Sometimes, our hair tend to have to have a mind of their own, at least my hair do! We do all kinds of experiments on our hair, from coloring to literally frying them with heat. And therefore it is no surprise that we end up with damaged hair and have no clue about restoring them. Well, here are a few simple tips that will help you give love to your abused locks and nurse them back to health!
1. QUIT HEAT STYLING
Heat is the worst enemy of our hair. Sure, heat styling works wonders and makes our hair behave well enough at least for some time, but the happiness is short lived! Have you ever noticed how your hair get even more coarse and frizzy, the first wash after use heat styling tools? That is because the heat sucks all the moisture out of your hair and makes them prone to damage. So say a firm “no” to those cruel hair straighteners, curlers and blow dryers. If you feel that you just cannot go without these then invest in a good heat protectant spray and use it liberally on your locks before you subject them to heat. Let your hair air-dry as much as possible. In case you want to use a blow dryer, use an ionic one. The technology which ionic blow dryers use, cause much less damage to the hair.
2. GET A TRIM
We get it! Long hair are tempting. But the most common mistake women make is assuming that while growing their hair out, they need not cut their hair at all. Getting regular trims is absolutely necessary. “Why?” you ask? Well, hair stylists agree that split ends do not let your hair grow past a certain length. Once your hair split and the split goes higher up to the hair shaft, there really is no way to repair them. Split ends ultimately lead to hair breakage, frizz and unruly hair. So to get healthy hair, get a few inches of your damaged strands chopped off!
3. OPT FOR SULFATE FREE PRODUCTS
Sulfates are basically detergents added to shampoos and conditioners to improve their cleansing property. So they help to get rid of the dirt and grime deposited on your hair scalp and strands. But that is the good part. The bad part is that the presence of these sulfates makes the shampoo extremely drying. In fact, the reason your shampoo lathers so well is because of the sulfates. They not only remove dirt but moisture and natural oils as well. If you check the ingredient list at the back of your shampoo bottle, you will find – SLS (sodium laureth sulfate). So the better alternative will be to invest in sulfate free hair products.
4. START OILING YOUR HAIR
Most of us feel like we do not have the time to oil our hair and many women usually claim that if they oil their hair, they are unable to wash it off properly and completely! So, the obvious solution is skipping it. But believe it or not, this old school method is extremely essential for healthy hair. Oiling adds moisture to the scalp and helps reduce frizz. The expensive deep conditioners which can burn a hole in your pocket, also contain oils to do their job. So the point is, why spend so much money when you can do your own deep conditioning treatment at home. Coconut oil is extremely nourishing and hydrating. It has anti-fungal properties and its molecules are tiny enough to actually penetrate your air strands. Another great option is Argan oil.
5. START WORKING ON YOUR DIET
A good diet is extremely essential to obtain the healthy hair you have always wished for. Products claiming to transform your hair will only give short term results because they do not provide your hair with any goodness from the inside. Therefore, a good diet is extremely important. Biotin rich food will help to help to solve hair fall and frizz. You can also take supplements after consulting your physician. Foods containing protein (eggs) also help to strengthen hair follicles.
6. COLD-RINSE YOUR HAIR
Using cold water is an important step while washing your hair. Hot water will strip the moisture from your hair and make them frizzy. Using cold water helps to add shine to the hair and helps to lock the moisture in.
7. SLEEP ON SILK
This may seem a little weird. But the explanation makes sense! The thing about sleeping on silk or satin pillowcases is that they provide a really smooth surface for your hair. There is least amount of friction which prevents your hair from breakage when you are tossing or turning. Unlike cotton pillowcases, silk and satin pillowcases will not strip your hair of moisture and you might just wake up with those gorgeous bed-hair!
8. DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR TOO MUCH
Those of us who have an oily scalp tend to wash our hair almost every day. However, washing your hair everyday can actually make them weaker and more vulnerable to damage. It may cause breakage, split ends and dryness. Shampoos and hair cleansers, no matter how mild they claim to be, are harsh on your scalp and remove all the natural oils present on it. Also, if you like to style your hair, over washing can make that job difficult because freshly washed hair are pretty limp and all over-the-place. They have no texture and no matter how much you curl or straighten them, they will spring back to their original form. It is advised to wash your hair with a gap of at least one day. If your hair tend to get too oily or dirty, you can use a little dry-shampoo.
9. LET YOUR HAIR DOWN
During hot summer days, I can understand that it unbearable when tiny hair sting your neck and get drenched in sweat only to stick to the nape of the neck! The irritation is real! But tying your hair in a tight pony tail can actually make your scalp sore. So can the use of too many pins or hair accessories. The best option is to let your hair down and if you think that is not possible then make a messy bun. Honestly, a messy bun can go with any outfit and is so easy to make. Let your hair loose while sleeping.
10. USE HOME-MADE MASKS
Homemade hair masks work just as well as the pricey ones available in market, if not better. You can DIY a hair mask with simple ingredients present in your kitchen. For dry hair, mash a banana with 2 tablespoons of honey and 3 tablespoons of yogurt. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash as usual. For dull and damaged hair, simply whip an egg to the right consistency and apply. Wash thoroughly after 20-30 minutes.