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A Simple Guide to Healthy Hair

August 8th, 2010

healthy-hair-tips.jpgFor a long time I used to think that having healthy hair was an unachievable aim for me. Only models and actors have good looking hair. Then, thankfully I realized that it is not so. Having great looking hair is quite a rational aim, one that can be achieved by eating right and taking some precautions. Hair is healthy when the thickness remains the same from roots to the ends. Not to mention, it should be shiny and lustrous.

Certain basic rules to healthy hair include diet monitoring, having plenty of water, exercising, and keeping your hair clean. A good and balanced diet that includes the right amount of protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fats is the most essential. Your diet must include plenty of salads and fruits. They supply essential fibers. Deficiency of mineral and fiber causes unhealthy hair. Remember, whatever you eat is always reflected in the quality of your hair. You should drink plenty of water to eliminate the toxins in the body. Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation. Keep your hair and scalp clean.

If you are losing your natural hair color and it is becoming dull, you probably have protein deficiency. If the deficiency is prolonged, your hair will become thin and will break easily. This is due to keratin formation. You should focus on eating protein rich foods such as meat, fish, seaweed, eggs, dried fruits, pulses, cottage cheese and yoghurt. Whole grain foods help in sufficient keratin formation.

Vitamins A, B, and C are especially important when it comes to your hair. Deficiency of vitamin A makes hair dry, dull, and lifeless. The right food products for this kind of deficiency are milk, radishes, carrots, and green vegetables. An excess of the same vitamin may lead to small bald patches on the scalp. Monitor your vitamin intake. Deficiency of vitamin C results in corkscrew hair. You should make sure that you consume some lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Vitamin B, found in yeast tablets, cereals, milk, eggs, bananas, peanuts, and pulses, helps make hair shiny and thick.

To get rid of excessively oily hair, avoid animal fats, which are generally found in butter, fatty meat, and cream. A good substitute can be vegetable oil. Saturated fat, found in red meat, fried food, and dairy products, should also be avoided. Choose toned or skimmed milk and low fat cheese.

Apart from eating the right diet, you can also avoid hair damage by following simple precautions. Do not use tight hats, scarves, bands, or helmets for long hours. Let your hair down. Don’t keep it tied very often. Avoid strong sun, wind, and harsh climate. You should choose the kind of hair products you use wisely. Avoid shampoos and conditioners with a strong chemical base. These days, there are a number of herbal products available in the market. Lastly, do not scratch your scalp with long nails or fine combs. Be nice to your hair; it deserves to be treated right!

This article was supplied by Swati Varma.

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One Response to “A Simple Guide to Healthy Hair”

  1. comment number 1 by: coolhairmike

    Once your hair is colored, keeping it that way is another story. Depending on the shampoo you use and the condition of your water (especially well water, that can wreak havoc with your hair), your hair color can fade fast or change depending on the water’s mineral content. To keep your color longer, use a good color depositing shampoo or conditioner. Haircareusa.com lists quite a few, such as Tressa Watercolors, All-Nutrient Color+Shampoo, and ClayPac. If your hair (particularly if you are blonde) is changing because of your water, check out the Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment. It’s an amazing product that removes chemical, minerals, chlorine, etc. while leaving your hair color intact.

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