Nowadays, the question almost every woman asks is this: To condition or not to condition. Once you enter the truth seeking market, you will get to hear a lot of advice. And we mean a lot of advice. From YouTube to Quora to the women you know to your mother. Mothers and aunts will suggest oiling your hair while the online community will try to sell you all sorts of things like hair spa, Moroccan oil and the likes. Before you settle for something here are some things to keep in mind:
The first and foremost step to healthy hair, or healthy anything really, is a balanced and healthy diet. As far as hair is concerned, the two most important things you need in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are among the fastest growing cells in the body. They are also the first ones affected by a diet that contains more junk food than healthy food.
Make sure that you have a diet centered on iron-rich food like vegetables, fish, beans, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, and chickpeas. Dermatologists suggest that a normal person should consume about 12mg of iron in some form on a daily basis. The use of soy, lentils, peas, yogurt, milk, and cheese will ensure that you’re getting enough protein.
Don’t start having a panic attack every time you see a bunch of your hair crawling across the bathroom floor towards the drain. Losing 100 to 150 strands of hair is perfectly normal. Let them go. What you can do to protect the others is to use a broad toothed comb to brush your hair. Especially if the hair is wet. Run the comb from your roots gently to the ends. Keyword here is “gently”.
Now we don’t actually mean short. What we mean is that you need to trim your hair every few weeks in order to get rid of split and rough ends.
There’s no need to wash your hair on a daily basis. Build a routine that around hair washing times and days. Every time you wash your hair, make sure that you use a good conditioner with it. Building a routine also means using the same shampoo and conditioner. Changing these things can also spell trouble for you. Choose natural hair care products and then stick to them.
Whenever we need to buy a food item that we didn’t have before, we immediately turn to the back and read the list of ingredients to make sure that we are not ingesting some carcinogen or other harmful material. Sadly, that’s not what we do with our hair care products. Check out the ingredients of your conditioners and shampoos and do some research. Do you really need sulfates? What do they do? Sulfates are the reason for your shampoo’s lathering. Sulfates clean your hair and scalp and makes sure that no debris is left behind. But research shows that sulfates also cause irritation on your scalp, dry your hair faster and also strip your hair of essential oils.
Do all this before selecting and using your hair care products and you’ll be as right as rain.