Taking Care of Your Hair: Simple Tips

Your hair is a very important part of your personal appearance and style. A good haircut can even elevate your self-esteem and make you feel better all around.

However, knowing how to take care of your hair is not always easy or obvious. There are many factors to take into account in order to have a shiny, healthy head of hair.

The first thing you need to know is that the health of your hair does not depend on shampoo or conditioner. It starts from the inside out.

What you eat can make a huge difference in how you look, and if you are not getting the right nutrients, your hair will not look its best. A very poor diet can even lead to hair loss.

Hair is made of protein, so getting the right amount of it is crucial. Chicken, turkey, fish and shellfish are great sources of lean protein. If you are vegetarian or vegan, up your intake of eggs and dairy or turn to soy, pulses and nuts.

Lack of iron in your blood can lead to hair loss, so it is important to get enough of it. If you do not not only will you see the effects in your hair, the iron deficiency can also lead to anaemia and other serious health conditions. Red meat is a great source of iron, as well as lentils, spinach, kale and other leafy vegetables.

Style and fashion may be important, but you can also seriously damage your hair in the name of beauty.

Hairstyles that are too tight can cause trauma to your scalp, damaging your follicles and causing hair loss. Let your hair loose every now and then if you are used to tight styles, consider trying something that is less traumatic for your head.

Your hair is more vulnerable when it is wet, so if you are going to use a flat iron or any other heat styling tools, do make sure your hair is completely dry. This will help you prevent dryness and breakage.

Speaking of heat, too much of it can damage your hair. Try to apply heat just once a week. If you blow dry your hair, use a low setting.  A little heat normally will not hurt you, but in excess it can be quite harmful.

There are many hair products on the market and at times it can be difficult to choose the right ones. Do your research to find out which ingredients will truly protect your hair. Silicone, for example, coats your hair with a protective layer, keeping it safe from harmful environmental factors. Certain oils such as olive oil and coconut oil have the same effects. When choosing hair products read the labels just as you would when choosing healthy foods.

If you feel as though you are losing hair at an abnormal rate, it is important to consult your general practitioner to find possible causes and treatments. Hair loss can also be a symptom of a larger problem.

Your hair makes you look good, and it is a sign of overall wellness. If you want to look your best, it is important to take care of it.