Lockdown has its own perks! You get to cook, work from your bed, relax, Netflix and chill along with pampering yourself a bit. Use this time to work on your hobbies and taking care of that hair of yours. Here, we have some tips you may find useful in nourishing your hair along with making them stronger and shinier.
Whatever you are doing to your hair you either have to include your roots or exclude them. When washing your hair make sure you clean your scalp and roots with good amount of pressure and in every direction you can, let it stay, and then rinse your hair while lightly massaging your scalp. When you are blow-drying your hair, hold the dryer at least 20 cm away from your hair.
Blow drying, especially, hot one has a huge role in making hair dry and frizzy. When you apply oil, gently massage your roots so that your hair get nourishment. Don’t take too much of oil as it can mix with the oil secreted by your body and damage your hair. Take small amounts according to your hair length and apply on the entire length.
Cold water can do wonders for your haircare. A cold shower makes sure that your pores don’t open up much, only enough to clean out the dirt and oil. This also means that you scalp become too oily. Hot showers make hair dry and rough while opening your pores too much.
It is highly recommended that you wash your hair with cool water even in winters to counter dandruff. Also, if your hairs remain oily or dry for too long, you should visit a doctor as it can be due to some hormonal imbalance or medical condition.
Most shampoos and hair conditioners these days are rich in potassium and sulphates which are harmful in the long run. Even the ones which claim to have natural ingredients have a shampoo base which again is everything chemical. Don’t worry, you can make a shampoo at home.
All you have to do is get Ritha, Amla and Shikakai from the market, peel them and oil in a container; sieve the mixture and you are good to go.
It adds natural black color to your hair, improves hair volume, removes dryness, and makes your hair stronger. If you can’t find these or don’t have the time; brands like Khadi, Blossom Kochhar and Mama Earth have a full list of natural ingredients mentioned on their products, you might try seeking those. Never go by advertisements, each brand will promote its product as the best. Be mindful, read the labels and then choose for yourself.
Oils are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients which keep your hair healthy. It is a crucial tip for people with dry scalp and people with oily scalp should take non-sticky oils. Hair stylists say that you should go for an oil derived from an essential which is grown in the area you live.
It is a high probability, that crop is grown in abundance and hence, you get a natural variant. If you are in North India mustard oil is best for you and if you are in South India coconut oil is your friend. Remember to never let your hair stay oily for too long.
Oil your hair 3-4 hours before you have to wash them. This ensures that dust particles get removed easily and hair do not become too dry after washing. It is said that this procedure reduces the oiliness in scalp. Try this, and you may not have to wash your hair every other day!
Dipping a towel in warm water and tying it around your oiled hair helps the oil reach the roots and nourish them. Water should not be too warm as it can make your hair frizzy, a little higher than lukewarm temperature should do the deed.
You can create hair masks using henna (but it might leave color or bring out greys) or Fuller’s Earth. To make a Fuller’s Earth mask refer to the previous article. You can add essential oils as this mask helps in cooling down your head while removing dirt.
Now that we are in lockdown, drag your family along. Help each other get shiny hair, because a family that does chumpee together, stays together.