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Does having healthy full looking hair give a better self image,
self-confidence or self esteem? Can there possibly be any truth
in the legend of Samson- whose strength lay in his hair?
is more universally seen that men suffer more than women in
hair thinning, falling hair and baldness compared to women.
So does this mean that men's psyche and morale is more affected
Ravi Bhanot, an expert in hair loss, does not believe it is
that easy to come to this conclusion. "There are various reasons
why men and women could have a lower morale. This could be due
to stress perhaps from losing a job or a loved one. A lot of
women who do not have hair loss or hair thinning may time to
time have a decreased self worth or self confidence."
In Ravi Bhanot's book, Hair Today…Hair Tomorrow he says everything
happens twice -first in the mind than in reality." Increased
confidence and happiness has more to do with how the individual
is thinking and acting than with hair loss or hair thinning.
Having said this for a large number of people having their hair
and it looking healthy has a lot to do with confidence."
Sue from North London says, "My hair started becoming thinner
a few years back and they had become so fragile and thin that
it did not resemble the hair I had a few years previously. I
looked older. My friends would ask me whether I was enjoying
good health after seeing my hair!
Can anything be done to slow the tide of increasing hair loss
and hair thinning?
The causes and treatment in men and women is different. Ravi
Bhanot says, "Hair loss in women can be due to different reasons
to that for men. A different approach in treatment needs to
Experts all agree that inadequate diet (particularly in vitamins
and minerals and increased intake of processed foods), hereditary,
hormonal imbalance, increased stress levels and depression have
resulted in increased hair loss.
So what can you do? In the last few years there has been an
increased rise in younger men opting for hair transplant. But
this can be expensive and painful and may not be the preferred
route for the majority of people. So what is the best way approach
to keeping your hair for longer?
"We believe the answer lies in an acronym, NUTRI. Nutrition,
Using non-harsh chemical hair products, Training or exercising
to improve blood flow and hence nutrients to the scalp, Routine
of removing toxins through massaging, hair styling and way of
washing your hair and Imaging the hair you want.", says
"Hair should be gently washed with a non-harsh chemical shampoo
which volumizes hair. This alone can make the hair look thicker.
A water based Scalp serum should be used to clean the hair daily
to minimize bacterial or fungal crustation and to give nutrients
to the scalp and hair roots." Ravi Bhanot, Nutrigro Hair
Best way to shampoo hair
1. Brush hair before washing- to lose dead skin build
2. Use a natural non-harsh chemical shampoo- to minimize stripping
too much oil from the hair
3. Wet the hair with warm water- to open up the pores and
increase blood circulation
4. Rub a small amount of shampoo in with your hands and cover
the head with shampoo 2-3 times.
Start from the front working to the nape of the head with
5. Wash off foam with warm water- removing dirt and grease
6. Wash off hair with cold water - helps shrink pores back
to normal size
7. Massage head- to improve blood circulation
8. Dry the hair by blotting with a towel- to minimize rubbing
of already weakened hair
9. Comb or brush hair after it has been dried
10. Style hair but do not overstretch
11. Brush hair at least twice daily