Having healthy, good looking hair is appreciated by both men and women. But growing hair may pose a somewhat of a challenge, as hair gets damaged if not treated properly, which may lead to potential hair loss. Not only damage, but a number of other issues, such as genetics, hormonal imbalance, stress, certain medical conditions, mineral and vitamin deficiency and poor diet may all result in hair loss. If you are having any of these problems, it is best you schedule an appointment with you doctor, or perhaps a dermatologist. They can diagnose the exact cause and decide on a treatment most suitable for your specific needs.

Maintaining hair growthBut do not worry, there are steps that you can take to prevent most of the causes of hair loss and make your hair look and feel healthier than ever.

When buying hair products, try to get a mild, clarifying shampoo, as it has less irritants such as artificial foaming agents and synthetic compounds normally found in regular shampoos, so read the labels carefully. Alternatively, you can make you own shampoo by mixing distilled water, liquid Castile soap and any of the essential oil made from almond, olives, grape seed, jojoba or aloe vera.

Tea tree oil is the most helpful as it takes care of a selection of different conditions such as acne, skin infections and dandruff and even lice. It contains compounds known as terpenes which have strong antifungal and antibacterial properties, meaning they are efficient in fighting fungi and bacteria that cause scalp irritations and overproduction of oil which lead to oily dandruff. It is mostly used for scalp massages as it cleans out the hair follicles from excess oil and dead skin cells, allowing for hair to grow without any obstructions.

Deep condition the hair to make it less vulnerable to splitting and breaking off. There are a lot conditioners to choose from, so consult with a hair specialist before buying one. Regular conditioning is makes a big difference, once a week should be more than enough.

Maintaining hair growthTrimming is also very important, as it keeps the hair healthy by removing split ends which may split further up the hair line, causing more damage. A centimeter cut every few months is small cost comparing to overall health of your hair. If you have thick hair, you know that soft bristled brushes just don’t cut it. But hard, synthetic brushes also cause a lot of damage to the scalp and hair. Get a natural bristled brush, and use it regularly, as brushing stimulates the blood flow in the scalp which distributes the necessary nutrients to you hair.

Avoid spending too much time in the sun, UV rays are known to dry out the hair, making it susceptible to breakage. Invest in a moisturizer or conditioner with added sun protection or a stylish summer hat with long rims.

Also, there is a connection between vitamin B deficiency and hair loss, so make sure you eat foods that are rich in it, such as lean red meats, poultry, salmon, eggs, beans and leafy greens like spinach.

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