How to make your crowning glory can object of envy.
By Suman ‘Vats’
hen it comes to appearance there is no denying the fact that hair plays an essential part of a woman’s beauty. Proper hair care will lead to healthier and better looking hair. Bad hair care or not taking care of your hair can lead to breakage, fly away, split ends, dull hair, and early hair loss.
Silky, manageable hair is what all of us dream of and only a few possess. But all it takes is a little bit of regular care to keep your hair soft, lustrous and beautiful. For that you have to maintain a daily hair care routine.
The most important thing is to have a healthy lifestyle. Get enough sleep, learn to relax, and practise a combination of yoga and pilates as a part of your fitness regime. Drink
10-12 glasses of water, and eat a balanced low-oil diet. Include lots of fresh fruits, fruit juices, nuts and dry fruits, and green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. Eat raw oats since it is a rich source of silica which is vital for hair growth. Vitamins B and C are also essential for hair growth. Avoid junk foods as much as possible.
Massage your scalp every day. This will improve the blood circulation at the roots and keeps the hair healthy. Use your fingertips and not your nails, for the scalp massage. Get a hair massage once or twice a week since it stimulates and improves blood circulation in the scalp, which enhances hair growth. Avoid exposure to sunlight. Use an umbrella or a cap or a scarf or a hat –
anything that will prevent exposure to direct sunlight.
Brush you hair with a round-tipped brush, twice a day. the ideal way of brushing is start at the nape of the neck and move upwards towards the crown, repeat this stroke at least three times, and then brush your hair the normal way. This improves blood circulation in the scalp. Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. This helps to control hair breakage.
After washing your hair, comb your hair when it is still wet. Gently untangle the tangled ends. This also helps to control hair breakage.
Cleansing your hair is important on a regular basis. Before having your hair washed, make sure you remove all the tangles first. Styling and drying will be a lot easier this way. When drying your hair, do not rub with a towel. Just blot the moisture out of the hair. This is because a towel rubbing would lead to tangles and probable breakages, not to mention the hassles you will go through in disentangling.
When doing a hair wash, you would first notice that there is not so much lather. But not to worry, it is just because there is still dirt present in the hair. So better rinse the hair but don’t squeeze it or even pull the hair for this might cause hair problems too. It is better just too smoothly run your hands down just to remove excess water and shampoo, then wash the hair again.
Buy shampoos and conditioners that match your hair type. When shampooing, rinse your hair out before applying any shampoo to remove any dust, dirt and any other foreign items, then apply the shampoo onto your scalp and massage it gently with your finger tips and work your way outwards. Thoroughly rinse your hair out to remove any shampoo residue that may be left. Shampoo residue may dry your hair and/or attract dirt. You should wash your hair as often as you feel necessary to keep it clean, but a general rule is you should wash oily hair every day or every other day and only wash dry hair two-three times a week.
If you have dry hair, you need a gentle natural shampoo, enriched with green tea extracts that makes the hair strong and shiny. You need to use a deep conditioner for dry hair.
If you have oily hair, you need to wash it regularly to get rid of the excess oil. This is done best by a shampoo that has extracts of rosemary and pansy as its ingredients.
If you have normal hair, use a shampoo that is mild, and condition your hair at regular intervals.
Use a conditioner after shampooing, it’ll moisturise your hair, give it extra protection, add shine, reduce static, and make it easier to untangle. Use a leave-in conditioner, it’ll hydrate and protect your hair. A leave-in conditioner on your hair is the equivalent of moisturiser on your face. When conditioning your hair, try to spread the conditioner evenly throughout your hair and leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing out your hair.
Be gentle when shampooing and conditioning, don’t use excessive force rubbing your hair. Remember hair is most vulnerable when wet.
IF YOU HAVE OILY HAIR, YOU NEED TO WASH IT REGULARLY TO GET RID OF THE EXCESS OIL. THIS IS DONE BEST BY A SHAMPOO THAT HAS EXTRACTS OF ROSEMARY AND PANSY AS ITS INGREDIENTS.
- Before entering a swimmingpool, wet your hair so that it will soak up the pre-dip water instead of the chlorinated water.
- Hot air can be damaging to your hair, so when using a hairdryer use the pool’s cool setting.
- Don’t keep the blow-dryer in one spot for more than a few seconds, keep it moving and at a good distance from your hair.
- To speed up the drying process, pat your hair dry with a towel and let the remaining moisture in your hair dry naturally.
|I Use a brush whose bristles are made from natural animal hairs. It is softer and more flexible which means less damage will be done to your hair.|
- Use brushes/combs with widely-spaced bristles/teeth and smooth tips. Sharp tooth combs can damage your hair, cause split ends, and scratch your scalp.
- Follow a hair trimming procedure on a regular basis to get rid of the spilt ends and ensure a healthy hair growth.
- Apply hair packs once in 15 days and alternate it with hot oil therapy.
- Wear a hairstyle that complements your dressing and personality.