Tips to get long, lustrous and healthy hair!


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“Hey don’t use my hair brush, I have hair fall!”

“I cannot even think of sharing a room with my partner because my hair clogs everything. Not just the shower drains, but we find it hanging around the food sometimes!”

“At this rate, I will grow bald by the time I turn 50!”

If these are any of you or your relatives/friends, then you are reading the right piece of information.

Having healthy hair reflects the outer and inner state of one’s being as per research. It is not just a style statement but also crucial for a happier lifestyle. We bring to you well-researched tips clubbed in categories that will make it easier to follow. Because we know how hard it is to have to rely on multiple sources to get the right tips for poor hair, especially when we don’t have time to look those up!

Get That Health Game On

The first step to good hair is improving your diet. This may sound shocking but a healthy diet, helps maintain your crowning glory!

Pump up the protein: Studies reflect that eating diet rich in iron and protein help to strengthen your hair. Proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas, quinoa and yogurt are good sources. But make sure to get your dose of lean meats, eggs, poultry and fish on. Try tofu and other supplements if you are a vegetarian!

Take Vitamin Supplements: If your body is not getting enough vitamins naturally, then taking supplements is fine! In fact, doctors suggest that you consume around 12 mg of iron daily. Iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereal are good sources, says hair style expert Gabriela Peacock.

Zinc it up: Your hair also needs more sources rich in zinc…these include Brazilian nuts, walnuts, cashews, green salads AND/OR zinc supplement tablets if necessary.

Omega your hair too: Your hair also needs a good amount of -3 fatty acids in your body. These include foods like salmon or sardines (cold fish) OR options like yogurt, flax seeds and cottage cheese that are more easily available.

These tips are easier to follow because you can incorporate these items in your daily diet and enhance your bodily health as well as the health of your hair!!

About that Shampoo and Conditioner

We think that shampooing and conditioning is normal to healthcare but we fail to realize how we miss out on some of the most important hair health tips in this section.

Get the conditioning right: Using a conditioner is a daily tip that can be easily followed. However, to have healthy hair, one needs to know the right way to use a conditioner.

It is crucial to condition about two inches away from your scalp because using a conditioner too close will only make your hair oilier. Also, using the same line/brand of shampoo and conditioner provides most effective results and the healthiest hair.

Mixing brands is like mixing alcoholic drinks…lethal and very poor for health, as well as provides bad after-effects, as suggested by Get the Gloss Expert Philip Kingsley, “use an appropriate scalp mask occasionally and give your hair a boost with a pre-shampoo deep-moisturizing treatment such as Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer.”

Choose the shampoo based on your hair: Using the shampoo that suits your hair type is crucial. Don’t just do what others do. Avoid harmful chemicals and use ammonium and sulfate-free shampoos. Ask experts about what kind of shampoo will fit your hair needs.

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Hair washing and brushing: It is crucial to pat your hair dry after a shower. Do not rub it hard, else that results in breakage of hair. Using water at room temperature is actually healthier for washing your hair, as opposed to warm water, as per studies. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle, but don’t over-comb or brush wet hair.

Calm that styling at home

Be careful-modify hair care habits: It is important to add a serum to your daily hair routine. In fact, hair expert, Errol Douglas suggests the importance of getting a good keratin treatment for your hair to add to the strength of your hair and to ease the burden of styling on your hair.

Do not flat iron wet hair!! This is a common accident committed by most of us each time we iron our hair. Experts suggest we lose more hair when wet than we do when dry! So wait up, let it dry and then use appliances like hair irons on them!

Do not leave products in for too long: Don’t we think that this will help the hair more? Nope. Just a few of those extra minutes can actually damage your hair. Use the products only for as long as prescribed by the specialist or the back of the product pack!

Opt for looser hairstyles: Dermatologist Dr. Kundu suggests that ponytails and braids must be kept loose to reduce the amount of tension on the scalp! Styling the hair can cause problems like “alopecia” as she suggests. Hence, it is crucial that weaves and braids are kept loose OR one opts for styles that are looser!

Grandma Remedies for Haircare

We finally provide you with a list of simple home remedies to be applied as much possible on your hair. These are well-tested and easy to access at your home.

These include using warm olive or coconut oil twice a week on your hair, applying bananas for about 15 minutes on your hair as they improve elasticity and health. Also, using mayonnaise as a conditioner, or adding 2-3 drops of honey to your shampoo can work wonders for your hair. These natural remedies sure seem surprising but have been found to help greatly.

Bedtime Routines

Here are tips to be used in the bedroom. It is important to use hair ties with cloth around them, and avoid the ones that are super-tight. Those cause hair damage. Before bedtime, leaving your hair lose leaves hair frizzy and full of knots in the morning, instead a better option is a loose braid or a light side-braid. Using satin pillow covers as opposed to cotton ones, etc. cause less friction and hence less hair damage.

Find Yourself an Expert

This is the best tip you are taking from here. Find yourself a local hair expert. One cannot rely just on the internet for good hair care tips. Doctors and hair stylists suggest the need to have an expert that you can rely on; one that knows your hair and you!

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