Conquer hairfall during Ramadan

A few tips, and you can avoid major scalp damage during the holy month

Published: Mon 9 Aug 2010, 9:57 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 12:01 PM

Did you know that for fabulous thick, shiny hair you first need a healthy scalp? Just like the skin everywhere else on your body, the scalp needs to be nourished with vitamins and nutrients for optimum health and radiance.

Revealed through a survey conducted by TNS Consultants on behalf of Sunsilk, it has emerged that a woman’s main concern, when it comes to her hair, is hairfall, with local and expat women across the region wanting more volume to their tresses.

Someone who has dedicated their life to solving these issues for women is Dr. Francesca Fusco, a New York-based dermatologist and physician. Her advice is particularly relevant to this region where local and expat Arab women, reported facing some hair difficulties due to covering their hair.

One survey respondent said, “While the covering protects my hair from the harmful rays of the sun and keeps dust and sand away, it can also cause my scalp to itch and sweat, leading to my hair looking dull.”

“When a client complains of hairfall, I find out what her hair habits are,” says Dr. Francesca Fusco. “Sunsilk and I have been working closely together to create an effective, yet non-clinical product to cleanse and nurture the scalp, nourishing and strengthening each fibre.

“Healthy hair needs a healthy scalp; most girls don’t realise how delicate the scalp is – it’s really an extension of the skin on your face. Starting at the roots will mean hair with boosted strength and density that oozes health and radiance”.

Dr Fusco’s top tips for maintaining a healthy scalp

1. Increase your intake of essential fatty acids found in oily fish or avocados to improve the general condition of your skin

2. Avoid an overly warm or dry bedroom as this will zap your skin of moisture

3. Alternate the use of hot and cold water on your scalp to increase the circulation and prevent dead cells from forming

4. Try to massage rather than scratch your scalp when you are applying a shampoo

5. Your diet plays an important part in keeping your hair in good condition. Drinking two litres of water daily will help

6. Having your hair cut regularly will improve its condition

7. Stress is one of the most common causes for unhealthy scalp often resulting in hair loss

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