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Want to add shine to your mane? Follow tips..,

There are times when it becomes tough to control your mane. HT Style offers you some tips to get over the menace.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 20:00 IST
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Hair – that part of every woman which is such an essential part of her personality. On a good hair day you actually feel an extra boost of confidence and the bounce in your step matches that in your locks.

Yet, most women rue that such days are rare and most days are a battle to make your hair do your bidding and set the way you want it to.

There are on an average about 100,000 hairs on your head which require all the care and nurture you can give. Here are some tips:

The first step to hair care is of course, identifying your hair type. If it does not feel like straw or greasy you seem to be blessed with normal hair, the wash and wear kind, which requires shampoo and conditioning about twice a week.

Oily hair needs to be washed more often, but avoid scrubbing your hair as it would further activate the sebaceous glands aggravating the problem.             

The first step to hair care is of course, identifying your hair type. If it does not feel like straw or greasy you seem to be blessed with normal hair, the wash and wear kind, which requires shampoo and conditioning about twice a week.

Also, never be lazy about washing oily hair as the oil attracts dirt which could damage the hair. People who don’t wash oily hair regularly also have to deal with the additional problem of acne on their face, chest and back.

Dry hair comes with its own set of problems, it splits easily, is more prone to dandruff and frizzes over.

A good oil massage at least once a week is required and washing with a shampoo and conditioner designed for dry hair. Be very gentle with this type of hair and avoid colouring or heat styling.

You must have all heard the adage - a healthy mind in a healthy body, well the same goes for your hair as what you eat determines how your hair grows. The following are a few must haves in your diet for a super mane:                     

Quick tips for great looking hair:



Keep your hair clean to prevent clogging of pores, use clean combs and brushes.

Get regular trims and hairstyles which do not require high-maintenance. 

Massage your head with oil twice a week to promote circulation and prevent hair loss.

A single strand of hair has one-fourth water in it. This is what makes the hair supple and shiny. So fluids are very essential to the well-being of your hair.

Though you may have heard this before, the magic ‘mantra’ is to drink 8 10 glasses of water a day. 

Hair is made up of a protein called ‘keratin’. Stronger hair requires a diet high in protein which can be found in foods like fish, meat, milk, cheese and cereals.

Minerals in your diet also contribute to healthy hair.

Iron helps to carry oxygen to the hair. Dark green vegetables or iron supplements can provide the requisite amount of iron.

Zinc helps to prevent hair loss; most sea-food is rich in zinc which is also incorporated in most multi-vitamin tablets. Copper serves in optimising your natural colour and keeps the hair-dyes away.

Shellfish, fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds are all good sources of copper. 

Vitamins are good for your skin which translates into scalp for hair care. They also promote good circulation and hair growth. Vitamin A, B and C are primarily responsible for strong, healthy hair that does not split and can be got by eating fruit, vegetables, cereals, eggs, milk and bread.

Of course, a daily dose of exercise goes a long way as well! 

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