Healthy Tips from a Hair Doctor


Beautiful, strong, and thick hair is a sign of health and beauty. Unfortunately, as we age, many of us will lose our hair. Lifestyle habits, a poor diet, certain medical conditions, and many other factors can negatively impact scalp hair, causing it to thin or fall out completely.

The good news is, there are many things you can do to improve the health of your hair. Here are some health tips from a hair specialist that you can follow today.

Shampoo and condition the right way

Taking care of your hair starts with washing it the right way. Make sure to wash your hair when it gets greasy and not every day. Drying out your scalp with too frequent washes can damage your hair, increase hair falling out, and hinder healthy hair growth. As such, wash your hair when it’s dirty, which could mean every 2 to 3 days for many people.

When washing your hair, be gentle. Don’t wash your hair with extra hot water. This can irritate your scalp and dry out your hair. Apply the right amount of shampoo and conditioner, according to the instructions on the bottle. Most people use too much shampoo, which can be damaging. Use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp and run the shampoo through your hair. Avoid pressing hard on your scalp or scratching it. When using conditioner, make sure only to apply a small amount. Be sure to avoid your roots and wash out the conditioner within a few minutes. 

Choose the right products

When choosing shampoo and conditioner, go for products that don’t contain harsh chemicals. The more chemicals you put in your hair, the worse your hair quality will be. Find products that are natural, contain healthy ingredients, and won’t dry out your hair or damage your scalp.

Eat a healthy diet

You are what you eat. The healthier your diet, the healthier your skin and hair will be. Your hair’s composition is mainly protein. When you lack protein in your diet, your hair may not retain its color or health as well as it should. This can result in brittle and weak hair.

Strive to consume enough protein each day to ensure your hair grows strong. Some examples of proteins include eggs, fish, beans, chicken, and low-fat dairy products.

You should also consume omega-3 fatty acids because they impact your sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Examples of foods with omega-3 fatty acids include yogurt, flaxseed, salmon, and tuna. You may also opt to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement.

Why Choose Our Urbandale, IA, and Liberty, MO, Hair Restoration Doctor for Your Hair Loss

While the aforementioned tips can help your hair look healthier, they aren’t solutions to restore hair loss due to genetics, medical conditions, or other issues. Fortunately, our hair restoration doctor, Dr. Scott Darling of Darling Hair Restorations, can provide you with both surgical and nonsurgical hair restoration methods. Dr. Darling will take the time to educate you about how to care for your hair after restoration to optimize results.

Book an appointment for a hair restoration treatment with Dr. Scott Darling of Darling Hair Restorations, serving Urbandale, IA, and Liberty, MO, and the nearby communities. Call us at 816-792-3400, or use our online appointment booking tool.