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Know your Hair Type
It is essential to identify the texture of your hair whether dry, oily or balanced for a good hair care program. Read on to identify your hair type.

Balanced or Normal Hair
This is the most ideal hair. It is shining, well balanced and does not dry out. To maintain this ideal condition a well balanced diet and proper care is essential.

Dry Hair
Dry hair is due to inactive oil glands. It is also caused by other factors like over exposure to the sun, using harsh shampoo and chemical treatment or accumulated oil that block the pores not allowing the oil to flow on to the surface. Dry hair would need plenty of nourishment.

Massaging well with warm herbal oil at least twice a week, following a diet rich in zinc and using a mild shampoo can prevent drying of the scalp. Avoiding the use of electric curlers and hair dryers can also help.

Oily Hair
This is usually accompanied with oily skin. This is due to the over secretion of oil. Hence the scalp and hair gets too oily. Oily hair is easily recognizable. It looks greasy even after shampooing and attracts more dirt.
Individual may need to wash the hair every third or fourth day or even more frequently depending on individual comfort and rinsed out with lemon. Using oils and shampoos rich in neem and henna and a head massage with herbal oil helps maintain the pH level of the scalp. Avoiding oily foods and binging on green leafy vegetables and fruits also controls excessive oil production and secretion.

Try this simple exercise to know your hair type:
Dab a tissue on your scalp the second day after wash. If it has an oil blot, you have normal hair. If the tissue shows nothing, it is dry. If strands stick to each other then it is greasy hair.

Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your evening meal.
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.
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