Everything About Hair Care
I get SO many question about my Hair & my Hair Care regime. Since it gets really difficult to reply to all emails / msgs, I thought of compiling a post here to share everything I know about HAIR CARE. Read on to find more..
Pick Right Products:
For this you need to know your hair and scalp type. The two can be different: you might have a dry scalp and oily hair. Most salons have the equipment to check. Ask their stylist to prescribe hair products for you. If you have varying hair and scalp types – for instance, if your scalp is greasy but your tips are dry – you may need to use two shampoos, one for the roots and the other for the ends.
Don’t shy away from the multiple products. Rethink basic hair care. It’s no longer just shampoo and conditioner. There’s also leave-in conditioner, hair masks and styling products. Consult an expert.
Washing Hair SOS
There is a correct way to wash your hair and it makes a difference in the long run. Before you wash, brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb to detangle. Wet hair. Add a little water to your shampoo. Vary the spots on your scalp where you apply shampoo as it might have product build-up over the years. Massage it into your scalp with the tips of your fingers, not the flat of your hand.
Do it for about a minute. Rinse, for about three minutes. Ensure that there’s no shampoo left in your hair, which could lead to a flaky scalp. Apply conditioner to the ends. Don’t apply to roots and don’t rub it in your hair. Rinse well. When they have dried a little, detangle with a wide-toothed comb. If you are facing a lot of hair loss, then consult a trichologist, and run a test on thyroid functioning.
Covering Grey Hair:
Use color to cover the greys but don’t go black. The contrast between the two shows up the grey even more, which means you have to color more frequently. Choose a medium-brown, one that works with your skin tone and eye color. Highlights are also a good camouflage option.
Perfect your shiny hair for the big days and nights out. Pick shampoos and conditioners with olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba but rotate their use with your normal ones so there’s no product buildup. Serum will add to the shine; massage a small amount evenly into damp hair.
DIY Hair Rinse:
Mix three tablespoons of vinegar with a half liter of warm water for a final rinse that gives hair a new shine.
Practicality may dictate that you keep your hair out of the way, but pulling it into a too-tight ponytail or plait can lead to traction alopecia or baldness because it stresses the hair follicle. The hair loss could be permanent.
Check if your hairstyle is making you look older. Poker straight hair, severely pulled-back knots, plaits, ponytails and bleached hair can all be unhappy choices. Opt for casual styles with a bit of wave and volume. Short hair usually makes you look younger.
Food For Your Hair:
- Refined carbohydrates and sugar are as bad for hair as they are for skin.
- Hair is primarily made up of protein, so check that you’re eating enough to avoid hair loss.
- Exercise. It ensures oxygen supply throughout the body and increases blood flow. Good circulation is essential for healthy, lustrous hair.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages as they deplete the body of minerals that are needed to maintain healthy hair. This leads to drying of hair.
- High fibre diets rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts are important.
- Vitamins such as A and B complex are good for hair.
- Biotin or Vitamin B7 improves hair quality. Check with your doctor before taking it.
- Check with a doctor if you need other supplements. Minerals for healthy hair include copper, selenium and iron.
Products For Your Hair:
There are a bevy of hair products in the market. A quick rundown.
Hair and volumising spray: Add fullness to your mane, especially if you have fine hair. Lift hair and spray at roots. Or spritz hair spray on brush and comb through.
Mousse: For fine and wavy hair. It amps up the texture and gives it structure, so you can style it.
A caveat: Use only on short hair. It clumps together long hair, making it flat.
Gel: A styling product. Use only at the roots. Used beyond that, it pulls your hair down, leaving it flatter than before.
Finishing cream and wax: Styling products plus shine providers. Use only on the ends in minute amounts. Wax is more intense than creams – using a dot should do it.
I hope this post about hair care was helpful. Leave a comment below to let me know if you’ve any queries / suggestions.