Hair care: 20 ways to stronger hair


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Hair care: 20 ways to stronger hair

Hair fall or hair loss does not spare age or gender. To be honest hair fall is a natural process of the body, but the problem arises when new hair fails to grow in its place.

Hair loss is a common problem if you do not take care of it in these stressful times. But we give you 20 ways that you may have not thought of to make your hair longer and stronger. Dr. Nipun Jain, Senior Consultant in Dermatology from Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Delhi let's you in on how to maintain, improve and strengthen your hair.

Have a good balanced diet and lots of water.

Iron deficiency causes a lot of hair loss. Thus, consumption of food which contains high iron like green and yellow vegetables, and fruits is recommended.

A high protein diet that includes egg whites, soyabeans, cheese, pulses, milk and curd is good for the hair.

A diet rich in zinc, selenium, biotin and essential fatty acids is necessary for hair growth.

Be gentle with your hair. Always use a wide toothed comb.

Making tight braids and pony tails or pulling your hair can cause hair loss called Traction Alopecia and therefore, should be avoided.

Application of heat on hair through blow drying, ironing or rebonding can damage it, leading to hair fall.

Protecting your hair from sunlight is important since excessive UV rays can cause hair damage and graying.

Chlorine water in swimming pools is harmful for the hair. Thus, wearing a head cap during swimming and taking a shower after a swim is advised.

Avoid exposing your hair to rain water as a lot of environmental chemicals are present in that water that can cause hair loss.

Gentle massaging of the scalp increases the blood circulation and is good for hair growth.

Avoid excessive combing of the hair as it can lead to 'weathering effect' and cause split ends.

Avoid self-medication as some medicines and excess of vitamins like vitamin A can lead to damaged hair.

Do not crash diet or starve to reduce weight as it will have a harmful effect on hair.

If you are suffering from thyroid, control of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism is essential.

A good quality mild shampoo and conditioner should be used to clean the scalp and condition the hair.

Avoiding harsh chemicals like those present in hair colors and bleaching agents help in preventing hair fall.

Smoking leads to decreased blood flow resulting in increased hair loss and hence, should be avoided.

Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and Beta Carotene are good for hair growth.

Meditation and yoga are helpful in reducing stress which is a major
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