Hair care is the fastest growing industry with newer products and salon treatments coming in every day. Dr. Sneh Thadani gives us a few tips on the proper hair care…
While the latest hairstyles and colours may look great on your mane, Dr. Thadani warns of the damages that the harsh chemicals and heating styling devices can do it. Over time, lustrous hair can be-come lack-lustre, brittle and will require proper hair care to improve its health and appearance.
Eat enough protein “The basic early advice is to make sure that you’re looking after your diet. Make sure to eat enough iron and proteins in your diet. Get your vitamin levels checked regularly and take supplements if need be. Iron levels are important for hair health. Women often develop iron-deficiency anemia because they aren’t getting enough iron. Iron-deficiency anemia can also develop due to normal monthly menstrual blood loss. There are some generic vitamins that we recommend: Vitamin D, omega, fish oils, a generic multivitamin with iron. Biotin is great in terms of hair strength and preventing breakage.
Do not use anti-dandruff shampoo on a regular basis, especially the over-the-counter ones, as they can lead to early greying and also damage hair roots and shafts. The rule should be–once a week in areas with high humidity or dryness, and once a month in cold climate regions.
If you colour your hair, then make sure to keep a gap of 2-3 months before recolouring, once it runs out. Let there be a chemical-free period, allowing your hair to naturally breathe.
Do not get multiple treatments like colouring and straightening at the same time. Give your hair some rest. Either go for one or give a gap of around four weeks between two treatments so that the hair cycle can change; and, in the meantime, you can boost hair immunity by including more Vitamin H (in egg whites, bananas, sprouts and green vegetables) in your diet. It’s a biotin that is important for hair-building. Also, pantothenic acid (available in spinach and green vegetables) will help in the same way. Men should not use gels or creams regularly, since they are made of chemicals as well. Once in a while, like once in a month, is fine. But it’s better to stick to water.
Do not comb wet hair rigorously. Patience is the key for your wet tresses because wet hair tends to shed more easily, so avoid combing your hair soon after a head bath.
Invest in silicone
There’s no magic product or ingredient, but if you want to add a little more protection you can use silicone -based products. Silicone basically coats the hair, which adds a little more protection once you do any kind of stress to the hair. Check a product’s list of ingredients and make sure silicone is high up on the list. Look for silicone or dimethicone, a silicone derivatives. Anti-frizz products usually have a silicone type of derivative. You can also try a leave-in conditioner, which also coats the hair. Some useful hair care tips.
1. Using hair sunscreens is necessary. A leave on conditioner can be applied on dry, damaged hair 2-3 times a week. This regimen can be followed by both men and women. Just remember, apply the conditioner at the hair ends, not the roots.
2. If you have scalp psoriasis and dandruff as well, then do not oil your hair. Oil feeds the malassezia yeast, which is the causative organism for this dandruff, using it will make the situation worse, even if it has a temporary feel good factor.
3. If you have long hair, then don’t tie it up in a bun at all times. Doing so can lead to traction alopecia, thus, leading to gradual hair loss. Let your hair down. Do not tumble dry your hair; also, don’t bend your head down while drying (or even cleaning) your hair, since that causes excessive damage to the roots, and can lead to loss of follicles.
4. Make getting a haircut a quarterly ritual, not an annual one. If there isn’t a significant growth, then do not tie your hair immediately after a head bath, that is, when your hair is wet. This is because the shafts of hair are weak at the time and strong pulls to your hair can lead to excessive hair fall. Get a trim so as to have a healthy hair growth and to get rid of the split ends.
5. Try newly introduced hair serums, which are applied by a few drops on the hands and rubbed through the length of the hair (but should not be applied directly to the scalp).
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Dr. Sneh Thadani
MBBS DNB DERMATOLOGY
Head of Dermatology Department, SSD Hospital