It is every girl’s dream to have gorgeous, healthy hair (Unless you are the coolest and you want to go bald) How do you counteract the effects of sunlight, pollution, bad lifestyle and more to achieve healthy hair? Read on to know how-
10- Beware of the Sun
Living in India, we bear the full brunt of summer heat. This extremely hot season can also be extremely damaging for your hair. The scorching sunlight and harmful rays from the sun can turn your hair rough, dry and damaged looking. To prevent such a thing from happening, avoid going out when the sun is at its peak during afternoon hours (also very good for the rest of your body’s health). If, however, you must go out, make sure that you keep your head covered. Use an umbrella or wear a scarf, even if going out for a short while. Applying a serum or a leave-in onto your hair can go a long way in protecting it from heat damage, as they act like sunscreens for your hair.
9- Choose your shampoo carefully
The shampoo and conditioner that you use on your hair will determine how healthy it looks and feels. If you have rough and dry hair, opt for cream based conditioners and shampoos. If, however, you have oily hair, water based products will do you good. You may need to experiment with different shampoos before you find a product and a brand that suits your hair type. There are so many products available in the market today that finding a good one won’t be much of a challenge. Keep in mind factors like how frizzy your hair can get and how often do you need to wash it, before you pick a shampoo off the shelf. If you wash your hair a lot, go for a mild shampoo as too much washing can also be damaging.
Dandruff is a very common problem, especially during winters. It refers to the flaking white dead skin of the scalp. It is a scalp disorder that affects almost half the population worldwide. If you are one of the few lucky ones who does not suffer from dandruff, skip this point. If you do suffer from dandruff, read this list and go treat your hair to some dandruff-removing techniques. If you have dandruff, don’t just ignore it. Use any of the special dandruff-removing shampoos and conditioners that are widely available in the market today. If that doesn’t work, you may need to go in for stronger solutions like nizoral antifungals. Traditional methods of curing dandruff include the use of Neem (a strong anti-fungal) egg yolk and even black pepper (an Indian Ayurvedic remedy)
7- Trim Your Hair
Trim your hair regularly to ensure good growth and get rid of split ends. It is strongly recommended that you get your hair trimmed at least once in six months to keep it healthy. Putting off trimming for too long will cause split ends and damaged hair ends. Many people who want to grow their hair longer avoid trimming it for the fear that it will shorten the length of their hair. That is, however, untrue. Regular trimming of hair actually stimulates hair growth (opinion is divided on this, but traditional wisdom agrees that it does) If you don’t trim your hair, the split ends will travel up the length and damage your hair further. So get it trimmed as often as needed to have long and healthy hair.
6- Water Temperature
The temperature of the water that you use to wash your hair with can determine how good your hair quality is. Always wash your hair with lukewarm water. Extreme temperatures as in too hot or too cold water can damage your hair follicles, so always use water at an optimum temperature. Especially avoid the use of extremely hot water, even during winters, as that can be very damaging for your hair. Many people recommend giving hair a final rinse with tea-water to give it shine and gloss.
5- Go Easy With the Heat Treatment
Who amongst us has never been lured by the promise of gorgeous curls or silky straight hair? Who amongst us has never put a heated rod on our hair in an attempt to make it more manageable? A great majority of us, I’m sure, have done exactly that. However, heat treatments like hair straighteners and curlers cause more harm than good. The short-term results of great looking, swishy hair may be realized, but the long-term effects can be devastating. Heat can be very harmful for your hair, as mentioned earlier as well. The cuticle layer is damaged by heat, which also causes hair to become brittle and fall. Do not straighten your hair every day, as that will make it rough and day. Do so only in moderation, before special events perhaps? Moreover, Never apply heat onto your hair when it is wet. Wait for it to dry before you straighten or curl it. Use good quality straightners with ceramic plates to avoid excessive damage.
4- Comb Your Hair
Of course we all comb our hair, but how often should we do it? Experts disagree with the advice that every mother gives to her daughter- ‘Brush your hair a hunder times before you sleep.’ They say that so much brushing could lead to split ends. That, however, does not mean that you can forgo combing completely. Comb your hair every night before sleeping and every morning before you tie it up. Doing that will make your hair look smoother and detangle it. After washing your hair, comb it with a wide-toothed comb. Never use a fine comb on wet hair. A wide toothed comb, preferable a wooden one, will detangle wet hair and make it easier to manage once it dries. Avoid using a brush on wet hair because that will lead to more breakage.
3- Natural Remedies
Sometimes, it pays to go easy on the synthetic products available in the market and rely on traditional remedies that are available in nature. There are many natural ingredients that you can use on your hair to make it healthier and better. Egg yolk is one of these. It acts like a natural conditioner. Aloe vera gel is also used. Many homemade hair masks are extremely beneficial for your hair. Yoghurt mixed with honey is excellent for dry hair. People with graying hair use henna on it, although henna on dry hair can make it drier. Vinegar mixed with warm water or the water in which rice has been soaked should be used to rinse hair after washing it. There are many other ways in which you can take care of your hair using natural ingredients, so try them and see the difference in just a few days.
2- Coloured Hair
Coloured hair requires even more care and protection than virgin hair. If you are planning on colouring your hair, make sure you use only quality products. Get your colouring or streaking done from a reputed parlour to avoid damage later on. The right application technique will ascertain that your hair looks good. Once you have coloured your hair, take care that you don’t wash it within the next forty eight hours. Don’t bleach your hair, as that makes it look dry. Instead, use good quality hair dyes if you must streak it. There are many products in the market that are designed especially for coloured hair, so invest in such hair products.
1- Oil Your Hair
Oiling your hair is of utmost importance if you want soft, silky and healthy hair. It is the primary source of nourishment for hair. The market is flooded with hair oils that promise good results in a short time (Remember One hour champi?) Grandma was right when she urged you to oil your hair every Sunday. Hair oiling is especially necessary for parched, dry hair. Massage your hair with warm oil and let it stay overnight. The massage also increases blood circulation in the scalp and increases hair growth. Nowadays, there are even shampoos that promise the goodness of oil inside them. Try those if you are too busy to oil your hair regularly.