Have you ever wondered why we had such a good hair health at the time of our childhood? Yes, it’s absolutely because of the good hair care we received from our mom and grandmas. But with due course of time, we got so scrambled with our busy schedule that our hair endured less care. Not giving your hair the appropriate treatment can make your hair weak from the roots. After all in the end, we all wish to have strong and thick hair from roots.
Also, gene and other factors do play a vital role in having a good volume of hair or good hair strength. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t do any damage control. Giving your hair natural treatment is the best way to make hair stronger, thicker and shinier.
To get your hair lend a hand with you before you leave for your day in the morning, try to mull over these 10 steps on how to strengthen your hair from root.
Steps to Strengthen Your Hair from Root
1. Intake of Vitamins and Minerals
Hair requires certain vitamins and minerals for their growth and development. A research study shows that proper nutrition and diet intake helps in treating hair loss. Micronutrients such as, minerals and vitamins, have a crucial role in normal hair follicle development.
Those essential micronutrients for strengthening and growth of hair are:
Vitamin A: Found in spinach, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, milk, peppers, chicken breast meat, fish, milk, and yogurt.
Vitamin B: Good sources are in banana, citrus fruits, watermelon, salmon, tuna, shellfish, beans, nuts, beets, potatoes, avocadoes and other dairy products.
Vitamin C: Found in citrus fruits, potatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, strawberries, peppers.
Vitamin D: Good sources are oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks, and dietary supplements.
Vitamin E: Found in almonds, peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower oil, soybean oil, pumpkin, spinach, avocado, red bell pepper.
Biotin (Vitamin B7): Found in walnuts, peanuts, cereals, milk, egg yolks, whole meal bread, salmon, pork, sardines, mushroom and cauliflower, avocados, bananas and raspberries.
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9): Sources are dark green leafy vegetables, Beans, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, fresh fruits, fruit juices, whole grains, liver, seafood, eggs, fortified foods and supplements.
Iron: Sources are eggs, red meat, turkey, lentils, spinach, pumpkin seeds, shellfish, dried fruits such as raisins and apricots.
Zinc: Good sources are oysters, red meat, beans, nuts, sea foods, whole grains, and dairy products.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Found in salmon, tuna, walnuts, brussels sprouts, flax seeds, flaxseed oil.
Getting strong hair isn’t only about the treatment what we provide from outside, it is also about presenting our body with full nourishment from inside. Feeding your body with the above mentioned source of food will benefit you in the long run.
For stronger hair, you may consider taking some multivitamin supplement as it seems quite difficult to get the necessary nutrients from the food you eat. So before taking any supplements, you should consult with your healthcare professional and then the doctor will prescribe you some supplements as per your need.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
Along with skin and nails, hair is an important part of our body. Hair roots are to be found inside the scalp such that it gets proper nutrition to survive. Water is the main element for our body and hair. If you want to strengthen your hair from roots, drinking plenty of water is one of the most important things to do. Hair needs lubrication both from inside and outside. Keeping hair dehydrated leaves your hair with split ends, prone to breakage, halts growth, dry and frizzy hair. Thus, drinking water is necessary to keep your hair and scalp nourished and moisturized. This will eventually strengthen your hair from root.
Your hair acts like a Body’s barometer. If your body is dehydrated then your body indicates it out first through shedding your hair. Do take that as a warning sign and try to improve yourself before it’s too late. Preferably, one should take half a liter of water for every 10kgs body weight. That’s if you weigh 60kg then one should have 3 liters of water daily.
3. Rinse Your Hair with Cold Water
We often ask “Are hot showers bad for hair or not?” The answer is quite simple. Washing hair with hot water causes stress to your hair because heat makes your hair weak and is liable for your hair fall. Also, you will land up with frizzy, brittle and dry hair. If washed with hot water, the cuticle layer doesn’t seal up and the moisture is not retained.
Coming to cold water, which is a great cleanser of all. It acts as an excellent detoxifier removing all dirt, debris, and excess oil from the scalp of hair. Moreover, cold water seals the moisture in by closing the pores thus keeping your hair hydrated. Closed pores help in preventing the entry of dirt and excessive oil into your scalp. So, it is better to have closed pore than open pores.
If washing with cold water is not possible, start with lukewarm water. Massage your scalp with your required shampoo to clear out all the dirt and excessive oil of your hair. Rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water and then follow it with your preferred conditioner. After few minutes, wash off the conditioner with cold water thereby closing your pores. But no tips and tricks are helpful if you have hard water in your area.
4. Call on the Right Products
Choosing the right product can easily help you winning half the battle. Products having useful natural ingredients and other nourishing elements will definitely make your hair healthy, strong, thick, and heavy in volume. Using natural elements will add extra shine to your hair.
Do not always go for the brand name while buying any hair product. Turn the product you wish to pay money for and look for the ingredients in it. Remember most popular shampoos are toxic to use. Here, toxic means shampoo having sulfate, alcohol, EDTA, fragrance, added color, stearate, laureth and many such ingredients in it. Pick your product wisely before applying it in your hair to brace your hair from root.
5. Skip Shampooing Daily
We wash our face both morning and night but for hair it’s different. It majorly depends on the type of hair you have, i.e. dry or oily hair. People with oily hair need to shampoo much more often than dry hair people. Though it is not same rule for everyone but you can shampoo 2-3 times per week.
Shampooing every other day can do much worse than good. Our scalp produces natural oil (sebum) and this oil keeps our hair healthy as well as soft. Oily hair individual can clear out the excess sebum with a mild rinse. But shampooing repeatedly will make you hair lose the natural oil from your scalp leaving your hair dry, brittle and weak. Switching to third day shampoo will in time strengthen your hair.
6. Heat Styling Tools
Limit the use of hair straightening irons, blow dryer, hot curlers and other such heat styling tools. This is because the excessive heat will not build up your hair but will damage the cuticle making your hair prone to breakage, dry, frizzy, split ends.
It is better to use those heat styling tools 2-3 times a week giving enough time for your hair to recover from the previous session. Always blow dry your hair 6 inches away from the scalp of your hair. Also lower the heat settings to prevent damage. Additionally, you can even apply heat protectant products to reduce the damage and this will brace your hair from the roots.
7. Gentle Brushing of Hair
Not combing the right way will hurt your hair. Brushing stimulates your scalp by massaging and helps in blood flow as well as enhance growth of hair. Gently brushing leads to distribution of natural oil from the scalp to all over your hair. Always use a wide tooth comb for brushing. Also, it is normal to shed 50-100 hairs per day and is a part of its natural cycle. So, do not worry!
Soaking wet hair is susceptible to breakage. Pulling or combing at that time will only add broken strands and thinner locks. Allow your hair to dry up to some extent and then comb or blow dry as per your choice. You hair will grow strong from the roots if you follow this trick.
8. Follow an Ideal Diet
You do not want to make your hair look worse by consuming the wrong food. There are various factors (such as, genetics, age, hormones, nutritional deficiency) which can come on the way of strengthening your hair from roots. But following the right diet is what you have in your hands. Avoid processed foods, fast foods, sugary foods. Always go for homemade foods over any other food. Try to add healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates in your daily consumption of food. The food you eat can greatly affect the condition of your hair.
Avoid processed foods, fast foods, sugary foods. Always go for homemade foods over any other food. Try to add healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates in your daily consumption of food. The food you eat can greatly affect the condition of your hair.
9. Oil Treatment
Giving your hair hot oil treatment is one of the best ways to strengthen your hair from the scalp. It has been in use since time immemorial. Hot oil treatment repairs and restores moisture in dry frizzy hair.
Coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, onion oil, and other essential oils will heal the damaged cuticles and limit the loss of protein in hair. For a perfect oil massage, take some coconut oil as per the volume of your hair and mix it with 1 teaspoon of castor oil. Then heat the mixture slightly and apply it in your hair. Apply a shower cap and allow the oil to penetrate for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold or lukewarm water.
10. Apply Hair Mask
Hair mask can really benefit your hair. Hair mask provides deep conditioning to hair, and also makes the hair frizz free, smooth, shiny, reduce breakage and strong. The benefits of a hair mask mainly depend on the ingredients we use. The ingredients in hair mask which you may include are banana, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, aloe vera, egg yolk, lemon, green tea, yogurt, onion.
There are many natural hair mask products are available in the market which you can opt for. If you want to boost hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen your hair then applying hair mask is beneficial. Apply the hair mask of your choice 2-3 times a week for better result.
Having long and strong hair is not an easy deal. Trust me; it will take a lot of work. Having a healthy balanced diet is the stair you want to step on first. Minimize the heat damage, follow the regular hair care routine and you are good to go. Strengthen your hair from roots by following the above given steps.
For many men and women, hair loss is normal. But if the hair loss is adverse then you may need to sort out the underlying condition with your personal doctor.
Remember Healthy Body leads to Healthy Hair.