Articles on hair care

6 Tips for Better Care of Your Hair

Dr. Vinod Sonawane, Hair Transplant Surgeon
There are several hair product  advertisements, for different types of hair and different types of hair problems, but we miss on the very simple and basic things that can give us lustrous hair. Following are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your hair health drastically-  Wash your hair at least 3 times a week.  Most people use styling product or gel, so it is necessary to clean the buildup. Regular washing keeps the hair follicles clean so new hair growth has a clear path to your scalp’s surface. Most people use way too much shampoo to wash hair, only a small amount, the size of a coin is the right amount of shampoo that is required to wash the hair properly and clean the scalp. Dry the hair naturally. Any soft cotton cloth should be used for drying the hair, heavy towels should not be used for tying the hair. Trim the hair regularly every 6 to 8 weeks,this will help in getting rid of split ends.Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday . Your diet should be rich in protein, iron, zinc.Massage the scalp, with your finger tips for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day.  This increases the blood flow in the scalp region and aids hair growth. In India, the tradition of massaging oil in the scalp before bathing is followed, this improves blood flow and helps in conditioning the hairs. Even when you are not washing or applying oil to hair, still you should massage scalp everyday for 5 minutes.Blow drying and styling hair should be limited for special occasions.A few changes in routine life and habits can make a huge difference to the health of your hair. If you try these changes, you will witness them yourself!

Skin and Hair Care for Holi for Everyone

Dr. Jolly Shah Kapadia, Dermatologist
Holi, the festival of colourful fun is approaching. Children are eagerly waiting to play with their pichkaris and have fun.Here are a few tips to take care of your skin and your children's skin and hair during Holi.Skin Care Before Holi:Avoid bleaching, waxing, threading, peeling, laser treatments at least 2 days prior to playing Holi.Stop using retinoid, benzoyl peroxide or hydroquinone based creams for at least 2 days prior to playing Holi.Start moisturizing your skin especially if dry, until the skin texture returns to normal.Skin Care before going to play Holi:Moisturize your skin head to toe properly before you go out to play. This will protect your skin and also help to remove the colour more easily. You can either use coconut oil, or a good moisturizing lotion.Sun protection: Apply a good sunscreen lotion liberally on face, neck, arms; all exposed parts. Lips: Use a lip balm with SPF.Nails: Trim your nails short and cover them with a nail paint and then apply a coat of oil.Clothing: Wear dark coloured-full sleeved cotton clothes. Synthetics would be sticky and denims would be heavy once you have a bucket full of water splashed on you. The more you cover your body, the higher are the chances of saving your skin from colour damage.Hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water, thandai, fresh fruit juicesSkin Care After playing Holi:Avoid excessive hot water (since your skin is already exposed to the chemicals in colours and also heavy sun, don’t irritate it more).Avoid loofa or scrubs, or rubbing with a harsh towel. Do not rub or scrub the skin a lot to remove the colours. The friction of rubbing would aid in penetration of colours and irritate the skin more.Apply little oil on the skin and then gently try to remove the colour.The colours of Holi, water, sun and finally overzealous cleaning leaves your skin dry. After bathing, pat dry your skin to leave it slightly damp. Apply a thick body lotion to trap the water on the surface of skin, hydrate it and keep it soft and supple.  Repeat moisturizer each time your skin feels dry.Hair care for Holi:Avoid Steam and sauna a couple of days before.Avoid applying hair colour a couple of days before Holi.If possible, pamper your hair to a good oil massage for a couple of days to make them more soft and supple.Hair Care On the day of Holi:Oil your hair heavily hair before you go out to play Holi. Oil will coat the hair shafts and act as a barrier and prevent colours from coming in direct contact with hair shafts and will lessen the damage.Avoid using styling gels or creams.Tie up your hair if possible while playing Holi. Open hair will become more tangled and tend to break easily. Use a fancy bandana to prevent the hair from getting messy.Hair Care Post Holi:Wash your hair with plain lukewarm water so that most of the colour comes off. Use a mild shampoo. The colour might not go off in just one wash. Do not panic and desperately shampoo more.The hair might be already dry, so don’t wash it twice on the same day.Avoid combing wet hair, avoid hair dryers. Dry your hair with a soft cotton cloth,avoid excessive rubbing.Once the hair are dry, massage hair liberally with oil again especially for children.What if there is itching or redness while playing Holi ?Inspite of taking proper precautions, colours can still cause a reaction especially for those with sensitive skin.If your skin starts to burn or you feel itchy, then immediately stop playing, get out of the sun to a cooler place.Splash plenty of cold water,  pat dry with a soft cloth. Don’t try desperately to remove the colour. Rubbing will only irritate the skin more.Avoid further sun exposure.Apply ice packs or cold compresses.Do not apply soap or hot water and try to remove the colour if it doesn’t come off.Apply little coconut oil to pacify the skin.Apply chilled Calamine lotion or medicated aloe vera gel if there is severe burning.See a Dermatologist at the earliest.

Summer Care for Your Hair- Things You Must Do This Summer!

Dr. Hrishikesh Bhujbal, Homeopath
Summer moisture and the summer sun can be damaging to your hair. Proper preventative steps need to be taken during this season to ensure that your hair does not get damaged. Here are 19 things you should know this summer:Summer Hair Care TipsWear a scarf, hat, or cap to protect your hair from the sun; but make sure that it's not so tight where it will restrict the blood circulation in your scalp. If you know you are going to be in the sun for a long time and if you don't want to wear anything on your head, use a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen in it before you go out. If you are outside and forgot to use leave-in conditioner with sunscreen in your hair, you can put regular sunscreen in your hair, but make sure you rinse it out with a deep cleansing shampoo when you get home. Limit your use of "hot" items on your hair such as a blow dryers and curling irons. If you need to use a "hot" item, use a leave-in conditioner before using the item on your hair. Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in hot water. Use warm or cool water instead; the heat can dry out and/or damage your hair and skin. Staying hydrated is important for healthy hair as well as your overall health so make sure that you are drinking enough water. Avoid hair products with formaldehyde or alcohol in it which dry out hair. Try to use natural products that are gentler on your hair. Try washing your hair less often; shampooing your hair strips the moisture out of your hair. Use a conditioner on your hair daily.Try using a dry shampoo if you need to wash out your hair. One dry shampoo you can use is baby powder, simply sprinkle some onto your hair and use a comb to comb it off. Use a moisturizing shampoo that is gentler than your regular shampoo for the summer. Before going into the pool/ocean, wet your hair; this will decrease the absorption of chlorinated/salt water into your hair. Use a clarifying shampoo after swimming to wash out the chlorine/salt and any residues that may be in your hair. Chlorine will severely dry out your hair if it is not washed out. Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. Your hair grows faster in the warmer months and frizzes are more common in the summer months due to the heat and moisture. Hair products that have the word "Replenish" on them are made to moisturize your hair. Knotting your hair, braiding it or wearing it up or in a bun will help contain frizzes. Putting conditioner on the frizzy areas of your hair and sleeping with your hair up or with plastic around your hair will help re-moisturize the dry areas of your hair. Once you have your hair moist, lock in the moisture by running your hair through cold water; this will also give your hair an extra shine.

Routine Hair Care Is Not Rocket Science [Do's & Don'ts]

Dr. Jeetendra Khatuja, Dermatologist
We all strive for that perfect hairstyle with shiny, silky, bouncy, long and frizz free hair .To achieve this plethora of products like shampoos, conditioners,serums, hair sprays, waxes, gels, mousses, etc are available to beautify,enhance, strengthen, and nourish our tresses.This article is meant to answer few commonly asked queries that we face as trichologists (like how often we should shampoo and condition hair? Does blow dryer damage hair? How to comb and when?Etc.) The article will be shared in 2 parts-part one[do's] and part two[don'ts]Part one –Do’s Routine hair care involves 3 steps-shampooing, conditioning, and lastly, combing or brushing with some extra care during monsoon (the season of extra fun needs little extra hair care!)Step one -Shampooing- should be done twice weekly (to clean dirt, oil, sweat, hair products, bacteria, etc.)Dust, dirt, sebum (natural hair oil),and hair products build up on the hair making it sticky, dull, and often unmanageable. This is termed as a 'bad hair day'. This can be managed with proper shampooing which involves wetting hair completely, taking good amount of shampoo and applying it to cover whole length of hair. Keep it for few minutes and rinse thoroughly.Nowadays many shampoos available in market claim magical effects like anti-hair fall, ultraviolet protection, volumizing shampoos and so on without any scientific proof. (So beware of such advertisements!)Step two-Conditioning-can be done daily to achieve smooth, shinyand bouncy hairShampoo with good cleansing effect removes sebum (natural hair oil) and leave your hair dull and dry. A good conditioner covers the outer layer of hair and makes it smooth.A simple conditioner like coconut oil(not mineral or vegetable oil) can be used (it has been used effectively since ancient times when we had no plethora of fancy hair products to confuse us!)Commercially, conditioners are available as rinses, instant, leave-on, serums, etc. “Rinses” or instant conditioners-are used after shampooing on a towel dried hair and kept for 2-3 minutes and rinsed. They are longer lasting than “leave on” conditioners or serums.Deep conditioners-include various oils and creams applied for 20-30 minutes and rinsed off. This provides better shine and gloss but can damage hair if not done correctly.Step three-Combing-should be done twice daily to remove dirt and untangle hair to prevent breakageAlways use clean, wide mouthed, soft bristle comb. Start combing from the bottom and never from scalp as knots usually develops in middle parts and hair breaks as it gets pulled. Remove knots with fingers or wide mouthed comb or brush.Never comb wet hair as it can easily break (let it air dry and avoid blow dryer)Hair care during monsoonWe all love monsoon picnics-the season of enjoying weekends in rain water. With all the fun, you need to take little extra care of hair. Do not leave your hair wet for long as it attracts fungus (they love moisture!) And cause dandruff. Excess water takes away natural hair oil and conditioner that we use and leaves hair dry and frizzy. After having a blast in rain water, make sure you dry your hair (avoid hot blow drying) and apply suitable conditioner.Hope you can use these simple hair care tips to bring back your "Happy Hair Days"!In part two [routine hair care is not rocket science-don’ts], I will try to cover some commonly done mistakes that damage hair (for example-hot showers, blow drying, etc.)

9 Tips for Healthy Skin and Hair in Winter

Dr. Hardik S Pitroda, Dermatologist
Winter – the onset of weddings, festivities, vacation and parties. Time to rev up, let your hair down, sing, dance and enjoy the best of times with your friends and family. It’s but natural that you ought to look your gorgeous self at each and every occasion. But winter does make this difficult. Dry skin and hair can rob you of your natural glow. With these basic tips, it is possible to look your best this winter:1. Keep it lukewarmWinter is the time when your skin and hair need maximum attention. Though the idea of piping hot water is very tempting, stick to a lukewarm water bath every day. Make sure to use a mild non-drying soap or a moisturizing soap.2. ExfoliateDuring winters, the varying temperature outdoors and indoors can have a major effect on the skin. While taking a shower, get into the habit of exfoliating with a loofah so as to remove layers of dead skin and make way for new healthy skin cells.3. Make moisturizer your daily companionNeedless to say, choose a really good moisturizer to keep the skin moisturized and soft. Pay special attention to the exposed parts (and the most affected areas) like your hands, nails, feet and lips. Keep them well moisturized at all times. Use a lip balm to keep your lips soft and supple.4. Sunscreen is not just for summersWear a sunscreen when you step out in the open. In fact, it should be a part of your daily routine throughout the year and especially during the winters. This is the time when it may seem that you don’t need protection from the sun but you really do!5. Avoid excess use of deodorantsAs you hardly tend to sweat during winter, it’s best to restrict the usage of deodorants which contain high alcohol content. These products tend to strip away the skin’s moisture leaving your skin dry. Go for alcohol-free products instead.6. Conditioner is a mustSince you don’t sweat much in winter, don’t shampoo too often as it may dry out the scalp and hair. Use a mild shampoo and lukewarm water as very hot water can be harmful to your hair and scalp. And don’t forget the conditioner. If you want to go natural, coconut milk is an excellent conditioner.7. Oil your hair regularlyHowever busy your schedule is, don’t skip the oil your hair needs. It will help regulate the blood circulation and keep your scalp moisturized. 8. Style wiselySay no to hair dryers/ flat irons/ curl irons. These hair styling instruments work on the principle of heat, which when used during winters make matters worse. Instead use the cool setting of the dryer which though may take longer to dry but it would retain the moisture. Choose wooden hair brushes or combs instead of plastic. This is to fight the static hair caused by absence of moisture. If it fits in your schedule and budget, visit a good salon for protein treatment.9. Cover with careWhile woolen caps, scarves and stoles may make a style statement, it can also be the cause of hair breakage especially at the nape of your neck or forehead. Don’t try to be over-protective by wearing them tightly around your head. Leave sufficient space for air circulation in the scalp.

Know More About Your Hair

Dr. Sameer Kumar Singh, Homeopath
GROWTH OF HAIR AND FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE HAIR GROWTHWhen a new baby is born, he or she has soft, fine and downy hair called lanugo that disappears shortly after the birth. Normally hair on the scalp and other parts of body becomes thicker and coarser. In middle age, hair growth can be seen on the ears of men and women develop the same on face at the time of menopause. This is due to change in endocrine pattern.Stages of hair growth-ANAGEN HAIR (Period of Active Growth)The stage when the growing is in process, the hair is called ‘Anagen’ hair. Anagen hair keeps on growing from two to five years. In Anagen hair, the cells of follicle grow, divide and are keratinized in order to make hair grow. Having keratin means that the base of the hair shaft is moist and soft and the rest of hair shaft above hair bulb is dark pigmented.CATAGEN HAIR (Period of Transition or Breakdown and Change)When the hair is under transition stage, which is from root to end, the hair is called ‘catagen’ hair. Catagen hair, begin transitional, live for about 7 to 15 days. During this transition phase, the growth activity of the hair stops. Growth of hair is not a continuous affair as some people think. Hair growing takes a resting phase during which no growth takes place and the roots of the resting hair become club-shaped. It is this condition that is called club hairs.TELOGEN HAIR (Resting Stage before Resumption Of Growth)Catagen hair live for some time and when they are in the state of rest without any change, they are called ‘Telogen’ hair. Telogen hair are also called club hair. They are in the state of rest for three to four months before they grow or are pushed from follicle due to growth of another hair or due to some harsh combing/ brushing or hard massaging/continuous drying of hair by hot hair-blower or in fight etc. All these are mechanical reasons.Factors that Influence the Hair GrowthAge: – Growth of hair is fastest from the age of fifteen to late twenties. The hair grows faster and the rate of growth slows down when the hair have grown to its maximum. There is no limit to maximum but some doctors are of the opinion that this limit is three feel which means that when the hair are over three feet long, the growth rate drops to half the former growth rate. Nervous and circulatory system: – The hair is affected by the state of the nervous system and circulatory system. This means that hair have a direct relation with functioning of the entire human organism, mind, sentiments, emotions and the body. Any such stimulation in the body by grief, emotions, etc. makes impact over the opulence of the nerve and blood supply to the head. If grief or emotions continue for some days, it affects the growth of hair.Chemicals & Drugs: – Chemical and drug reactions also affect the growth of hair. The coloring of hair and dyeing of hair are virtually exposure to chemical reactions and many persons who dye or color their hair have retarded hair growth or encounter falling of hair.Heredity: – The heredity/genes actually determine the hair density, growth and color of hair.Hormones: – Hormonal change is one of the reasons for growth of hair.Your Hair – An Index  to your Health….Our hair is not just ‘dead’ protein it is a pointer to what is happening deep inside our body and mind. Hair has more to it than what appears on the surface.  It says a lot more about us than what the stars foretell. The health of our hair and scalp provides us with insightful cues about a host of ‘latent’ health disorders.In addition, our hair, like our psyche, responds to both physical and emotional stressors, including underlying health deviations,  much before apparent clinical symptoms manifest.DRY, LIMP, THIN HAIR:-This may be a ‘cursor’ for hypothyroidism. In some cases, the ‘tell-tale’  sign is hair loss on the eyebrows, especially in the outer area of the eyebrow.SCALY  OR CRUSTY PATCHES ON THE SCALP:-This indicates psoriasis, a common skin disorder. It occurs when the skin for a ‘toss,’ sending out flawed signals that accelerate the turnover and growth of skin cells. The detection of psoriasis can help us prevent and treat more serious condition- especially psoriatic arthritis, or painful swelling of the joints with scaly psoriatic distress.OVERALL THINNING:-It’s customary to shed about 50-100 hairs a day. But, when hair appears to be coming out in ‘clumps,’ it’s time for action. Any extreme stress can be the reason for hair loss, liking losing a job can cause extreme hair loss. Likewise, about of flu or fever, illnesses like jaundice, typhoid and malaria can cause hair loss. Most importantly, diabetes and hypertension can also cause such hair loss, much before they may be clinically diagnosed. DRY, BRITTLE HAIR BREAKS EASILY:-This kind of hair loss can be a sign of autoimmune disorders, early onset diabetes and thyroid disease.

Quick Hair Care Tips

Dr. Ravindra Dargainya, Dermatologist
(1) Concentrate on a balanced, healthy diet rich in essential nutrients. Ensure the inclusion of calcium, iron and protein in your daily diet.Eat raw oats since it is a rich source of silica which is vital for hair growth. Vitamin B and C are also essential for hair growth.(2) Cleansing your hair is important on a regular basis, especially if you live in hot, humid climate. The accumulation of sweat on your scalp can cause fungal infections that can result in loss of hair and other skin problems.Though it is not possible to monitor the water source regularly, try to avoid using harsh water as it may damage the roots of your hair. Use your fingertips rather than nails while applying shampoos and conditioners on your hair.(3) The combing technique is crucial for healthy hair. Before combing your hair,it is better to separate the hair tangles with a wide-tooth comb by combing gently in downward direction. Since your hair is weakest when wet, try to soak it dry with a towel before combing.(4) Drying your hair with a hair dryer can rob the hair of essential moisture.Opt for “air dry” rather than “hair dry”.(5) Condition your hair as often as possible to make up for the harm caused by the pollutants present in the environment, for ex-sun, chlorine, hard water and air pollution.(6) Follow a hair trimming procedure on a regular basis to get rid of the spilt ends and ensure a healthy hair growth.(7) Make use of natural/organic conditioners and shampoos for cleaning and conditioning your hair if you can.Don’t get swept off by big brands and labels since most of them have chemicals and synthetics which can have adverse effect on your hair and skin. Before trying out a product, check the composition.(8) Wear a Hairstyle that complements your dressing and personality. Be careful while choosing hair-styling products.Let your hair relax, don’t experiment too much with styling-it may cost you your hair!(9) Healthy sleeping patterns can help you solve many hair problems, so get a good 7-8 hour sleep everyday.(10) Get a hair massage once or twice a week since it stimulates and improves blood circulation in the scalp, which enhances hair growth.

Top 5 Tips for Hair Care in Monsoon

Dr. Sharad Kulkarni, Ayurveda
There's no doubt that monsoon is the favourite season for a lot of people. In fact, there are people who wait for the rainy season all year around, and seek respite from the dreaded heat! But on some level or the other, the very same people loathe monsoons because of the very fact that they bring along hair troubles for them. You know, the weather is sticky, there's too much humidity in the air, and as a result, there's of course an increase in hair-fall too.Combing hair after shampooing often becomes a nightmare for a lot of women during monsoon, because they simply dread looking at the amount of hair-fall the weather causes! Or if you tend to have scalp problems like dandruff, then it becomes even more troublesome to keep your hair healthy during monsoons. But of course, let's not lose heart or hair for that matter! How? Simple!Follow these simple yet effective top 5 tips for hair care in monsoon!Drink a lot of water to hydrate your hair. Yes! A lot of us underestimate the importance of drinking enough liquids. While a lot of people stress on its importance for a healthy skin, not many know that it's equally important for healthy hair as well. Especially during monsoon, the hair tends to become brittle and break easily. So drink lots of water to hydrate your hair and keep them healthy. Because your hair become sticky and dirty easily during the monsoon, so it makes sense to wash your hair at least thrice a week during the rainy season. Also, make sure not to use either too hot or too cold water for washing your hair. Dandruff is always a big problem during monsoons, because of the humidity in the air. So, if you also tend to have dandruff, then of course, go in for a medicated herbal shampoo to treat the problem. There are a lot of home remedies also to treat the dandruff problem which you can follow to keep the problem at bay. Diet also plays a really important in keeping your hair healthy. Yes! Ever gave it a thought? Hair are also a part of your body only, so whatever you eat definitely decides the health of your hair as well. Go for protein rich foods like eggs, walnuts, and fish. Green leafy veggies, especially spinach, are again excellent for your hair.We all love to get wet in the rain once in a while, right? After all, we all have that little kid hidden in us! But while it's okay to do that sometimes, make sure you shampoo your hair immediately after. Leaving your hair wet, that too with rain water is a strict no-no!

Diet for Healthy Hair Growth

Dr. Amar Deep, Homeopath
Lustrous, beautiful and healthy hair is a result of a healthy body and a healthy diet. Any nutritional deficiencies can lead to problems like dryness, brittleness, dandruff and ultimately hair loss. Cause of unhealthy hair/dandruff/hair fall: Hair fall and baldness is increasingly becoming a problem for most people who love to eat junk food, follow an unhealthy eating pattern and have a stressed lifestyle. Hair fall can also be caused by anxiety, insomnia, hair abuse or excessive use of chemicals like bleaching treatments, perming and coloring. Soft drinks, snacks like the fried, overcooked junk snacks, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine have detrimental effects on the nutrients that enhance hair growth. Stress, tension, some medications and poor dietary habits are known to retard hair growth.Eating right, exercising, reducing stress and getting plenty of sleep, will help you maximize your hair growth potential. Also, incorporating healthy foods in your day-to-day diet will lead to a difference in hair.Include the following in your diet for healthy hairs: Carbohydrates - These are an essential source of energy and help in the growth of body tissues, hair. So, it is important to consume more of complex carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and brown rice rather than simple sugars and white flours. Carbohydrate rich foods are good source of B complex vitamins that are vital to healthy hair. Protein -- Protein provides strength to the shaft of the hair and reduces chances of hair fall by snapping and splitting. Inadequate protein intake over a lengthy period can cause major hair fall, which will affect its texture and quality. Foods high in protein are soy, tofu, and dairy products like milk, curd, paneer, cheese, nuts, oilseeds, beans and pulses. Essential fatty acids – This aids dry and brittle hair and improves the texture. Essential fatty acids from vegetable oils, whole grains, legumes, fresh nuts and oil seeds, spirulina, flaxseed oil and pumpkin seeds.Vitamin A Vitamin A is essential for hair growth and a healthy scalp. Beta-carotene is found in green and yellow vegetables and fruits, sweet potatoes, broccoli, apricots. Vitamin E Vitamin E increases oxygen uptake and improves circulation, thereby improving hair health and growth. Add E to your diet by consuming foods like avocados, rice bran, nuts, dark green vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Vitamin K This lesser known vitamin helps to maintain healthy hair. Food sources of Vitamin K include dairy foods, figs, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, oatmeal, rye, soybeans, wheat and yogurt. Vitamin B To ensure that your hair is healthy and does not split include foods rich in the different B vitamins. These include whole grains, beans, lentils, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes. Biotin deficiency has been linked to hair loss. Foods high in biotin are brown rice, cracked wheat, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds and walnuts. Deficiency of B complex vitamins can lead to greasy hair, dandruff, poor hair growth and grey hair. Vitamin C Vitamin C is important for good circulation, hair growth and hair color. If you have enough vitamin C you will have strong, supple strands of hair that do not split. Good sources of vitamin C are all citrus fruits like oranges, lime, lemon, berries, and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables and red peppers. Minerals Iron – This carries oxygen to the hair. Without enough iron, hair and its follicles are starved of oxygen. This means that the goodness in the root of your hair is much less effective along the length of the strand. You can increase your iron intake by eating dark green vegetables, whole grains, and garden cress seeds or by adding iron supplements under supervision. Potassium Banana is the best source for potassium, which is important in nutrient transfer through cell membranes.Zinc Zinc builds hair protein and thus plays a vital role in maintaining good hair condition. Zinc stimulates hair growth by improving immunity. Its deficiency often results in poor hair growth and considerable hair loss. Natural Sources of zinc are legumes, mushrooms, non-fat dry milk, spinach, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. Lifestyle changes that needs to be followed: 1. Along with a healthy hair diet it is important that you exercise properly as it will ensure that there is proper blood flow to your scalp and will help in the growth of hair. 2. Treat your hair delicately. Avoid unnecessary brushing, combing or handling. Use a soft, round bristles brush. 3. Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles. 4. Have regular trims to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier. 5. Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.