Tasty tips for healthy locks

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A HEALTHY lifestyle means healthier locks.

Here are some tips on how to care for your crowning glory.

  • Shampoo your hair everyday with a suitable product.
  • Refrain from using too much gel or hair cream on your scalp.
  • Do not use chemicals, perm or dye your hair regularly.
  • Comb your hair everyday.
  • Start an exercise regime.
  • Have adequate rest. Do not stay up late - sleep before 11pm.
  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Consume salty, oily, sweet and spicy food in moderation.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables as these are beneficial for individuals who are easily stressed.
  • Drink at least two litres of water everyday.
  • Keep your cool and think positive.
  • Undergo treatment when you encounter hair problems. Do not procrastinate as the earlier you seek treatment, the better your chances of recovery.

Nutritionist Fanny Ling also has some delicious tricks that can help prevent hair loss.

Think papaya

The problem: The erratic weather, a stressful lifestyle and poor diet are bad news for your health and hair. Hair follicles need essential nutrients to function well. When we do not consume enough fruit, our scalp becomes sensitive and dry, causing damage to the hair. Hair growth rate will slow down.

What to do: Blend two cucumbers, 400g papayas and ½ lemon and drink.

What you get: You can rejuvenate your scalp with this drink. The cucumber moisturises the scalp while papaya provides vitamins A and C to help repair hair.


Look younger, honey?

The problem: Anti-ageing is the buzzword in today's society. Everyone is looking for the elixir of youth. When we suffer from an ageing scalp, our hair will grow slowly because our scalp is thin and lacks nutrients and oxygen. An aged scalp loses elasticity due to lesser collagen content and slowly our follicles will shrink.

What to do: Blend together a tomato, a mango and add honey to taste.

What you get: The tomato is a powerhouse for vitamin B complex and C which help to increase our immunity. Vitamin B and C in tomato boosts our immunity to fight against bacteria and fungus that may cause hair problems and reduce the risk of scalp infection. Mango is rich in vitamin A, an essential ingredient for anti-ageing.

A berry good nite

The problem: Are you stressed out at work or at home? Too much mental and physical wear-down may cause you sleepless nights. Your health and hair inevitably suffer. When you do not sleep on time or lack sleep, your hormones will become imbalanced and your scalp will become oily. An oily scalp can cause follicle blockage and attract demodex mites which causes hair fall and slows hair growth.

What to do: Blend 12 strawberries, 200ml milk, 50ml yoghurt. Add honey to taste.

What you get: Strawberry yoghurt juice is very good for people who stay up late as it contains vitamin B and C that can promote better sleep and boost immunity.


Digest this

The problem: Inconsistent eating habits (skipping meals, eating too much or not eating at all) can take a toll on your gut and cause indigestion problems which in turn, can cause health problems and unhealthy hair.

What to do: Think hairy, spiky, green and yellow! We are talking about the kiwi and pineapple. Blend 3 kiwis, ½ pineapple and a bit of water.

What you get: Kiwi is packed with vitamin C which helps to remove toxins from our digestion system and pineapple is rich in enzymes. When combined, they accelerate detoxification, hence improving healthy skin and scalp.

Partied whole day? Your skin will pay!

The problem: The weekend is approaching. It is time to socialise with friends and have fun. If you must party and drink, be sure you are well-equipped with a secret weapon that helps you manage any hangover effect. Over-consumption of alcohol is harmful to health. It causes a person to lose great amounts of hair.

Alcohol decreases the level of zinc in the body which is essential for healthy hair.

What to do: Head for the nearest supermarket and drop some avocado and grapefruit into your trolley. Blend ½ avocado, 1 grapefruit and a bit of water.

What you get: The avocado, touted as a natural moisturiser, helps decrease blood pressure and cholesterol. Grapefruit is renowned for slimming and is a great source of vitamin C and zinc. Blend these two fruits and you will get a juice rich in vitamin E that can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.

Vitamin C can also offer us better skin complexion and reduce scalp inflammation.