Why Your Hair Is Important

What is a bad hair day? Just a euphemism for a day gone wrong from the very beginning. It implies that when someone’s hair doesn’t turn out satisfactorily, the rest of their day would be marred. On the other hand, a good hair day is taken to mean that one feels everything would go right because their hair turned out better than expected.

Just like humans need clothing, food, and shelter, hair is also an essential part of one’s being. Even though it is not necessary to stay alive, one’s hair is an important symbol of identity, style, and several other things. Moreover, hair also provides both insulation and cooling, in addition to protecting one from ultra-violet radiation.

The reason hair is so famous is probably that it’s so personal. Hair, or the lack of it, can create or destroy a person’s confidence, identity, or even happiness. Even the act of covering or shaving one’s hair be religious or symbolic and can lead to riots or worldwide popularity. The hijab ban in France and certain other locations has created stirring reactions across the globe. Historically, the shortcut for females has long been a liberating way for women to come out of the house and take control of their lives, bodies, and minds. This concept dates back as far back as the 1950s when Chinese female communists and soldiers showed a preference for short bobs, which was named the “Liberation Hairdo.” On another note, a shaved head is one the most powerful and shattering effects of chemotherapy, and many friends of a cancer patient have been known to shave their heads in solidarity.

Thus, hair can be seen in both public as well as a personal reflection of what we feel and think inside. Throughout history, hair has been a powerful symbol of femininity, identity, freedom, beauty, and even human rights. In this article, the nuances of hair as an important part of the body will be looked at, as well as ways and means to properly take care of hair and prevent damage to it. This work will be divided into sections, dividing the types of hair according to gender and age, so that reading about your important types of hair would be convenient for you.

  • 1. Women’s Hair:

    There is a reason why women’s hair and beauty fuel billion dollar industries in the country the world over. It is estimated that a woman can spend over fifty thousand dollars on her hair alone over the course of her whole lifetime.

    Pair this with the time taken in washing, styling and treating hair, and you’ve got a highly lucrative market that caters to every woman’s hair needs. Below are just a few ways in which hair can be a defining element in a woman’s appearance, which explains why hair matters so much to them.

    • Identity

      Just about every woman also uses her hair to define her identity, whether it’s an African woman proudly displaying her afro, or a punk rock lover sporting pink spikes. A Muslim woman will cover her head with a scarf if she sees fit, while an Orthodox Jewish woman would consider either a scarf or a wig as appropriate coverings in line with her beliefs. Whichever the case, each woman wants a hairstyle that defines her personality, her beliefs, and inclinations.

    •  Appearance

      Of course, the most obvious reason for hair being important is one’s appearance. Hair could very well be the most visible and noticeable aspect of a woman’s beauty. Her hairstyle could add to the beauty she already possesses. Even the simplest of dresses could be turned into a fantastic ensemble when coupling with an impressive hairdo or haircut. Additionally, a professional blow-dries or dye job such as a balayage can transform a woman’s everyday look, thus refreshing her to face the world with more confidence.

    • Change Impressions:

      A severely cut mop of hair can make even the most professional-minded woman look like an inefficient starter. Whereas a clean, professional cut can create a favorable impression on an interview even if a woman is just starting her way up. It’s a harsh truth, but a truth nonetheless. Dressing for an interview should include the hair as well; otherwise, the first impression could be poorly dampened. A lady’s hair can also give off the impression that she is lazy if she keeps it unkempt, or else someone who suffers from self-esteem issues.

    • Give Confidence:

      The perfect haircut or style would do wonders for a woman’s inner perception of herself. If she glances in a mirror and finds her hair indeed looking like her crowning glory, she is more likely to waltz into that conference room and be more confident about drawing attention to herself and her work. If she notices her hair being windswept or frazzled, however, she could very well spend the next important meeting, appointment, or party hiding in a corner, either trying to fix her hair or trying not to attract too much attention to it.

    • Brings Out Features:

      There are different styles and cuts that suit different cuts and shapes of faces. Once a woman finds a style that perfectly complements her cheekbones, forehead or jawline, it’s like finding a hidden treasure. There might not be one perfect hairstyle, but many that could suit a woman’s face much better than others. Therefore, a flattering haircut can drastically change the appearance of a woman; from an average visage to a jaw-dropping beauty.

    • Creates a Lasting Impression:

      If a woman’s hair is flattering enough, it just might be the reason why potential employers, interviewers or other famous people could remember her. In today’s competitive job market, it is just as well to have all the advantages one can have to stand out from the crowd of applicants. Plus, as discussed before, a professional haircut would likely make a good impression and also help one to get noticed and remembered more easily. If not for a potential job, women want to be remembered by the interesting new people they meet at social gatherings. If their hair helps in achieving this goal, it can only be a positive thing.

  • 2. Men’s Hair:

    The industry for women’s hair isn’t the only flourishing hair industry; when it comes to the importance of hair and its grooming, men are no longer as behind as many might believe. Hair is also a defining accessory for men, which is apparent by the huge selection of men’s hair care products at any grocery store. Not only is there hair shampoo, but there is also hair conditioner, mousse, gel, and scores of other products especially made and marketed towards men’s hair.

    Men even have role models such as David Beckham, whom they try to copy regarding hair if they can’t pull off anything else. However, it is increasingly apparent that most men take an interest in styling and grooming their hair out of a personal desire to look their best. This is not even a recent trend, but hair being important for men has been a part of history just like women’s hair. Below are just a few of the reasons why:

    • Biological Benefits:

      As mentioned earlier, hair acts as both an insulator and a cooling agent. Hair traps body heat inside the body and prevents it from falling too low in temperature. It also helps to cool the body down when needed by acting as an air circulator on the head. As an added benefit, the hair on the head also helps to lessen the effects of UV rays from the sun.

    • Sign of Masculinity:

      On an aesthetic level, hair is not just a symbol of femininity in women, but also masculinity for men. Any typical media image of a perfect ‘manly’ man features a muscled body paired with a head of thick, lustrous hair. This is probably why many people feel uncomfortable, embarrassed and less confident when they start showing signs of male pattern baldness.

      The last point explains the reason for hair replacement treatments being so popular these days. Many men get hair plugs or some form of procedure to regrow their hair, especially before an important event, such as when they get married. Men just might see losing their hair as a sign of losing their masculinity.

    • An indicator of Good Health:

      Due to unhealthy eating habits and the stress of the modern world, as well as genetics and deterioration of health, more and more men are experiencing a significant amount of hair loss even at a very young age. This includes celebrities such as actor Tom Felton and musician AJ McLean. Hair loss has traditionally been a sign of aging or low health, which make sit no wonder why many celebrities opt to get treatments for hair regrowth or replacement as soon as possible. Keeping up a good aesthetic appearance must be even more important for celebrities, who have to be in the spotlight and are judged more harshly than the average person if anything should be less than perfect in their looks.

      All the reasons above, as well as those of personal significance, explain why hair transplants are the sixth most common surgical cosmetic surgery when it comes to men. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost three-fourths of hair transplant surgeries were undergone by men in 2013. These operations naturally increase as men get older, to keep up appearances of virility, youth, and health.

  • 3. Children’s and Babies’ Hair:

    One might think that children’s or kids’ hair is not a problem, nor is it critical since their hair is usually fine and healthy. While it is true that many children are under a lot less pressure or stress than their hardworking parents, certain factors can still hurt the quality (and quantity!) of the hair on the heads of babies and children.

    The importance of hair on a child or toddler’s head is also of the utmost importance. The number of hair follicles a baby is born with is an indicator of how much hair they would have during their lives, as well as the features of their hair, such as straight, wavy, curly, thin, thick, etc.

    Hair in young children can also be taken as an indicator of their physical health. Unfortunately, early hair loss and even premature graying are now seen in children as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices coupled with genetics. This can not only lead to more severe health complications, but it can also lead to the child being bullied by his or her peers, or just generally feeling self-doubt and low self-esteem.

    Below are a few tips on how to take care of first babies and then children with regards to their hair:

    • Baby Hair Care:

      Due to the soft spot on babies’ head where the skull bone hasn’t completely formed or hardened yet, simply using warm water to wash a newborn’s head for the first month is enough. As they grow hardier, babies’ hair can be shampooed very gently, so as not to cause any damage to the head. As with all young children, care must be taken that the shampoo doesn’t get into their eyes.

      The hair then must be dried with a gentle patting process rather than rubbing, as a bay’s hair is very prone to damage, which could result in a lifetime of bad hair days.  PK Kids is a good shampoo to use for babies.

    • How to Deal with Cradle Cap:

      This otherwise harmless condition is a version of an adult scalp problem. Mostly occurring in very young babies (around three months or less) and not lasting for more than a few months, cradle cap isn’t dangerous. However, it can lead to scratching, which could possible result in infection.

      Here, hair care is the best preventative measure, as Daily shampooing prevents a buildup of dead skin cells from the baby’s head.  Some types of milk can also cause cradle cap, so be sure to double check the formula you’re using, if any.

    •  The frequency of Washing Children’s Hair:

      Kids’ hair should be washed a few times a week, especially after they have a swimming lesson or a particularly strenuous gym or sports class at school. Hair care is especially important for children because it prevents head lice and other problems caused by sweat on the head and interaction with other children.

    • De-tangling:

      To prevent breakage and new tangles, children’s hair should be smoothed out with a wide-toothed comb before hair-washing.  Bristle brushes can pull at and break the kid’s hair, and so are not recommended. A little conditioner or detangling spray can be used to sort out the hair if it knotty or curly.

    • Mild Shampoos and Conditioners:

      Children, like babies, should wash their hair with a baby shampoo or their parent’s shampoo diluted with water. This is because their hair is more delicate and adult shampoos are usually harsh on hairs, stripping them of nutritive oils, which can permanently damage a child’s hair. The shampoos should be gently massaged into the hair and gently rinsed out without much rubbing, so as to prevent breakage, damage, or hair loss.

      The conditioner is also a must for kids after shampooing, from the middle to the ends of the hair. It should then be rinsed, but not too thoroughly. Conditioner needs to make the hair a little slick for it to work properly.

    • Drying:

      Again, rubbing should not be a part of hair-drying. A towel should be used to squeeze the water from the child’s hair, which then should be allowed to dry on its own. A blow dryer can damage a child’s scalp, causing lifelong hair problems, if not more.

    • Premature Graying:

      There are many new hair problems that can distress a child if not addressed properly. One of these is a condition that turns the hair gray before its time (which is in the thirties or forties). Premature graying can either be heredity as well as a health condition. If the former, not much can be done, so perhaps hair dyes may be a good option to boost the child’s self-esteem and help him or her to face the world with confidence.

      If the condition has nothing to do with family history, a poor diet is a probable reason. Having your child eat proper nutritious meals would hopefully prevent any more graying hairs. Essential nutrients include leafy greens, fruits, fruit juices, white meat seafood, dairy products and eggs.

      All these will help a child get the proteins iodine and vitamins he or she needs to have proper health, and consequently, a healthy head of hair. At the same time, too many carbohydrates, refined sugar products or junk food can also deteriorate the health of the body, from which the hair is also affected.

      Hair graying can also be a sign of disease, which includes leukemia, so a proper checkup of such children is needed to rule this out. Graying could also be caused by passive smoking, which children should not be exposed to in any case.  Care should also be taken that the child is not under any undue or excessive stress, which could also be a reason for premature graying hair.

      There could also be several other sources from where gray hairs could spring, including the skin condition vitiligo, where the skin can’t produce melanin anymore. Melanin is what gives hair its color. Air pollution, water pollution, and thyroid problems have also been cited as a reason for gray hair in children.

      Using hair as an indicator of possible diseases or negative factors in the environment is a good way to pinpoint the problems that children face, going beyond the usual ones caused by hair damage. If such diseases are noticed and diagnosed at an early stage, or negative factors are done away with, this could also lead to a prevention of a worsening health crisis for the child. At the very least, hair being a defining feature of a child; the fact that he/she can have a head of healthy hair is beneficial enough on its own.

  • 4. Teens’ Hair:

    Teenagers, especially females, experience a lot of pressure to look good. Along with hormonal changes and mood swings, the media influence of teenagers is probably the strongest in all the age groups. So it’s not just old age, work, and diseases that result in problems related to hair, but also the stress and physical changes that come with being a teenager.

    Along with peer pressure, teenagers usually are under a lot of stress for the first time in their lives. Exceptionally hard exams, the pressure to graduate on time; to get into a good college; to work part-time; to maybe support or help to support their family. The list can go on, but the points mentioned are enough to make anyone stress out, let alone an adolescent who hasn’t quite grown up yet.

    Since hair is a major part of a teenager’s appearance, it is also a major part of what makes up their confidence. Below are just a few ways in which teens can lose hair or suffer hair damage:

    • Hair Loss Due to Deficiency:

      Teenagers need an increased dose of vitamin B1and B2, as well as iron and vitamin C. A lack of this can be easy, as parents don’t always remember that a teenager needs more vitamins than a child, as a teen is at the cusp of the main growing process. This can lead to hair loss.

    • Hormonal Problems:

      Hitting puberty can be devastating for some. Hair is growing in strange places, and on the head, hair could be falling out. Hormonal ups and down could be the reason for falling hair, so these should be thoroughly checked through blood.

    • Illnesses and other conditions:

      Medical problems or illnesses such as diabetes, thyroid weakness, typhoid, jaundice, or other conditions could result in hair loss. Proper curative or preventative measures can be taken to ensure that the hair loss is minimized. Especially after a long illness, a teenager should be fed extra nutrients to replace the ones lost.

    • Pills and Medicines:

      If a teenager is taking some common medications to help with other problems, they might be a cause of their hair loss. Medicines for thyroid, acne and even birth control can lead to a hair loss problem.

    • Lifestyle Choices:

      Teenagers are more likely to choose food that is bad for them, such as fast food and processed refined sugary food. Added to this is the teenage tendency for late nights, which lead to late-night snacking. What’s worse, many teenagers are now facing eating disorders due to a distorted body image they have of themselves. These could include anorexia or bulimia, both of which result in damaged, thin, and falling hair. Overweight teens are also more likely to resort to fad diets or take supplements for weight loss, which again adversely affect the hair.

    • Hair Plucking:

      There is a disease that causes teenagers (or other people too) to pluck out their hair without realizing they are doing so. This is a psychological disorder resulting from undue stress or tension, which can probably only be remedied with the correct physiological help from home or outside.

  • 5. How Important Is Hair Care?

    Some people may make the terrible mistake of thinking that they can get away with giving their hair little to no attention. Others may believe that going for hair restoration treatments when things get too out of hand is enough.

    However, everyone with hair needs to realize that environmental pollution, low-quality shampoo and styling hair products all take a toll on their scalp and follicles. Thinning hair, increased hair fall, and premature graying are becoming more and more common. This, and the reasons listed below is exactly why hair care is becoming increasingly important currently:

    • Proper Hair Care Equals Stronger and Better Hair:

      If you travel a lot or have poor eating and exercise habits, you may notice your hair weakening and falling. If the hair and scalp are properly taken care of with regular oiling and conditioning, though, healthy and active hair means less hair fall and a better hair growth.

    • Scalp Free from Itching and Dirt:

      If the scalp is properly cleaned of dirt, oil and conditioner residue, hair care is half done. Shampooing regularly does the trick. If this is not done, the resulting buildup can lead to problems such as itching and even pimples on the scalp. This can lead to infection, not to mention weakening your hair and causing breakage and fall.

    • For Shining, Lustrous Hair:

      Proper hair care is always important, but especially so if your hair is dyed, colored, or otherwise treated to change its appearance. The chemicals in dying products damage both the hair and scalp, as does the heat from flat irons, curling rods, and hair dryers. If hair is properly taken care of, however, the effect of these harmful activities can be warded off to some extent.

    • Do Away with Dandruff:

      When follicles have excess sebum, dandruff is caused. Taking proper care to wash your hair and scalp can prevent this uncomfortable and embarrassing condition.

      One important point to keep in mind is that hair and scalp problems are better prevented than cured. Regular nourishing, moisturizing and cleansing of these two-important part is essential to protect them against the new chemicals and pollutants they’re up against.

  • 6. Why Is Conditioning Your Hair Essential?

    There have been questions about the importance and correct usage of conditioner. While the answer is best provided on an individual basis depending on the texture of one’s hair and the type o conditioner itself, there are some little-known facts about the conditioner.

    It’s a more versatile product than it is usually given credit for. Some of its uses are given below:

    • Conditioner can be used to style your hair. A small amount of conditioner can be massaged into hair without getting the hair wet. The hair can then be braided and reopened for instant waves. Leave-in conditioners are an excellent option to ensure that your waves don’t flatten or dry out.
    • Follicles can be hydrated with conditioner. Especially in winter, a deep conditioning can help in doing away with the dryness in your hair.
    • Strangely, conditioning before shampooing is a good idea. It has been speculated that this practice could make your hair seem thicker and have more volume. This is because the shampoo doesn’t let conditioner build up in your hair, resulting in a lighter, bouncy effect.
    • Conditioner should be picked according to what one’s hair is like, and the result needed. Thin hair should be paired with a volumizing conditioner. If thick and greasy hair is a problem, a low oil conditioner will be perfect.
    • Roots should not be conditioned. The middle to the lengths of the hair should be conditioned, no higher. Conditioning the scalp would only make the hair slip out of their follicles more easily.
    • Conditioner can be used on its own, without shampoo. Shampooing each day can damage the hair, but a bit of conditioner on wet hair can prevent drying, weak hair.
    • If your hair is colored, it needs a deep conditioning mask even more. This will help the color to stay fast longer, and protects the cuticle of the hair.
    • Don’t let conditioner residue build up on your scalp. A clarifying shampoo can be used to thoroughly cleanse your hair and scalp every month or so.
    • Conditioning makes hair softer so that it is easier to clean and manage. It also does away with knots and tangles without breakage or pain. It can also repair the hair that has been broken down by harsh chemicals, or heat from styling tools.
  • 7. Tips for a Beautiful Hairstyle

    Fad treatments can make hair temporarily perfect but damage it very quickly. To achieve hairstyles that are easily made and look flawless, a few easy habits can be made part of your routine that will do wonders for the strength and growth of your hair.

    This will, in turn, make any hairstyle you make beautiful and attractive. Here are a few tips from experienced and coveted hair stylists on what to do to achieve a jaw-dropping head of hair. These aren’t difficult or expensive, but can easily be followed in your everyday routine at home:

    • Keeping Hair Away from Heat:

      Any heat is bad for your hair, whether it comes from hot water or tools such as hair dryers flat irons, or curling rods. Steam rollers are a better option if you want curls, but the usual tools can also be used safely if a heat protecting spray or serum is applied before use. Similarly, lukewarm water should be used to wash hair.

    • Cold Water is a Lifesaver:

      After washing the hair with lukewarm water, the conditioner should be rinsed for at least thirty seconds with cold water. The cold seals in the nutrients in the shampoo and conditioner, making your hair shiny and silky.

    • Silk pillows:

      Silk pillowcases are a must investment for proper hair care. The smoothness of silk won’t be harsh on the hair cuticles like cotton does. This would result in smooth hair, even if it was prone to frizziness before.

    • Keeping Hair Clean:

      This may seem obvious, but some people advocate not shampooing at all, claiming that it strips nutrients and useful oils from your hair. However, if a high-quality shampoo is used, this is not the case. Regular washing helps with reducing split ends, dryness, greasiness, and generally, makes hair clean and comfortable for you.  The frequency of washing hair depends on your environment; if the air in your location is polluted, everyday washing may be a good idea. Otherwise, the hair does need time to breathe in between washings. Every other day is usually the recommended amount.

    • Conditioning is a Must:

      As mentioned before, conditioner keeps the scalp moist and free from excess sebum, just like moisturizing prevents dryness and pimples on the face. The moist scalp means a good base from which big hair can grow. After this, a protecting serum should be applied even if there are no hot tools to be used.

    • Finding the Perfect Shampoo and Conditioner:

      If a certain brand or type of conditioner suits you, stay with it. It can take some time to find it, but the search is worth it if it gets you the best possible hair daily.

    • Eating Right:

      A healthy diet is essential for both inner health and outer beauty. What you eat affects your skin and hair as well as your inner systems. Shiny hair with high growth can be achieved by eating the right foods. What’s more, the effects of a healthy diet are much more long-lasting than that or any hair treatment at the most elite salon. For that super healthy hair glow, one should take in lots of zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and iron. Carbohydrates and refined sugars should be avoided, as should junk food. Chicken, fish, seed and nuts are all excellent and delicious sources of energy for a head of fabulous hair.

      Your diet could also be supplemented by oral vitamins. There are some combinations of mineral, amino acids, and herbs that can get hair with incredible volume, luster, and bounce in a short span of time. Whatever benefits the hair would benefit the nails as well.

    • Limiting Sun Exposure:

      Sunblock is an essential part of going outside, especially when the weather is sunny. A leave-in conditioner can act as a sunscreen for your hair in the same way. This way, UV rays, wind, salt, and humidity would be less likely to get direct access to your hair, leaving it with its nutrients and health intact.

    • Brushing from Bottom to Top:

      Especially when hair is wet, it should never be combed or brushed from the top to bottom. Start at the ends, gently stroking, so that you can get rid of the tangles before moving upwards. This also serves to spread the hair oils evenly throughout your head, preventing residue or buildup that can block hair follicles.

    • Trimming Hair:

      Even when you’re trying to grow your hair long, regular trims are a must to keep split ends and dryness at bay. If a split end gets too long, it can break the whole hair shaft, a breakage which cannot be reversed. Hence, it is a good idea to trim hair now and then so that it can stay strong and hence grow out.

    • Using products wisely:

      Shampoo should be mainly being used to cleanse the scalp or oil or product residue. The ends don’t require much shampoo. However, conditioner should be steered clear of the scalp and only be used on the lower half of the hair.

    • Tying up Hair When Sleeping:

      Leaving your hair open while sleeping may make you feel like a princess, but those with long locks are better off braiding their hair before they sleep. This goes a long way in preventing breakage and dryness. Braiding the hair also locks in the nutrients, which could be lost if hair is spread out all over the place for hours.

  • 8. Foods for Healthy Hair Growth

    There could be several reasons for unhealthy hair, both in men and women. However, the leading cause of graying, thinning, weak, brittle and falling hair is usually the poor diet that is all too easy to follow these days. The hormonal problems and deficiencies caused by eating too much junk food and not enough quality healthy meals lead to several health problems, of which just one is a permanent bad hair day.

    Luckily, there are several kinds of foods that can be inculcated into one’s diet to naturally restore the vitality of the hair. Some of these are listed below with their respective benefits:

    • Nuts and Seeds:

      Our bodies aren’t able to produce fatty acids on their own, especially the Omega-3 kind. On the other hand, we need them, especially when it comes to hair and nails health, and generally for our body to work properly. Walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds and fish are just a few examples of foods that we should consume to have bright hair and a excellent bill of health.

    • Vitamin C Fruits with Collagen Supplements:

      Fruits like strawberries, oranges, and red peppers are high in Vitamin C. When taken with a dose of collagen every day; these can help the hair to be stronger and less prone to breaking or falling. This is an anti-aging regime that is more efficient and long-lasting than any anti-aging cream.

    • Brown Rice, Oats:

      These foods contain biotin, which is a sort of Vitamin B that is excellent for maintaining a healthy scalp, this leading to better hair.

    • Leafy Greens:

      Leafy green vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, and watercress contain methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, which helps in the making of keratin in the body. Since keratin is the plastic which hair and nails are made of, consuming theses foods has been proved without a doubt to aid in the growth of strong, healthy hair.

      The raw form of these vegetables showed higher levels of MSM than the cooked kind. Green smoothies and green juices are a good way to consume such vegetables in their raw form. Asparagus, beets, and alfalfa are other sources of MSM that retain a respectable amount of it even when cooked.

    • Dry Fruit, Berries, Figs, Leeks:

      These foods are rich in iron, which is critical for hair growth as well as other essential body functions. However, you must make sure you have a healthy intake of Vitamin C as well because the body cannot properly absorb and make use of iron when it has enough Vitamin C.

    • Mango, Beans, Celery, Eggs, Oysters, and Cucumber:

      All these foods are the natural alternative to taking silica and zinc supplements, which is one way of promoting hair growth. Horsetail herb and pumpkin seeds are other sources of silica and zinc respectively.

    • Saw Palmetto:

      Research has shown that this herb (also called Serenoarepens) has been proved to promote hair growth and strength, especially for men. This is why it has been used throughout history for better hair by both genders.

    • Sea Vegetables:

      These include kombu and wakame, which are excellent sources of iodine. This serves to balance an underactive thyroid, which can be the cause of weak and thin hair. Other sea vegetables like nori and dulse are also ways to combat hypothyroidism. While consuming these foods, make sure to drink as little tap water as possible, since the fluorine and chlorine elements make it hard for the body to absorb and make use of the iodine.

    • Sunflower seeds, pine nuts, almonds, spinach, and olives:

      All these foods contain a certain amount of Vitamin E, which rejuvenates dried hair and this prevents it from breaking. Vitamin E also helps the body to make keratin inside the hair itself.

  • 9. Mistakes in Hair Care

    Everyone wants a hair that is shiny, manageable, and secure. No one likes to see their hair going down the drain. However, even when we think we’re doing our best to take care of our locks, we might be making some very fundamental mistakes. Here are a few tips and tricks to maintain our hair much more quickly and efficiently:

    • Some people may only brush the ends of their hair, thinking that touching all the way through would cause breakage.
      However, the point to remember here is that the oils on the scalp are essential for the whole hair. Brushing from the scalp to the ends of the hair (after detangling, of course) is a way to maintain a supple, shiny look to your hair. A wooden brush is excellent for scalp massages and to spread the scalp oils all the way to the tips. Another reason for cleaning and massaging the scalp is to promote blood circulation in that area, which helps to keep it healthy.
    • Many of us know that we shouldn’t brush out hair when it’s wet, as the tangles can cause breakage much more easily then.
       However, what many don’t know is that brushing hair before washing it is also an excellent way to do away with additional knots and tangles in the shower. One can even comb the hair in the shower by using conditioner and using a wide-toothed comb before rinsing everything off.
    • Usually, conditioner should only be applied to the hair from the middle to the tips.
      However, those with thin hair should sometimes condition their roots to prevent breakage. Over-conditioning is another problem that can lead to a lot of buildup on the scalp, resulting in other serious hair problems. Also, conditioner should be thoroughly rinsed if it’s not the leave-in kind.
    • We all love the occasional convenience of straightening, curling or blowing our hair with hot tools.
      But at the same time, heat is hair’s enemy. One can have the best of both worlds by applying or spraying a heat protection product before heat styling. When blow drying, hair shouldn’t be too wet in the first place, and the middle setting should be on instead of the hottest. The same goes for flat irons or curling rods. Hair shouldn’t be too wet while using either of these tools, as the follicles are more prone to burning and sticking to them.
    • After you have curled, straightened or blown your hair dry, only then use hairspray to set your hair.
      Using it before is a disaster, as the alcohol in hairspray burns when heat is applied to it. Why have chemical burns on your hair if you can help it?
    • Hair just isn’t meant to be washed daily, unless the air where you live is so full of pollutants that there’s no other way.
      In which case, you should also consider moving. Constant washing would take away those needed oils that your scalp naturally produces. Even if you do need to wash your hair every day, there’s no reason to lather up with shampoo every time. Just using a bit of conditioner or simple water can do the trick every other day.
    • Never rub your hair dry. Or tie it up with a towel. This is a highly rough treatment for hair, especially when it’s wet and at its weakest.
      Hair should be squeezed with the hands to get rid of excess water, and then maybe patted with a towel. If you must wrap something around it, use an old cotton T-shirt. The few extra minutes that it takes for your hair to dry won’t hurt your routine and may be the difference between strong hair and weak.
    • Ignore the shampoo and conditioner ads that claim to repair split ends. You can’t fix a broken nail, nor can you repair a split end.
      One can measure to prevent split ends by avoiding towel drying, washing too much, and overuse of hot styling tools. If split ends do occur, trim is needed to prevent further splitting of the hair strands. As a temporary fix, oil or serum can be applied to hair tips.
  • 10. Conclusion

    Hair care is vastly important irrespective of gender, religion, culture, or age. Everyone needs to take care of both their hair and scalp to maintain a neat and proper appearance. Eating the right foods and avoiding certain habits can do wonders in promoting hair growth and strength in a natural way.

    Unnatural treatments like rebounding or perms can only solve your hair problems in a temporary manner and would lead to even more damage in the long run. Thus, it is highly recommended that hair is treated mainly by consuming healthy and natural foods that contain those vitamins, nutrients, and acids that strengthen the follicles and thus the hair itself.

    Along with this, high-quality hair cleaning and styling products are also required to maintain hair that will enable you to walk with your head help up high!

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