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On some days your hair just refuses to look presentable. While we dream of hair like Rapunzel, our hair looks like that of Medusa. Another hair woe that adds up to our sad tale is hair breaking from the middle. And to top it off, those annoying tiny hair strands keep popping up like transmitters on your head!
Dryness of hair, constant heat styling, or washing them too often is the culprit for this hair problem. Amongst many reasons for it, lack of hair elasticity is a major one.
Dr Nivedita Dadu, a renowned dermatologist, spoke to HealthShots about lack of hair elasticity and how to fix this problem from the root.
“Hair elasticity is the hair’s ability to stretch and return to its original shape. Hair strands are made up of protein and moisture, and the balance between the two determines their elasticity. If your hair is brittle, doesn’t curl up to even half its original curl size and snaps as soon as you stretch it, then it lacks moisture and has low elasticity. This means it needs a lot of nourishment and care.” says Dr Dadu, who is also the founder and chairman of Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic.
Be it a dryer or a straightener, these styling tools are all heat-intensive. The heat released from these tools saps the natural moisture from your hair, making it dry and susceptible to damage. To avoid this, limit the usage of styling tools if your hair is breaking from the middle.
“Protein treatments are a great option for fixing the hair elasticity, providing tresses with ample hydration and strengthening the hair from the shaft,” says Dr Dadu.
Apply protein treatment about once or twice a month for significant results. It will make your hair soft, strengthen its shaft and also make it possible for your hair to stretch without breaking. Avoid giving your hair a protein treatment more than every six weeks.
With a polluted environment, extreme use of styling tools and the day-to-day wear and tear that happens to the hair, it’s important to deep condition the locks no less than twice a month. It will give the tresses the moisture that they need, improve their texture, add shine and lustre and increase the hair’s elasticity.
If you want your skin and hair to be healthy, you need to give your body the nutrition it requires. Eating the right foods will not only improve hair elasticity, but can also strengthen the tresses.
Dr Dadu suggests including foods high in protein, such as eggs and meat in your diet to nourish your hair. Foods containing omega – 3 fatty acids can also nurture your hair, so include salmon and nuts in your diet as well.
If you’re experiencing major hair breakage, try to abide by these hair care rules. Eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated and keep that hair straightener away to let your hair recover.