By Margaret Wee
Advertising feature
January 7, 2015

If you haven’t made a New Year resolution yet, consider resolving to eat healthier.

Setting the intention to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, cut back on indulgences such as dessert and eat more protein-rich foods, will not only improve your wellbeing, it will result in thicker and more lustrous hair.

Many people don’t realise that nutrition affects the quality and quantity of hair.

Your protein intake, for instance, affects hair structure. Eating protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, soy and milk helps with the formation of amino acids that are needed to synthesise keratin, that is a basic building block of strong hair.

Ensure that you get enough Vitamin B & C in your diet through foods such as yoghurt, malt, broccoli, spinach and oranges. Vitamin C helps hair roots absorb nutrients better, while Vitamin B enhances hair growth and gives your locks their natural glow.

Some studies have also shown that consuming zinc-rich foods such as wheat, yeast and pumpkin seeds will slow hair loss and prevent the growth of white hair.

Rounding off a meal with a sweet treat is lovely, but does your hair no favours.

Scalp health depends on blood acidity, which is affected by sugar intake.

Indulging in too much soda, cola, chocolate, and other sweets will turn blood acidic, which can result in dandruff. To balance the pH level of your blood and keep your scalp healthy, consume more fresh fruits.

Diet aside, how you wash your hair also affects its health.

Generally, you should wash your hair just three to four times weekly if you have a normal scalp, and no more than twice daily.

Washing helps remove dead scalp cells and minimises dandruff generation. If you work outdoors, you can wash your hair more frequently. A scalp massage while washing will also help to relieve the stresses of a long day at work.

Here’s how to wash your hair the right way:

Step 1: Comb out knots and loosen styling chemicals, dust and dirt that may have accumulated on your hair. Do not pull when combing as this will result in hair and scalp damage.

Step 2: Wet hair evenly from the top to the bottom of your head before lathering shampoo in your palm. Do not pour shampoo directly onto the hair to prevent excess stimulation on the scalp and dandruff generation.

Step 3: Use your fingertips to massage the shampoo evenly through every strand of hair till a thick layer of foam is formed.

Step 4: Wash thoroughly, then do a second round of shampooing by lathering water and shampoo until it is foamy and applying it to your scalp before rinsing it off.

Step 5: Apply conditioner to the hair ends and rinse it off.

Step 6: Hair is weakest when it is wet. It may break easily or knot when rubbed aggressively. Wrap your hair in a towel in a towel to dry it and use a wide-toothed comb to comb your hair forward. Use a hair dryer to dry the hair, moving from the roots to the ends. Hold the hair dryer 15cm away from your hair to prevent heat damage.

Problems with hair are most frequently detected in the shower.

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