For a person longing for stronger strands and thicker tresses, healthy foods come as the knight in shining armour. Hair follicles are some of the most metabolically active cells with the highest cell turnover rate in the body. Restricting calories or falling short on protein, minerals, essential fatty acids, and vitamins can lead to abnormalities in hair fiber structure, production, pigmentation changes and hair loss. If you’re deficient in the nutritional building blocks like protein, your body stops producing healthy hair.

Hair growth is most productive from age 15 to 30 and may slow or change after 40. Below are a few healthy foods that are rich in the above-mentioned minerals and nutrients that help in preventing hair loss:

Nuts:
Nuts, like almonds and walnuts, are natural emollients for the hair follicles. They moisturize the hair shaft, making it look glossy. Nuts are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, helping in reducing hair loss and increasing hair growth. Nuts are also rich in vitamin B, vitamin E, and zinc. Vitamin E teams up with selenium to make the cell membranes strong and provide antioxidant defense.

Spinach:
Popeye’s favourite vegetable Spinach is also in the iron-rich camp, preventing the hair from thinning. Beyond beefing up your iron levels, spinach also contains folate, and vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and cross-linking of keratin fibers which occur in fiber production of the hair.

Sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes served in any style, be it baked, roasted or toasted, are found to be healthy to hair as they are full of vitamin B6 and vitamin A. Vitamin A in sweet potatoes aid in sebum production and help in speeding up the hair growth rate.

Eggs:
Eggs, a great source of protein and biotin, are important for the growth of healthy hair. Biotin keeps enzymes to metabolize nutrients that nourish hair follicles. Beyond the biotin, the yolks are potent in vitamin D which is important to get via diet or supplementation since our bodies don’t produce it naturally.

Fishes:
It’s probably clear as crystal that protein is important to those who dream of healthy hair. Sudden weight loss or a poor diet low in protein, low in healthy fats can contribute to shedding and weak, unhealthy hair. Fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, and sardines offer protein, vitamin D, omega-3 fats and other hair-boosting components to nourish the skin and thicken the fat layer around the hair follicle, preventing hair loss and boosting up the hair growth.

Six best eats for healthy hair

Sometimes, “lather, rinse, repeat” isn’t enough to keep strands shiny and soft. Your hair needs to be nurtured from within to look its best.

Incorporate these healthy eats into your daily diet and get ready to say goodbye to dull, drab strands

Water

Adequate water intake is necessary for hair cells to transport nutrients and vitamins to the hair root. Hydrated hair is happy hair!

Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerhouse of nutrients when it comes to giving you a good hair day. Munch on flaxseeds and walnuts to add shine to your hair, and also fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring to boost your omega intake as well.

Dark green veggies

Veggies are one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet for overall health. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of iron and calcium.

Whole grains

This fiber-filled food can be considered “Queen Bee” when it comes to hair-healthy foods! Whole wheat bread, fortified cereals increase your hair’s growth rate; also give your body vitamin B, which promote happy strands by boosting your red blood cell count

Greek yoghurt

Containing both calcium and protein, it can help lengthen and thicken your hair. Greek yogurt can provide about three times as much protein compared to regular yoghurt.

Coconut oil

This oil is good for almost anything! Not only can you add coconut oil into your daily diet, but you can also add it right onto your hair! Run it through your hair, and let it sit for about 30 minutes before taking a shower. The fatty acids in the oil bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage.

October 10, 2016

Hair care during monsoon

Hair care tips to be followed during monsoon

Don’t you just hate it when the weather is hot, humid, and muggy? Well that’s Chennai for you during the monsoon. During these months, it is essential to put in more effort to maintain your hair. Here are some tips to deal with the excessive humidity:

1. Moisturize

Moisturize your hair regularly by conditioning your hair at least 3 times a week. Conditioning helps reduce frizz and smoothens your hair.

2. Cold Water

Use cold water to wash off your conditioner instead of hot water – cold water causes the cuticles to contract, thus maintaining the shine in your hair.

3. No Blow Drying

Blow drying your hair causes a loss of moisture and you need all the moisture you can get! Allow hair to air-dry instead.

4. Oil

Oil your hair more using olive oil, coconut oil, or argon oil. Oiling your hair helps boost the moisture and we all know how important moisturizing is!

5. Avoid damp hair

It is always fun to play in the rains – but you might actually be paving the way for hairfall. Stay dry and always carry an umbrella.

6. Proteins

Don’t forget to eat protein-rich food like eggs, yogurt, fish, nuts, leafy vegetables, and legumes to strengthen and nourish your hair from within.

7. Not too tight

Avoid tying your hair up in tight ponytails or buns, especially when wet. This makes the hair brittle and more prone to breakage

8. Serum

Try using an anti-frizz serum or a natural serum like castor oil to tame those flyaway hairs. Serum also helps in strengthening and adds that extra shine!

9. Comb

This is something that you might already be familiar with. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair – this helps in reducing the strain on hair and prevents breakage and hairloss

So what are you waiting for? Let your gorgeous locks do the talking for you this monsoon!!!

February 10, 2016

Common causes for hairfall

hairfall-causes

In our previous post, we stated the fact that it is normal to shed around 50-80 hair strands per day. You all must have let out a sigh of relief after reading that. If the number of falling hair strands increase more than that, it is considered as hair fall. There are various reasons behind hair fall. The reason could be as simple as a wrong hairstyle which causes stress to your hair strands and make it fall or a hereditary condition which needs a medical treatment.

In this post, let’s see some common causes behind hair fall.

Health condition 

Sudden change in health condition could be one of the main reasons for hair fall. High fever, medicine intake, hormonal changes, any physical trauma etc can result in hair fall. Once the health is back to normal, the hair fall is expected to reduce.

Poor Diet

What we eat, can directly reflect on the healthiness of our hair. Avoiding protein rich foods and intake of imbalanced diet intake can be the causes behind hair fall. Eating a healthy, balanced diet with protein rich foods result in healthy hair.

Styling

We tend to try various products, hair styles and hair styling tools to make our hair look glossy and shiny,like a shampoo commercial model. But over doing of such styling can actually weaken and damage your hair strands which results in hair fall. Make sure you don’t change your hair products frequently. Dry your hair naturally instead of using a hair dryer.  Try hairstyles which doesn’t pull or cause stress to your hair strands. Reserve the usage of styling tools only for special occasions.

Dandruff

Dandruff is one of the main culprits which causes hair fall. Dandruff is nothing but white flakes caused by dry scalp. It is itchy and affects the roots of the hair strands which causes hair fall. Consulting a dermatologist and using anti-dandruff products can clear off the dandruff and controls hair fall.

Poor maintenance

Handling the hair strands roughly, not washing the hair frequently, exposing the scalp to pollution, dirt, extreme weather conditions can cause hair fall for sure. Always make sure that you comb your hair gently with wide tooth comb and don’t comb it more than twice a day. To get rid of the accumulated dirt, wash the hair frequently. Make sure to cover the scalp while stepping out. Proper maintenance can control hair fall to a greater extent.

Environmental changes

 Environmental change is another major reason behind hair fall. Sudden change in the water used for hair wash, change in climatic condition and change of place can trigger hair fall. Once the body gets used to the new environment, the hair fall should be controlled.

Emotional stress

 Emotional stress could be one of the reasons behind hair fall. Stress can make the hair follicles move faster towards the resting phase from the growth phase. This results in heavy hair fall. Following some stress buster methods such as proper sleep, listening to music, break from hectic professional life, and going for a counseling etc can not only stop the hair fall but also improves the mental and physical health.

Apart from these common causes, there are other factors such as hereditary, patterned baldness etc which causes severe hair fall. These conditions require medical consultation and extensive treatment. Let’s look in to detail about these conditions in our next blog post.

Hair-growth-cycle

After writing about the hair mechanism in our previous post, we are going to clarify what causes hair fall in this post.

A tiny thin hair strand which won’t even cause a smallest of pain while cutting can cause a huge pain when it falls on its own. We think about it, stress about it and try hard to stop it. We all must have read/researched about hair fall and ways to prevent it at least once in our life.
Well, let us clarify something first which can make you happy.
Shedding of 80-100 hair strands per day is totally natural and normal. This process is called as shedding and not hair fall. It is part of the hair growth cycle. So yes we have to know about the hair growth cycle first.
The 3 stages of hair growth cycle are

  1. Anagen Phase
  2. Catagen Phase
  3. Telogen Phase

Hair growth cycle

Anagen Phase

Anangen phase is considered as the growth phase for the hair strands and this stage lasts up to 2-7 years. The number of years a hair strand remains at this stage is determined by genetics and other internal external factors. The more the hair remains at this stage, the lengthier is the hair strand. About 85% of the hair strands on our head go through the anagen phase.
Catagen Phase
Catagen Phase is considered as the transition phase and this phase lasts for only 10-14 days. During this phase, the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the root. This cuts the essential blood supply for the hair growth and stops the growth.
Telogen Phase
Telogen Phase is considered as the resting phase and lasts up to 3 months. During this phase, the hair follicle remains rested. The hair strand sheds and once the telogen phase is over, new hair growth starts. 10-15% of the hair strands on our head go through telogen phase.
The beauty of the nature is that each hair strand has its own growth cycle which makes sure that all the hairs won’t fall out of our head during the Telogen phase. It is evident now that irrespective of any preventive measures you take, the hair strands at the telogen phase are going to shed.
Many of few must have let out a sigh of relief after reading this but don’t waste your time counting the number of hair strands to check whether it is within the 80-100 limit.
When the shedding exceeds 100 strands per day, it is considered as hair fall and proper treatment is required to control it. There are various reasons behind hair fall and let’s look in to it in detail in our upcoming posts.