8 Natural Treatments for Healthy and Beautiful Hair in Older Adults

After 40s, your hair may start to show signs of aging. Hair-fall, greying and dryness are a few common complaints by Indian older adults. Here are few natural treatments to keep your hair healthy at any age.

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1Include Vitamin E in your diet

Vitamins help your body in various ways. But if you are confused which vitamin is good for hair, Vitamin E is the answer. It gives you shiny, lustrous locks. It also promotes hair growth. Vitamin E also helps your hair remain younger for longer. You could opt for supplements in the form of capsules. They are easily available over the counter in medical shops. You can also include foods rich in Vitamin E like sweet potato, spinach, almonds and avocado in your diet.

2Drink water

Water is a very important ingredient to get those shiny locks. Though it might prove difficult to drink 8 glasses of water each day, you can still increase your water intake. The more water you have, the shinier hair you have. You should also avoid sugary fizzy drinks and alcohol consumption. Both these affect your hair adversely.

3Eat fish

If you like seafood and fish, you must include more fish in your diet. Many fishes contain Omega-3 fatty acids that help in preventing hair loss and increasing scalp hydration. Some are high in proteins and Vitamin E, while some contain iron and zinc. Each of these is helpful for strong and glowing healthy hair. Prawns, salmon, oysters, and mackerel are highly recommended for good hair.

4Fish oil tablets

If you are a vegetarian, or you do not like seafood, you can opt for fish oil capsules. Fish oil tablets contain all the goodness that you can get by directly consuming fish. They have omega-3 fatty acids in high levels that promote hair follicles to produce more sebum. You can have the rich, shiny hair you always dreamed of.

5Use natural oils

Natural oils are very useful in bringing back shine to your hair. Just use as a conditioner and see your hair become shiny instantly. The most beneficial natural oils for your hair are tea tree oil, castor oil, coconut oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, and jojoba oil.

6Use Reetha-amla-shikakai

Reetha, amla and shikakai and Indian traditional hair rinsing products. Soak them overnight and then boil them to a good simmer. Squeeze the pulp and wash hair with it. It has worked as a natural shampoo for older generations and has proved to be highly effective in bringing strength and luster to hair. 

7Avoid washing your hair frequently with shampoo

There are conflicting reports on this point. Some say that you must wash your hair frequently, others say that frequent washing robs your hair of its essential oils. In a hot country like India, washing hair frequently becomes quite essential, particularly in summers. To prevent hair from drying out due to frequent washes, you can do a deep oil massage on your scalp before you wash will ensure that your hair remains moisturized. You could also use a hair dryer on the coolest setting to dry out your hair. Excessive rubbing with a towel or using high heat in a dryer to dry hair can damage hair irreparably and also cause hair loss.

8Avoid stress

Stress is said to be a silent killer. As with every disorder, stress affects hair, too. Stress can actually lead to less nutrition to be directed to the scalp and hair follicles, thus leading to dry, lifeless hair. If you find it difficult to destress, you could take up some calming exercises like yoga or meditation. Head and body massages, regular exercise and even getting complete sleep can help reduce stress. In turn, your hair gets back its sheen.

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