It is not enough to rely on hair stylists and salons to maintain a healthy head of hair. You need to take measures to care for your hair as well. Busy routines and lack of proper hair care can lead to issues like hair fall, greying or flaky scalps. Fortunately, there are well-proven ways to give some added TLC to your mane. Here are some effective hair care tips at home that you can follow for stronger and healthier hair.
- 1. Oil treatments
- 2. Watch your hair washing habits
- 3. Indulge in DIY hair treatments
- 4. Use eggs to deep condition your mane
- 5. Follow a good diet that boosts hair health
- 6. A beer rinse can come in handy
- 7. FAQs about hair care tips at home
1. Oil treatments
Oiling provides a source of hydration, supplements your hair with minerals and vitamins that are needed for keeping it healthy and strong. It helps soothe frizz and aids growth by increasing blood circulation in your scalp. The massaging action on the scalp helps create a little pull and makes the roots stronger.
According to Dr Parul Khot, practicing senior Dermatologist and Cosmetologist (@Skiinace), “For best results, do this twice a week and choose an oil that suits your hair. You can also mix any number of oils like fenugreek, almond, castor, coconut, hibiscus, argan oil and avocado to make an enriching concoction. This makes it aromatic and potent too,’ Avoid keeping the oil for more than 8-10 hours and tie a bun or braid as a protective hairdo.
2. Watch your hair washing habits
Take into account the weather and your lifestyle to determine how many times you need to wash your hair.
- If you have straight and flat hair, you should cleanse twice a week with a degreasing sulphate-free wash.
- Wavy hair needs a cleanse three times a week.
- Curly or coily hair that is prone to frizziness can be given a deep wash and conditioning once a week.
A pro-tip while washing hair from Dr. Khot is to “Do a lukewarm wash at first and then spray a wave of cold water so that the pores are closed”. While washing, massage gently for about 4-5 minutes to remove all the oil and dirt buildup from the scalp and shaft. Condition every time you wash, keep it on for 3-5 minutes and only apply conditioner from mid-length to the roots; a towel or air dry to keep the moisture intact.
3. Indulge in DIY hair treatments
At-home DIY hair treatments help in enhancing the shine and strength of your mane.
- Mix equal parts of honey, avocado and apple cider vinegar in a glass bowl for a nourishing scalp detox.
- Mix one tsp of cinnamon in organic coconut oil for a deeply exfoliating massage.
- Squeeze out the juice of onions and apply all over your scalp and hair to get the most of its antibacterial goodness.
- Use a mix of rice water and a couple of drops of lemon juice as a hair mask for manageable and silky hair. You can even use it on its own as a rinse after washing your hair.
- Use antioxidant-infused green-tea as a hair rinse in order to treat hair conditions like dandruff, flakiness and split ends.
BB pro-tip: When using DIY masks for your hair, make sure to mix and apply them evenly. Leave them on for 30 minutes and cover your head with a shower cap. Follow this up with a hot towel wrap and let the steam aid deep absorption of the ingredients. Make sure to wash off with a gentle shampoo and don’t skip on the conditioner!
4. Use eggs to deep condition your mane
Deep conditioning your hair once a week can reintroduce vibrancy and softness to heat styled and damaged hair. While you can use your regular conditioner for this, an egg mask is a good DIY alternative. Egg whites are a rich source of proteins and are also rich in biotin (vitamin H). An egg mask will help retain keratin in your hair strands. Make sure to whisk the egg whites with some milk or yogurt for the best results.
5. Follow a good diet that boosts hair health
Taking care of your hair happens from within as well. Some of the hair foods that can contribute to a healthy mane are:
Rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and biotin, almonds should be soaked overnight and eaten in the morning. Antioxidants protect your mane from free radical damage caused by UV rays and pollution. Some other sources of antioxidants are guava, lemon, strawberries, and avocados.
If you are looking to add some volume in your hair, walnuts are the way to go about it.
Pumpkin and chia seeds are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids. They are also powerhouses of protein, zinc, and copper, and boost hair growth.
Spinach, broccoli and green leafy vegetables are rich sources of vitamins A and C, folic acid, beta carotene, and iron. Iron deficiency has been associated with hair loss and supplementing your diet with it can help maintain hair health. Other sources of iron are root veggies like carrots, beetroots and sweet potatoes.
Meat and seafood:
Vitamins B12 and D3, zinc and magnesium-rich foods are good for strengthening your hair from within. These nutrients are abundantly found in meat, seafood, eggs and shellfish.
6. A beer rinse can come in handy
Using beer rinses can be a good hack to get instantly shiny hair. According to Dr. Khot, “It’s interesting to know that beer is not only good for the skin but also has benefits for your hair. Beer is loaded with proteins which nourish and repair dried out, damaged hair for a luscious bounce. In fact, some of the latest haircare trends include beer shampoos and conditioners, but nothing compared to the leftovers in your fridge. So, bottoms up on your hair for your next wash!”
7. FAQs about hair care tips at home
1) Do DIY hair masks really work?
A. Yes. As a matter of fact, DIY hair masks can be better at conditioning your mane than using regular conditioners. While store-bought conditioners only condition the surface of your hair, homemade masks can go deep within the hair shaft to nourish it from the inside.
2) Is the alcohol in beer bad for your hair?
A. While beer is technically a boozy drink, the alcohol content is too low to cause any dryness in your hair. But make sure you are only using it once or twice a week in order to keep it effective in the long run.
3) Which essential oils are good for hair growth?
A. Some of the essential oils that are best known to boost hair growth are peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, ylang-ylang and lavender essential oils. Make sure to dilute essential oils with base oils like coconut and sesame before applying.