Apart from our daily schedules that went for a complete toss once the lockdown was put into place, our hair care routines have taken a back seat too. Unless you’re lucky enough to be living with a pro hairdresser, your hair hasn’t been near a pair of scissors in months (except for the one time you contemplated cutting your own bangs). Also, when was the last time you reached out for a comb? If you can’t remember, it’s time for us to have a little chat. Not caring for your tresses during the lockdown will have you walking out of quarantine with a dull, dry and limp mane. Is that something you want? Of course not.
While seeing a professional might still not be an option for many, here’s how you can take care of your hair at home and come out of quarantine with gorgeous, healthy tresses.
- 01. Deeply nourish with masks and oils
- 01. Don’t skimp on brushing your hair daily
- 03. Watch those split ends
- 04. Don’t shampoo your hair daily
- 05. Treat your hair like you treat your skin
01. Deeply nourish with masks and oils
The key to healthy hair growth is to drench it with nutrients that treat it from inside and out! While an omega-3 rich diet paired with biotin supplements will boost hair growth, topical application of the same will nourish your hair front the outside. Indulge in deep conditioning sessions twice a week and hot oil treatments before every hair wash.
01. Don’t skimp on brushing your hair daily
Since you have nowhere to be, you probably don’t see the point of brushing your hair. But let me tell you this: brushing your hair is extremely important to keep your hair healthy. Brushing your hair, especially with a paddle brush, massages your scalp and increase blood circulation, promoting hair growth. It also helps distribute the natural oils of your scalp to the rest of your tresses to keep them nourished. Don’t aim for matted hair that you'll take care of once the salons re-open; do your bit every day!
03. Watch those split ends
Don’t ignore your split ends; they can ride up to the hair shaft and prevent hair growth. Trim your hair every four to six weeks with the help a friend or family member. If you want to grow out your hair, trim your hair every six to twelve weeks. To avoid split ends in the first place, maintain a proper hair care routine, add folic acid in your diet, use leave-in conditioners and lay off heat styling tools.
04. Don’t shampoo your hair daily
Your hair is hardly getting dirty in quarantine and the natural oils on the scalp are far from hurtful, why shampoo your hair every day? Skip shampoo your hair daily as the natural oils on your scalp can be stripped off by even the most gentle cleansers. You can always use a dry shampoo in-between washes if your hair feels extra greasy.
05. Treat your hair like you treat your skin
When it comes to skincare, we almost immediately think about our facial. Have you ever considered caring for the skin on your head — your scalp? Because just the skin on your face, the scalp too gets dry, clogged and irritated. Pay close attention to how your skin is behaving, especially during the monsoon season, as it can indicate the health of your scalp. Apart from cleansing and moisturising your scalp, don’t forget to exfoliate it every once in a while to get rid of dead skin and product build-up.