Though most of us put in a lot of time, effort and money to ensure that our skin stays wrinkle-free, few of us invest enough time or effort to ensure that our hair also stays healthy.
Hair defines our lifestyle, our personality and even our moods. It tells us our age, just like wrinkles do. So, if we spent as much time looking after our hair as we do looking after our skin, we'd look, and feel, a lot younger.
Whether it's long or short, your hair requires maintenance. Remember - those good, old grandma's recipes that helped nourish our hair? However, in today's fast-paced life, we have no time to actually prepare those magic potions. All we now do is walk down the supermarket aisle and pick up products that best suit our hair type.
What's more, as our hair is exposed to many pollutants and chemicals, it needs far more care than it required before. Toxic elements are a major factor that damages hair. You know this, don't you - that some of the shampoos and conditioners we use are nothing but a dubious mix of chemicals?
Nothing looks as good as a head of gleaming, healthy hair. While a lucky few are born with good hair, most of us have to work hard for it - but the results are well worth our effort.
10 Great Ways to Keep Your Mane in Shape
- Make sure your diet is healthy, or it will reflect on your hair. Get your daily dose of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Fish is excellent for hair
- Shampoo your hair every alternate day. However, don't let your hair get too dirty before you shampoo it, as this could cause your hair to fall. Shampooing it every alternate day, or, at the most, every two days should do the trick. Also, take a clue from the climate you live in
- Does your work or lifestyle take you out in the sun a lot? Wear a cap, and try and get your hands on a conditioner which has sun-block. UV radiation can cause untold damage to your hair
- Apply oil, at least once a week. Leave it on for about half-an-hour to an hour, and cleanse with shampoo. If possible, give your hair once-a-month deep-conditioning treatment by steaming your oiled hair to enable it penetrate the strands
- Egg is excellent for hair. It nourishes hair and adds shine. After applying oil, whip up an egg and apply it to your hair once a week
- Visit your hairdresser for a trim at least once in 4-6 months, to keep split ends in check. There is no "cure" for split ends. Once a hair is split, the end has to be cut off to avoid further splitting of the strand
- Condition your hair after every wash. After shampooing your hair, towel dry. Take a few drops of a conditioner in the palm of your hand, rub hands together, and apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair. Never ever apply it to the scalp. Once you've applied the conditioner, run through your hair with a wide-toothed comb so it gets evenly distributed. Wash off after three minutes
- One great trick to tame frizzy hair is to apply two or three drops of oil to your hair, just after washing it, when your hair is still soaking wet. This tames the hair without giving it an oily appearance
- Don't shampoo your hair with hot water. Cold water is best
- .If you have long hair, sleep on a satin pillowcase. This helps hair glide when you move in your sleep. Regular cotton pillowcases may latch on to your hair, causing breakage. It's best to tie hair up when sleeping.
Do's & Don'ts
- Hot air can be damaging to your hair, so when using a hair dryer use a cool setting.
- Don't leave the blow-dryer in one spot for more than a few seconds, keep it moving and at a good distance from your hair.
- To speed up the drying process, pat your hair dry with a towel and let the remaining moisture in your hair dry naturally.
- Gently use your fingers to untangle any knots while your hair is drying.
- Hair styling products with alcohol dry out the hair; avoid their use.
- Avoid using hair styling products directly on your scalp; they tend to clog the pores on your head.
- Before entering a pool, wet your hair so it soaks up the "top" water instead of chlorinated water.
- When swimming, wear a cap to protect your hair from chlorinated water. If you choose not to, make sure you shampoo and condition your hair right after you are through with your swimming session.
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