Women (maybe men too) tend to take maximum care of their hair besides obviously their face. Some are pretty sure of loving their hair more than any thing else in their body. If you have long, voluminous hair, yes go ahead; show off. But just because your hair do not meet the beauty standards of the world, does not mean they aren’t beautiful. I have never liked how people prefer straightening their hair than keeping their natural curls. Hey! Curly hair is gorgeous too! Taking care of your hair does not necessarily mean visiting the saloon regularly and emptying your purse. Some simple tips can help you keep your healthy and beautiful.
- Have a well-balanced diet. A diet which is rich in silica (oats, outer coverings of potatoes, green and red capsicum, cucumbers and bean sprouts are a good option), calcium and iron, will help reduce or prevent hair breakage and hair loss. Green leafy vegetable are a good source of minerals and are hence great for your hair. Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, like and other organ meat, whole grain cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, dates, and raisins. The hair is mostly made of protein and hence a protein rich diet is advisable. Vitamin E is also very important for a healthy hair growth. Avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil are rich in Vitamin E.
- How often one should wash their hair depends one one’s hair type. Some people need to wash it every alternate day. Some 3 – 4 times a week. Avoid washing your hair every day. And wash your hair at least twice every week. Keep the shampoo for a while and rinse the scalp with your fingertips and not your nails. Apply conditioner only to the hair and not to the scalp. The water while washing your hair should not be very hot or very cold. Never comb your hair when it is wet. Avoid brushing your hair if possible and even when combing, only use a wide – toothed comb. If your hair is curly, use your fingertips and run them though your hair. Avoid hair dryers as much as possible. Women have the habit to wrap their hair in a towel and keep it for some time. Do not do this. The towel will absorb the moisture from your hair. Use a cotton T – shirt instead.
- Try washing your hair leaning over a basin or bending while having a bath. This increases the blood circulation around the scalp and the hair roots. Gently massage your head with your fingertips while you put the shampoo. Begin at the nape of your neck and use the pads of your fingertips without using your nails. Don’t use the entire palm. Rotate the fingertips gently on your scalp with circular movements, going towards the crown of your head. Do not rotate your hair. Continue to do this slowly for a couple of minutes. Progress towards your hairline and while doing so begin exerting a little more pressure. While doing so, use your thumbs to move towards your ears and then to your temples. Take your time and let the shampoo stay in for some time. You have now nicely massaged your head. After this, rinse your hair well. Then pat your hair dry with a towel instead of rubbing them with the towel. You can do this if you do not like using conditioners.
- Some hair seems to respond or rather is well turned out without using the shampoo and sticking only to the conditioner. However, do not do this all the time. There are some who haven’t used a shampoo for over a year or two. Your scalp will suffer even if your rinse it with your fingertips. It won’t be clean. You can wash your hair without using shampoo and using only the conditioner may be once or twice a week. Use the shampoo at least twice a month.
- Always cover your hair while going out especially if it is sunny or windy. Oil it once a week or so. Do not keep the oil for long.
- Try using a mild shampoo and if you do not have hair that is tone to breakage, is very dry or that suffers too much hair fall, then avoid using fancy shampoos and conditioners. Do not over- condition the hair, it might cause the cuticle to break.
- Trim your hair every at least once every two months or once a month. It cuts out the split ends and damaged hair. The lotions and shampoos being advertised to cure split ends are not of any use. The only way to get rid of them is to cut them.
- You do not need that hair straightener/curler. Learn to do without them. Or try using them only on a very special occasion. The heat is bad for your hair and is the main reason for hair loss, breakage and dry hair.
- Comb your hair before going to bead. Avoid tying them tightly. Tie them loose in to a pony, preferably with bands whose outer covering is made up of cloth or better yet, tie them into a lose braid.
Protecting and caring for your hair should not mean going to someone and spending money alone. Spending some time taking care of it yourself also helps.