chamomile flowers, comfrey root, nettle, elder flowers) with boiling water and let it stand for 1/2 an hour. Add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and mix well. Shampoo your hair with this liquid.

Hairspray Hazards

Scientists in London, as reported in The Daily Telegraph (November 2008) found that women who come into contact with the hairspray products containing chemicals called phthalates during the first three months of pregnancy increased the chances of having a son with hypospadias, a genital deformity causing the urinary opening to be shifted beneath the penis. The study showed that taking folic supplements reduces the risk. An increased risk was only seen in women whose jobs led to high exposure to hairspray chemicals, such as beauty therapists, hairdressers, research chemists and workers in hair product factory.

Hair Care Myths

There are many advises about hair care that appear to be sound and worth to try, but actually they are nothing but myths. Following are some tips that are supposed to be true but are only myths.

  1. Myth: Trim your hair to frequently to grow them faster and denser. Whether you trim your hair or not, they grow half an inch every 4 weeks. Trimming split hair ends improves the look of your hair.
  2. Myth: Stress is the main cause of hair loss We daily lose about 100 hairs daily even in the absense of stress. However, you may lose more than this, if you are very stressed.
  3. Myth: Plucking out grey hair will grow more grey hair. Plucking grey hair may damage hair follicles and lead to infection on the scalp. But there is no connection between plucking and greying hair.

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