Dermatology Q&A: Tips to tackle brittle hair

Dr. Aparna Santhanam, consultant dermatologist, answers readers’ questions on Dermatology. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Friday.
This week’s answers:

1. Hello doctor, I have very brittle hair. Even though I oil it daily, it gets brittle by end of day. I use conditioner once a week. Pl help

A hot oil massage with coconut oil, once a week, improves the blood circulation in your scalp and preconditions your hair.
Also it’s important to oil your hair each time before you shampoo. Oil itself is a good conditioner for hair.
Use conditioner, wash off or leave in, every time you shampoo. It will reduce brittleness.
Go for a protein-rich diet. Include eggs, sprouts and soya in your diet for healthy hair.

2. Dear Doctor. My palms are very rough. I have tried different moisturisers. But some half hour after applying, it becomes rough again. Is there anything I can do about this?
Manjula Swamy

Your skin type sounds like it is dry. Avoid repeated washing of hands to prevent dryness. I recommend something called sandwich treatment for severe dryness. Use coconut oil on your palms 15 mins before bath. Wash off with a mild hand wash or glycerin soap and immediately follow it up with a good moisturizer with natural ingredients like honey, hemp or coconut in it. Eat 3 to 4 almonds daily or a handful of flax seeds to provide good moisturisation from within

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