Every girl starts dreaming of long beautiful hair since childhood itself, thanks to the story of Rapunzel. Long beautiful hair is much loved among Indian girls especially, but it’s very difficult to maintain good hair in the times we live. The pollution in the air, as well as water, gradually weakens our hair, and no wonder that almost everyone is suffering with hair-fall, nowadays.
So, what we need is a little extra care to look after our precious tresses. Feminiya brings you 10 quick easy hair care tips that guarantee excellent results.
1. A Good Diet
As a matter of fact most Indian women are undernourished (well, thanks to our newfound love for the skinny build). Especially, the vegetarians tend to lack omega fatty acids and vitamin B12, which is significant for hair. Here are some food items you must include in your diet for better hair – fish, eggs, spinach, lentils, milk, beans, cashews, peanuts, dried watermelon seeds, roast beef, oysters, etc.
2. The Grandma Champi
Oiling your hair is very important, but in the correct manner. Use warm coconut/ olive / almond oil and massage it onto your scalp in circular motions. Dip a thick towel in hot water and wrap it around your head after draining the excess water. Keeping the oil overnight and washing it off in the morning, is the best. Remember, you must wash it off before going out, as oil attracts dust and dirt.
3. Water is the Key
You must drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. This prevents dandruff and dry scalp. Celebrities around the world tell us that they go on a high-water diet near some important occasion, say a week or so before the important day. Water is not only good for your hair, but also for your skin. Glowing skin and beautiful hair! What more can you ask for?
4. Deep Conditioning
Conditioning is very important for your hair. So, if you don’t already use conditioner, start using it now. You must follow with a conditioner after shampoo; otherwise, your hair will be frizzy and brittle.
Now, deep conditioning can be done with homemade recipes, like egg + olive oil + few drops of honey or egg + beer. Apply the mixture, hold for half an hour, and wash off with cool water. This will make your hair smoother shinier and also stimulate the growth.
Now you must be thinking what the tip about brushing the hair is, but there are many people who don’t know the right way to brush hair. Always choose a brush with natural bristles. Metal brushes are the enemy to your hair. Do not brush wet hair, as they tend to get entangled in the brush and break. Use comb only to detangle your hair, otherwise, use a brush. Brushing improves the blood circulation in your head, which stimulates hair growth.
6. Heat and Sun
It’s very common to blow dry or iron hair very often, nowadays; in fact, some of you might be doing it daily. So, it’s important to give your hair, protection from the heat. It’s better, if you avoid anything that involves a lot of heat, but in case, you can’t make sure, you can buy a good heat protective spray/ serum. Apply the spray thoroughly before ironing/ blow drying your hair. You have to understand that you are being harsh on your hair, and so, you must give them extra care and nourishment. Also, cover your hair when you are going out in the sun for long.
7. Longer Hair
Indian girls love to keep their hair long. Long healthy hair is considered a sign of beauty in the Indian tradition. So, here are a few things that will help you accelerate the growth of your hair. Massage your head daily with the help of a massager or your fingers. Massaging stimulates the blood flow. Also, have a diet rich in protein. Protein is responsible for the length and health of your hair. Castor oil and mustard oil are known for its hair growth properties, so use them frequently.
8. Washing Hair
Some people claim that washing hair daily is healthy, but the truth is the opposite of it. Ideally you should wash your hair only twice or thrice a week. However, if you have very oily hair, you must start using dry shampoo. Its quick and it won’t cause any hair fall.
9. How to Tie
Don’t tie your hair too tightly. I’ve seen some people tying hair too tight, thinking it’d fasten the hair growth. It’s a complete myth; in fact, it will weaken your hair and form fragile bends. Also, sleep with your hair loose. If it’s too much hassle for you, tie it very loose with a fabric band or a silk/ satin scarf.
10. Silicone is a Total No-no
Avoid silicon based hair products. Some silicon products make your hair look shiny and silkier, but in the longer run it only derogates the quality of your hair. Silicon based products create a film onto the hair shaft, which obstructs the moisture and nutrients to go into the follicles. So, always check before buying your hair products that it’s silicon-free.