Caring for your hair is just as important as caring for your skin. Unfortunately some women overlook this fact thus ending up with a head full of dull and limp looking hair.
Damaged hair is due to a variety of factors and listed below are a few.
When we are young our hair is thicker and shinier but as we grow older and begin frequently dyeing, blow-drying and styling our hair it eventually dries and thins out.
Use shampoos containing rice and wheat proteins as this helps to strengthen the hair.
Eat foods which help nourish the hair leaving it shiny, smooth and healthy. Include foods rich in calcium, iron, proteins and biotin.
- Calcium and iron: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are packed with calcium and iron and ideal for hair. You can also get iron from eating liver, dates and raisins.
- Calcium: Yogurt and milk are two other foods rich in calcium and ideal for strengthening hair.
- Proteins: Foods such as liver, salmon, eggs, tofu, cottage cheese and beans are great sources of proteins.
- Biotin: Biotin helps strengthen hair and make it thick and shiny. Biotin (B7) can be found in foods like peanuts, kidney beans, lentils and almonds, papaya and carrots. Ideal ways to get biotin from food is to drink a glass of freshly made carrot juice 3-4 times a week or eat a cup of cubed papaya pieces 3-4 times a week.
One main reason for dull limp hair is washing hair too often.
- Oily hair: Those with oily hair should wash hair every other day. A shampoo containing tea tree oil is ideal since it gets rid of excess oil, dandruff and bacteria in hair. Hair should also be washed often if you’re living in a polluted and humid environment since there’s a high chance of hair becoming greasy and dirty much faster.
- Dry hair: If you have dry hair you should wash it 2 times a week. Washing too often can strip the hair of its natural oils making it more susceptible to drying. Refrain from washing the hair with hot water. Use creamy shampoos and conditioners which contain wheat germ oil, shea butter or almond oil as these ingredients help to moisturize the hair making it less susceptible to drying.
- Don’t brush or comb your hair when wet as your hair is more prone to breakage.
- When brushing/combing hair use a brush or comb which has widely spaced bristles/teeth with smooth tips.
© 2012 Suranee Perera