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Fight the winter hair fall

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 03, 2013 01:06 IST

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Love that nip in the air but don’t know how to tackle hair loss that gets worst in winter? If you’re noticing more and more hair falling out in the shower or after brushing your hair, here are a few tips to stop the cycle before it gets out of the control. There could be several causes of hair loss, such as stress, poor diet, medications, pollution and subjecting your hair to abuse from hair dryers, hair dyes, and heated styling tools . And dandruff — both dry and oily, makes your case worse. Here are some tips that can help you combat hair fall.

Dandruff proof your hair
Dandruff, which is at its worst in winter, can trigger off acute hair loss and even infection if left unattended, so consult your dermatologist and use a good anti-dandruff scalp cleanser.

Avoid super tight hairstyles
Tying up your hair in very tight braids, cornrows, and ponytails, can trigger hair loss, especially from the sides of the scalp. Make sure that your hair is loosely tied when you go to sleep.

Go easy on combing
Avoid vigorous brushing, especially when your hair is wet. Use combs with wide teeth and smooth-tipped brushes. Do not shampoo everyday
Do not wash hair everyday. Apply a conditioner after you shampoo the hair. Also, don’t vigorously rub your hair with a towel to dry it.

Avoid too many treatments
Hot oil hair treatments and the chemicals used in them can inflame your hair follicles, which, in turn, cause hair loss.

Eat healthy
Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon — at least thrice a week. Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of freshly ground flaxseed onto your salads each day. Also, ask your dermatologist to prescribe a biotin supplement that helps make hair stronger.