8 Steps to stronger, healthier hair

Tardeo-based mother of two, Milli Ahuja, 36, swears by this generations-old beauty tip. “I massage my head three times a month, once at the very least, even if it’s a very busy month,” says Ahuja. “And I wash the oil out with a moisturising shampoo. Following this treatment, I massage a serum into my hair after a shower. I also do a ‘deep conditioning’ treatment every couple of months with a Moroccan oil mask.”

While she approves of Ahuja’s technique, Dr Shetty warns that the practice of oiling hair when it’s dirty and massaging it before washing the hair oil off can be counterproductive. “This can lead to boils on the scalp – a condition called folliculitis. To enjoy the benefits of a head massage, it’s important that the scalp be clean before you massage the hair oil in.”


If you suffer from hair thinning or hair fall, clinical treatments can help by effecting hair regrowth and improving the overall health of your hair. “When deciding on a treatment for patients, we start with a list of blood tests in order to check the thyroid hormones, male and female hormones and nutrition panels, and then treat the issue accordingly,” says Shetty. An evaluation of the scalp is also part of the initial analysis, she says. “We usually find that a scalp peel, followed by an oxygen treatment, in which we infuse vitamins into the hair, is very helpful,” she adds.

Laser treatments, a popular remedy these days, do help to stimulate the scalp, but Shetty also recommends PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments), which, she explains, promote hair growth at a deeper level. Dr Jaishree Sharad of Skinfiniti Aesthetic & Laser Clinic in Mumbai, says, “The treatment involves taking your own blood, centrifuging it with a special kit in order to obtain plasma that’s rich in stem cells, growth factors and platelets. This rich plasma is then re-injected into your scalp”, says Sharad. She recommends roughly three sessions, performed at an interval of 4-8 weeks in between each, to achieve bouncy and thick hair.

Diet plays a key role in the health of your hair. Your grocery list must include foods rich in antioxidants as well as foods that are anti-inflammatory, says Dr Sharad. She also recommends adding protein to even wellbalanced diets. “It’s also important to take a multi-vitamin tablet every day. The hair shaft is made up of keratin, which is protein, so consuming extra protein will only benefit your hair,” says Dr Sharad.

Dietician Anita Mirchandani recommends adopting a diet that’s rich in nutrients, “especially foods that provide a variety of macro and micronutrients, which keep both the skin and hair healthy.” Eggs, she points out, are a great source of protein and biotin, while salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids – all of these contribute to strong and thick tresses. “Additionally, foods like spinach, which are high in folate and iron, and avocados, which are rich in vitamin E and healthy fats, can go a long way in repairing and rebuilding damaged hair,” says Mirchandani.

New York and Mumbaibased celebrity hairstylist Yianni Tsapatori recommends using two shampoos and conditioners and alternating them every three to four months. “Using the same shampoo and conditioner can make your hair and scalp resistant to them”, he says. But the million-dollar question is whether it’s necessary to wash your hair every day? “Since shampoos can strip the natural oils from the scalp and hair, avoid washing hair every day to keep it hydrated”, says Tsapatori. Dr. Sharad advises shampooing every alternate day to keep hair healthy. “Start by washing your hair with warm water, which opens up the scale-like texture on the hair shaft. Then rinse the shampoo out with cold water to close the hair fibres. This keeps the hair moisturised and healthy”.

Mother of two, Milli Ahuja, 36, swears by this generations-old beauty tip. “I massage my head three times a month, once at the very least, even if it’s a very busy month,” says Ahuja. “And I wash the oil out with a moisturising shampoo. Following this treatment, I massage a serum into my hair after a shower. I also do a ‘deep conditioning’ treatment every couple of months with a Moroccan oil mask.”

While she approves of Ahuja’s technique, Dr Shetty warns that the practice of oiling hair when it’s dirty and massaging it before washing the hair oil off can be counterproductive. “This can lead to boils on the scalp – a condition called folliculitis. To enjoy the benefits of a head massage, it’s important that the scalp be clean before you massage the hair oil in.”

If you suffer from hair thinning or hair fall, clinical treatments can help by effecting hair regrowth and improving the overall health of your hair. “When deciding on a treatment for patients, we start with a list of blood tests in order to check the thyroid hormones, male and female hormones and nutrition panels, and then treat the issue accordingly,” says Shetty. An evaluation of the scalp is also part of the initial analysis, she says. “We usually find that a scalp peel, followed by an oxygen treatment, in which we infuse vitamins into the hair, is very helpful,” she adds.

Laser treatments, a popular remedy these days, do help to stimulate the scalp, but Shetty also recommends PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments), which, she explains, promote hair growth at a deeper level. Dr Jaishree Sharad of Skinfiniti Aesthetic & Laser Clinic in Mumbai, says, “The treatment involves taking your own blood, centrifuging it with a special kit in order to obtain plasma that’s rich in stem cells, growth factors and platelets. This rich plasma is then re-injected into your scalp”, says Sharad. She recommends roughly three sessions, performed at an interval of 4-8 weeks in between each, to achieve bouncy and thick hair.

Dietician Anita Mirchandani recommends adopting a diet that’s rich in nutrients, “especially foods that provide a variety of macro and micronutrients, which keep both the skin and hair healthy.” Eggs, she points out, are a great source of protein and biotin, while salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids – all of these contribute to strong and thick tresses. “Additionally, foods like spinach, which are high in folate and iron, and avocados, which are rich in vitamin E and healthy fats, can go a long way in repairing and rebuilding damaged hair,” says Mirchandani.

New York and Mumbai-based celebrity hairstylist Yianni Tsapatori recommends using two shampoos and conditioners and alternating them every three to four months. “Using the same shampoo and conditioner can make your hair and scalp resistant to them”, he says. But the million-dollar question is whether it’s necessary to wash your hair every day. “Since shampoos can strip the natural oils from the scalp and hair, avoid washing hair every day to keep it hydrated”, says Tsapatori. Dr Sharad advises shampooing every alternate day to keep hair healthy. “Start by washing your hair with warm water, which opens up the scale-like texture on the hair shaft. Then rinse the shampoo out with cold water to close the hair fibres. This keeps the hair moisturised

But if you want to take it one step further, Dr Shetty advises taking antioxidants and anti-inflammatory oral tablets, which negate stress hormones. “There are two tablets, which both contain and address hair concerns. One is RA Defence which is an anti-inflammatory, and one is RA Anagen, which is a multi amino-acid and vitamin specifically

While contraceptive pills provide birth control, they can also regulate hormones. “The pill will regulate hormones, so hair will always be healthy when hormones are balanced. However, taking contraceptive pills for hair specifically is something that should only be done under the advice of your doctor, so be sure to consult him or her,” warns Dr Shetty.