Healthy hair inside out

By Jo Finzi pictureMost people don’t realise that hair is a good indication of how healthy you are. Hair health starts with diet. For that extra healthy sheen, then you must eat plenty of protein such as fish, meat and eggs. Vegetarians can top up their protein levels with protein rich soya.

Getting enough zinc is also vital and many pharmacies and health food shops now sell zinc rich supplements for the encouragement of healthy hair and nails. Don’t forget to drink enough water. Your hair needs moisture as well as food.

Head start

Here’s a host of handy hints to start a maintenance programme that will keep your hair in great shape.

1. Get a regular trim

The ends of your hair should be trimmed every few months. Split ends will keep your hair from getting any longer, because the ends keep breaking off.

2. Wait until it’s dry

Don’t brush your hair until it’s dry. The hair will untangle much more easily, and you’ll break fewer hairs.

When your hair is wet, comb it with a wide-toothed comb. This puts less stress on the hair than using a fine comb or brush. A bristle brush should only be used when your hair is completely dry hair.

3. Avoid the grease

If you suffer from greasy hair, it’s always better to use a comb rather than a brush. Brushes, particularly stiff ones, can over-stimulate the sebaceous glands on the scalp, making the hair greasier.

4. Comb before you wash

If you comb your hair before you wash it, your hair will be less likely to get badly tangled.

5. Don’t use too much

If you’re using finishing products, remember less is best. Stiff, hair sprayed or over-moussed hair looks dull, drab and lifeless.

6. Find your own style

Get a good hairdresser who can give you a great haircut - one that will look fab in all weathers and at all times of day.

7. Drop the elastics

Elastic bands are probably the worst things you can do to your hair as they can cause your hair to break on contact. It’s far better to use scrunchies.

8. Don’t expect a miracle in a bottle

Beware some promises made by expensive shampoos and conditioners. Hair is dead. No amount of special herbs, protein formulas, or secret salon recipes will ever change that. All products have the same base. Soap to clean it, and conditioner to cut down on the tangles and frizz.

Eating the right food, drinking enough water and generally taking care of your crowning glory using the hints above is a much better route to a great head of hair.

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