common hair queriesHair-related issues are probably one of the biggest beauty concerns people have in this day and age. Especially so in India, where a healthy mane is considered one of the biggest assets a person can have. We have so many queries pouring in from all corners of the country about every conceivable hair problem – dry hair, oily hair, thinning hair, dandruff, split ends and more. We have compiled some of the most common queries, answers to which could benefit you too:

I have an oily scalp, so I avoid oiling my hair everyday. Since my hair is dry and frizzy, I use a conditioner and serum everyday. I shampoo my hair once a week . I have severe hair fall and my scalp is very oily, Is there any way to make my hair frizz free?

Frizzy hair is usually a combination of you hair’s natural constitution and use of too many chemicals. Oiling your hair is essential to keep the hair shaft well moisturized and acts as a protective agent against dirt adhering directly to your scalp and hair. You mentioned that you wash your hair once a week but apply serum and conditioner every day. This regime could be harming your hair and your scalp, mainly because all that conditioner acts as a good agent to trap dirt onto the hair shaft and scalp. When you reapply conditioner the next day, this dirt gets distributed to other parts of your head, leading to an oily and itchy scalp with lackluster hair. Instead, apply oil on your hair the night before you wash, and after the wash apply conditioner. Use a mild shampoo made especially for your hair type. For more information you can read:  Get  frizz-free hair with these tips

How can I get strong and lengthy hair? I feel so bad because my hair is too short and curly. I just want long and dense hair. Is it possible?

Follow some simple techniques to create the illusion of having thick hair. Get a blunt or one-length haircut to make hair look fuller and thicker at the ends. Don’t grow your hair too long. The longer it gets the stringier it appears. Apply conditioner to the lengths and ends of your hair, not the roots. This will prevent your hair from becoming weighted down. Although you may be tempted to skip on the conditioner, using it will actually help prevent the split ends and breakage that can make fine hair look thinner. 

How do I stop male pattern baldness ? And also, can it be possible to gain hair again ?

Male pattern baldness is due to both hormonal and genetic causes. There are several steps you can take to prevent it. Good hair hygiene with regular shampooing is a basic step. Good nutrition is helpful. Include adequate levels of iron and vitamin B in your diet. Get your underlying medical conditions like hormonal imbalances treated at the earliest.
Medications like Minoxidil and Finasteride are maintenance measures for long term use. Cosmetic measures like different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves and extensions, hair fiber powders or artificial hair replacement help to disguise the hair loss. However, Surgical restoration is the only permanent solution to baldness. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy can be used to stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenic alopecia and even preventing hair loss.

I really love my hair. It’s thick and black. But now-a-days I’m having split ends. Is there a solution?

Split ends are probably one of the most common complaints women have. But don’t be fooled – it’s not just women with long tresses who complain, even those with short hair grapple with the issue. Some things you can try is avoiding styling too much, picking a milder shampoo and brushing your hair gently. The only way to get rid of them is by trimming though. Read this article for more tips: 

My hair is very curly. I want to straighten it. What should I do?

Hot irons are probably the most popular product in the market for straightening hair. But the method is temporary and will last till your next hair wash. Another not-so-familiar product in the market is called chemical relaxers.
Japanese thermal reconditioning is a long term solution. It involves using relaxing chemicals, neutralization treatments, deep conditioning and repetitive high-temperature ironing. It’s a long process and is costly. But you’ll have to visit the parlour only for re-growth touch up. Another method more popular abroad but also highly risky is called Brazilian keratin treatment. The process involves several chemicals and hours of ironing but the issue is the use of formaldehyde as an active ingredient, which is also a carcinogen.

My hair is oily and thin. Please suggest a good product. I lose a lot of hair too. Please help.

We as a neutral health site can’t promote one brand over another. However, you could read this post for some tips. Temporary hair loss occurs after a sudden physical or emotional stress. Inadequate nutrition, an unclean scalp, hormonal imbalance and certain medicines can also cause loss of hair. Pigtails, tight braiding or tight hair rollers, can cause a pull on your hair leading to a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Androgen-dependent hair loss, which is the most common, is due to both hormonal and genetic causes. Treatments are available depending on the type of hair loss i.e., correcting a hormone imbalance, a high protein and an iron rich diet, not taking the medication causing your hair loss, etc.

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