Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher tells us how much your hair needs water.
Q1. How important is water for hair?
It is the 2nd largest constituent of hair and about 25% of the total weight of every hair strand. And thus for every new hair to form, water is very much required.
Q2. But would people who are indoors all day also suffer from hair dehydration?
Not only with exercising and outdoor activities, but even people indoors can be dehydrated because of intake of caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and various colas. These items force the water out of the body creating even a greater need for water. So you can be indoors all day, drink 4 cups of coffee or tea and be as dehydrated as if outdoors. The worse part is the even with mild dehydration the hair loses water first.
Q3. Why is that so?
The human body has a natural mechanism where any shortfall of water is compensated first from the hair and skin. Even with mild dehydration, circulation to the base of hair roots may be shut down as a measure to prevent further loss of water. Thus by the time you develop appreciable levels of thirst, your hair may already be dehydrated and damaged.
Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.