Practice Good Hair Hygiene
We may love to use hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners, but these heating tools cause the water under the cuticle (the outermost layer of hair) to form bubbles, which stress and break the hair.
Your hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet. Like a silk blouse, you shouldn’t iron it or heat it to extremes. It’s best to use a brush with smooth or rounded bristles. This will massage the hair and scalp without damaging it.
We know that changing your hair color can make you feel better and healthier. Just be mindful of over-dyeing or over-washing your hair. In trying to be your most attractive self, you could end up causing more damage than beauty.
Examine Your Shampoo
There isn’t one right answer to how often we should wash our hair. There are a ton of factors to consider when answering this question. How often do you engage in physical activity and use styling products? What’s your hair type like?
If you find your hair is too dry after your daily wash, try every other day or every third day. Or shampoo daily, but use a heavier conditioner. If you have dandruff, it is advisable to wash daily. Frequent washing can reduce the food source (sebaceous lipids) for the organism—malassezia—which causes dandruff.
Remember, just because a shampoo label says “natural” doesn’t mean it’s better (cyanide is natural).
You should shower and bathe with toxin-free water. Remove unwanted chlorine in your water supply by adding a charcoal filter to your showerhead or faucet.
Chlorine dries out hair as well as skin, which is especially important if you take extended showers or baths as opposed to a quick rinse. It’s not the straight chlorine that’s the problem, but what it turns into—more harmful toxins called trichloromethanes.
Check Your Diet
We’re not recommending you scrub your scalp with salmon. However, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, distilled fish oils or DHA supplements from algae are the primary nutrition component that makes hair shinier.
Other good hair foods: walnuts, flaxseed, avocados, sardines, eggs, skim milk and green tea. There is a connection between balding and consuming animal fat. Red meat and high-fat diets can increase DHT production, damaging hair follicles.
Make caffeine your vice instead—it has been shown to actually decrease DHT levels via a series of reactions. Green tea can also help slow baldness via decreased DHT production.
If you have pets you’ll notice that the better you feed them, the better their coats look.There’s no hard science that eating better will give your hair the perfect softness and shine, but it can’t hurt!
Check Hormone Levels
If you lose hair in clumps or experience sudden hair loss, it could be a sign of hormone imbalance. It’s better to treat the problem (like thyroid disease), as opposed to the symptom. So see your doctor for a blood test ASAP.