10 Tips for Hair Care - Dos and Don'ts
We all love our hair and this reason should be enough to take good care of them. Have we ever paid any attentions to our own habits which have the potential of damaging the hair and making it easy to break and fall off leaving every strand just to get thinner? So let’s put an insight on to the essential dos and don’ts to control hairfall. Post reading these points hope that our choices get wiser!!! Nurture your hair, pamper them and flaunt them in style.
Following are 10 most important dos and don’ts for hair care
- Do rule out the cause of hairfall: When we see our hair tresses all over the house we panic and start many home remedies and delay ourselves from being diagnosed as to why our hair is falling? Hairfall can be due to various reasons like iron deficiency anaemia, thyroid disease, frequent use of chemicals ob scalp, diabetes, etc. Consult a specialist and know the cause which has triggered hairfall. “A stitch in time saves nine” You will know whether your hairloss is temporary or permanent and then you can get treated as per the diagnosis.
- Do check what type of dandruff it is: Getting yourself ruled out for which type of hairloss you suffer from is also very essential. You may think it is just dandruff but it could be scalp disease like scalp psoriasis or seborrhoeic dermatitis. If not then you are relieved. Hair wash with a mild, natural anti-dandruff shampoo, and a dab of olive oil, would be helpful to maintain healthy, natural hair.
- Do take care of your nutrition: You are what you eat. This is true for your hair too. Drink adequate water daily to beat dehydration. This will help to flush out toxins. Coconut water is very relieving and good for your hair too. Eat a lot of seasonal fruits as they have all the essential nutrients for the season. Incorporate proteins in the form of sprouts, beans, legumes into your eating regimen. This is the wholesome nourishment for your body and also for the ‘soul’ of your hair.
- Do use a natural shampoo: Choose a shampoo that has natural active ingredients with minimal lather as it helps to minimize drying of hair. Apply a natural conditioner after every hair wash to combat loss of moisture of the hair.
- Do work upon the stress in your life: The effect of stress on hairloss has been known for a long time. While it is natural to lose about 50-100 strands of hair each day, there is no reason for us to worry when our hair seems thin or it falls more than usual or falls in clumps or small bald patches appear. When this happens you think of stress as a factor affecting your health and in turn your hair. Stress-triggered hairloss is generally short-term or temporary. Once the stress factor is reduced, there is often re-growth, although the process can take up to six months or more, provided no stressor exists. Chronic stress can cause substantial damage to your hair sometimes leading to permanent baldness.
- Don’t use hot steamy showers: Hot showers dehydrate strands leading to dry; brittle hair that’s more prone to fall. Not only the hair’s protective oils are washed out but your scalp starts producing more oil to keep up with its moisture which can damage the root and lead to additional shedding of hair. So always wash hair with tap water or lukewarm water.
- Don’t tie your hair tight: Excessive tension on the hair follicles caused due to tight ponytails or braids, can lead to traction alopecia. This is a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for hair to grow.
- Don’t use hair styling products for long-lasting looks: Hair sprays and hair gels that claim all day holding hair in style are actually making your hair weak. These products usually contain a high amount of alcohol which make hair dry and brittle. Hence the hair breaks and falls out.
- Don’t use hot hair styling tools: Scorching temperature damages the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. So, limit the usage of these hot tools and for that purpose, even a blow dryer should be used on the cool setting mode.
- Don’t bathe your scalp in the sun: While sunbathing or keeping your scalp exposed to the sun most part of the day, it can eat away the strength and elasticity of your hair. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause the cuticle to weaken and break, resulting in brittle hair that can lead to hair loss.