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Ways to prevent scalp problems

If you are feeling healthy, your hair is probably looking good too. However, our hair and scalp can come under pressure from life in general, the products we use or medical conditions.

Here are some tips on nutrition and more for hair and scalp care.

Feed your hair

Poor diet and nutrition can affect your hair. Hair needs protein and iron in a healthy balanced diet to stay healthy. Claims about the benefits of food supplements are regulated by the European Food Standards Agency. It has approved claims for biotin, selenium and zinc for helping to maintain normal hair and copper to help maintain normal hair pigmentation.

People trying very low calorie diets can get too few important nutrients and end up with less hair growth and a dull and limp look. In extreme cases, such as eating disorders, hair can fall out. Seek medical advice if your hair is trying to tell you something isn’t right in your diet.

Cool it with hair driers and straighteners

The heat from hair driers and straighteners can damage the outer layer of the hair, making it look dry and dull. The damage isn’t permanent, but when it comes to heat and your hair, be cooler and try a lower heat setting.

Careful with chemicals

Some people's hair can suffer what trichologists (hair experts) call trauma from some chemicals. Consider a gentler approach to colouring and other hair products, or using products less often.

Is a medical condition affecting your hair?

Conditions such as thyroid disorders can result in hair problems such as hair loss or the hair becoming less manageable. Medical advice or assessment from a trichologist or dermatologist can help identify problems, which may be confirmed with blood tests.

Relax

Stress in daily life can contribute to hair loss, so try to relax more for your health and your hair.

Don't give me a break

If you find your hair breaks easily, try shampooing, combing and brushing it less often. Don’t be so rough with your hair when brushing or drying it with a towel. Consider conditioner or detangler sprays to make combing easier. Wider teeth on combs and smoother brushes may also help.

Loosen up

More hair can be lost with some hairstyles than others. Ponytails, cornrows and braids can pull at the hair's roots. When it comes to hairstyles, consider loosening-up.

Nip headlice in the bud

Parents of young children know to be on their guard against unwelcome visitors brought home from school or nursery. Headlice can't be prevented completely, but not sharing hats and combs can help.

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