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5 ways to get strong hair

Don’t we all wish we had the kind of hair depicted in shampoo ads? While those locks may be slightly over the top, it’s still a realistic goal to have luscious, strong hair. The problem lies in achieving this goal, given that we face so many more hair problems than we used to.

Don’t we all wish we had the kind of hair depicted in shampoo ads? While those locks may be slightly over the top, it’s still a realistic goal to have luscious, strong hair. The problem lies in achieving this goal, given that we face so many more hair problems than we used to.

Some of us experience severe hair fall while others battle dandruff, thinning strands or an itchy scalp. Hair loss can be caused by a range of factors like age, genetics, child birth or environmental factors. Poor scalp health and lack of hygiene can also create hair issues (1).

But all (hair) is not lost! With a little effort, you can breathe new life into your locks. Read our expert hair care tips below to learn how to get strong hair.

Tips to make hair strong

Regularly doing the following things will improve scalp health and make your hair strands stronger:

Oil massages:

If you ask an Indian grandmother how to get strong hair, she will immediately recommend oiling your hair. Research suggests that the age-old remedy of massaging your scalp with coconut oil strengthens hair (2). Oil massages also improve blood circulation in your scalp, which has a positive effect on the health of your hair strands and roots. Oil your hair once or twice a week, keep the oil on for a few hours, and wash it off with a gentle shampoo.

Hair-friendly vitamins:

When figuring out how to make hair healthy and strong, don’t forget to take a look at your diet. Your hair derives nourishment from certain vitamins, like vitamin B or biotin. These vitamins are essential for hair health as they stimulate keratin production (3), a type of protein that maintains the structure and health of your hair, skin and nails. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that your body does not store it. So you need to consume vitamin B regularly to maintain adequate levels.

While biotin can be found in foods like egg yolks and nuts, you can also consume Setu’s Hair: Strong Powder or Hair: Strong Strips, made up of plant-based biotin, for a steady supply of this vitamin. Apart from biotin, our hair supplements contain other vital nutrients like zinc, folic acid, bamboo extract, aloe vera and sesbania extract, which have powerful benefits for hair growth.

No heat damage:

Heat styling products and harsh sunlight can strip your hair of moisture, making it brittle and prone to breakage. If you regularly use a blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron, consider taking a break from them or using them less frequently. It is also a good idea to apply a heat protectant product on your hair before using heat styling tools. Heat protectants can also protect your hair from harsh sun rays.

Wash with care:

How often you wash your hair as well as the products you use can contribute to your hair health. Washing your hair every day strips your scalp of essential oils and alters its pH balance. This makes your locks limp and dry. You should be washing your hair no more than twice or thrice a week, depending on how oily or dirty your hair gets.

It is also important to use products that suit your hair type. For instance, people with curly hair should use sulphate and silicone-free shampoos to prevent their locks from becoming dry and frizzy. If you have a dandruff problem, or you colour your hair regularly, use products that are designed for your specific haircare needs. Opt for shampoos that are low on chemicals and high on hydration.

Condition, condition, condition:

Just like your skin, your hair too needs an external moisturising product to look healthy and shiny. Since shampoos strip your hair of moisture, conditioners restore that moisture into freshly cleaned strands. Conditioners also decrease frizz, detangle hair, and prevent hair from breaking (4).

Other factors:

There can be a variety of non-hair related health issues that cause your hair to become weak. Chronic stress, pregnancy, malnutrition, hypothyroidism, improper diet and genetic predisposition are only some of the conditions that can cause hair loss.

If you suffer from weak, dull locks despite adequately caring for your hair, visit a doctor to find out what’s going wrong. Fixing health-related problems automatically improve your hair, making it shiny and strong.

FAQs

1) Is there a way to find out how strong my hair is?

The safest and most effective way to determine your hair health is by visiting a trichologist or a hair specialist. They will be able to give you a more well-rounded and detailed description of your hair.

2) How to make hair thick and strong by altering my diet?

Add foods that are rich in proteins and vitamin B to your diet. Eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes, mushrooms, and bananas are some of the many food items you can eat for better hair. Green tea helps fight dryness in your scalp and can increase hair growth and regrowth by stimulating follicles. You can either drink green tea or pour the liquid over your hair and gently massage it into your scalp. You can also strengthen your hair by applying a DIY hair mask made of egg yolks and yogurt once a week.

3) How much biotin do I need in a day?

There is no official recommended dosage of biotin, but research suggests that 30 MCG is the ideal daily dose for adults. Setu’s Hair: Strong Strips already contain the required daily dosage, so you don’t have to do the math yourself.

4) Can certain hairstyles cause hair loss?

Yes, hairstyles that constantly pull on your hair, such as dreadlocks, buns, ponytails, hair extensions, weaves, cornrows, and tightly braided hairstyles, can cause hair loss.

References:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022202X15526559
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12715094/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5582478/
  4. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/hair-scalp-care/hair/healthy-hair-tips

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