3 Things Dermatologists Wish You’d Do for Your Hair


smiling young woman outsideYou may have never thought to ask your dermatologist for hair care advice, but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Your hair follicles are part of your skin, so damaging them can lead to both skin and hair problems.

Follow these three dermatologist-approved tips for better hair health and beauty.

1. Eat the Right Foods

Just like your skin, your hair can be affected by the foods that you eat. If you’re not getting enough of the right nutrients, like protein, iron, vitamin D and omega fatty acids, your hair may appear dull and weak.

If you’re anemic, talk to your doctor about the foods and supplements you should be eating to help increase the amount of iron in your blood.

In addition, you can try adding a biotin supplement to your diet, which may help to strengthen your hair and nails.

2. Be Wary of At-Home Hair Treatments

If you’re going to use at-home hair treatments, including boxed hair dye, make sure you closely follow the directions on the package. Leaving products in for too long can seriously damage your hair and your scalp. If you’re not comfortable coloring your hair yourself, find a reputable salon.

Even when you are at a salon, hair treatments should never be painful. If they are, something’s not right.

3. Sport Looser Hairstyles

Tight braids or weaves can cause hair disorders like alopecia if they’re pulled tightly enough to cause pain. Wearing a looser ponytail or braid can help to release this tension on your scalp and keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and beautiful.