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Month: December 2021

Importance of a Balanced Diet for Hair

 

Sammy was frustrated with her hair pulling one strand here and the other
strand there. Oh, those frizzy, dry, entangled hair. She had a party to attend
and her hair would just not stay put. Finally, she somehow managed a bun and
went to the party with a sulking face.
Does this happen with you too?
When hair looks limp, dull and lifeless, people often turn to new shampoos and
conditioners for that extra oomph. But really, a poor diet could be the culprit
for lustre lacking locks.
A practice that is very important, yet not often associated with healthy hair is
eating right.

A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny. What you eat can have
a huge effect on the health of your hair and can also keep you from losing your
locks. If you not getting certain nutrients from food, you might see the
effects in your hair. A lack of the right nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, D
and E, zinc, iron, proteins and essential fatty acids play a key role in the health
of your skin, hair, and nails. It may slow down hair growth or even cause hair
loss.

Why is balanced diet important for your hair?
Eating a well-balanced diet can sustain your hair health for long. We often
say healthy hair starts at the scalp. But it actually starts even before that: It
really starts with what nutrients you are feeding it. The foods people eat have
an impact on the growth, strength, and volume of their hair. Hair grows from
the roots, so the key to healthy hair growth lies in improving the health of the
scalp and hair follicles. Hair is continuously growing and being replaced, and
the follicles are constantly creating new hair from nutrients in the body.
A balanced diet plays an important role in keeping the hair healthy.
Your Hair is what you eat!
The foods eaten affects the hair growth and its quality. The right balanced
diet, that is suitable to your lifestyle, can make all the difference to your hair.

Heredity and natural aging processes play major roles in hair loss. Stress too
can cause breaking and thinning of hair, but when people notice a change in
their hair, they might want to visit a doctor. However, the quality, quantity,
and growth of hair are very closely linked to the diet. While some foods make
hair strong and beautiful, eating too much of others can make hair brittle and
thin. Therefore, it is recommended to check your diet. Maintaining a well-
balanced nutritious diet is the best way to improve the health and growth of
hair.

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Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

Throughout history, hair has played a significant role in our society – it is associated with
youthfulness and beauty in women and virility and masculinity in men; so it's no
surprise that hair loss can make many men and women feel self-conscious.
When you have hair that is full and bouncy, shining and thick you feel so good and
confident. On the opposite, if you have a bad hair day don’t you feel frustrated and angry?
Well, the point here is that we attach our emotions with our hair. For instance, hair loss
may lead to depression, anxiety, lack of interest in activities, low energy levels, sleep
deprivation and social phobia. Hair loss has many possible causes, including genetics, an
underactive thyroid, cancer treatments, or medications for other health conditions. Research
and surveys show that people experience hair loss often feel as though they are losing
control over their lives. 
Those who suffer from severe hair loss are more likely to experience negative psychological side
effects.
Although there are four main factors that affecting hair loss
 medical condition
 age
 heredity
 Hair care and styling
there are certain aspects of your life also that can have an impact on your hair.
Hair thinning and baldness cause psychological stress due to their effect on appearance.
Being a disfigurement that can affect a person's sense of self and identity. Vice-versa even
depression, mental illnesses and psychological issues can be a reason for hair loss too.
Many people aren't sure what to do when they notice hair loss.
How to deal with psychology of hair loss?
Positive ways of dealing with the emotional side of hair loss:
1. Reminding yourself that hair loss itself is not life-threatening.
2. Putting that bald spot in perspective. …
3. Working with beauty professionals to find a hairstyle that suits you. …
4. Considering talk therapy. …
5. Realizing that your hair may grow back.

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Fear of Hair Loss

Can you imagine the world of bald people?

Or say if they had just a few strands of hair that could be counted on fingers? How would it
be?

Hair is a symbol of beauty and you would never like to loose it. All of us experience hair
loss to some degree in our lives. There are various reasons for hair loss, stress and anxiety
being the commonest amongst all. Medical conditions could also lead to hair loss in some.
But yet, that fear remains…. whatever be the reason.
Fear of hair loss also makes getting haircuts and other routine activities difficult, if not
impossible, in some instances.
The fear of losing our hair is so ingrained in our minds that even in our dreams we dread
the fear to loose hair. For some people, this fear of hair loss manifests into deep
psychological phobias.
One such phobia is the fear of seeing or touching loose hairs known as trichophobia. While
shedding some hair is a common and healthy process, still it makes things profoundly
difficult in our day to day lives.
 Then there is peladophobia, the fear of becoming bald or even of people who are bald.
Both these phobias are generally traced back to triggering of an event in builts a fear of hair
loss.
Another phobia, very much the same is   Phalacrophobia , a fear of going bald. This phobia
unlike the other two phobias is more focused on negative reactions to the mere notion or
thought that one might be balding – even if no evidence exists to suggest that is happening.
These phobias of fear of hair loss hinder social, and personal life.
Don’t let the fear ruin your life. These are mere fears which can be overcomed. On
evaluation of the cause of the fear, a proper treatment and talking to therapist is
recommended.

 

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How important are proteins for your hair?

Young Prina flaunted her beautiful brown tassels in the party and mesmerized many a men.
Oooh….don’t you wish you too had such beautiful hair that would make people turn their heads?
Which girl or women would not want that? Of course! Hair takes a significant place in enhancing
one’s beauty. In ancient India, it was said that hair represented their cultural identity. Myths have
changed with the changing times. Today, not only the women but even men take care of their hair
equally.

What damages the hair?

Other than the cold dry air and harsh weather that dehydrates the hair even outside forces
(especially chemical treatments like hair color and relaxers) damage the protein of the hair
shaft, leaving it prone to breakage. If your hair looks stringy or limp, those may also be
signs that your strands need more protein. Dull and limp hair is a sign of protein
deficiency. Also physical stress on the hair, is often the reason why hair strands
become prone to split ends, breakage and protein loss.

 

How important is protein for hair?

Hair is made up of a protein called keratin which is very important for healthy hair.
If there is lack of proteins in your diet, hair problems other than hair loss could also
occur. Hair becomes dry and brittle, frizzy and tangled, split ends and breaking of
hair too. Protein is vital for healthy hair and without it; hair loss is very much a
possibility.
Many a times increased hair loss could be caused by many things: a hormonal
imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, stress, auto-immune disorders, medications,
chemotherapy and more. Losing more hair that doesn’t come from the root tells it is
a protein issue and needs to be addressed immediately.

Can hair protein deficit be repaired?

Most people think that applying protein products will bring it back to life but layering
them with more products on already weak hair compromises on hair health and
weakens your hair. Chemically damaged hair that feels mushy or cotton candy-like can
benefit from a protein treatment. 
While protein deficiency can be treated by simply changing your diet and
lifestyle, it is important to thoroughly consult and analyze the scalp and hair before
deciding a lack of protein is the culprit.

 

 

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