How To Keep Your Hair Healthy

hair I have been blessed with silky, straight, generally tangle free, jet black hair. Sounds like a dream, right? Recent changes to my lifestyle, however, wrought havoc on my hair. My once silky, shiny hair soon became frizzy with split ends due to constant bike rides, too much sun and too less drying. By the time realisation struck, my hair resembled the before part of the shampoo ads. None of the supposed miracle shampoos and conditioners could bring my hair back to life. So I began, albeit rather late, on a quest to restore my hair back to their former glory.

A good part of this quest was time wasted on trying on several hair products which included shampoos, conditioners, damage repair masks etc. None of these gave me lasting results. Finally, I decided that the products were a waste of my money and they were more or less the same. I needed something that would give me lasting results without me having to worry about the chemical damage. So I “re-began” by trying to identify my target areas: split ends, rough hair, frizzy hair and dry hair. Yes, I know, this is a true hair nightmare! And now for my steps for righting the damage to my hair!

1276586901-hair-lossStep # 1: Brace yourself!

Before beginning any beauty regime or changing anything about yourself it is essential to understand that you are undertaking a long journey with several wrong turns.  More than the steps, what you should understand is, the time you invest and the seriousness with which you regard this routine are important. Changing your hair texture is not an overnight experience. Be prepared for waiting for your hair to come back to life and don’t miss out on any of the routines that you have set up for yourself.

Step # 2: Tackling split –ends.

They simply had to go. There was no other way around it. So the first step for me was getting a new haircut. Bye-bye split ends!

To ensure that they never returned I now make sure that my hair are completely dry before I step out. And I air dry them. I know this can be time consuming and outright inconvenient for some but try to do this as much as possible. Limit your blow drying to special occasions. Blow drying your hair regularly can actually cause severe hair damage. Split ends are one result of too much blow drying. Other causes for split ends include too much sun exposure, hair styling, and excessive shampooing and drying hair too vigorously. Split ends can be prevented by regular use of conditioners and covering your hair when travelling.

hair-lossStep # 3: Controlling frizzy hair.

The frizzy hair were a direct result of travelling on a bike. I started using scarves. Your hair stays silky and there is no frizz. I would have hailed the scarf as a miraculous discovery but there were several wiser women before me who opted for scarves on bike rides. There is another plus to using the scarf while travelling and that is your washed hair remain smoother and tangle free for longer. Direct contact of the wind on hair, while being a visual treat, leave your hair frizzy and also cause split ends.

While washing hair always use lukewarm or cold water. Hot water not only makes your hair susceptible to hair fall but also causes frizzy hair.

Step # 4: Repairing the damage.

While on a wild goose chase for perfect damaged hair repair products, I came across a home treatment that worked wonders for me. This treatment works by intensely saturating your hair with the goodness of the oils you choose, leaving you with soft, nourished hair.

How to go about this treatment:

  1. Choose your oils. You can mix 2- 3 oils of your choice. Heat the oil by placing it in a small glass jar and putting this jar in boiling water.
  2. Apply the oil by gently massaging it into your scalp.
  3. Next, heat water to a temperature you can bear. This does not mean very hot water. Pour the water onto your oiled hair.
  4. Gently wring out any excess water. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  5. Drench a towel in hot water. Wring it to remove excess water and wrap it over the shower cap.
  6. Now, relax. Let your hair mask work its magic for anywhere between 15 minutes to two hours.
  7. Wash your hair as you normally do. You might require more washes than you normally do but for every wash remember to use only a small amount of shampoo. Remember to wash any oil off your neck and back as washed hair instantly absorbs this oil. Take care to wash out all the oil. Conditioning is a must. Use a leave in conditioner if you wish.
  8. Enjoy your soft, silky hair!

Hot-Tips-To-Perfect-Natural-Hair-CareThis is the most basic hair pack treatment. Alternatively, you can replace your hair oil with bananas, honey, eggs, strawberries, milk, almonds or a combination of any of these. Skip out step 3 if you are replacing the oils.

This treatment gives you naturally wonderful hair right after the first wash and you didn’t even need to spend any money over it! Try to fit in at least one treatment every week and your hair will change to beautifully soft and smooth hair.

For your regular washing remember to oil your hair the night before or if this is impossible for you heat oil and use it 20 minutes before washing.

 

Step # 5: Generic Hair Care.

  1. Don’t shampoo daily. Thrice a week is the recommended number of washes.
  2. If you insist on blow drying, wait till your hair is at least more than halfway dry.
  3. Brushing 100 times a day is a myth. It actually causes damage rather than helping. Use a wooden comb instead and comb only as much your hair requires.
  4. Too tight buns, hairdos, pony tails are rumored to cause baldness. So next time leave the pony tail a little loose.
  5. Instead of investing in your shampoos, invest in hair oils. They give better returns!!

That is all I have got and need actually!

The regime I have recommended is simple and doesn’t cost any more than your current hair regime is probably costing you. It may be time consuming but the results are worth all the hassle. My hair are back to being soft and silky again and I hardly ever have any trouble styling or keeping them in place. For hair that is naturally soft, silky and most importantly, manageable, this is all you need.

 

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