I call myself a nomad. My professional life of a journalist has made me do so. On one day I am in Bangalore and on the next I am in Kochi and yet on the third day I am in Manipal. I get out in the morning seeing the sun shine brilliantly in one part of the city and I am welcomed by showers by the time I travel to another.
Whether it is hot air, dust, pollution, rain, sweat, dry wind or any changes in the weather, I need to keep going. And I see my┬áhair, invariably, bearing the brunt of all these. Rough, entangled┬áhair, dry scalp andhair┬áloss are some of the many┬áhair┬árelated problems that have been faced by me.
However, strict adherence to a few simple steps has lately helped me in redressing them. No longer do I have to struggle to squeeze in an appointment for┬áhair┬áspa or treatment in my busy schedule. Abiding by the following has helped me get back my raven black, soft tresses.
1.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áChoose your Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil
I have tried to analyze the texture of my┬áhair┬áand then by trial and error method I have come down to a particular brand of shampoo, conditioner and oil that suit it. Many a times, two people might apparently have the same kind of┬áhair┬átexture but what suits oneÔÇÖs┬áhair┬ámight not suit that of another. Therefore I believe that trial and error method is better than blindly copying what the other person uses.
2.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áCarry your┬áHair┬áWash Kit
Over a period of time, the scalp,┬áhair┬ástrands and roots get accustomed to the shampoo, conditioner and oil used. A sudden change in them surprisingly leads to┬áhair┬árelated problems generally starting with┬áhair┬áfall. I avoid giving such shocks to my scalp and carry my┬áhair┬áwash kit wherever I go because there could be places (cities, towns, villages) where either of them might not be available.
3.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áSteps to be followed while washing your Tresses
I wash my tresses minimum twice and maximum three times a week. Shampooing┬áhair┬ávery often can leave it dried out. Oiling oneÔÇÖs┬áhair┬áis a must. To help your┬áhair┬ánourish massage your scalp and roots with oil, a few hours before shampooing. Applying oil to the┬áhair┬ástrands is useless as the oil eventually flows to them from the root ends. While washing the┬áhair, I make sure that the oil and shampoo is washed off properly from the scalp otherwise it leaves the scalp oily and dry respectively. I apply the conditioner only on the┬áhair┬ástrands and not on the roots or scalp. This should be done for a maximum of 3 minutes only.
4.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áDry them Naturally
After washing, I wipe my┬áhair┬áwith a dry cotton towel and let it dry naturally. I avoid using a comb or blow dryer on wet┬áhair. This is because roots of wet tresses are weak and prone to damage.
5.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áGive a Dose of Non Chemical Elements
Along with the regular process of┬áhair┬ácare, a weekly use of lemon juice on the scalp can help fight dandruff. Also, use of yoghurt or henna or egg white on the┬áhair┬ástrands for an hour before washing provides amazing benefits to my┬áhair. They act as natural conditioners and I find my┬áhair┬ánow smoother and shinier than before.
6.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áEat, Drink and Sleep
Drinking lots of water, eating fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C (example┬áÔÇô┬ácitrus fruits and vegetables like lemon) and getting a sleep of at least 8 hours at night is really very helpful.
7.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áFight Splint Ends
I avoid sleeping with my┬áhair┬ákept open. Every time I go to bed, I make sure that it is braided and tied properly, neither too tight nor too loose. Sleeping with open┬áhair┬ácan cause damage to your strands and can lead to occasional problems of splint ends.
8.┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áAre you Up for a┬áHair┬áCut?
For your┬áhair┬áto keep growing at a good rate, besides getting it cut in different styles, get it trimmed in every two months.
Try out these steps, they are easy to follow and donÔÇÖt really require a great effort from your end. IÔÇÖm sure you will see positive changes in a few weeks time if they are carried out in the right way. 🙂