Foods for Beautiful Healthy Hair

Blueberries, Strawberries, Kiwi, Tomatoes

  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Helps Blood Circulation
  • Nourishes Small Vessels that feed the hair follicles

Exotic fruits may have lots of qualities, but when it comes to vitamin C, it is difficult to top this nutritional fruit.  Vitamin C is very important for blood circulation to the scalp and supports the small blood vessels that feed your hair. Too little C in your diet can eventually cause your hair to break.

Lentils, Kidney Beans, Soy Beans

  • Rich in Protein
  • Iron, Zinc and Biotin (protects from DNA damage)
  • Great nutritional element

Lentils are really full of protein, iron, zinc, and even biotin, and this makes them a great nutritional element for both vegetarians and those who eat meat and every thing else.

Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Trout, Avocado, Pumpkin Seeds

  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin D and Proteins

The flesh of this pink delicious fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and different proteins: all key elements to have vibrant hair.  Our body can’t make these fatty acids by itself, but these are really needed to grow hair.  A tiny percentage of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids, which are also located in the cell membranes in the skin of our scalp.  Introducing salmon in your diet can help integrating these beneficial acids in our body, helping our hair to grow healthier.

Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Swiss Chard, Dark Leafy Vegetables

  • Contains folate, beta carotene
  • Rich in Iron and Vitamin C
  • Keep hair follicles healthy
  • Promote blood circulation

Spinach, among the other minerals and elements, contains folate, beta carotene, a good source of iron, and lots of vitamin C that I have just mentioned: these factors contribute to keep the hair follicles healthy and promote blood flow.

Walnuts, Walnut Oil in Salad

  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin E and Biotin (protects from DNA damage)
  • Contains copper to keep hair shining

Walnuts are the only type of nut that have a decent amount of omega-3 fatty acids, but also the other nuts they have of course.  They’re also rich in vitamin E and biotin, which helps protect our cells from DNA damage.  Biotin is extremely important for our hair, shafts and too little of it can lead to hair thinning.  These nuts contain also the mineral copper, which helps maintain the natural color of our hair.

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How to Prevent Thinning Hair

HairAvoid Taking Hot Showers

Hot water dehydrates strands (just like skin), leading to dry, brittle hair that’s more prone to snap and fall out, explains Ryan Welter, MD, a Boston-based hair transplant surgeon. “Not only are you washing your hair’s protective oils down the drain, but the heat throws your scalp’s pores into overdrive to keep up with oil production, which can damage the root and lead to additional shedding.”

Save your strands: Take the temp down a few degrees. “Opt for a warm shower, and try to rinse hair with the coolest temperature possible.”

Do Not Use Hot Styling Tools

Scorching temps damage the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. “Once the cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair is more prone to breakage,” says Dr. Bauman.

Save your strands: Limit your hot tool usage—even your blow-dryer — to two or three times a week, and start with the coolest setting possible. Always apply a heat-protection spray, which creates a thermal barrier to reduce friction.

4 tips for less damaging heat styling

Choose the right conditioner

All conditioners leave behind ingredients that make hair smooth, but some also deposit a beneficial protective oil. John Frieda Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner ($10; drugstores) encases hair in an undetectable coat of omega-3-rich Inca inchi oil, a plant derivative that doesn’t weigh hair down.

Prep hair with a heat-protective spray

Consider this step a second layer of defense. Use a spray that contains dimethicone or amodimethicone; both ingredients lock in moisture so it isn’t lost during styling. We suggest Got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm ($6; drugstores).

Are you drying your hair wrong? Check out The Healthiest Way To Dry Your Hair (hint: it’s not air-drying!).

Find a better brush

Use a ventilated version, like the Ion Titanium Vented Ionic Brush ($7; sallybeauty.com), as you dry; the openings allow air to flow, so strands don’t rest against a scalding surface. Even better: Keep the dryer 6 inches away and always in motion, so you don’t focus the heat on one area.

Go ceramic

If you use a curling iron or flatiron, choose an instrument with ceramic plates that conduct heat evenly (no scorching spots) and let hair glide past them smoothly. Try one from the Remington T-Studio Silk Ceramic line ($40 and under).

Avoid Crash Diet

Starving yourself forces the body to direct its energy (the little it has) towards essential functions—like helping your heart and brain work—rather than making hair. In fact, when diagnosing anorexics, one of the top symptoms is severe hair loss, says Paradi Mirmirani, a Vallejo, California dermatologist specializing in hair disorders.

Save your strands: Eat a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein like fish, chicken, lentils and beans. “Hair is primarily made of protein,” she explains. “It’s the one thing that can make or break your hair if you’re not getting enough.” Aim for 46 grams per day (or about 25 to 30% of your total calories).

Handle Wet Hair with Care

Our strands are never more fragile—and prone to breakage—than when they’re saturated with water, since the protective cuticle is slightly raised. Brushing or combing locks in the shower, then following with aggressive towel-drying, create the perfect storm for snapping it off.

Save your strands: Minimize post-shower brushing by combing before hair gets wet. Then, blot (don’t rub!) hair with a soft towel after your shower.

Avoid Tight Hairstyles

If a tight ponytail or braid is your go-to, beware: Sporting these styles puts excessive tension on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that destroy them permanently, says Doris Day, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist specializing in hair health. This can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for hair to grow.

Save your strands: Loosen up! Try wearing your hair down whenever possible (especially while sleeping; rolling around on a pillow can create even more friction). When you do tie your strands back, keep it soft—if it’s pulling on your skin, it’s way too tight.

Avoid Long-lasting Hold Styling Products

If your hairspray or gel claim All-day Mega-hold, they’re actually making your locks harder to hold on to. “These are usually high in alcohol, which makes hair dry and brittle,” says Dr. Mirmirani. “Once you comb or brush your hair, that residue causes the hair to break and fall out.”

Save your strands: Skip any products that make hair stiff or sticky. Instead, opt for softer-hold solutions like styling creams that keep hair’s moisture intact and don’t create friction when brushing. We like Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream ($30).

Stop Taking Oral Birth Control Pills

If you’re one of the many women who are sensitive to hair shedding or thinning due to hormonal changes, the wrong oral birth control can weaken your hair. “A pill that contains androgens can cause hair loss for someone who’s ‘androgen sensitive’ and doesn’t know it,” says Dr. Bauman.

Save your strands: Switch to low-androgen index birth control pills like norgestimate (in Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen), norethindrone (in Ovcon 35), desogestrel (in Mircette), or ethynodiol diacetate (in Demulen, Zovia). If you want to know whether you have an androgen sensitivity, a hair restoration physician can perform a quick cheek-swab genetic test.

Stop Scratching your Head

Itchy scalp (like that caused by seborrheic dermatitis) may result in hair loss due to scratching-induced hair damage, says Dr. Bauman. Once the cuticle is damaged, the hair fiber is prone to breakage.

Save your strands: Relieve the itch with a shampoo that contains selenium, zinc pyrithione, or tea tree oil, like Head & Shoulders Extra Strength Dandruff Shampoo ($7; amazon.com). If over-the-counter products don’t help, your doctor can prescribe prescription anti-fungal shampoo or cortisone foam.

Avoid the Sun

Even if you’ve (wisely) given up tanning, chances are your hair is still exposed to UV rays, which eat away at the strength and elasticity of your hair. “Prolonged UV exposure causes the layers of the cuticle to weaken and break, resulting in brittle hair that can lead to hair loss,” says Dr. Bauman.

Save your strands: Wear a hat—preferably one with built-in UV protection—whenever possible (and don’t forget to tuck your ponytail underneath). Worried about hat hair? Try using a leave-in conditioner with built-in sunscreen like Kerastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur ($50; amazon.com). (Protect yourself from damaging rays with this ultimate guide to sun safety.)

Washing Hair Often

Now that dry shampoo is a staple in most of our beauty arsenals, it’s easier than ever to skip a few days between washing. Convenient? Yes. But not so great for your hair: “A buildup of product or excessive dandruff on the scalp has been shown to clog hair follicles, and if it’s bad enough, it can be difficult for hair to grow,” says Dr. Day.

Save your strands: There’s nothing wrong with skipping shampoo for a day. But if it becomes a habit, product residue, dirt, and oil can clog pores in the scalp. Be sure to wash your hair every two days, especially if you’re sweating or using lots of products. To prevent excessive dryness, switch to a sulfate-free shampoo like L’Oreal Paris Ever Strong Thickening Shampoo ($6; amazon.com).

Careful with Medications

Certain medications (like statins, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, anti-hypertensive medications) or hormones (like thyroid replacement drugs) can cause hair loss. “These can disrupt or interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth, causing hair to go into a resting phase and fall out prematurely,” says Dr. Bauman.

Save your strands: Ask your doctor about alternative medications that don’t have the same hair-loss repercussions.

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Creative Uses of Vaseline

VaselineSHOE POLISH: If you don’t have standard polish on hand, shine and soften shoes almost as well by rubbing on Vaseline and buffing off the excess.

HAIR DYE STAIN PREVENTER: Keep hair dyes from staining your forehead and ears by rubbing a thin layer of petroleum jelly just below your hairline and over each ear before coloring hair.

LIPSTICK STAIN REMOVER: The next time you get lip-color on clothing, blot petroleum jelly on the spot as a pre-treatment, then launder as usual.

BODY SCRUB: Concoct your own at-home exfoliator by mixing Vaseline with Epsom salt or brown sugar.

PERFUME PROLONGER: Smooth a bit of petroleum jelly on your skin wherever you’re going to apply perfume, and spray as usual. It will help the scent to stick.

PREVENT ‘CHUB RUB’: If you’re a runner (or just have some extra soft spots), rub petroleum jelly wherever you tend to chafe. It’ll lubricate and protect skin.

RING REMOVER: Unstick a ring by using petroleum jelly as a lubricant.

FACIAL MOISTURIZER: Because it’s non-comedogenic, petroleum jelly is perfect for locking in moisture without risking breakouts.

CUTICLE CREAM: Keep a little tub of the stuff by the sink and work into cuticles twice a day. It’s all you’ll need to prevent hangnails.

DIY LIP PLUMPER: A pinch of cinnamon or cayenne turns Vaseline into a lip plumper that rivals anything you can buy at the beauty counter.

NAIL POLISH NEATENER: Before applying polish, trace petroleum jelly over cuticles and the skin around your nails using an eyeliner brush or pointed cotton swab. If you then accidentally paint a little outside the lines you can just wipe off the mistakes after lacquer dries.

EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: Just a dab instantly breaks up the toughest mascaras and waterproof liners, while leaving skin around the eyes moisturized.

EYEBROW TAMER: Control errant hairs and shape brows by brushing on a tiny dab of petroleum jelly using a toothbrush.

MAKESHIFT MASCARA: Sweep on a light coating of petroleum jelly instead of mascara. It fakes the appearance of longer, thicker lashes, but looks much more natural.

PATENT LEATHER POLISH: Petroleum jelly revives the glossy shine of patent leather accessories.

OVERNIGHT HAND & FOOT SOFTENER: Avoid having to constantly reapply hand lotion throughout the day by slathering your hands and feet in petroleum jelly and wearing socks and gloves to bed. By morning, they’ll be soft and smooth — and will stay that way.

LUMINIZER: Petroleum jelly can be used on its own as makeup to add a little shine to eyelids cheekbones or lips, creating a surprisingly luxe looking sheen for such an affordable formula.

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Five Shoes All Men Must Own

No, there is nothing called an all-purpose shoe (and certainly not that rubber-soled distant cousin of the Ambassador car you’re looking at right now). No, one shoe for work and one for play isn’t much better either, not unless work means a factory shop floor and play means two rounds of your neighborhood park in the morning. No, you won’t turn into a metrosexual if you buy more shoes, because real men occasionally do have feet, and a fashion sense. And no, four pairs doesn’t cut it either.

Five is the magic number of shoes you need to stylishly step over anything life throws at you: A presentation to the board, an afternoon at the races, the launch party aboard the yacht or a boogie-woogie at the club.

We’ve left out sandals and sports sneakers; doesn’t mean you have to, just as long as they count over and above the five we recommend.

A good Derby is to shoes what a crisp pair of blue jeans is to a wardrobe– simple, durable, multi-faceted and comfortable. It’s the shoe you’ll reach for by default and the one you’ll rarely go wrong with. Like, for instance, the Ferragamo Loriana (Rs. 45,000) with round toes, stacked heels and clean lines. But in case you feel the need to project a little gravitas, say while negotiating the terms of your latest acquisition, reach out for an Oxford— the Derby’s stiffer, more formal cousin recognized primarily by its “closed lacing”.

Don’t be fooled by the casual look of the Loafer. Think Vijay Mallya: You’ll need to either earn the right to wear them or be born into it. But give the boring ones with just a simple leather band across the facing (called “penny loafers” because of a fad in the U.S. in the 50s, where hip young ‘uns would insert a penny into a slit in the band) a miss and instead opt for slim ones with a leather or metal ornament that adds some character and dressiness. But, pretty please, don’t wear them with suits. That would mark you out as being stuck, fashion-wise, in the 80s. Zegna Loafers (Rs. 28,300) are a great mix of lace-less comfort and casual chic.

Recognizable by the inverted “W” shaped cap pattern on their toes, the Wingtips (known as Brogues outside the U.S.) take away much of the stuffiness around formal shoes without becoming a purely informal shoe. Match them with suits, trousers and khakis with equal ease. A good example would be the Stanley Shoe by Paul Smith (Rs. 24,000) which combine a rich tan color with classic brogue patterning.

Fashion sneakers, especially ones with a leather body, are an absolute must have today. Wear them with jeans, semi-formal trousers or khakis to get that sporty and active vibe, though keep them clear of the office (at least Mondays through Thursdays). The Adidas Porsche Design S2 (Rs. 6799), the result of a collaboration between Adidas and Porsche, is a driving shoe. Alas, there’s no car included, but what it does have is a sleek design influenced by Porsche’s legendary cars.

Sitting half way between the formality of lace-ups and the informality of casual loafers are the Monk Straps. A good Monk Strap will at once set you apart from the straitlaced crowd with the metal buckles adding just that extra hint of character. In our opinion two is better than one when it comes to the number of buckles (the count does not extend beyond two!) but, hey, one is fine too. The Ferragamo Monk Strap (Rs. 27,000) stays clear of any cap toe pattern to offer an uncomplicated design, with the lone buckle providing the only embellishment.

Deconstructing the men’s shoe
1. Style Oxfords, Derbys, Loafers, Monk-straps… you know the game now.

2. Toe The part at the very front of shoes, mostly reinforced to prevent deformation or damage. The way it is “capped”, or not, makes a big difference.
a. Plain toes, as the name suggests, are not capped. Some find them minimal and elegant, others find them boring. See the Ferragamo Derby to see if this style is for you.
b. Cap toes are the most common, made of a simple line of reinforced leather leaving a semi-circle for the shoe front. You can’t go wrong with them.
c. Moc toes have a separate piece of leather resembling a bunched up crease stitched along the edges of the shoe’s front. Unless you’re lucky or spending a lot of money (like with the Zegna loafer) you’ll find them in cheap, ugly mass-market shoes.
d. Bicycle toes are a variation of the Moc toe, allowing the top and front of the shoe to be unbroken by the crease. The Adidas Porshe S2 sports one, though it isn’t formal. Better than a Moc toe.
e. Wingtips have an inverted “W” as the toecap, like with the Paul Smith “Stanley”. After cap toes they are the most common choice, but they give an immediate dash of semi-formality, so you’ll need to be careful while wearing them in formal occasions.

3. Color The two colors you must have in your shoe closet are black and cordovan (the brown which is burgundy with a hint of rose). There used to be a time when black was considered easy to pair with almost any clothing color. But that time isn’t today. Browns, especially cordovans and dark-browns, go well with a range of suit and trouser-shirt combinations. When you’re feeling bolder try some other colors like blue, green, white or even purple! Throw out all those concepts about wearing brown shoes with brown belts and brown watches. Instead wear what you feel confident and stylish in.

4. Geography of origin Three countries– Italy, Britain and USA–account for a majority of the well known shoe makers and design sensibilities.
a. Italian shoes (Salvatore Ferragamo, Berluti, Bontoni, Santoni) tend to be sleek, fashionable and expensive, like their suits and cars.
b. British (Clarks, John Lobb, Edward Green) ones are a studious blend of traditional with contemporary, but always solidly constructed.
c. The Americans (Allen Edmonds, Florsheim, Cole Haan) are the worst – conservative, clunky but comfortable.

Credit: Rohin Dharmakumar

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