Most of us know the importance of deep conditioning and moisture for our hair. We oil our hair on a regular basis and try to take good care of it, yet sometimes no matter what we do, it continues to be problematic. Assuming that you have no medical or health problems, your diet is reasonably good, you exercise regularly and try to stay healthy, it can be puzzling as to why these problems persist. In that case I’m here to tell you it could be because of a not-very-well-understood hair ingredient – protein for hair. Is your hair getting too much of it or not enough?
Who Needs Protein for Hair?
Our hair is made up of about 91% protein, including keratin which we often see in the hair product ingredients. It is also one of the major hair straightening treatments.
Now, what are proteins? Going back to school chemistry, proteins are larger molecules composed of chains of smaller amino acids.
In the modern world, our hair is exposed to styling, treatment and environmental damage or other stress which cause the hair structure to degrade beyond what our ancestors ever faced. Even though getting protein for hair from inside-out is the key and it should be sufficiently present in your diet, that may not be enough for your hair to remain in a healthy state.
Updated on 1st December, 2016
This a very old post which I am republishing due to a comment I received. The title of the post seems to be misleading and gives away that the post talks about another type of protein which can be applied on hair. Unfortunately, this post only talks about an alternative way of using egg for hair care. I am extremely sorry for the confusion created.
Today, I would be talking about the goodness of egg for our hair. Well, we have all grown up listening to the fact that egg is extremely rich in proteins and should be made a part of our daily diet. And, we also know that egg is extremely good for our hair too. Egg turns our hair into silk. It makes hair smooth, soft and shiny. Regular application of egg makes hair healthy. But, there is a big downside to applying egg and that is its SMELL. Yes, many people dislike the smell of egg and hence, do not prefer to apply it. There is an alternative to get rid of the smell and get the goodness of egg. An Egg Shampoo.
Method of Application: You can turn your regular shampoo into an egg shampoo by just adding an egg to it. Take a little shampoo in a separate bowl and add a whole egg. Mix the mixture properly. And, while you apply the shampoo, wait for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
Your bathroom would stink with the smell of egg but not your hair. And, you do not even need to apply a conditioner as egg takes care of your hair better than a conditioner does. And, you can carry out your last rinse with tea or lemon juice. Both give shine to your hair and ensures no smell of egg remains on your hair as your hair dries off.
Also Read : Eyova Egg Oil
When I got my cysteine treated and coloured last year, my hair stylist had almost convinced me that hair oil is not really necessary. In fact, he went so far as to claim it does nothing, nothing at all, for the hair and is best avoided as not applying means you can use milder shampoos.
As much as this was sounding right, I always had this skeptic at back of my head saying may be this needs a bit of investigation. I did go for four to six months without oil and I would not say that my hair was just the same or really missed oil. But, it did teach me what hair oil can and can not do.
So, lets see if I can really convince on some of the far fetched claims of hair oiling.
The oil may or may not get absorbed by your shaft making the protective layer disappear. Btw, if you follow this method, you would notice that your hair appears drier by the next day of the wash.
What does Hair Oil really Do?
Hair Oil Softens
Yes, it does. It smooths out the tangles provided you do use a comb later, makes the hair soft and creates a protective layer on it. This protective layer ensures that when you shampoo your hair, the ingredients do not end up harming the scalp or the hair structure.
How to Stop Hair Fall?
Most of the time hair fall is just due to lack of proper nutrition to the hair follicles. This can occur due to lack of exercise or lack of proper blood circulation through out the body. The inversion method works only in such cases.
Everyday for one week you must bend your head down for 4-5 minutes and keep massaging the scalp simultaneously. Repeat the exercise again after a month. The break is so that the body does not get used to the exercise and stop showing its effect.
Also Read : What causes hair fall?
Hair Oiling and Scalp Massage
Scalp massage helps improve blood circulation which delivers nutrients to the hair follicle. It is one of the basic techniques in hair care. Hair oil helps lubricate the hair and scalp at the same time, making it easy to massage and conditioning the hair.
It is true that hair oil does nothing more than conditioning the hair but regular application of oil keeps hair fall at bay and helps hair to stay frizz-free and manageable.
Take Care of your Hair Accessories and Choose Hair Products Wisely
Hair accessories like combs and bands get dirty and oily as well (when you apply oil). They must be washed and cleaned regularly to make sure the dirt and grease does not keep on transferring to your hair and scalp over time.
Try to buy wooden combs and avoid hair brushes if you have curly hair. Wooden combs distribute oils all through hair and calms the frizz.
Whenever you are buying hair care products, make sure you buy the professional ranges of good hair care brands instead of the over the counter products. Though expensive, the professional range products are gentle on hair and provide better maintenance. They help control the excess hair fall which can happen due to drying ingredients in the regular shampoos.
Pamper your hair every week with a hair mask. And, never EVER skip conditioner after a shampoo.
Exotic Oils and Essential Oils
I have time and again stressed on how essential oils are one of the best hair fall treatments. My favourites are Rosemary, peppermint, tea tree for hair. They help promote hair growth and reduce hair fall as well. You can mix essential oils in everything right from your hair oil to your shampoo, conditioners, hair masks and even the leave-in treatments.
Another pampering treatment I love is indulging in exotic oils like argan oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil, brazil nut oil. They all feel very luxurious (I am not sure how different they are from regular oils in terms of hair conditioning) but it is more of a feel good factor which leaves you and your hair happy after the treatment. It is more psychological.
So, these are just few ways on how to stop hair fall. But, you must remember that excess of everything is bad so if you feel hair fall is excessive, visit a dermatologist or trichologist immediately. Hair fall can indicate an underlying health condition.
What are your tips to stop hair fall?
The temperatures are on an all-time high and summers have started way before their schedule. For me, taking care of hair in summers has always been difficult but it is particularly more so this year. The heat is not helping at all and hair is getting all tangled and limp in just a day. So, I decided to follow a few simple and practical hair tips for my summer hair care.
Summer Hair Care Tips
Get a new Hairstyle
This is something which your hair needs RIGHT NOW! A springtime clean for your hair. Get rid of the split ends and damage and make it feel fresh. If you do like colors, go for a fresh one this season. Color melting technique which shows off multiple tones of color in your hair is a must try.
On a side note, the same Mr. P who hated my hair color last season urged me to color my hair again 😀
Wash as Many Times as need Be
Invest in a good shampoo. That is a first in hair care routine. A good shampoo is gentle on your hair and cleanses it without removing the natural oils. I have seen a great improvement in my hair after going SLS free in my shampoos. But, remember, shampoo can just cleanse your hair and scalp, do not expect it to be a miracle worker!
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It does not matter what hair type or scalp type you have, there are numerous hair care tips available today from which you can benefit. Be it the high humidity content in air which makes hair limp or the sweat and dust which cause frizziness and dandruff, your hair gets exposed to various elements. Taking steps to ensure that your hair remains in good quality is essential.
Always! Be it even that 2 minute walk you have to take under the sun to commute to a place, always cover your head with a scarf or hat. This directly translates to added UV protection and also preventing your hair from getting tangled. Needless to mention, it also means your scalp not getting dry. There are sunscreens manufactured for hair to provide protection against sun and chlorine. Just ensure that that the one you chose has a light-weight texture and does not makes your hair sticky.