Everything you ever wanted to know about hair but were too busy plucking out grey ones to ask. Our Hair is your most beautiful accessory. It adorns you and protects you. But did you know that the state of your hair is also an indication of your health. It both protects you and makes you look good. A majority of people suffer from various hair related problems right from hair fall and dandruff to more serious issues such as a receding hairline. But experts say that our hair says a lot more about us than how closely we follow the latest styles. In fact, the health of our hair and scalp can be a major tip-off to a wide variety of health conditions.
Luscious Locks Need Nutrients. Could a crash diet cost you your hair? In extreme cases, it could. Your hair needs protein and iron to stay healthy, along with omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A, but not too much — which can promote hair loss. Very low-cal diets are often lacking in sufficient nutrients and can stunt hair growth or leave hair dull and limp. If the nutritional deficiency is big enough — like for someone with an eating disorder — hair can fall out.
Find answers to everything you ever wanted to know about your hair such as:
- Dry, limp, thin-feeling hair
- Scaly or crusty patches on the scalp, often starting at the hairline
- Thinning hair over the whole head
- Overall hair loss that appears permanent, often following traditional pattern baldness
- Dry, brittle hair that breaks off easily
- Hair falling out in small, circular patches
- Yellowish flakes on the hair and scaly, itchy patches on the scalp
- Gray hair
Secret to making thin, fine hair look thicker
Age, environment and over-styling can all contribute to thinning hair, so these hairdressers have let us in on a few secrets.
- Make sure you are not suffering from any types of vitamin or mineral deficiencies. If you feel physically tired and have reason to question your health, visit your GP for a full MOT. Lowered levels of minerals such as iron and zinc can have a detrimental effect to your hair growth and the thickness of your hair. –
- The most important factor for retaining healthy hair is of course a healthy diet. Essential omega 3, vitamins and minerals are all vital to ensure good hair health. –
- Getting the ends cut every 6-8 weeks will help hair maintain its thickness, leaving the ends looking fuller and healthier. Having a regular trim can also help hair grow healthier. –
- Many people believe that daily washing can be detrimental but this is not true. Washing your hair every other day keeps your follicles and hair free of debris, bacteria and pollution. What you should avoid is using excessive heat when styling hair and this can be very damaging and cause breakage.It is so important to really massage the shampoo into your hair as this will stimulate blood flow. –
- For hair that is full of volume and life, start by keeping your hair in great condition. Apply a light nourishing conditioner to the ends only so the strands aren’t weighed down by any extra product. If you feel your hair getting dry, use a hair mask once a week to moisturise the ends. –
- Start at the roots of your hair to create volume, once the roots are lifted the rest of the hair will follow and last. Using a classic vent brush on the roots will allow the air to circulate and pass through your roots cooling down in the process, hair sets when it’s cool so it’s important to heat it up and give a little time to cool down, just like a good workout.Much of the reason why hair ‘does not grow’ or is fine and limp is due to the ends becoming over processed and snapping off due to repetitive straighteners use (and constant bleaching of the hair). So look after the ends as well as what’s inside. –
- Try a little back brushing at the root, diffuse dry it, and then brush out. This will create a slight fluffy texture at the roots, but will hold the volume. Spray to set.