We all have our dreams of bouncy, shiny, beautiful healthy hair. How we wish every day was a good hair day! Surprisingly, a simple hair-care routine at home can take care of most of your hair woes.
“For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day” – Audrey Hepburn.
Beautiful hair is an accurate indicator of a woman’s health. Healthy women always have lustrous, bouncy hair that makes them more attractive since they are naturally radiating beauty from within. And it is not so difficult to achieve that. A healthy lifestyle and some basic hair-care habits can help you achieve great beautiful hair.
I have put together a few tips from a hair-stylist friend, some advice from my grandma and my own experiences, which thankfully helped me get healthy, nourished hair with simple hair care and maintenance.
1. Massaging your hair
Just like the CTM routine (cleansing, toning, moisturizing) for the skin, it is essential to follow a routine of massage, wash, condition and dry your hair, the right way. Ensure that you pamper each strand of your hair by massaging the scalp with an oil of your choice. This improves blood circulation and strengthens the roots of the hair, making it shiny and beautiful.
2. Cleaning your hair
You need to keep your scalp clean, but you don’t have to shampoo your hair every day even if the label on your shampoo says it is meant for a daily wash. Depending on your lifestyle ( eg., if you are outdoors for long or you sweat a lot) and the weather in your city, you might want to shampoo your hair twice or thrice a week, not more than that. If you still don’t feel “clean”, just rinse your hair with plain water.
3. Conditioning your hair
Unlike the shampoo which you apply and massage mainly to the scalp (that’s where most of the sweat and dirt is), the conditioner should only be applied along the length of the hair, especially the tips which are prone to drying and splitting. Never scrub the conditioner on your scalp.
4. Want beautiful hair? Keep it cool
Excessive heat and processing can wreak havoc on your hair since it damages the hair follicles making it look dull and lifeless. Always use cold or lukewarm water to wash your hair. Use low heat setting when using styling tools like blow dryers and flat irons. While using a blow dryer, don’t hold it too close to the hair.
5. Go natural for healthy hair
Whenever time permits, opt for natural care. Soap nuts as shampoo and egg white, yogurt or coconut oil as conditioners are some of nature’s gifts for nourishing your hair.
6. Be gentle
The more gentle you are with your hair, the more beautiful and healthy it becomes. It is always good to dry your hair with a towel before you blow-dry or brush. Hair tends to be weak when it is wet, so never pull or brush vigorously. Go the traditional way and use nature’s best brush, your fingers, to handle tangled hair.
7. Tap the beauty from within
Always my favorite topic (see this for healthier cooking tips), eating healthy always leaves you with a sense of glow and well-being. A diet rich in iron, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids helps maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. Load up on green leafy vegetables, fruits rich in Vitamin C to help iron absorption, nuts, dry fruits and fish. The best ways to get lots of leafy vegetables into your diet are smoothies, juices and chutneys. Consuming herbs like curry leaves, cilantro or mint regularly (at least once a week) is a surefire way to get beautiful, shiny hair. Stay tuned for the recipes which I’ll be posting soon!
8. Protect your hair
Tie or braid your hair whenever you workout, go outdoors or when you go to bed. This will prevent dryness and split ends. For the same reason, trim your hair regularly (once or twice a month is sufficient).
9. Above all, be happy with your hair
Curly, wavy, straight, long, short – whatever be the texture and nature of your hair, love, nurture and celebrate it. Trying to artificially change the nature of your hair may lead to hair fall resulting in thin, dull hair.
Let your beautiful, healthy hair be an expression of self-love and beauty from within.
Did you find the tips useful? Have you had any bad-hair days? How did you overcome those hair problems? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section.