Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the skin. Hair growth occurs in cycles comprising three phases- the growth stage, the transitional phase when over a few weeks the hair growth slows down and finally the resting phase when over a period of some months, the hair growth actually stops and the old hair falls/detaches itself from the hair follicle allowing a new hair to grow.
You wear your hair all the time and it also a reflection of your personality and identity. Here are some facts and suggestions for a healthy mane.
Feed your hair well. Hair is a reflection of your state of health too. The stuff which is good for your body is also good for your hair. Eat plenty of protein rich food, leafy vegetables, zinc and Omega 3 fats to keep your hair healthy and shining. If your body is deprived of nutrients, be assured that it will reflect on the hair quality.
Do not tie your hair too tightly as it can break the hair. Never use rubber bands.
The old saying “If you pull out a grey hair, two more will grow in its place” is not true. The hair will not grey faster on plucking.
Brushing 100 strokes a day belief is also wrong. In fact, if you brush too much, the over-brushing will cause breakage and split ends.
Use flat irons only occasionally but ensure that you first use a heat protector and keep the temperature not too high. Never use flat irons on wet hair. Use small sections at a time to decrease heat exposure time.
Chemical treatments harm and put stress on the hair. Check if the product/treatment has formaldehyde; research has shown that it may cause cancer and even allergies and headaches. Opt for natural and organic treatments instead.
Moisturize your hair when it’s wet as water causes the outer layer of hair to open which allows the moisturizer to penetrate the hair’s inner layer.
During pregnancy, the hair is more likely to grow faster due to the hormonal changes. But for similar reasons, few months after childbirth one may experience more hair fall which is temporary.
Use lukewarm or cold water and not hot water while shampooing or conditioning your hair as the heat strips the hair of natural oils.
Pat dry your hair with a towel after a shampoo instead of using high powered blow dryers or rubbing vigorously. Frequent blow-drying can actually lead to hair loss.
Dandruff is neither contagious nor harmful though it may not make a pretty sight. Use an anti-dandruff shampoo and leave it on the hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing the same off. See a doctor if the problem persists.
We may shed as many as a hundred hairs everyday and that is normal.
Genes are responsible for 90% of male hair loss and the same is more influenced from the maternal side.
Too much sun exposure can cause hair to become brittle and split easily. Wear a hat if you intend being out in the sun for long.
Premature grey hair is genetic but it could also be due to some health conditions like thyroid problem, anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency and vitiligo.
Hair extensions can sometimes cause traction alopecia due to the weight pulls on existing hair.
Over-styling or undergoing too many chemical treatments weakens the hair as the outer layer of the hair gets damaged and the inner core gets exposed making the hair dry and lifeless.
Massage your head once a week at least. It improves blood circulation and relieves stress.
Hair growth differs from person to person but typically it grows at the rate of half an inch per month. Cutting hair frequently does not speeden hair growth. It only helps get rid of split ends and makes the hair look neat.
Protect your hair with a swim cap and rinse your hair well before entering a swimming pool to avoid chlorine damage.
Pamper and treat your hair with care else it will be hair today, gone tomorrow!