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Things that you can do for healthy hair

Updated on October 8, 2016
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Knowing how to take care of your hair helps to keep your hair healthy and strong. Taking care of your hair helps to prevent hair fall and premature graying.

How Does Your Hair Grow?

Each hair strand has a root that is enclosed within the hair follicle that is present just beneath the scalp. Each hair follicle has a pair of oil glands on either sides.

The hair root is supplied with nutrients for growth by the blood vessels present at the base of the follicles.

As hair grows, it pushes out through the follicle and the scalp. The oil produced by the oil glands keeps the hair moisturized.

Diet for Healthy Hair

Following a healthy diet is essential for healthy hair.

Omega 3 fatty acids are important for a healthy scalp. Deficiency of omega three fatty acids can result in hair strands becoming brittle.

Soya beans, Tofu, Walnuts, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.

Dark green vegetables have vitamin A that helps the oil glands to produce the oil-like substance called sebum. The sebum acts as a natural hair conditioner for hair.

Kale, Collards, Turnip Greens, Spinach, Broccoli, are rich in vitamin A.

Beans and eggs are rich in vitamin B-12 and biotin that helps to promote hair growth.

Whole grains are rich in zinc, iron, and vitamin B that promotes hair growth and keeps the hair healthy and strong.

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. Selenium helps to keep the scalp healthy and prevents dandruff.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid which helps to condition and moisturize hair.

Walnuts, pecans, and almonds are rich in zinc that helps to prevent hair fall.

Things that you can do to take care of your hair

1. Wash your hair after an intense workout session or after sweating heavily to wash away all the dirt and prevent the onset of dandruff.

2. Wash your hair at least twice a week. When you wash your hair, use your fingers to work up a lather rather than your nails. Your nails can damage the scalp and the follicle causing hair fall.

3. If you have to wash your hair daily, use a mild shampoo. Strong shampoos tend to wash away all the oil content from your hair strands making them dry and brittle.

4. Do not comb your hair when it is wet. This will lead to breakage of hair strands. Use a wide toothed comb to remove all the knots in your hair and then use a fine toothed comb to prevent hair strands from breaking.

5. Do not over comb your hair. Excessive combing of hair will lead to hair fall.

6. Use a hair protection mousse or spray before styling your hair to prevent damage to hair due to the applied heat.

Knowing how to take care of your hair will help to prevent hair fall and premature graying of hair.

References

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks Vellur! Very informative hub. Great work, as always.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      unknown spy thank you for stopping by and your wonderful comments.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I can't keep up with you the way you have these hubs rolling out! Great write, I think many don't take hair serious enough. I inherited my moms wonderful thick hair and am very serious about taking care of it. I love using a shiner too. Great subject for women for sure!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great tips for women and men in taking care of their hair! I am blessed with curly hair which I adore! With curly hair having a bad hair day is rare. Thanks for the fab tips!

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      SA Shameel 4 years ago from Bangalore

      Great hub on hair care.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you,we must take care for healthy hair. I keep working now and then on articles and suddenly I find two of them ready and I published it.Thank you for your appreciation and support.

      Sunshine625 thank you for your appreciation and comments. You are right there is never a bad hair day when you have curly hair.

      zanaworld thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am going to do as you suggested, limit the hair treatments. It is amazing that what you eat affects hair growth and condition. Thanks for the great advice.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you, what we eat affects everything related to our body. So, let us eat away for healthy hair!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Informative and helpful hub. Nice hub!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Victoria Lynn, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This information is timed just right. As people are more active outdoors in the summer months hair care is even more important. Thanks for putting together an interesting and helpful post!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      RTalloni thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really hope this hub will be useful to all.

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      Saadia A 4 years ago

      These days i am really trying to focus my attention on my hair care and your tips have been helpful in this regard.Thank you for sharing :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      learner365 am glad my tips are of use to you. Thank you.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Good tips to keep your crowning glory shiny! Voted up.

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      DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

      Voted useful and interesting. Great tips here. Thanks for a great read again!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      tillsontitan thank you for stopping by and your vote.

      DAWNMEARS thank you for your appreciation and vote.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      thanks for the advise on hair.

      although my hair is fairly long it is fine and actually it use to be thicker and curlier. I wonder if age as something to do with that naturally.

      anyway I know coconut oil is good for your hair, however I need to try to thicken my hair so I will try your tips, thanks

      PS I know that anything claimed to actually thicken hair is a fraud (creams that are supposed to work miracles/pills you can order)however taking care of your hair and careful what you eat and put on your hair, may expand the life. There are things that will help grow some lost hair that is not due to medical cases.

      Thank you

      Laurie

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Laurie yes the natural way is the way to go and as you say miracle cures that are advertised do not work at all. thank you for stopping by and sharing your views.

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