Stop hair loss
Nourishing hair from the roots to the tips
Indians are becoming health conscious. They spend hours working out and burning up calories. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that their skin and hair suffers because of this very habit of going to the gym. Most women tend to tie up their hair while working out and allow sweat, dirt and germs to breed on the scalp. The result: an itchy, unhealthy scalp that almost always leads to hair fall.
My single most important piece of advice to women is to shampoo their hair after a workout and allow fresh air and sunlight to dry their hair naturally. The sun’s UV rays are very important for destroying harmful bacteria.
Over treating hair by subjecting it to countless treatments like coloring, straightening and styling can lead to brittle strands, prone to breaking. It is a misnomer that nourishing treatments can reverse hair damage. The damage once done is hard to undo. However, over-processed hair can benefit from deep conditioning masks and keratin treatments because such treatments can fill in the gaps in the hair shaft, giving it a smoother, healthier appearance.
Hair masks are also marginally helpful if you suffer from hair loss or damaged/dry hair. The effect can be magnified, that is the nourishing formula can penetrate hair shafts if heat is applied. You can do this at home by placing a hot towel over treated hair.
If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp it’s best to use a mixture of amla, olive oil and almond oil. For an oily scalp use coconut oil because it has a drying effect on the scalp. Treat dandruff with a mixture of yogurt and lemon juice. Gently massage the mixture into your scalp and wash off with tepid water after fifteen minutes.
It’s a common mistake to try out hair fall remedies that may have worked for your friends. Just as hair texture and quality varies, so do scalp conditions and their treatments. I always tell clients who ask me for quick fix remedies for hair fall to first examine their lifestyles and fix inherent deficiencies that may exist. So if you are losing hair, first consider whether your diet is lacking in protein, iron and calcium. If so, rectify this by eating a more nutritious diet and taking supplements if necessary. I have also seen that most of us are deficient in vitamin D3, a vital nutrient for hair health. Once your nutrient levels are back to normal, chances are that the hair fall will rectify itself.
I always advise clients to use a clear, colorless shampoo and conditioner. Hair care products that are milky or colored cause deposits to settle on the hair, weighing it down further. If you have hair fall, only condition the tips and mid shafts of the hair, never the roots. Conditioners contain moisture and using them on the scalp can moisturize the scalp, attracting dirt and bacteria.