We all fear losing our hair. We feel horrified every time we see a strand of our hair falling out when we comb or brush. Often times, this is probably only because we see TV ads of hair products instilling in our minds that hair fall is not normal at all. In some cases, we conclude that hair fall is an indicator of a weaker, thinner, or finer hair.
The hair undergoes cyclical degeneration and regeneration. As a result, we lose 50 to 100 hair shafts every day, no matter how much care we supply it with. But this doesn’t absolve us from giving it insufficient attention. So to avoid all the troubles of getting the wrong idea, we should be informed about our hair and what we can do to keep it in good condition.
Here are a few tips to maintain healthy, thicker hair:
- Brushing is very beneficial to the hair with the right tools and the right method. It can stimulate hair growth by improving the circulation to the follicles. It can also help the hair to secrete its natural oils, making it look shinier and thicker. The perfect brush for any type of hair is a boar-bristle brush because it is similar to that of the keratin of the hair which is known to absorb dirt and excess oils. Do not brush your hair or use a narrow-toothed comb on it when it’s wet; instead, use a wide- or loose-toothed comb. The hair is in its weakest state when it is wet. Brushing it would only damage the hair shafts.
- Do not forget to wash your hair regularly using a mild shampoo and deep conditioner, but avoid overwashing. Washing the hair removes the dirt, excess sebum, or such other debris which can contribute to hair loss.
- Massage your scalp for at least five minutes every day. A therapeutic massage on the scalp helps improve the blood circulation to the hair follicles that have shrunk due to hair loss–causing factors.
- Oil essences of rosemary, lavender, thyme, cedar-wood, jojoba, and peppermint are very good hair growth stimulation.
- Eat right. Eggs, green leafy vegetables, fish, fresh fruits, oysters, toasted wheat germ, yogurt, soya, and whole grain are rich in certain vitamins and minerals that promote hair growth. On the other hand, sugar, fats, caffeine, and nicotine are detrimental to hair growth; thus, they are best avoided.
- Drinking the right amounts of water each day can help with hair growth too. The hair is actually composed of one-fourth water so it is best to keep it hydrated.
- Trim your hair once a month. Hair tips are made up of older cells which must have experienced more damage (i.e. split ends). Trimming can maintain a healthy-looking hair.
Avoid too much styling and steer clear from using too much harmful substances on the hair. Chemical treatments, constant blow-drying, straighteners, or iron curlers can damage the follicles. Also, they can make the hair break and lose its natural luster, and/or become frizzy.