Every woman wants her hair, her most precious accessory, to look smooth, shiny and splendid all the time. However, as you go about your daily life, your hair takes in tremendous amounts of damage, be it from heat, excessive styling, chemicals or just the pollution out there. From being as strong as bone and shiny like glass, over a period of time, your hair starts to become dry and brittle (not the respective bone and glass qualities you were wishing for!). Dull, frayed and lifeless hair is not only unpleasant to look at, but becomes extremely difficult to style as well. There are, nevertheless, ways to resurrect your hair and to bring back its lost bounce and shine.
Right from pampering your hair treatments and infusing it with certain ingredients to just using the correct styling techniques, there are a host of ways and means to heal your hair. Here are some tips and tricks to help repair damaged hair and to imbue it with new life and shine.
- Choose the Comb with Care
- The Sin of Excessive Shampooing
- Good Food, Great Hair
- Pamper Your Tresses
- Don’t Mix Hair and Heat!
Choose the Comb with Care
The brush that you use for combing your hair can go a long way in deciding the amount of damage you’re causing to your hair in the process. Try to opt for one that does not pull much on your hair, for even with a single brushing, such a hair brush could cause considerable damage to your strands, all the way from the roots to the tips. Brushes with boar bristles are much gentler on your hair and even help evenly distribute the natural oils present on your scalp, making your hair appear shinier in the process. If possible, try to use a non-static comb, preferably wooden or even metal, since it prevents static from being generated on your hair. The static electricity developed by a plastic comb tends to make your hair frizzy and more vulnerable to breakage.
The Sin of Excessive Shampooing
Washing your hair too often makes it go really dry. The natural essential oils present in your hair and on your scalp are lost if you tend to shampoo your hair too regularly. Even if you feel your hair is extremely oily, try to limit the number of times that you wash your hair in a week. A dry shampoo is an excellent option since it not only saves you much time in the shower but also helps you limit the number of times that you wash your hair. However, as much as it is important to not wash your hair too often, it is equally important that you pay close attention to the kind of shampoo that you’re washing your hair with.
It is always better to use a shampoo with moisturizing and conditioning properties, especially if you’re not one to follow up with a conditioner. Furthermore, shampoos and conditioners containing silicone, parabens and sulphates can cause some real damage to your hair. So even though such products might temporarily make your hair feel soft and shiny, in the long run, those with natural ingredients and free from parabens, silicone and sulphates are your best bet. The Lever Ayush Thick And Long Growth Shikakai Shampoo is an excellent option since it is infused with natural ingredients like Shikakai, Amla and Bhringhraj which nourish and strengthen your hair right from the roots to the tips.
Good Food, Great Hair
There is nothing better than good food to bring back the dead (hair). Your hair is essentially made up of a protein called Keratin and what you eat is extremely important from the point of view of your hair’s health and restoration. As a result, when you’re not consuming adequate amounts of protein, your hair becomes the first to suffer. There are also a number of vitamins, fatty acids and other nutrients that are extremely essential for providing your hair with the required vitality. Try to include more protein, biotin, vitamins (A, B12, C, D and E), iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and beta carotene into your diet. Not only will such food improve your hair’s shine and strength, they’ll positively contribute to your overall health as well.
Apart from ingestion, there are other ways that food can improve the health of your hair as well. Natural foods such as egg yolk, milk, honey, apple cider vinegar (eighty percent), avocados, bananas and yoghurt can go a long way in getting back your hair’s softness and shine. Applying hair masks made from such foods onto your hair or just rinsing your hair with the apple cider vinegar (or beer!) are excellent ways of giving your hair a spa-like treatment.
Pamper Your Tresses
Just like a visit to the spa can do wonders to your body and mind, reinvigorating you and infusing you with new life, a hair spa treatment does quite the same for your hair. When your hair becomes dull and lifeless, it is necessary to condition it from the core. Hair masks made from fruits or other natural ingredients provide your hair with much-needed nourishment. Even a good old overnight hair oil treatment can help repair and restore your hair to its original condition.
However, as much as possible, try to avoid using products with harsh chemicals in them and try out for those with more natural ingredients. The Indulekha Bringha Oil, for example, which contains Ayurvedic ingredients such as Bhringhraj and Svetakutaja, along with Amla and coconut oil, will not only help strengthen your hair follicles but also prevent other problems such as hair loss, early greying and diseases of the scalp.
Don’t Mix Hair and Heat!
While heat treatments such as blow drying your hair or straightening it with iron might seem like a quick fix and make your hair temporarily look presentable, they’re your hair’s worst enemy in the long run. Hair, especially when wet, is extremely susceptible to damage from heat and blow drying it is probably the worst way you can ever treat your hair. It is unwise to even rub your hair with a towel when wet. Instead, blot and squeeze your hair gently with a towel and let it air dry on its own. Hair straighteners or curling irons are just as worse since all that heat literally burns your hair dry, leaving it lifeless and without any nutrition. If you just have to do it once in a while, make sure that you use a heat protection spray to limit the damage. Heat protection hair products such as the Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist can certainly hold its own against straighteners and curling irons, protecting your hair from all that heat and friction that it gets subjected to.