Healthy Hair Diet

THE HAIR requires nourishment from the inside to maintain its health. Your diet is as important for hair as for every part of the body. An unbalanced diet could lead to problems like dryness, brittleness, dandruff and ultimately hair loss. So, include the following in your daily diet:

Protein is necessary for strong healthy hair as hair is made up of keratin which is a protein. So, include lean meat, fish, and plenty of eggs. For vegetarians – yogurt, dals, peas, beans and nuts.

Yoghurt is a wonder food as far as hair is concerned. So, take as much of yogurt as you can.

Eat whole grain cereals.

The B-Complex vitamins are extremely important for hair. These vitamins not only help to maintain the health and shine of hair but also prevent hair fall.

Therefore, your daily diet must contain adequate quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables eaten raw as this ensures the supply of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

Minerals that are essential for healthy hair are iron, zinc, magnesium, sulphur, potassium, phosphorous and iodine.
A deficiency of iron is the cause of dull and brittle hair and if not corrected, can lead to hair fall. Sulphur and iodine play an important protective role.

Sulphur is necessary for the proper functioning and utilization of the B vitamins and thus contributes to the strength of the hair.

Iodine is necessary for the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland and iodine deficiency can lead to many hair problems.

Wheat germ contains concentrated minerals. So, buy a bottle of wheat germ and sprinkle 1 teaspoon into your milk, porridge, toast or anything you eat for breakfast.

Almonds are high in minerals and vitamins so it is advised to eat 5-10 daily.

Include a salad made with vegetables like carrot, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage everyday in your diet. Add sprouts to this salad. They contain a lot of vitamin C and B complex. For low calorie dressings, use lemon juice.
Avoid overcooked, fried foods, confectionary items, aerated drinks which provide empty calories and have no nutritional value.

Coffee, alcoholic drinks and cigarettes cause a depletion of vitamins.

Do’s and Don’ts:
In case of baldness due to fungal, viral or bacterial infection, consult a dermatologist.
Use a soft brush and well spaced bristles – do not comb your hair when wet; detangle from bottom to the top.
There is scientific evidence that the B Complex vitamins may play an important role in restoring the health of hair. So, add a B complex capsule as a supplement. Take it after breakfast.

Home-made care for falling hair:
Oils – use only natural oil avoid perfumed oils. The application of oil with a right massage helps to stimulate blood circulation to the hair follicles.

Olive oil – helps to restore the natural acid mantle of the scalp and keeps it healthy.
Castor oil – restores the health of the hair that has suffered damage due to the use of chemical dyes, perm, lotions or over use of hair dryers.

Pure coconut oil – is the most commonly used oil in our country. It improve the texture of hair and help hair growth. A pinch of camphor added to coconut oil and applied on hair helps to prevent infections and lice infestation.
Mustard oil contains sulphur which protect the scalp from bacterial & fungal infection.

Hair rejuvenating treatment:
Massage your scalp for 5 minutes while applying the paste.
Squeeze the milk out of a half a coconut, add the juice of half a lime and massage into the scalp. Leave it on for 4-6 hours. Wash it with a mild shampoo or crushed hibiscus leaves mixed with a tablespoon of crushed fenugreek (methi) seed and made into a paste.

Finally, the condition of hair depends not only on the state of health and mind, but on regular external and internal care or lack of. Like skin, hair also responds to the right kind of care.