Experts say the condition of your hair is a reflection of your general health. Your daily intake of food and fluids influences the way your crowning glory shines (or doesn’t). These hair-raising facts may help you in becoming more aware of how to take care of it.

1. We all shed hair, so no need to freak out about it. Experts say all of us shed over a hundred hairs in a day, but the constant growth cycle ensures that 90% of the hair follicles are producing new hair, so you’re not going bald by brushing or combing it.

2. Genes are responsible for male hair loss. This is true, but studies show that it’s the maternal, rather than paternal genes that are dominant in this respect. So for a clue to what you’re going to look like in ten years’ time, hair-wise, take a good hard look at your mother’s father or brothers rather than your own dad.

3. Dandruff is not a health risk. It may be unsightly and disgusting, but it’s harmless; and it’s not contagious. Oily skin, eczema, dry weather or obesity may all be triggers. It can usually be treated effectively by using an anti-dandruff shampoo, but you’ll need to experiment with a few to find out which one works best for you.

4. Exposure to sun and heat damages hair. Too much sun and styling with hair dryers and flat irons damages the outer covering of the hair, making it dry and brittle, resulting in breakage and split ends. Hair care products with sunscreen and heat protection are a good option.

5. Crash diets can ruin your hair. Hair needs nutrients from the inside to stay vibrant and healthy. Protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and Vitamin A benefit your hair and nails. Low-calorie diets often lack these essential nutrients, leaving you pounds lighter, but also leaving your hair lifeless and lack-luster, so make sure you take vitamin supplements if you really must cut down on food.