Hair can get damaged through everyday activities, the environment and even by over-grooming. Measures taken to improve appearance can also harm the scalp and damage the hair. Dyeing, perming, bleaching, heated rollers, electric tongs, metal combs, plastic brushes and using elastic bands to tie-up the hair can all cause various degrees of damage.
There are simple measures you can take to maintain a healthy head of hair and these include prevention as well as natural remedies to cure.
What to Avoid to Keep your Hair Healthy
To keep the condition of you hair healthy, avoid over using the hair dryer, heated rollers and hair straighteners. Whenever possible let your hair dry naturally.
Avoid perms, bleach and especially if your hair is already in poor condition, have treatments such as dyeing hair carried out by a professional.
Avoid stress as shock, depression and tension can cause temporary hair loss and lifeless hair as can physical ailments. Almost any illness or emotional problem can cause the hair to become dull and lifeless. Laser hair removal treatment may be a good option but you have to con sider first some of the best and effective natural treatments so you can save a lot of money.
Smoking, alcohol, too much sun and sea water are also likely to have a negative impact on the condition of your hair and should be avoided if you are trying to keep your hair healthy.
Natural Remedies for Healthy Hair
To maintain a healthy head of hair, eat a healthy diet. Choose foods rich in essential fatty acids, iron, protein and vitamins B, C and E. Take regular exercise to improve the circulation to your scalp.
Olive oil can help treat dry hair. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a cup and warm this in hot water. After massaging the oil gently but thoroughly into the scalp wrap a hot towel around the head. When the towel cools, steep it again in hot water, wring it out and wrap once more around the head. Do this three or four times, then wash your hair in the normal way using a herbal shampoo.
To encourage your hair to grow, gently massage your scalp with a few drops of oil of rosemary. If your scalp is itchy or flaky, try massaging it with infusions of lavender, juniper, rosemary or thyme.
A herbal or aromatherapy scalp massage can also relieve tension and improve circulation. Nettle or burdock tea massaged into the scalp can help relieve a red or itchy scalp.
Another way to reduce dandruff is to rub the juicy side of half a lemon over the scalp, leave for ten minutes and rinse with plenty cold water.
Healthy hair should be supple and shiny. A sudden deterioration in hair condition can be indication of possible ill health and lowered vitality. If the condition persists, it is recommended that you consult your doctor.