‘Long and lustrous hair’, a phrase commonly used for hair and who does not want hair like that? Every woman, right? But most of us would agree that maintaining our hair is one of our main struggles. We either do not have the time or patience, or even after a lot of care fail to achieve healthy hair.
Taking good care of your hair is as important as taking care of your skin. To shampoo everyday or to shampoo less, to oil or not oil your hair, to condition or not condition, are some questions that have different answers each time we ask them.
What is most important is to learn how to keep them clean, how to style them in a healthy way and then how to maintain healthy hair with simple changes in diet and lifestyle. We have curated some simple tips for you to be able to take good care of your hair. Read on and get enlightened.
Do not overwash your hair
There is absolutely no need to wash your hair daily. Washing your hair too often can make your hair dry, deprive them of natural oil, and damage your hair. Try to restrict washing your hair to twice a week or give a gap of one day, at least.
Shampooing the right way
One has to carefully decide on the shampoo to be used. If you have dry hair you should go for deep nourishing shampoo and if you have oily hair, you should opt for a purifying shampoo. If you have normal hair go for a mild shampoo. Use shampoos that do not contain parabens or sulfates.
The right way to shampoo is to gently massage the shampoo on the scalp and roots of the hair and apply minimum pressure. You can rinse your hair after leaving the shampoo on for two to three minutes.
Do not use too cold or too hot water for washing your hair. Cold water fails to remove dirt and grease from your hair. Hot water washes away the natural oil from the hair making them dry and frizzy.
Lukewarm water is the perfect temperature for your hair and helps in removing dirt and oil from the hair without overdrying it.
Avoid the dryer
Let your hair dry naturally. Using dryer exposes your hair to heat and can cause damage and breakage of hair. Limit the use of dryer as much as possible and try to give them time to dry naturally.
Oiling the hair
Oiling is one underestimated but essential part of hair care routine. Oiling gives nourishment to the hair which is indispensable to healthy hair. Oiling has many benefits for the hair – it strengthens the hair, prevents dandruff, and stimulates growth.
Coconut, almond, jojoba, olive and argan oil are some common hair oils used by women. Oil should be applied gently with the tips of the fingers and on the scalp.
A healthy diet and lifestyle
No matter the evolved trends in beauty, fashion and style through the decades, ask your grandma for some fashion advice and she would say that a healthy diet is key to a beautiful body and that to take a healthy diet is all you need to do for beautiful hair. A diet that is rich in iron and protein is good for the hair. Include fresh vegetables and fruits, and avoid processed foods.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes proper sleep and exercise, is also indispensable. Exercising stimulates blood circulation to the hair and aids in hair growth.
Next time you are struggling with your hair maintenance, remember these tips and be assured that it is not so difficult after all. With a little bit of effort and spare time every woman can have ‘long and lustrous hair’!