The trick is to have regularity and dedication towards hair care. Hair care is an art. Hair like other body parts, needs constant care. Here are 5 simple DIY tricks for great hair:
1) Eat healthily
This may seem very ordinary at first but nutrition has major bearings on your hair health. Hair needs nutrition like any other body organ. A good diet will ensure lustrous and strong hair. Dry, lustreless, and easily breakable hair generally indicate poor nutrition.
Hair needs a balanced mix of proteins (amino acids), Vitamins (A, D, C, E, and B complex) and Minerals (iron, folic acid, selenium, manganese, and many more). You can easily get it from vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and meat.
In case your diet is not able to supplement these raw materials, you can get them from commonly available OTC vitamin and mineral supplements, only on the advice of a doctor.
Another important step for good hair care is adequate sleep. Your body works according to a highly specialized biological clock. This clock is also called the circadian rhythm. We are supposed to sleep 6-8 hours continuously every 24 hours. The timing of sleep is as important as the duration. Deep sleep from 2 am to 4 am resets our clock. This key step makes sure we are fresh when we wake up in the morning.
One may ask what this biological clock has to do with our hair?
Irregular sleep patterns lead to hormonal imbalances in the body. Ultimately steroid levels are increased leading to increased DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels in the blood. DHT levels are related to male pattern baldness in men. Irregular sleep fast forwards the male pattern baldness in men. In women, not getting enough sleep, or prolonged lack of restful sleep may result in conditions of hair loss or thinning hair as well.
3) Stress Reduction
It is a well-known fact that stress leads to hair loss. But how does stress cause hair loss?
There are two ways stress leads to poor hair. One is short term and reversible in cases of major stress events like accidents and diseases. This pathway leads to good hair roots becoming dormant or inactive leading to less hair which is dry and breaks easily. As soon as stress events go away, hair regrows.
The second pathway is related to regular stress events in day to day life leading to repeated adrenaline surges throughout the body. These changes lead to an abnormal hormonal state leading to increased DHT levels in our body leading to male pattern baldness. This hair loss is more profound and difficult to treat by medicines alone.
In short, we need to reduce constant stress events in our lives to have healthy and strong hair.
4) Soft water for hair wash
Fourth on our list is to use soft water for hair wash. Hard water leads to hair that is dry, lacks luster, and damaged. Hard water tends to damage the scalp and hair roots leading to poor hair quality. The thickness of hair goes down along with its strength.
Therefore it is important that we use soft water for hair wash if possible. This is a simple and easily doable trick at home. Rainwater and distilled water are soft, as they contain fewer ions. This can improve your hair quality in a big way.
5) Consistency with hair products
Markets are filled with hair care products and we tend to try a lot of them in a very short span of time. It is imperative that we choose good quality hair products ( shampoos, gels, creams, etc.) and use them consistently. Frequent change of hair products can lead to poor quality of hair. Good quality hair products maintain your hair health, keep them shiny and thick. It is important that you choose the best and continue products that suit you well.
Changing things frequently like coloring, straightening, and heat-based treatments from average salons can lead to poor hair quality. Always get your hair and keratin treatments done from good salons.
That completes our list of 5 simple DIY tricks for great hair care. If you follow these regularly you can have shining hair at minimal costs. Though these methods will show effects in a couple of weeks, you are sure to save plenty of money and have shinny, strong hair.