The health of our hair and skin is not always determined by a great hair care or skin care routine. If you don’t lead a healthy lifestyle, your products will have little to no effect. This means you will keep struggling with issues like hair fall, breakage, frizzy hair and stagnant hair growth despite using the best of products or religiously following a beauty routine.

Having said that, it is difficult to pinpoint which of these habits cause hair problems. Therefore, We reached out to dermatologist Dr Ameesha Mahajan of RM Aesthetics to give us a lowdown of the lifestyle changes you need to make for healthy tresses.

 

Antioxidants rich diet

Antioxidants rich diet

When it comes to your hair, you are what you eat. “Hair health can be improved by eating a well balanced diet rich in nutritional value and antioxidants,” she Dr Ameesha. Foods like nuts, apricots, mangoes, spinach, seafood, berries, beans and beetroot are all rich in antioxidants.

 

Destress and unwind

Destress and unwind

Stress can affect your body in different ways. Did you know one of the leading causes of hair fall is stress? “Reducing stress with the help of exercise, meditation and other activities that make you happy can have a positive effect on the health of your hair,” suggests Dr Ameesha.

 

Minimise the use of heat styling tools

Minimise the use of heat styling tools

“Minimising the use of chemical treatments and heat styling tools can be helpful. If possible, let your hair air dry instead of blow drying them after every wash. If you have to heat style your hair, make sure to use a heat protectant spray/cream before doing so,” says Dr Ameesha. If you’re looking for a heat protectant spray, try the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray to shield hair from heat damage and boost shine.

 

Massage scalp gently

Massage scalp gently

While oiling your hair and scalp is a good hair care habit, make sure you are gentle with your delicate tresses. “When you oil your hair, apply gentle pressure to massage; rubbing or massaging hair vigorously can increase hair breakage,” says Dr Ameesha.

 

See a dermatologist

See a dermatologist

Last but not the least, if you are losing more than a 100 hair strands everyday and aren’t seeing results from the hair care tips mentioned above, it's best to see a dermatologist who can assess the reason for your hair fall and treat it accordingly.