Most of us have some problem or the other with hair, either temporary or permanent. Hair do not generally stay as desired. The most common problems of hair are dry hair, frizz , lightening of color, hair not growing and other such issues. If these problems are eliminated, then hair looks better and stronger.
Many people have weak hair which breaks of upon pulling. These people refrain from combing wet hair and hair looks damaged. To get healthy hair, one should first pay attention to diet and eat healthy.
There is no fixed criteria for healthy hair. It depends on the genetics, age, health status and personal choices of an individual.
In general, healthy hair has certain desirable characteristics.
- Healthy hair does not fall out like hair fall.
- Healthy hair is easily manageable.
- It looks naturally lustrous and shiny, as healthy hair has a thin layer of fat over the strands.
- It has got proper color appropriate for age.
- Performs its normal functions.
There are many things that can be done to achieve healthier hair. Every region of the world has some native remedies for getting healthy hair and healthy skin. Most of these remedies are passed on over generations. Well, many of them are absolutely brilliant.
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Home remedies for getting healthy hair. There are actually no short cuts to healthy hair. It takes a comprehensive approach using diet and proper hair care to get rid of any hair problems and get the healthy hair that one longs for.
1. Use a herbal shampoo alternatively with a regular shampoo
People who use shampoo daily are more susceptible to weaker hair. This can be prevented by using shampoo once or twice a week and opting for a herbal shampoo. This helps to lower the effects of product build up on hair and boosts hair health.
2. Apply mayonnaise
Coat the hair and scalp in mayonnaise. Keep it that way for some time ( about 10 minutes ) then wash it off with cold water. This performs a quick conditioning which is provides healthy fats to the hair. This allows them to adhere well to one another and stay moisturized.
Use an egg coat on the hair. Beat an egg and put some olive oil into it. Mix it nicely and then massage onto the scalp. Egg is very nourishing for the scalp. It also conditioners the hair deeply, making them stronger and healthier. In fact, it is the simplest but one of the most effective home remedy to get healthy hair in about 1 month.
Eggs provide the hair with both proteins ( in form of amino acids ) and healthy fats.
4. Nettle Tea
If you have weak hair roots, then hair breaks off while pulling. This kind of hair loss signals that the hair roots are becoming weak and they need nutrition. This can be provided externally using nettle tea.
Take 1 tablespoon of stinging nettle herb powder. Add it to 300 ml boiling water. Prepare the tea and let it cool. Use this tea to wash the hair, allowing the tea to reach the scalp. This home cure can improve the strength with which hair follicles bind the hair. It is a traditional Native American remedy for hair care. 
5. Baking Soda
Every week, perform this treatment to cleanse the hair off environmental toxins and residue. This may be left behind even after shampooing and the best of care.
Take 1/4 cup of baking soda ( organic ). Add water to form a paste and massage it along the hair shafts. Keep it for about 2 – 3 minutes and the baking soda starts to dry. Wash it off before it dries. This helps cleanse the hair very well. Baking soda is alkaline. So, it reacts with any acidic product ( most products have acidic components ) and takes them away. But, it is drying for the hair, so it should be done once a week.
Every few days, apply some organic, non sweetened yogurt on the hair and on the scalp. Wash it off in about 5 minutes. Yogurt really improves the texture of scalp skin and reduces the chances of an infection. Unhealthy hair can easily be caused by a fungal scalp infection.
7. Jojoba Oil
Massage organic and extra virgin jojoba oil into the scalp and hair. Jojoba oil has a distinct advantage over most other oils for skin care. It is an oil that resembles out natural oil ( that is sebum ). So, it effectively modulates the secretion of sebum from hair follicles. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, while too little sebum leads to dry, lifeless hair.
Take a small amount of jojoba oil and massage it in wet hair. Do not wash it off. Jojoba oil is used in many hair care formulations. 
8. Comb daily
This seems like stating the commonplace, but there is something much more involved in combing than just a regular activity. Combing improves blood circulation to the scalp. If done correctly, it can lull one to sleep. It is this kind of combing that provides great relief, stimulates the scalp and one gets heavy, sleepy eyes. As a result, it is best to done at night before sleep.
- How to comb better to improve blood circulation ?
Place the comb on the scalp. Apply some downward pressure so that the comb more than touches the scalp. Now drag it slowly along the scalp. This helps to stimulate the entire scalp very well. It is just a kind of slow but powerful combing. Avoid doing this in wet hair if your hair is weak, as it may fall off.
Better circulation implies healthy hair as the hair follicles receive more blood supply. Some people get great relief from this kind of brushing and they ma even experience goosebumps. This helps to lower stress naturally.
However, one should do this no more than 2 times a day as this may irritate the scalp.
9. Use coconut oil for hair
Coconut oil is good for the hair roots. It makes them healthier, which eventually promotes hair growth. Hair can grow faster.
10. Other Remedies
Besides these common home remedies, there are more herbal remedies to bolster hair health.
- Rosemary – This herb is great for hair health. It prevents hair loss and also reduces dandruff. One can use herbal tea as rinse or add few drops of rosemary essential oil to the shampoo.
- Clarifed butter – This is a traditional Indian remedy for healthy hair. It involves massaging the scalp with clarified butter ( ghee ). It feels like mayonnaise.
- Henna – This herb is a powerful herbal remedy for hair loss. It is still traditionally used in India and Egypt. 
- Hair wrap made from avocado, olive oil, banana and egg yolk is a wonderful remedy for healthy hair. This has been used by Mayan civilization since many centuries.
- Amla oil ( Indian gooseberry oil ) is one of the mainstay Ancient Indian remedies for healthy hair which is still used today.
- Animal fats – In some cultures, animals derived products are used to condition and strengthen hair. Things like lard and bone marrow are commonly applied on hair.
- Tea seed oil – This oil from the tea seeds is a herbal remedy for hair care in Japan.
- Fermented rice soak – Applying fermented rice on the hair is a remedy to keep hair long and healthy in some South East Asian cultures.
- Lettuce was used in ancient Egypt to get healthy hair and reduce thinning hair. Lettuce is shred and then placed or tied onto the scalp.
- Preventing stress in life is a remedy for healthy hair which is prevalent in traditional Chinese culture. Worry and stress can turn hair grey and prevent them from growing healthy.
Diet for healthy hair
A simple strategy is select some excellent foods for each vitamin and for each mineral. This ensures that the diet is not lacking in majority of minerals and vitamins. For healthy hair, these foods should be part of diet.
- Fish : Eat fish like salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies etc.
- Eggs : Make sure to take eggs in diet.
- Spinach : This vegetable is rich in many nutrients, particularly iron and folic acid.
- Soybeans : These are a nice source of protein in vegetarian diet.
- Blueberries are powerful antioxidants which also support in getting healthy hair.
- Eat lots of healthy food, especially those high in omega 3. Being on dieting or fasting would obviously impact the health of body and hair. The hair, like our body needs healthy fats and proteins to stay healthy and grow.
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