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Important Foods, Vitamins & Minerals for Healthy Hair in Winter

A balanced diet is essential to having good hair. There has to be a correct mix of vitamins and minerals, which change seasonally to ensure that hair remain healthy all year. Winter is probably the most damaging part of the year for hair, which is why to keep them lustrous, strong and shiny one must keep a list of food that have provide vitamins and minerals necessary for hair in the winter.

The following is a list of vitamins and minerals that are essential for good hair as well a list of food that should be consumed during winter to keep the hair in good shape.

Protein

Hair are made up of proteins, which is why it is crucial to ensure that a generous part of the diet comprises of proteins. In the absence of protein hair will become brittle, dry and weak. Chicken, fish, turkey, dairy products and eggs are superb sources of protein. In the winter legumes and nuts should also be consumed. Along with proteins, they contain healthy oils.

Iron

The composition of hair also contains a good amount of iron and its absence or shortage causes anaemia, which is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and roots are supplied by a nutrient rich blood supply. The decrease in serum ferritin, iron in the blood level initiates shedding of hair. Iron is available in high content in animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish. Vegetarian sources of iron are lentils, spinach, broccoli, kale and salad greens.

Vitamin C

To give iron a boost in absorption, Vitamin C is very important. Moreover, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant commonly used by the body. It helps in the making collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shaft. It can be found richly in strawberries, blueberries, oranges, sweet potatoes, kiwi fruits, broccoli, papaya, blackcurrants and guava.

Omega-3

Our body does not have the ability to make Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is found in the scalp and they provide oil to keep the hair and scalp hydrated. Food containing Omega-3 includes salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel. Vegetarian options are avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Vitamin A

Sebum, the oily substance our hair create through sebaceous glands to provide a natural conditioner for the scalp is made through Vitamin A. Its absence causes itchy scalp and dry hair. Animal products as well as orange and yellow coloured vegetables contains Vitamin A like carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Zinc & Selenium

Zinc & Selenium are essential to the protection of the scalp. A dry and flaky scalp is resulted in absence of these minerals. Its good food sources are oysters, beef, eggs fortified cereals, wholegrains and nuts.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E plays a crucial in providing protection from the Sun. It can be acquired from nuts, which should be a good part of the winter diet.

Biotin

The absence of biotin results in brittle hair leading to hair loss. It is a water-soluble Vitamin B and can be found in wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.

“It is important to take benefit from different foods, especially seasonal foods all year round. Hair reflect what you eat, so maintaining a healthy diet to keep strong and healthy hair is essential. Keeping the right mix of proteins and vitamins is the key to surviving the winter,” said Skin Dermatologist Specialist Dr. Shumaila Khan in a recent interview.

Dr. Shumaila, who is a renowned skin specialist based in Islamabad, emphasized that to keep the body and hair hydrated since winter causes a lot of dryness and brittleness to the hair.

How to Effectively Manage Your Hair

As our lives get busier with each passing day, we seldom get time to take care of ourselves which is why our outlook start deteriorating easily. Without proper maintenance our skin starts aging quickly, wrinkles begin to appear and our hair lose their black glow. Unbeknownst to many people it is very easy to maintain glamorous hair, only if you know what is to be done. Rather than using a plethora of different hair products from the shelf, stick to a brand which is compatible to your hair type and stick with it. Nowadays, there are a lot of products available on the market, so choose very carefully.

Some Tips & Techniques to Maintain Glorious Hair

  • Drink a lot of water. 8-10 glasses a day would suffice. It will keep your scalp hydrated and stimulate hair growth.
  • In case, your scalp is feeling bogged down and hair is feeling heavy, make sure to use products featuring keratin, which can easily rejuvenate them both. That combined with sulfate-free shampoo removes the chemical buildup on the scalp leaving it clean and fresh for healthy growth.
  • Massaging the scalp is a great technique to stimulate the follicles and greatly increase the blood circulation. Encouraging healthy hair growth, a massage can help you take care of early balding. Asians have been employing this technique for a very long time. To add to the benefits, employing warm oil in the massage will do miracles. Hair care experts recommend massaging your scalp gently while shampooing.
  • Every once a while, make sure to apply deep conditioning to your hair, especially if your hair is curly. Wrapping warm towels around your head usually does the trick. Besides, using keratin enriched conditioners for your locks every month or every fortnight is the best way to go.
  • Always detangle your hair, because the more procrastinate the most troublesome it will get later. After some time, it will become increasingly tedious to smoothen your strands. Hair care experts suggest that starting from your hair and moving slowly to the roots works miracles for your hair’s health.
  • For the women with curly hair, it is highly advised to regularly moisturize their hair. Due to the whirls and strands, essential nutrients fail to reach the tip of the hair, rendering the hair dull and dry. Products like volume boosting conditioners trap the moisture inside the hair and coat them with keratin to retain the shine, perfectly moisturizing the locks.
  • Last but not the least you need to regularly trim your hair in order to keep the split ends in check, adding a playful bounce to your hair. That said, if you ignore the split ends, they can travel to the root of your hair and destroy the whole strand, leaving your lock damaged beyond repair.  According to the reviews, keratin rich products great help prevents split ends by smoothening the hair texture.

Making sure of these tips can ensure the great health of hair on your head. If any of these fail to do the trick for you or you need to know more about managing your hair, book an appointment with Dr. Shumaila at Dermalase right now.