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My views also on a ever increasing problem. 'So called Trchologists' that pray on the vulnerable and do not follow the true meaning and ethical practice of a clinical Trichologist;
- Investigation (of the patient’s presenting problem)
- Explanation (as to the type of hair or scalp problem the patient exhibits and contributing causes through the ‘evidence’ of pathology testing & results)
- Treatment recommendations (options, alternatives, as well as duty of care in suggesting same)
It is definitely NOT setting up shop to engage in predatory practices; preying on the anxieties of consumers & to rip them off selling useless bottles of lotions – as well as trashing the 115 year tradition of Trichology as a science-based, academic specialism.
We all like to present ourselves from the most advantageous standpoint to highlight our talents, experience & services – or any other exclusive benefit we can you offer the consumer. This is a ‘no brainer’ as the Americans like to say – providing it’s true.
I have been a full-time practicing Trichologist for almost 10 years; and over 30 years in the hair research and education field – and I am still learning.
So I become irritated in the extreme when some Trichology wannabes do a basic course & begin immediately posturing themselves as ‘hair science experts’ – setting up Trichology training schools & franchises, and flogging over-priced ‘treatment products’ – which apparently work for everyone regardless of the problem.
Apparently these Trichology imitators are so good – and their treatment products work so well – they don’t need to investigate the many potential causes (via appropriate pathology testing) as I or other methodical practitioners still need to do. They seemingly have the ‘miracle cure’ to hair loss the world’s been waiting for – as long as you’re prepared to pay them enough ‘up front’ money.
These ‘trichology’ charlatans are low-life pond scum who manipulate the concerns & distress of clients who’ve come to them for professional help – to their own financial advantage. I urge readers to recall that in many situations thinning scalp hair is an indication of internal deficiency or disturbance – so (potentially) one’s health is ‘at risk’ here too.
The most blatant scammer operating under the guise of a certified trichologist in Dubai who’s recently come to my attention is one situated at a hair restoration center (hair pieces) Their claims include a whole myriad of products that can be bought over the counter (OTC). And guess what? yes the founder of the company has the sole distribution of these products.
There is no consultation fee. Hmm I wonder why? Well actually I don't, I know why. At minimum 2000- 3000 aed products are recommended per visit. The actual cost of these products is 300 aed. But more importantly, for a topical ‘something’ with absolutely NO scientific or quality control studies behind it!
These facts have been verified by Clients who have contacted me after consulting this person as well as my own investigations.
I also strongly state it’s the ‘due diligence’ duty of the Trichology Association these people are supposedly members of to do more than just collect fees for courses & membership dues, but continue to ensure their members are practicing ethically.
Again I say to consumers: whatever title they give themselves, whatever claims they make on success rates or how many MCG’s they may have filled – always request the consulting Practitioner give full disclosure on their qualifications & experience. They are essentially dealing with your health as well as taking your money!
I remain a strident campaigner for the hair loss industry be regulated to a compulsory Trichology qualification standard & registered with an official governing body for consumer protection.
This piece was originally written by a highly qualified and respected Trichologist Anthony Pearce
Tips for Avoiding Protein DeficiencyIn order to avoid protein deficiency, its important that you have a diet that's rich in foods that are high in protein. This includes meats as well as beans, eggs, and nuts. If you have food allergies or certain dietary restrictions, it's possible for you to consider different sources of protein for your diet.
Ideally you will want to have about 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body mass. For the average adult male and female, this is roughly 45 to 55 grams of protein per day. Keep in mind that your protein needs may be higher if you lead a particularly active lifestyle.
This diet should be as balanced as possible since deficiencies in other essentials can result in hair thinning or hair loss. Patients may want to consider taking vitamins and other supplements as needed.
Summer Hair and scalp tips for men and women 1) Tanning in the hot sun is not only bad for your skin but it can also lead to hair dryness. To prevent this problem from occurring, it is ideal to lay off the blow dryer and hair irons during this time. There is no better time than summer to embrace your natural hair texture. Avoiding hot styling tools will also help reduce breakage, which is the primary care of frizz. The problem is even more common during the summer since your locks tend to be drier than usual. 2) You should always use an after-shampoo conditioner whatever your hair type. Pour a small quantity into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and smooth the conditioner over the hair, paying particular attention to the ends. Do not rub into the scalp or put the conditioner on the hair near the scalp. Rinse immediately. Many people believe that leaving conditioner your hair is better for it. That is a false myth. There is no reason to leave conditioner in your hair for any length of time. A well-formulated conditioner should act on the hair immediately. You can’t 'over condition'. If you think you are - you may be using the wrong conditioner, or too much or not using it correctly.
3) Take extra care to protect coloured hair. Whatever measures you take coloured hair exposed to bright sunlight will lighten; avoid this with a cool summer hat.
4) Bleaching your hair can leave it vulnerable, to breakage and brittle lengths and ends when exposed to excessive sun. Consider waiting till after your holiday
5) Never vigorously dry your hair using a towel. This action roughens up the cuticle giving hair a dull and tangled appearance once dry
6) It is vitally important to remember that your scalp is an extension of your face - so you should never go out in the sun without some sort of protection on your hair and scalp, in particular where men may be experiencing a little hair loss on the top of their heads, the scalp can easily burn . Use a sun protection product with a high SPF in the form of a cream, gel, mousse, spray or leave-in conditioner.
7) When you find yourself out in the sun, the beach or at the pool without pre-planning, reach for a hat to cover delicate strands. Remember to buy a hat which allows for proper air circulation and blood flow. If you buy a hat that doesn't allow for air flow you will get too hot to endure keeping the hat on.
8) Hair is most vulnerable when it is wet, so it is better to use a comb than a brush - a comb is easier on your hair. Vigorous brushing weakens your hair by removing some of the hair’s cuticle. Brushing may break hair off of the cuticle The constant traction, pulls the hair out. Sharp bristles will also scratch your scalp. Brushes are often an essential styling tool – but you need to be careful. Choose a brush with a long, widely spaced plastic (not natural) bristle, as plastic bristles are smoother, blunter and kinder. Preferably the bristles should be ball-tipped. Natural bristles are sharper and tufted close together. Above all, avoid anything with metal prongs. Use a ‘saw-cut’ comb in which each tooth is cut into it, making it smoother. They are available in plastic or vulcanite (hard rubber). Avoid cheap plastic combs made from a mould as these can cut into the hair. Metal combs are even worse as their edges can lacerate the hair.
9) While it's important to ramp up your moisturizing and conditioning duties during summer months, remember to keep your roots and hair hydrated from the inside out.
Drink plenty of liquids to keep roots and strands flush with fluids. Water will also keep your skin soft and plump. While it's tempting to drink ice cold alcoholic drinks keep in mind that they can dehydrate skin and strands. Water is always the best choice for your tresses.
Depending on your hair type, texture and condition you may wish to consider avoiding hair care products which contain known ingredients (some forms of alcohol) which may be drying to some type, textures or condition of hair.
10) Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Everything you eat affects your body, including your hair. Fish is rich in omegas, and people who eat a lot of it often have silky, shiny hair
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Daily shampooing might be the topic that we have the most initial debate over with my patients, so I thought it very important to dedicate a page to explaining why I recommend it, and why it is good for the health of your hair and scalp.
I understand that it isn’t realistic for everyone to wash their hair daily due to lack of time and their hair texture and length – this is particularly true if you have very unruly, curly, coarse and hard-to-control hair, such as African Caribbean hair. Furthermore, if you need to straighten your hair every time you wash it, there can be negatives. Indeed, some individuals find their hair looks and behaves better after a few days of not washing. It is an individual preference, but research shows that frequent shampooing helps to maintain a healthy scalp and hair.
If daily shampooing isn’t possible, I recommend every other day, or try using a scalp toner, or dry shampoo with scalp benefits, on the days in between to help keep your scalp and hair in better condition and to discourage the overgrowth of bacteria. The most important thing is to choose the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture and needs.
There are 3 common myths connected to people’s reluctance to wash their hair frequently: ‘Shampooing dries my hair’; ‘Shampooing makes my hair oily and dirtier’; ‘Frequent washing makes my hair fall out - if I washed it every day I’d have none left.’
I have dispelled these misconceptions in other articles (and you can click through to our Hair Myths section to find out in more detail).
THE SIMPLE SCIENCE OF THE BENEFITS OF FREQUENT SHAMPOOING
- You take your hair and scalp to the same places you take your face, and it gets just as dirty. Clean hair reflects light better and so has a glossier and shinier finish.
- A clean scalp encouarges your hair to grow at its optimum rate.
- Build-up of oils, dirt and sweat on your scalp can lead to dandruff and clogged follicles – both conditions which can affect your rate of hair growth and also your hair’s general appearance.
- If you are already prone to dandruff and a flaky/itchy scalp, daily shampooing helps to remove the excess skin and clear up visible flakes. This is especially true if you use a shampoo specifically formulated to clear dandruff.
- Shampooing hydrates your hair. It is in fact moisture (water), not oil, content that keeps your hair supple and elastic. ‘Natural oils’ on your scalp simply sit on top of your hair, but do not penetrate the cuticle or cortex.
We may often blame external factors such as pollution, stress, dandruff, etc. for our hair fall problem. But did you know a poor diet is one of the main causes of this issue? When you deprive your body of essential nutrients, many of which are needed for normal hair growth, you are likely to suffer from hair fall. If nothing’s done about it for a prolonged time, you are likely to near baldness. In order to control this situation, it is best to feed your locks a healthy diet, high on the nutrition scale. Here’s what your hair needs to remain healthy. Vitamin B-Complex: This is required to help the hemoglobin supply oxygen to the scalp and hair follicles. More oxygen promotes hair growth and a healthy mane. The lack of vitamin B-Complex can lead to weak, undernourished and damaged hair. You can either get this from natural sources like chicken, tuna and salmon, or eat vitamin tablets if you have its deficiency. Find out if you have vitamin B-Complex deficiency with these symptoms.
Zinc: Our scalp contains oil glands which need to function adequately to produce enough oil, the lack of which can lead to a dry scalp, dandruff and eventually hair loss. Eat foods like nuts, whole grains, lentils, meat and seafood to provide enough amounts of zinc to your hair. Also read these benefits and sources of zinc.
Copper: Hemoglobin is needed by our body to supply enough oxygen and blood to various organs including our hair. Copper helps in the formation of more hemoglobin. Lack of it can result in weak, brittle hair which will lead to hair loss. Good sources of copper include sesame seeds, soya, cashew nuts, meat, and seafood. Here are natural ways to increase your hemoglobin levels.
Iron: Iron is very essential for men and especially women as they lose out blood and iron during their menstrual cycle. Even pregnant and lactating women need a high dose of iron as it helps produce hemoglobin. The lack of iron can weaken your hair right from the roots which will cause them to break very soon. Losing more than a 100 strands a day is a sign of hair loss. In order to avoid its deficiency, eat spinach, soybeans, dal, red kidney beans, chicken, meat, eggs and fish. Iron from animal sources is more easily absorbed into our system.
Vitamin C: Collagen production is very important to hold the hair tissues together in place and vitamin C helps do the needful. A lack of this can lead to frequent split ends, hair fall and brittle hair. Include fruits like oranges, lemons, berries, sweet lime, watermelon and tomatoes in your diet. If you are a smoker, you need more amounts of vitamin C so cut down on smoking and eat more fruits.
Protein: A very important nutrient which acts as the building block of every tissue in our body including the hair and scalp, protein is highly essential for us. It helps in the production of new hair to replace the ones lost. A lack of protein can lead to thinning of hair, dry and brittle hair as well as eventual hair loss. Get your protein intake from foods like beans, nuts, grains, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, chicken.
Eating right can help control hair fall to a large extent as your diet makes your mane stronger from within. Instead of relying on just shampoos and serums, make sure you are getting an adequate dose of these nutrients from the food y
Emotional effects of hair loss
Feeling unattractive: The moment a woman starts seeing some changes on her scalp, like thinning or bald spots, the first thing that comes to mind is her level of attractiveness. Women, who have a full head of hair or simply healthy hair, have a way of feeling content with their beauty because it is more a symbol of femininity. So when it starts to fall, every feeling of self-worth starts disappearing which can lead to mental health problems.
Low self-esteem: The next thing to start disappearing with the hair is the person’s self-confidence. The beauty of hair adds on to someone’s self-esteem, and plays a big part in their entire personality. By losing hair, the self-worth also disappears and expressing herself becomes a big problem, leading to insecurities.
Embarrassment: Loss of hair also leads to one being embarrassed. Compared with a man in her position, a woman will not be very confident going out or meeting people because the hair loss she is going through brings shyness to her life. And the result is not wanting anyone to see her balding spots, for fear of it leading to stigmatization or people feeling sorry for her.
Frustration: Like I had mentioned above, hair loss might not seem like the end of the world but for those going through it, it surely feels like the end of the world. Being frustrated for not being able to have your hair in a particular style, or sticking to one style throughout so as to hide a hairless spot could feel more like emotional torture. This frustration is what can also easily drive a woman who is losing her hair into depression.
Feelings of envy: Although the green-eyed monster is a very negative feeling, losing hair can easily lead a person to such feelings. Hair is a sign of femininity and when you start losing it you feel like you have lost the feminine qualities as well. So when you see someone else with a beautiful flowing mane, the feelings of envy start eating away at you, which again adds more to your depressing feelings.
Volumized, beehived, poker straight, slicked back, braided or tousled and curly, the basic foundations for maintaining healthy hair are still the same. In light of Fashion Week, here are our expert’s top tips for keeping hair healthy and beautiful throughout the upcoming hairstyle trends.
No matter the trend, removing tangles gently and correctly pre and post styling is essential. Harshly unsnarling knots easily snaps the hair, causing split ends and even damage all the way up the hair shaft. Before combing, be it on wet or dry hair, spritz a detangling spray through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair and gently work a wide-tooth comb up from the tips to your roots.
If you are using heat to style your hair, make sure to use products that guard your hair from associated damage. This will help prevent excessive breakage, rupture of your hair’s cortex and split ends. For curly styles, heat protective sprays are best, whilst straighter styles benefit more from smoothing botanical gels that act as a barrier against dryer temperatures and straighteners. However, no heat protective product will 100% prevent damage if you use extremely high heat, or keep going over the same areas again and again. Stop styling when your hair is dry, and not 5 minutes after!
Braids and Updos
Styles incorporating loose braids, rather than tight braids, are best as they cause less breakage (if any at all) and don’t pull on your hair from the follicle. However, if tighter braids are in your sights, make sure that you only leave them in for a day at maximum – and don’t do them too often. Wearing tight braids can snap hair off close to the scalp, and eventually cause traction alopecia – a type of hair loss whereby the hair is literally pulled from its root. The same rule applies for tightly done updos and ponytails.
The Alternative Backcomb
Backcombing certainly does create lift, but, if we were to pick the worst of all the styling methods, it might just be at the top of the list! Backcombing raises the hair cuticle beyond repair, and as soon as you smooth a brush over it, the cuticle snaps off. We are not complete party poopers though – so here is a good alternative: Spritz a good volumizing spray throughout your roots and blow-dry your hair at the root against the direction to which in grows. This creates amazing, lasting lift, whilst causing minimal damage. You may also want to boost the body of any do by using a lightweight dry shampoo, and brushing through as normal, and then with your hair turned upside down. Not only does this soothe the scalp and adds significant volume, but also camouflages the roots of blonde hair.
Prep and Post
Sometimes there’s a must-have hairstyle that, no matter what you do, is going to do some damage to your hair. I.e. those that really do require backcombing or heavy use of tongues and straighteners etc. Or there might be a week where you know your hair is going to be harassed more than usual. However, as long as this is only done once in a while, it should be OK – provided that you take measures to strengthen and repair your hair! A few days before embarking on a complicated, new style, apply a pre-shampoo conditioner before you go to bed and sleep with it in overnight. Similarly, a day or two after you style, do the same again. This will help to restore lost moisture, shine and elasticity to your strands.
Hair Myth: WASHING YOUR HAIR TOO MUCH WILL MAKE IT FALL OUT.
Not true. Washing your hair is singularly the best thing you can do for it. Your hair and scalp, just like the rest of your body, benefits from the removal of dirt, oil and dead skin cells.
When you wash your hair, of course, you notice more hair falling out, but these are only hairs which are ready to come out anyway. Not washing your hair will not prevent this; indeed, leaving your hair unwashed is likely to result in a greater hair loss in time.
The science bit:
The only hair that will fall out when you wash it is hair that is ready to leave the follicle either because it has come to the end of its genetically determined growing phase or because of ill health, stress, poor diet or some other causative factor that is interfering with the life cycle of the hair. It is totally counterproductive not to wash your hair for fear of it falling out. Not only will hair that is ready to fall out, fall out anyway, the hair loss may be greater by not washing your hair. This is because when the hair/scalp is greasy follicles become saturated with sebum (the skin’s natural oil) which contains substances that can cause the hair to loosen in the follicles and fall out.
This is just to confirm - if you weren't already convinced - that Bad Hair Days are real and affect not only our appearance but also how we feel, work and socialise. According to a study conducted at Yale University, "bad hair days" are real -- the perception of bad hair actually produces negative consequences beyond not feeling good about how one looks. According to the study, directed by Dr. Marianne LaFrance, Professor of Psychology and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Yale University, "bad hair days" affect individuals' self-esteem increasing self-doubt, intensifying social insecurities, and becoming more self-critical in general. "Interestingly, both women and men are negatively affected by the phenomenon of bad hair days," says Professor LaFrance. "Even more fascinating is our finding that individuals perceive their capabilities to be significantly lower than others when experiencing bad hair." The research was designed to test the cause and effect relationship between having "bad hair" and experiencing negative psychological consequences. Specifically, the study uncovered important findings across three psychological measures: reduced self-esteem; increased social insecurity; and a diminished sense of being a worthwhile person.
Bad Hair Lowers Self-Esteem Regarding Performance A person with positive performance self-esteem is an individual who is confident and optimistic that he or she is on top of things, understands what needs to be done and feels capable about being able to pull it off. According to the study, the perception of bad hair leads to a reduced sense of performance self-esteem, such that men and women doubt their capabilities and may ultimately perform below their level of competence when experiencing a bad hair day. Most notably, just the thought of a bad hair day caused both men and women to feel they are not as smart as others. Surprisingly, the impact on performance self-esteem was more pronounced among men.
Bad Hair Increases Social Insecurity The study further found that bad hair intensifies feelings of social insecurity and self-consciousness. However, the psychological reactions differed among women and men. Women tend to feel more disgraced, embarrassed, ashamed or self-conscious when experiencing bad hair. Men on the other hand, feel more nervous, less confident and are more inclined to be unsociable.
Bad Hair Intensifies Self-Criticism Evidence shows that bad hair causes one to be more negative about oneself. Specifically, results indicate that a "bad hair day" leads individuals to find more personal character flaws that go beyond their appearance. When asked to complete a list of statements about who they are, "bad hair" caused people to mention significantly more negative traits and attributes.
So I hope you are having a Good Hair Day!
Nutritious vegan/vegetarian diets, containing all essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats can be healthy, energising and fulfilling. As with any diet, it is beneficial to optimise nutrient intake through the foods available to you in order to keep hair healthy and strong. Balanced and varied vegan and vegetarian meals will help sustain healthy hair growth and can help prevent hair shedding and hair loss.
A vegetarian and vegan diet should try to include a wide-range of high-protein foods in order to obtain adequate proteins for hair cell renewal and bodily nourishment. Hair is made of protein, and proteins provide energy needed to sustain tissue growth. Not just for your hair tissue, but for essential tissues such as your heart, liver and lungs, which your body will always prioritize. This means that if your diet lacks protein, your hair will be the first thing to suffer.
Proteins are the building blocks for your hair. They consist of amino acids – some of which are ‘essential’, while others are ‘non-essential’. By 'essential' we mean proteins that have to be ingested every day as the body cannot synthesise them alone. 'Non-essential' amino acids can eitheir be eaten or made by the body by utilising the 'essential' ones!
Essential amino acids are most plentiful in animal proteins and are also more easily absorbed by the body this way. They include Argimine, Histinide, Isoleucine, Leucine, L-lysine, Methionine, Phenylalamine, Threonine, Tyrptophen and Valine. While proteins are also found in many grains and vegetables, a larger qauntity and more varied range of them should try to be incorporated in order to obtain adequate amino acids for hair growth. This is particularly true with teenagers, as they are still growing and developing.
The following are some examples of the best plant-based sources of protein to include in a vegetarian/vegan diet.
Best plant-based sources of protein:
- Tofu and soy products, such as edamame and tofu burgers
- Tempeh Beans
- Peanut butter
- Chick peas
- White beans
If you are a vegetarian, and can tolerate lactose, we suggest you try to take advantage of cheese and milk products for extra protein. Fish and eggs are also excellent sources of protein if your vegetarian diet allows them. Eggs in fact contain all essential amino acids, as does Quinoa and Whey. We refer to these as 'perfect proteins'.
Good iron and ferritin (stored iron) levels are essential to the growth and health of hair. Red meat contains the most iron, but they are not suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets. The following are examples of the best plant-based sources of iron. However, as iron from plants is not as easily absorbed by the body, approximately 10%, you may want to consider taking an iron supplement if your levels are low.
Best plant-based sources of Iron:
- Dark leafy greens such as spinach, okra, kale and broccoli
- Fruits such as dried apricots, prunes and figs
- Prune juice
- Dark treacle or molasses
- Soy beans
- Cereals fortified with iron
Vitamin B12 is also an essential nutritent for hair growth, and is not found in vegetable or plant sources. However, it is present in milk and eggs - so if your vegetarian diet allows, these are good options. If you are a vegan, there are many good soy milks and cereals that are fortified with B12. You may also wish to take a supplement.
It can be difficult for anyone to eat a balanced diet all the time. As with any diet, the vegan and vegetarian diet is often supported and aided by including vitamin and mineral supplements. The most common deficiencies we see in a vegan/vegetarian diet are calcium, iron, protein, zinc and vitamins D, B12 and B6. This is especially true if you have been unwell or have absorption problems or allergies. However, we suggest you take care in choosing the right combinations and also are careful not to take too much of any supplement. Too much vitamin A, for example, can cause hair loss. Blood tests will tell you how much iron, zinc or B12 to take so that you consume the correct amount.
We respect a person’s choice not to eat meat or other animal products, but the fact remains that vegetarian and vegan diets affect hair growth. Not everybody’s, mind you – much depends on genetic predisposition. Some people have such good hair genes that no matter what they do, their hair doesn’t seem to suffer. However, taken as a percentage, we see far more vegetarians and vegans in our clinics with hair-thinning problems than any other group. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, it’s likely you take vitamin and mineral supplements. In many cases this is important as deficiencies of calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins D, B12 and B6 are common. However, you need to be careful to take the right combinations and also not to take too much of any supplement.
Too much vitamin A, for example, can cause hair loss. Blood tests will tell you how much iron, zinc or B12 you need to take so that you take the correct amount.
Vegans and vegetarians need to be particularly aware of the food that they eat in order to ingest adequate proteins for hair cell renewal and bodily nourishment. Hair is made of protein, and proteins provide energy needed to sustain tissue growth. Not just for your hair tissue, but for essential tissues such as your heart, liver and lungs, which your body will always prioritize. This means that if you don’t eat enough protein, your hair will be the first thing to suffer.
Proteins consist of amino acids – some of which are ‘essential’, while others are ‘non-essential’. Essential amino acids are most plentiful in animal proteins and more easily absorbed this way. They include argimine, histinide, isoleucine, leucine, L-lysine, methionine, phenylalamine, threonine, tyrptophen and valine. While proteins are also found in certain grains and vegetables, a huge quantity of them needs to be ingested in order to absorb enough amino acids to produce the required energy for hair growth. This is particularly true with teenagers.
The following are some examples of the best plant-based sources of protein to include in your diet.
Best plant-based sources of protein:
- Tofu and soy products, such as edamame and tofu burgers
- Tempeh Beans
- Peanut butter
If you are a vegetarian, and can tolerate lactose, you should also eat cheese and milk for extra protein. However, fish and eggs are the best sources of protein if your vegetarian diet allows them.
Good iron and ferritin (stored iron) levels are essential to the growth and health of hair. Red meats are the best sources of iron, but neither vegetarian nor vegan diets allow them. The following are examples of the best plant-based sources of iron. However, it’s important to note that iron from plants isn’t easily absorbed, so you may still need to take an iron supplement.
Best plant-based sources of Iron:
- Dark leafy greens such as spinach, okra, kale and broccoli
- Fruits such as dried apricots, prunes and figs
- Prune juice
- Dark treacle or molasses
- Cereals fortified with iron
Seasonal changes in weather patterns, eating habits and metabolic factors often affect hair. Summer is perhaps the most enjoyable season. Sitting in the sun is great for relaxation, stress relief and mental well-being, and is also an excellent source of vitamin D. However, summer can also be a damaging time for your hair and scalp. Just like your skin, they can burn if not protected.
SUMMER DAMAGE DEFENCE
You may think that because the sun’s rays are natural, the lightening effect that they have on your hair isn’t damaging. However, it’s actually just as detrimental as applying bleach, and as with bleach, the effects aren’t just confined to colour changes. The sun weakens your hair’s protein structure, de-moisturizes it and reduces elasticity so your hair breaks more easily.
When combined with wind, heat, salt water or chlorine, the results can be disastrous. The following are some ways to keep your hair and scalp healthy, hydrated and protected during the summer months.
- To help protect your hair from the sun, sea and salt water, apply a conditioning hair mask containing SPF, or wear a hat. Be sure to add extra product to the ends of your hair, especially if it is below shoulder length. Your ends are more prone to damage simply because they’re older and have been weathered by previous summers.
- Salt and chlorinated water can discolour and dry your hair. To prevent damage to your hair when swimming in the sea or pool, wear a protective conditioning mask and reapply afterwards, just like you would with sunscreen.
- The sun can burn your scalp, so it’s very important to apply a hair mask containing SPF to your parting. While short-term irritation and flaking are initial problems, recurrent burns and exposure to the sun can eventually cause cell changes and skin cancer anywhere on your body.
To keep your hair hydrated, elastic and shiny during the summer, use an intensive pre-shampoo conditioning treatment at least once a week. Work the mixture into your hair with your fingertips, leave for 10 minutes and then wash off.
DON’T BRUSH TOO OFTEN
Guard against split ends by not over-brushing. Sun, salt water, wind and chlorine are enough to cope with; you don’t want to have twice the number of ends as well. Brush gently, and preferably use a saw-cut comb.
SHAMPOO AND CONDITION DAILY
We recommend daily shampooing all year round, but it’s especially important in the summer. Your scalp, as well as your skin, is prone to increased sweating and clogged pores in warmer weather. A healthy, well-balanced diet is always vital to the health of your hair. However, summer is a great time to take advantage of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood.
Make sure to drink enough water in the summer. Your scalp, just like your skin, can dehydrate if you don’t replenish your liquids.
Now that the holy month of Ramadam has passed, get you hair back on track with these super hair foods;
Sunflower seeds: Sunflower seed are the rich sources of copper,zinc,magnesium,calcium,iron,biotin,protein,omega-6 fatty acids. These supplements helps to prevent the hair loss. A handful of raw sunflower seeds were enough for healthy hair growth. But don't eat in excess because too much consumption of sunflower seeds can even lead to hair loss.
Nuts: Nuts are very important to promote hair growth as well as to prevent hair loss. Nuts like peanuts,almonds,cashew nuts, walnuts contains wide variety of protein,vitamins,minerals,iron,zinc,healthy fats which helps to prevent the hair loss. So make sure to take nuts in your diet.
Eggs: For a healthy hair growth, Protein is a primary constituent. As we know Egg is a good source of protein. Eggs also having biotin and B vitamins which helps in controlling hair loss. So try to eat atleast 1 egg/day.
Spinach: It is a good source of vitamins like B,C and E,calcium,omega-3 fatty acids,iron and it is enriched with a good amount of nutrients and antioxidants,which helps to promote hair growth.
Carrots: Many people know the 'old wives tale' about carrots being good for eye sight but it also good for hair growth. Beta-carotene is the important nutrient that carrots have which promotes healthy hair growth.
Sweet Potatoes : Regular consumption of sweet potatoes is the easiest way to prevent hair loss problem. It is power packed with beta-carotene, by which our converts it into vitamin A. As we know vitamin A promotes the growth of healthy cells and tissues.
Beans : Beans are enriched with vitamins B and C, Zinc which promotes hair growth and most importantly it is a great source of low calorie protein and fiber.We have different types of beans like navy beans,pinto beans,soya beans,kidney beans,black beans.
Salmon : It is a kind of fatty fish enriched with omega-3 fatty acids which helps to promote hair growth. It also contains good amount of protein along with vitamin B12. All these supplements helps to promote proper hair growth and it solves the problems like excessive hair loss and dry hair. Make sure to take salmon fish in your diet atleast twice a week and yield best results.
Beef: It contains good amount of protein,B vitamins,zinc and iron. It promotes to produce quality hair. For a better results you should consume beef twice or thrice a week.
Oat: Oats contains good amount of micronutrients as well as good amount of B vitamins,copper,zinc,protein,potassium. Which helps to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth