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Role Of Balanced Diet For Healthy Hair!

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Noida
Role Of Balanced Diet For Healthy Hair!

Food is important for the health and growth of your hair as well, like every other body part. The only difference is that you have to supply the food to the hair follicles before the hair strand grows since once it grows out it is nothing but a dead cell and nothing can make the hair thicker or straighter or healthier. But a healthy diet can keep the hair follicles nourished and the scalp healthy thus preventing hair fall and other various ailments that cause hair fall.

Just like your skin, your hair shows damage through dieting too. Just that the skin shows immediately and the hair to show the extent of damage would take longer. But nevertheless, a crash dieting or an unhealthy lifestyle would surely take a toll on your hair too along with your skin. There are other reasons for unhealthy hair too like smoking excessively, drinking excessively, keeping your hair unclean and so on. But maintaining a healthy diet throughout would help in combating these much more effectively than any cosmetic products ever can.

There are many food items that help in healthy hair growth. Taking just any food that is regarded as healthy will not help. You would have to know exactly what the ingredients are that are the building block of healthy hair and in which food items you would get these ingredients. You have to then include these food items into your daily diet plan. For instance, protein is the most important ingredient that aids in healthy hair growth. The reason is that the hair strand is mostly made of protein and hence a protein-rich diet would ensure that your hair stand is strong such that it does not break easily.

 A healthy scalp is necessary for healthy hair too and for a healthy scalp, you would need a diet rich in iron, vitamin E and some essential minerals like copper, selenium and magnesium. Vitamin D is also important. You would get Vitamin D through the sunlight but remember that too much sunlight can damage the hair instead of supplying it with vitamin D. For protein, minerals and vitamin E, you should take ample amounts of fishes like salmon, eggs, lean beef; vegetables like spinach as well as lentils too.

It is important though that you consult a good doctor first before taking all the above-mentioned food items at once. Your doctor can plan out a balanced diet for you.

 

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बालों के लिए गुड़हल के फायदे - Baalon Ke Liye Gudhul Ke Fayde!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
बालों के लिए गुड़हल के फायदे - Baalon Ke Liye Gudhul Ke Fayde!

गुड़हल के फूल का वैज्ञानिक नाम रोजा साइनेसिस है. गुड़हल के फूल में कई तरह के पोषक तत्व जैसे कि फाइबर वसा कैल्शियम विटामिन सी आयरन आदि भरपूर मात्रा में पाए जाते हैं. इसलिए गुड़हल का फूल हमें कई बीमारियों से निजात दिलाता है. गुड़हल का फूल हमारे यहां धार्मिक रुप से काफी महत्वपूर्ण है. हिन्दू परम्पराओं में विभिन्न प्रकार के पूजा अनुष्ठानों में उड़हुल का फूल का इस्तेमाल किया जाता है.लेकिन आज हम इस लेख में उड़हुल के लाभ के बारे में जानेंगे. तो आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से हम गुड़हल के फूल के फायदे को जानें.

बालों के लिए गुड़हल के फूल के फायदे-
यदि आप अपने बालों को सुंदर और स्वस्थ रखना चाहते हैं तो गुड़हल का फूल एक बेहतर विकल्प हो सकता है. उड़हुल के ताजे फूलों को पीसकर बालों पर लगया जा सकता है. इसके अलावा यदि आप चेहरे पर हुए मुंहासे से परेशान हैं तो इसके लिए लाल गुडहल की पत्तियों को पानी में उबाल कर पीस लें। अब इस पेस्ट में शहद को मिला कर त्वचा पर लगाएं. यह आपको मुहांसे से राहत प्रदान करता है. गुड़हल के फूल का प्रयोग हम बालों की कई समस्याओं के लिए भी कर सकते हैं. गुड़हल की पत्तियों को जैतून के पत्तों के साथ मिलाकर बने पेस्ट को 10 से 15 मिनट के लिए सिर पर लगाकर रखें इसके बाद इसे गुगुने पानी से धो लें. इससे आपके बाल घने दिखाई देने लगेंगे. इसके अलावा गुड़हल की पत्तियों को पीसकर इसमें नारियल तेल मिलाकर थोड़ा गर्म कर लें. अब इस तेल को अपने सिर पर मालिश करने के लिए प्रयोग करें. इससे आपके बालों में चमक और मजबूती आती है. बालों लिए गुड़हल के फूल का प्रयोग हम बालों की कई समस्याओं के लिए भी कर सकते हैं. गुड़हल के पत्तों और फूलों से बना पेस्ट प्राकृतिक कंडिशनर का काम करता है.

गुड़हल के फूल के अन्य फायदे भी हैं-
गुड़हल के फूल की कुछ प्रजातियों बहुत सुंदर और आकर्षक होते है. इसलिए कुछ प्रजातियों को उड़हुल के सुंदरता और आकर्षक होने के कारण लगाया जाता है. आपको जानकार हैरानी होगी कि नींबू, पुदीना आदि की तरह के औषधीय गुण गुड़हल में भी मौजूद होते हैं। इसलिए इसकी चाय भी हमारे सेहत के लिए अच्छी मानी जाती है. गुड़हल के कई प्रजातियों में से एक प्रजाति ‘कनाफ’ का इस्तेमाल कागज निर्मित करने के लिए भी किया जाता है. इसके अलावा एक अन्य प्रजाति ‘रोज़ैल’ का इस्तेमाल मुख्य रूप से कैरिबियाई देशों में सब्जी, चाय और जैम बनाने में भी किया जाता रहा है. गुड़हल के फूलों को हमलोग देवी और गणेश जी की पूजा में अर्पण करने के लिए भी किया जाता है. इनके फूलों में त्वचा को मुलायम बनाने के साथ-साथ आर्तवजनक, फफूंदनाशक, और प्रशीतक जैसे गुणों की भी मौजूदगी होती है।

कई कीट प्रजातियों के लार्वा इसका इस्तेमाल भोजन के रूप में भी करते हैं। इसके फूलों और पत्तियों को पीस कर इसका लेप सर पर लगाने से बाल झड़ने और रूसी की समस्याओं से कारगर तरीके से निपटा जा सकता है। यही नहीं इसका इस्तेमाल केश तेल बनने के लिए भी किया जाता है। इसका प्रयोग केश तेल बनाने में भी किया जाता है. गुड़हल के फूल को परंपरागत हवाई महिलायें अपने कान के पीछे से टिका कर पहनने के लिए भी करती हैं। ये बहुत रोचक बात है क्योंकि इस संकेत का अर्थ ये होता है कि वो महिला अविवाहित है और वो विवाह के लिए उपलब्ध है.

* गुड़हल के फूलों का इस्तेमाल बालों को आकर्षक और स्वस्थ रखने के लिए भी किया जा सकता है. गुड़हल के फूलों को पानी में उबाल कर बाल धोने से हेयर फॉल की समस्या दूर हो जाती है. यह एक तरह का आयुर्वेदिक उपचार है.
* गुड़हल की 10 ग्राम पत्तियों को मेहंदी और नींबू के रस में मिलाकर बालों की जड़ों से सिरे तक अच्छे से लगाएं. इस विधि से बालों के डैंड्रफ खत्म हो जाती है.
* इसका उपयोग कॉस्मेटिक में भी किया जाता है. भारत में गुड़हल की पत्तियों और फूलों से हर्बल आईशैडो बनती है.
* गुड़हल का फूल शरीर की सूजन के साथ-साथ खुजली तथा जलन जैसी समस्याओं से भी राहत देता है. गुड़हल के फूल की ताजी पत्तियों को अच्छी तरह पीस कर सूजन तथा जलन वाली जगह पर लगाएं, कुछ ही मिनटों में समस्या दूर हो जाएगी.
* बच्चों के लिए हर्बल शैम्पू बनाने में भी इसका उपयोग होता है, क्योंकि यह माइल्ड होता है.
* गुड़हल के फूल और पत्तों का उपयोग त्वचा से झुर्रियां दूर करने में भी किया जाता है.

Know About Aromatherapy And Its Benefits!

MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Nagpur
Know About Aromatherapy And Its Benefits!

Aromatherapy is an ancient practice that dates back to ancient times across many cultures. This is a practice where concentrated oils are used to treat many imbalances and disorders within the body. The oils emit a fragrance or aroma, through which many important molecules enter your blood stream which have a healing effect. The oils can be applied on the skin and the aroma is then absorbed directly into the body through it. They can also be used as an aromatic agent where you need to sniff them in order for the molecules to get inside the body and then be absorbed into your blood.

What kind of oils are generally used in aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses essential oils similar to the ones used for massage in many other forms of alternative medicine such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. These oils have the organic compounds within the plants or respective sources concentrated into a small dose so it can pass on the benefits of those compounds to you, healing your body. Some of the types of oils used in aromatherapy are –
1. Peppermint oil
2. Tee tree oil
3. Lavender oil
4. Frankincense oil
5. Lemon oils among many others

How are essential oils made?
Essential oils are made from natural ingredients such as herbs and resins of different plants. These can be extracted from the following sources of a plant, tree or herb:
1. Flowers
2. Seeds
3. Fruits
4. Leaves
5. Bark
6. Roots
7. Stems etc.

Aromatic oils tend to be powerful as a lot of ingredients go into the making of a small quantity of oil. It is estimated that it takes multiple kilos of an ingredient to make only a few milliliters of an essential oil. Due to the immense concentration of the powerful organic compounds created by this, organic oils are very effective and thus potent in curing ailments. The compounds are separated through a distillation process that separates the oils from the other components.

How and where are essential oils in aromatherapy effective?
Aromatherapy is very effective in dealing with lesser ailments and also as a supplementary form of treatment for other larger problems such as recovery form surgery and pain relief. Some of the more common areas where aromatherapy is very helpful are:
1. Relieving and reducing stress
2. Relief from joint pain
3. Resisting Cold and flu like infections
4. Building the immunity of the body
5. Improving the appearance and health of your skin by fighting wrinkles, skin infections and inflammation
6. Reduce pain from inflammation and other disorders
7. Corrects and properly regulates hormone production within the body
8. Helps with gastrointestinal problems as well as improving digestion among many other such benefits

Certain specific types of essential oils and their benefits in aromatherapy
1. Lavender oil: Helps heal burns and cuts quicker, relaxes your body and improves your mood
2. Peppermint oil: Helps with digestion, builds up immunity, and helps with the ability to focus among others
3. Rosemary oil: Helps build hair strength, improves memory and brain function in general
4. Sandalwood oil: Improves skin quality, fights inflammation and wrinkles and also acts a as a libido booster
5. Rose oil: Extremely effective for combatting skin problems as well as for natural glow of the skin
6. Tea tree oil: An excellent immunity booster, Tea tree oil also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties which can fight off infections and cure the ailments much quicker.

Hair Care Tips!

Dr. Clinic Eximus 87% (48 ratings)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Hair Care Tips!

Healthy and lustrous hair is an essential part of looking good. Many of us realise it when we have a bad hair day! People with great hair make a huge social impact. Take care of your diet to ensure that you have great hair. 

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Ayurvedic Treatment For Dandruff!

Dr. Sanjib Kumar Samanta 92% (55 ratings)
A.S.F, BAMS, LCMC, MD - Ayurveda, Diploma In Panch Karma
Ayurveda, Kolkata
Ayurvedic Treatment For Dandruff!

Darunak or commonly known as dandruff, is a disorder that affects the scalp. Dandruff causes white, dry flakes of dead skin cells to shed from the scalp. Although dandruff rarely causes baldness and hair loss, the itchiness of this condition may most certainly be a cause of concern. If white flakes persist for a long time, the person may experience symptoms of seborrhea, psoriasis, or eczema. According to Ayurveda, Darunak is a Vatakapha predominant tridoshaj disease. According to Acharya ‘Sushrut’, Madhav’ and Yogratnakar’, Darunak have symptoms like Itching, White scales like structures, Dryness in the scalp. Along with aforesaid symptoms of Acharya Vagbhatta also considered Hair loss and Numbness of scalp. The Adhisthan (place of origin) of this disease is the keshbhumi (Scalp). 

Over time, proponents of Ayurveda have conducted various researches on this disease, trying to find out an effective solution when it comes to dandruff related problems. 

Prolonged Treatment for Wet or Oily dandruff: 

The scalp skin produces sebum (Kapha), which is an oily substance. This sebum helps in keeping your scalp and hair hydrated. It is a natural process, without which your hair may turn dry and frizzy. However, when this sebum (kapha) is over produced due to certain reasons, you may suffer from problems of the scalp. Over production of sebum (kapha) causes oily scales to appear on the scalp, which may cause severe itching and may also result in infection. Therefore, wet dandruff requires prolonged treatment, whereas it is easier to treat dry dandruff. 

Impurity in the blood: 

According to Ayurvedic system of medicine, dry dandruff is caused because of ‘Vata Pradhan Kapha dosha’. On the other hand, wet dandruff is caused because of ‘Kapha Pradhan Vata dosha’. As per Acharya Videha Pitta and Kapha are involved in causing darunak i.e. Dandruff. The vitiation of Vata and Pitta in the body leads to vitiation of Raktadhatu(blood) thus giving rise to impurities in the blood. This in turn leads to poor nourishment of the scalp. In such cases, detoxification of blood is also required to get rid of dandruff. 

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda places the problem of dandruff in the category of Shudra Roga, which appears due to an imbalance of all three doshas (Ayurvedic humor). The primary doshas involved are Kapha and Vata.Kapha is an Ayurvedic humor which symbolizes Softness, Stickiness, provides nourishment & lubrication. Vata is dry and rough in nature. In an aggravated state, both doshas as per their predominance cause the production of specific impurities in scalp, which are dry and sticky in nature. These impurities accumulate in the deep tissues of the scalp and contaminate them. Contamination of the deep tissues and aggravated Vata-Kapha Dosha causes itching and flaky patches on the scalp. Due to these factors, the scalp sheds larger than normal amounts of dead epidermal cells, which leads to the problem of dandruff. 

The Ayurvedic line of treatment is to generally pacify Kapha and Vata through herbal medicines, as well as a tailor-made diet and lifestyle plan. Also, special herbs are administered to cleanse the body of accumulated digestive impurities.

For oral use Bactimo cap 2 cap rwice for 7 days.

The Ayurvedic system of treatment for wet or oily dandruff, in particular, is briefly mentioned here: 

  1. According to Ayurveda, dandruff could be caused due to prolonged intake of cold water, Excessive usage of foods that taste salty, Chronic Rhinitis,  Irregular Sleeping Habits, Excessive Exposure to UV of sun, Suppressing Natural Urges, Excessive consumption of alcohol, Excessive sweating , Improper maintenance of Hair and using very less or no hair oil for massaging Head and Scalp.
  2. Use Dano oil for scalp massage before shampooing the hair. Follow the process for 5-7 days.
  3. For oral use, two Bactimo capsules twice a say can be of great help.
  4. Ayurveda suggests both topical and internal medicines for the treatment of wet or oily dandruff. The topical medicines are intended to manage dandruff and also provide relief from itching and infection, if any. The internal medicines are intended to detox the blood and also improve immunity, nourish the skin and thereby help in improving the quality of hair.
  5. If dandruff is caused due to psoriasis and eczema, then there are exclusive medicines to combat the infection, detox the body and nourish the skin and hair.
  6. Ayurveda suggests that foods like coconut, Indian gooseberry ( Amla), Raisins etc. help in preventing dandruff.
  7. In addition to these, Ayurveda also suggests various home remedies for effective management of both wet and dry dandruff, like washing your hair with decoction prepared with Neem Leaves or Take powder of Mustard seeds and licorice, make them into paste by adding milk to it and leave it on head for 20min and wash later with water.
  8. Taking Panchkarama detoxification procedures like Nasyam, Raktamokshnam, Shirobasti, Abhyanga Swedanam under the guidance of expert can also play very important role in the management of both the types of dandruff. 
  9. Accumulated hair and dandruff scales can be made returned to the healthy scalp from unclean combs and brushes. This may irritate the scalp and causes flare of dandruff again. Combs and brushes are the tools for the care of your hair; they should be properly made and well cared to accomplish this purpose. Neem wood combs can work wonder but they should also be regularly cleaned and changed every six months. It can be easily deduced that wet dandruff can be effectively managed and treated by undergoing treatment under Ayurvedic system of medicines. 

Hair Transplant - Understanding The Procedures!

Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), MBBS
Dermatologist, Navi Mumbai
Hair Transplant - Understanding The Procedures!

Hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is a condition that affects both men and women equally. Surgical hair transplantation is the only solution for restoring the lost hair in pattern baldness when medical hair restoration does not offer you a good hair re-growth.

If you have well-defined and clearly established areas or patterns of baldness on the crown with healthy dense coverage of hair at the sides and the back of the head, you are probably suitable for a hair transplant surgery. Hair that is transplanted in the frontal region of the skull generally offers the best results. However, a hair transplant procedure can also be carried out on any other area of your head if you have some bald patch there.

It is best to have detailed information about the hair transplant procedure before you make plans to undergo a surgery. It is only after you have read through all the information that you can understand and appreciate the significance of surgical hair restoration. The information will also help you decide whether you are the right candidate for the hair transplant surgery. Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

All those who can opt for a hair transplant:

  1. Men with male-pattern baldness
  2. Women suffering from hair thinning
  3. Anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury

Hair replacement isn’t a good option for:

  1. Women with a wide-spread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
  2. People who don’t have enough “donor” hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
  3. People who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery
  4. People whose hair loss is due to medication like chemotherapy

Two types of procedures

It's worth noting that there are new surgical techniques involved in hair transplants:

  1. FUE - Follicular Unit Extraction: The hairs are individually extracted from the back of the head and re-planted across the area. This is a lengthy, pain-staking process but the result is minimal scarring and a very natural-looking hairline.
  2. FUT - Follicular Unit Transplantation: This technique involves taking a larger area or 'strip' of hair from the back of the head, dividing it into smaller units and then re-planting those units in the desired area of hair loss. Scarring can be slightly more conspicuous at the back of the head as a larger area has been removed but an expert surgeon will minimise incision marks to ensure rapid healing.

Hair transplant do, of course, utilise your own natural hair and re-growth can be expected within 4 weeks of surgery. Great care must be taken during your recovery period to protect the newly-transplanted hair. However, once it is deemed safe to resume normal activities, the results can be life-transforming. A successful hair transplant is permanent and can restore confidence and self-esteem.

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How Homeopathy Helps Manage Hair Fall?

Dr. Akash Kumar Sen 88% (109 ratings)
LBS Homoeopathic Medical College, Bhopal
Homeopath, Bhopal
How Homeopathy Helps Manage Hair Fall?

Hair fall and hair loss are common problems experienced by people all over the world. Hair fall may occur due to various reasons such as dandruff, combing and due to some diseases. For instance, Alopecia areata is a common cause of hair loss. Homeopathy is an efficient form of treatment for hair fall. The treatment may be lengthy but it works from the roots and cures the underlying problem of the condition. Here are several homeopathic medicines, which help in controlling the hair fall.

  1. Fluoricum acidum: This homeopathic medicine is derived from hydrofluoric acid and is an effective remedy for hair loss. It also prevents hair fall after any kind of sickness.
  2. PhosphorusMade from the potentization of inorganic phosphorus, this medicine is good for several hair fall conditions.
  3. Calcarea Carbonica: This medicine is a very efficient homeopathic medicine, which enhances hair growth. It may be used by patients who experience hair loss along with itching and sweating of the scalp.
  4. Vinca minor: This medicine primarily cures alopecia. It works to eliminate dandruff and may also be used in case of abnormal hair growth.
  5. Silicea: This homeopathic medicine may be used to treat several kinds of problems. It is an effective medicine in cases when a person turns bald due to extreme hair loss.
  6. Baryta carbonica: This medicine is used for young people who suffer from premature baldness. It is used to treat hair loss that occurs at an extreme rate in people.
  7. Lycopodium clavatum: This effective homeopathic medicine prevents a lot of hair-related conditions. It is a good solution for hair loss and baldness and is made from club moss. Premature balding is also prohibited.
  8. Psorinum: This medicine is considered to be great for treating hair fall because of dandruff. The root of the cause is treated, and both hair fall and dandruff get reduced.
  9. Mezereum: This homeopathic medicine may be used to cure a wide array of problems, including hair fall. It is used in cases, where a patient has a crusty scalp or infected scalp along with the production of pus. Hair growth is also encouraged.
  10. Kali Sulphiricum: This medicine is used to treat hair fall, which results due to dandruff. It is usually used when the dandruff is yellow. This medicine is ideal for treating both dandruff and hair fall together.

Hair fall is a very common problem, and homeopathy is a very effective way of treating this condition. Hair fall may occur due to various conditions and there are homeopathic medicines to treat all of them.

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How To Maintain Healthy Hair - Hair Care Tips You'll Love!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
How To Maintain Healthy Hair - Hair Care Tips You'll Love!

Hair is technically dead tissue and considering that, we spend a whole of a lot of time and currency on our hair. That is probably because hair plays a big part in our appearance. Changing your hair color or merely getting a different hairstyle can change your appearance to an extent that some might find you unrecognizable. On the contrary, you can go into a week-long depression, if your hair stylist has let you down with the bob-cut your favourite celebrity has sported so beautifully. Like nails, hair is an extension of the epidermal layer of the skin and is mainly composed of proteins. Apart from adding to your appearance, it also provides warmth and protection to your head.

So it is obvious that maintaining healthy hair is something we all want and would like. Here are a few tips that will help that mane flow beautifully-

  1. Ripe avocado: Mash some ripe avocado without the pit, mix it with an egg and apply it to your hair. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Avocados are rich in essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins that help add lustre to your hair. This is advised to be done once a week if you have damaged hair or once a month for healthy hair.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar: Adding one part apple cider vinegar to two parts of lukewarm water and applying it to your hair can help balance the pH of your scalp. It may not make your hair smell like a dream, but it will help bring out the natural red highlights in your hair.
  3. Lemon Juice: Apply lemon juice to your scalp to get rid of dandruff and get clean scalp.
  4. Egg and shampoo: This combination can help strengthen your hair. This mixture adds protein to your hair. Take an egg and mix it with a small amount of shampoo and lather it up for 5 minutes and rinse well.
  5. Essential oils: Add some essential oil to your shampoo to get a beautiful lustre to your hair.
     
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Vital Minerals For Healthy Hair Growth!

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Dermatologist, Noida
Vital Minerals For Healthy Hair Growth!

Minerals are important constituents that the body needs for proper cellular functioning as every process of the body requires the presence and action of these elements. An imbalance in these essential elements can cause several health problems including hair loss. The various minerals have to be in harmony with one another as too much of a particular mineral can lead to an imbalance in another.

Causes of Mineral Imbalance

Coming to the causes, several reasons can lead to an imbalance in your mineral levels and these are:

List of Minerals required for Hair Growth


1. Calcium - The first mineral that your hair requires is calcium. This vital mineral plays a key role in stimulating the growth of hair follicles. The foods that you can turn to for your daily calcium dose are nuts, almonds, beans, vegetables, etc.

2. Magnesium - Following closely after calcium and one which must be taken together with calcium is magnesium. Without the presence of magnesium, the consumption of calcium can be harmful for the body. Both these elements are used by the body in tandem. So, foods you can have to meet this requirement are cashews, milk, almonds and so on.

3. Potassium - Lack of potassium in your diet can cause you to lose hair as well. Increasing the intake of this mineral helps in removing the buildup of sodium around your hair follicles that interfere with the absorption of nutrients required for strong hair. Potassium can be obtained from bananas, whole grains, almonds, etc.

4. Zinc - Another element that helps in the growth of hair is zinc. This mineral is vital for DNA synthesis of hair follicles, helping them to divide and multiply. Seafood, pumpkin seed, avocado, etc can be good sources of zinc.

5. Iron - Iron deficiency can bring about hair loss. When there isn't adequate iron in your diet, your body consumes ferritin (a protein responsible for storing iron in your body tissues) found in non-essential tissue such as your hair bulbs, resulting in shedding of your hair before it is able to reach its optimal length.

6. Selenium - Inadequate selenium in your body can cause you to suffer from thyroid problems, and subsequently hair loss. Whole grains and broccoli are two selenium-rich food sources that you can take to help your hair to grow properly.

7. Copper - Copper plays a very important role in your hair health. It gives growth, colour and strength to your hair. Sesame seeds and seafood are options that you can take to meet your copper requirement.

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Colored Hair - How Should You Take Care Of Them?

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Colored Hair - How Should You Take Care Of Them?

Dyeing one's hair has become a modern trend. Streaks, highlighting with a blond color or changing the hair color altogether is done often to alter one's looks. However, most hair colors contain chemical ammonia, which causes hair to become brittle and dry. Here are a few tips to color your hair and keep it fabulous, all at the same time. Read on more to find all about it.

Pre-color care:

One of the most important things to consider before coloring your hair. Deep condition your hair. Avoid applying chemicals to your hair one month prior to the actual coloring. This helps in reducing the damage your hair takes during coloring. It also revitalizes your hair, which it received via styling or heat.

  1. Manage your hair: Make sure that you manage your hair and go for regular trims or haircuts. It will help in coloring if you do not have to manage split ends or breakage.
  2. Condition your hair: Deep condition your hair to properly boost its strength. Mix banana, egg and yogurt evenly and apply them to your hair. Rinse after an hour. This will make your hair softer and stronger.
  3. Color on non-shampooed hair: Make sure that you apply color on your hair on a day, in which you haven't applied shampoo. It is recommended to not shampoo your hair 2 days prior to coloring as it washes the natural oil present in your hair and causes the coloring to result in excess damage to the hair follicles.

Post-color care:

  1. Rinse hair with a protecting shampoo: After applying color make sure that you only apply color protecting shampoos. This helps the color to set in and does not wash it away. Rinse using cold water.
  2. Wash hair twice a week: Shampooing on a regular basis strips your hair of the natural oils. Restricting it to twice a week ensures that the color on your hair stays for a longer duration.
  3. Deep condition post coloring: Use almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil to deep condition your hair.
  4. Avoid blow drying: Blow drying your hair causes it to be extra dry. This can cause damage to your hair. Let your hair dry naturally or if necessary use a cooler setting on your hair dryer.
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