Tips for Healthy Hair

Hair problems are one of the most commonly occurring health concerns that most people complain about these days. The commonly occurring hair diseases include hair thinning, dandruff, itchy scalp, Alopecia Areata and more importantly male and female pattern baldness. Many physical, mental, emotional and environmental reasons contribute towards these issues. Environmental pollution and stress are the major contributors in damaging the health of the hair. Most people spend and waste a lot of money in buying anti hair loss products and don’t really get to the root cause.  Incorporating some simple healthy hair care habits in your daily routine and using natural & herbal products can restore hair health.

Keep your hair and scalp clean

Continuous and unpredictable weather changes ask for extra care of the hair. Humidity, the harmful rays of the sun and sweating all contribute towards hair and scalp damage. They can also remove the natural luster of the hair and cause extra shedding.  Daily hair washing can keep your hair and scalp cleaner, it is not advisable to shampoo daily, however one can rinse hair properly with clean water to get rid of the oil and sweat that builds up in the scalp.

Brush your hair properly

According to researchers and experts, daily brushing of hair is one of the vital practices to maintain healthy hair. It stimulates blood circulation in the scalp and provides the roots of the hair proper nutrients and oxygen. It is also helpful in removing the impurities and waste materials that get attached to the scalp and leads to diseases. It is also believed that brushing your hair on a daily basis helps in the improved activity of oil producing glands so that the natural oil levels of the scalp can be restored.

Use Chemical Free Products

Whatever brand of hair products one is using, it is important to be mindful and knowledgeable of the ingredients that are being used. The quality and amount of the ingredients that are being used in the processing of the product play a significant role as they directly affect your hair health and vitality.

Avoid using heating elements on the hair

Many women use blow dryers, curlers or hair straighteners for hair styling. All these products give so much heat to the hair that the protein called keratin of which the hair is made of,  gets damaged and the hair loses their natural structure which cannot be restored. So, it recommended to not to use them frequently.

Massage your hair

Proper nourishment, tender, love and care is what your hair needs on a daily basis. Regular herbal hair oil massages increases blood and oxygen supply towards the roots and hair follicles which stimulate hair growth. It is recommendable to massage the hair with preservative free herbal hair oil one night before washing hair or at least 2-3 hours before shampooing.  This practice relaxes your nerves, releases stress, give you good sleep, and most of all leaves your hair soft , smooth, silky and strong.

Eat healthy food

Shiny, moist and smooth hair emanates good health. Conversely, dry, dull and brittle hair might signify potential nutritional deficiencies. Our hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body, growing at a rate of one-half inch per month. Thus, the nutrients we consume on a daily basis can influence the health of our hair. Eating a diet rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids can help optimize the texture of our hair.

There are many other lifestyle habits one can incorporate to boost hair health and vitality.  However, if one learns to take baby steps first and incorporate some or all of these daily hair care tips, one will already experience a healthy and natural hair transformation.

Vitamins for Hair

Hair is an important part of one’s personality and looks, thus, it is important to take good care of your hair and provide them proper nourishment. Besides topical herbal treatments, vitamins have salient features that can provide shine, vibrancy, and volume to your hair. They not only keep your hair and scalp moisturized but also stimulate the growth of hair follicles. One of the important benefits of these vitamins is that they can restore damaged hair and hair tissues.

Some of the vital vitamins required for hair health and growth are as follows: –

 

  • Vitamin A

It is one of the essential vitamins that promote cell growth in the body and strengthen the immune system. The salient form of vitamin A is beta-carotene and is found in many fruits and vegetables such as spinach, green vegetables, carrots, peaches and sweet potatoes.

Importance of Vitamin A for hair

  • Stimulates secretion of sebum in the scalp.
  • Promotes the growth of hair.
  • Prevents the breakage and thinning of hair.
  • Prevent the incidence of dandruff by keeping the scalp moisturized.
  • Sebum maintains the natural moisture of hair.

 

  • Vitamin B

There are total eight vitamins cover the heading of vitamin B and are known as vitamin B complex. These vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 work together to keep the body healthy. They regulate and promote the growth of muscles, cells, skin, and nerves. Grains, vegetables, nuts, egg, and meat are a rich source of this vitamin and must be included in the diet.

Importance of Vitamin B for hair

  • Enhances the growth of hair.
  • Nourishes hair shingles.
  • Vitamin B5 protects adrenal glands that promote hair growth.
  • Biotin

It is one of the essential vitamins belonging to the Vitamin B family. Other name for this vitamin is Vitamin B7. It produces the glucose and breakdowns the proteins into amino acids in the body and is majorly involved in the health and nourishment of hair. Biotin-rich foods include mushrooms, salmon, peanut butter, eggs and avocados and they must be included in the diet.

Importance of Biotin for hair

  • Promotes the healthy locks of hair.
  • Promotes fast growth of hair.
  • Regulates the function of keratin protein in hair.
  • Fortify hair follicles.
  • Restores the structure of damaged hair.
  • Niacin

This is another vitamin that belongs to the Vitamin B family and has an essential role in maintaining the health of hair. Turkey, chicken breast, mushrooms and avocado all contain Niacin.

Importance of Niacin for hair

  • Nourishes the scalp.
  • Promotes the growth of hair.
  • Prevents thinning of hair.
  • Keep your hair strengthened.
  • Nourish the hair follicles so that the hair can grow fast.

 

5) Vitamin C

Vitamin C prevents the body from harmful diseases and also boosts up the immune system. Thus it is essential to consume vitamin C rich foods such as Broccoli, Brussels, Kale, Strawberry, and Papayas.

Importance of Vitamin C in hair

  • Strengthen hair follicles.
  • Stimulates the production of collagen, an essential protein for hair structure.
  • Prevents dandruff due to its antioxidant property.
  • Prevent hair from aging.
  • Fights oxidative stress that leads to graying of hair.

Your Hair Speaks Volumes of your Health

While the eyes are a window to our soul, our  hair health is that window which provides a sneak peek into our overall health and well-being.

Ayurvedic research on hair growth is extensive and well structured which makes it easy for practitioners to pinpoint the cause of hair fall and treat it accordingly. According to Ayurveda, hair type is directly related to body type and is systematically classified into three categories; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  Each hair type has distinct features, and hence there are multiple reasons for hair loss which vary from person to person.

Hair loss is caused because of pitta dosha.  Pitta governs our metabolism and digestion. A balanced Pitta leads to a healthy body and mind. It controls our general well being. Once you identify the reasons of pitta dosha, it becomes easier to correct it. Typically, bad eating habits, anxiety, and stress cause pitta dosha, which in turn leads to hair loss. Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, fried and spicy food can cause an imbalance in pitta.

Apart from Pitta Dosha, other reasons for hair loss according to Ayurveda are hormonal imbalances in men and women, stress, lack of sleep, improper diet, intoxicating substances, dandruff or fungal infections and diseases like lupus or diabetes amongst others. Ayurvedic hair regrowth solutions address these core issues promoting hair regrowth.

Please Pay Attention!!

If your hair has been highly damaged by blow drying, chemical hair products and coloring it’s impossible for it to speak about your health, because your hair is no longer in its natural state so any thinning, loss or brittleness can be mainly attributed to the chemical products. It’s important to keep your hair natural and healthy so that you’ll be aware of the warnings it can show.

Ayurveda addresses 3 key concepts of care during the treatment, namely; Nidana (diagnostic measures), Ahar (food that can be used as preventive medicine) and Chikitsa (support and self-care).