Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hair-care Tips

Hair-care Tips : 

Comb your hair regularly. Combing helps spread the natural oils through hair, making it look shinier and healthier . 

Massage scalp regularly to increase oil secretion .

Always wash your brush and comb when you shampoo your hair. Avoid lending your brushes and combs to others .

Don't wash you hair in soaps or harsh shampoos. They are highly alkaline and will upset your hair's natural pH balance .

Avoid sratching scalp with finger nails or fine combs, because damage to scalp causes damage to hair .

Leave your hair untied for atlease four hours a day. This eases the pressure on your scalp and gets blood circulation back .

Finally, follow a healthy and balanced diet. Nothing promotes hair growth better .

 Basic Hair Care : 

We recommend that you follow the suggestions listed below to help you to get your hair into a good condition . 

Cleansing :
Your should wet your hair with warmish water and using only a little amount of shampoo get it into a lather in your hands and then apply it onto your hair.

The choice of shampoo should reflect you own type of hair and how you wish to present yourself .

After you shampoo your hair it is important to use a conditioner on every occasion as a conditioner will help the hair cuticle cells and help to get them to lay flat. it will also allow the hair when dry to be more easily looked after.

The conditioner that you use is very important and there are different formulas for dry hair and for hair that is more greasy .

It is essential that you make regular trips to a hairdresser every six to eight weeks otherwise there is a danger of getting split ends in your hair.However, by keeping your hair clean and conditioned following the plan above you will be able to ensure that your hairdresser is able to really get the best look and shape to your hair .

Healthy Hair :

Healthy hair responds to what you eat in the same way as your skin and the whole of the rest of your body.

Iron deficiency is the biggest problem for non genetic hair loss amongst women in Britain .

For iron to be absorbed in the body Vitamin C and Lysine acid needs to be taken. If you do not eat alot of red meat then it could be difficult to absorb enough iron, so it is advisable to consider using a supplement. It is very important to look after your digestion by eating vegetables and fruit on a daily basis. It is also important to eat the following foods on a regular basis .

Salads, Figs, Almonds, Dates, Peas, Beans, Lentils, Sesame seeds, Salmon, Tuna, Sardines .

It is also important to drink alot of water and keep your caffeine content down to a minimum by drinking very little tea or coffee, chocolate or any cola drinks .

Unlike your skin your hair cannot repair itself. That's why you need to care for it and protect it - for the state of your hair reflects your internal health. To revive your hair's natural health and shine, follow this:

Keep your scalp clean and cool .

Nutrients are the key to healthy hair, but to be effective, they must reach the roots. So, whatever you use, you must learn to massage it in well, using the pads of your fingers .

Tension in the scalp or fatty deposits block blood circulation, drying the sebum and thus starving the hair roots. So, message scalp with a god oil to improve circulation and free the hair roots of dry sebum .

Make a pre-shampoo conditioner with natural herbs like henna, 'shikakai', neem, sandalwood, 'amla' and 'brahmi' and add curd and eggs to it. Apply to scalp to beat dryness and lend bounce to otherwise limp and dull hair.

Follow a balanced diet rich in minerals, proteins and vitamins, the essentials for healthy hair. Especially good are iron, sulphur, zinc-B complex and vitamin C .

Treat specific hair conditions the herbal way : 

Dry hair 

Message well with a herbal oil at least twice a week. Follow a diet rich in zinc. Use a mild herbal shampoo and avoid harsh ones since the chemicals in them can strip hair of its outer protein layer, further drying the scalp. Do not use electric curlers and hair drayers .

Hair is composed primarily of proteins (88%). These proteins are of a hard fibrous type known as keratin. Keratin protein is comprised of what we call "polypeptide chains ." 

Damage to the hair is usually caused by heat (irons, blow drying, curlers, heat lamps, etc.), U.V. rays (Sun, lights, tanning beds), mechanical devices (combs, brushes, curling irons, etc.), chemicals (color, perms, relaxers, pool chemicals, the air, etc), or poor diet (specifically -lack of proteins and essential fatty acids). But there are steps you can take to restore your damaged hair and prevent it from going dry again .

Your hair is dry if :

  • it looks dull

  • it feels dry or rough

  • it tangles easily

  • it is difficult to comb or brush

  • it has been treated chemically (permed, bleached or colored)

  • it is liable to split ends

  • it is dry and frizzy . 

    Tips to Manage Dry hair :

  • Dry hair is very fragile and needs special care. Be gentle when lathering and avoid any pulling or yanking . Don't scrub with your fingernails - this will not only irritate your scalp but can cause hair breakage. Brush your lock gently and never when it's wet .

  • Allow your hair to air dry wherever possible. When you must use your hairdryer, blow drying hair should be done correctly - use it on a cooler temperature and aim it down the hair shaft .

  • Be careful not to over wash your locks. It's very easy to strip away the natural oils if you wash it too often. Once or twice a week is enough .

  • Rinse with water alone on off days .

  • Clarify your hair after you swim .

  • Use a moisturizing and nourishing shampoo. Use only a mild, acidic shampoo that is labeled "for dry or damaged hair ." A good shampoo should have a pH of between 4.5 and 6.7. Look for ingredients like zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, or coal-tar .

    • Combat the damage of chemical treatments, colouring, heat-styling and environmental pollution by deep-conditioning your hair on a regular basis. This will help replenish lost moisture and keep locks shiny and resilient Use products that contain no alcohol, which can dry out hair even more. In general, conditioners with fragrance have alcohol, so avoid them. If your hair is very dry, use an overnight conditioner. Mayonnaise is a great natural conditioner. Leave it in your tresses for anywhere from 15-20 minutes before washing it out .

    • If you can afford, use a salon-grade shampoo and conditioner; these products contain less "filler" ingredients.

    • Apply over-the-counter hot-oil treatment to repair dry, damaged hair. Wear a shower cap over your hair while the hot oil is on; rinse after 5 to 20 minutes. Olive oil and coconut oil work the best .

    • Reduce your use of hairspray, mousse, hair gels and styling creams that contain chemical ingredients. With excessive use, they can easily irritate your scalp and damage your hair .

    • Use a low or no ammonia hair color .

    • While, shampooing, do a scalp massage to stimulate oil glands in the skin .


  • Do not use mousse on brittle, dry hair, use a thickening lotion instead.

  • Every six weeks snip off frayed ends.

  • Beer is a good setting lotion to give healthy, shiny look to dry hair. Spray it onto your locks using a pump bottle after shampooing but before you blow-dry.

  • Treating dry hair also should include drinking plenty of water, eating a diet of good proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins A, C, E, and calcium. Eat seeds and nuts. They contain fatty acids that will restore sheen to your hair.

  • If you spend a lot of time in the strong sunlight, use a hair sunscreen or protect your hair with a headscarf or hat.

Mix three eggs, two tablespoons olive or safflower oil, and one teaspoon vinegar. Apply it to your hair, cover with a plastic cap for 30 minutes and then shampoo it out.

A really good recipe is to take a shallow baking pan and mush a banana. Then stir in the honey along with one egg,2 tablespoons plain organic yogurt, and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil. Work the mask ingredients well while stirring to make sure they are well blended.


In the case of hair ruined by hot rollers or straightening, you may have a few inches of relatively undamaged hair on the scalp. Get a medium-severe haircut to get rid of the frizzled hair tips, or leave the damage right where it is and concentrate on protecting the good hair .

Oily hair 

Wash hair every alternate day and rinse out with lemon . Use oils and shampoos rich in need and henna . A head massage with a herbal oil helps maintain the pH level of the scalp . Avoid oily foods and binge on green leafy veggies and fruits .
1. Wash your hair every other day. Washing your hair will remove excess oil & help your scalp begin to regain its natural balance 

2. Wash your hair with LUKEWARM or cold water, hot water opens up the poors & stimulates oil glands causing your hair to get oily extra fast .

3. Use conditioning products sparingly, conditioners are used to replace natural oils that may have been lost while washing your hair, however if your hair can naturally produce oil then there is no need to add more product to make your hair greasier .

4. Use a healing earth cure package once every two weeks. Healing earth treatments absorbs large amounts of fatty oils & are a great tool to helping your scalp start to self regulate its oil production .

5. Wash your hair early in the day. Sebaceous glands do most of their work at night .

6. DO NOT USE products containing proteins or lipid-replenishing substances such as oils or silicon! They only make a difficult situation worse by weighing the hair down & making it even fattier than before .

7. AVOID: Braiding Your Hair, Tight Head Gear, and Wearing Hats . 

Dandruff : 

Message scalp with essential oils like rosemary, cedar, lemon and eucalyptus to reduce flaking and itchiness of the scalp. 'Methi' seeds are also helpful in fighting dandruff . Soak them overnight, grind the next morning, mix in the juice of need leaves and apply on the scalp. Avoid fatty foods and red meat .

Dandruff is most common problem for all of us. It is faced by many people in all over world .
It is not only health problem but also social problem .
A person who have dandruff feels very bad in social meeting, social activity .
Dandruff occurred when scalp dead skins flakes out .
It is normal process of human beings but when scalp cells dies regularly in large number and it is visible in hair then this problem known as dandruff .
 Causes of dandruff :

It begins with imbalance diet, poor nutrition .
Using not suitable shampoo .
Too much use of gel, coloring, hair conditioning, styling sprays, dyes .
Dry and heavy oily scalp .
Stress, not sleep well .

Home remedies for get rid of dandruff : 

Massage scalp twice in a week by coconut oil .
Massage scalp by onion juice. It is very helpful to get rid of dandruff .
Methi seed oil also helpful in rid of dandruff .
Aloe Vera jell used on scalp helpful in rid of dandruff .
Vinegar rinses .

Prevent dandruff :

Wash your hair at least 3 times a week .
You should avoid chemical treatments on hair like coloring etc .
You should avoid stress and should sleep well .
You should take a healthy food .
You shouldn’t use ordinary soap to wash hair and not use anti dandruff shampoo daily .

Hair fall :

A diet lacking in zinc, minerals, proteins, vitamins and B-complex . Excessive body hat, stress and tension, hormonal imbalance, thyroid imbalance, prolonged illness and excessive medication . The chemicals used in perming lotions and hair colourants. They are all responsible for hair loss. The remedy: Change your diet to include healthy food; massage hair with essential oils and treat hair to nourishing packs .
Hair is one of the essential things a person wants to have. It is important for temperature regulation, physical protection, sensory activity, seasonal camouflage, and social interactions. Many people are spending a lot of money just to make their hair look great, as a gorgeous hair enhances ones beauty.Men and women as they age verbalize problems on hair fall or worst hair loss. Sometimes even young adults complain about hair loss too. Nowadays, companies manufacturing shampoos that prevents hair fall are actually gaining much because of this rampant problem among the population. Whilst hair loss has loads of reasons why it occured, let us first understand the normal hair growth cycle .

Normal hair growth cycle : 

The hair is formed in hair follicles, which are complex mini-organs in the skin that are specialized for this purpose. All hair follicles are formed during fetal development. Then new hair is generated in the hair follicle by continually undergoing phases of recession, rest, and growth throughout life.
Shedding some hair each day is normal for this cycle. I’ve read in an article that some experts estimate that we may shed up to 100 or more hairs daily. This measure of hair fall should not cause panic to the individual because approximately 90% of the 100,000 hair follicles present are growing any time soon. The other 10% are in a resting phase, known as the telogen, and the hair then falls out after 2-3 months. It is replaced by a new hair and the growth cycle starts again .

Causes of Hair Loss : 
  • Illness or surgery. Hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
  • Hormonal problems. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormone levels are imbalance.
  • After delivery of a baby (about 3 months). Hair loss in this case is related to hormonal changes. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones prevent the hair from falling. After delivery of the baby, the hormones return to their pre-pregnancy levels. As a result, the hair falls out.
  • Medicine use. Some medications can cause hair loss as a side effect. These drugs are the following: Coumadin (warfarin), Lopid (gemfibrozil), antidepressants, beta-blockers, NSAIDs, drugs for gout, arthritis, birth control and hypertension. In most cases, hair grows back when the medication is stopped. However some drugs can cause permanent hair loss or trigger male and female hair loss pattern .
  • Crash diets and severe stress. These conditions can push hair into its resting, or telogen, state that results to hair falling out at about 2 months .
  • Certain infections (fungal infections of the scalp) .
  • Underlying disease condition .
 With age, the middle layer of hair loses its pigment, resulting in grey hair. Besides, excessive body heat and the heat generated by constant mental activity can lead to premature greying. And, of course, perming, colouring and bleaching work to promote greying, too .
If you want to colour your hair, try doing it naturally. Use henna along with other herbs like 'amla', 'shikakai' and brahmi'. Add coffee for that dark brown colour. Those of you with no option but to use a dye, remember to keep the scalp nourished with vegetable juices .

Causes Of Premature Greying
Faulty Diet, Mental Worries And Lack Of Vitamins : 
A faulty diet and mental worries are the two primary causes of premature greying of hair. Lack of some of the B vitamins, iron, copper and iodine in the daily diet is said to be a contributory factor. Mental worries produce extraordinary tension in the skin of the scalp, this interferes with the supply of vital nutrition necessary for the health of the hair .

Heredity, Unclean Condition Of The Scalp etc : 

Other causes of premature greying of hair are an unclean condition of the scalp, washing the hair with hot water, drying it with an electric dryer and use of hair dyes. Heredity is also a predisposing factor .

Premature Greying Of Hair Treatment Using Vitamins :

The vitamins considered useful in guarding against premature greying of hair are pantothenic acid, paraaminobenzoic acid, inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10mg of pantothenic acid, 100 mg of para _aminobenzoic acid and 2 gm of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all 3 of these vitamins belonging to the B group should be supplied at one time, preferably in a form which supplies all the B vitamins, such as yeast and liver. The three anti-greying  hair vitamins can also be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus, taking a sufficient quantity of yogurt daily and a tablespoonful of yeast before each meal is an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. If one whishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and para- aminobenzoic acid, they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yogurt and not as a substitute for them .

Treatment For Premature Greying Of Hair :

  • A drop in melanin production may be caused by a lack of mineral copper. Eat foods such as crab, oysters, sunflower seeds, cashews and almonds, which have significant amounts of copper.
  • To obtain better results, iron and iodine should be taken in the form of seafood. Besides fish, which is the main source of iodine, the requirement of this mineral can be met by adequate intake of carrots, bananas and similar other vegetables and fruits. Carrots are especially useful in furnishing fresh blood  and maintaining the health of the hair .
  • Nourishment and proper grooming is very important to maintain hair texture, growth, shine and luster in a good condition . Therefore, use a shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type. For daily washes, use a shampoo that is mild, gentle and moisturizing .
  • Dyeing is one of the most common ways of treating grey hair. Chemical dyes sold in the markets aid in coloring your hair. Though it is the most opted way, some people do not prefer it due to the reaction of its chemical properties on the hair and scalp .
  • Henna coloring is one of the natural and traditional ways of treating grey hair . Henna cools the body as well as renders softness apart from coloring the hair .

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