July 23, 2013

HAIR WE GO…….




Summer is here and while it's important to take care of your skin, it's as imperative to make sure your hair gets the right care.

Here are a few dos & don’ts that can help you maintain healthy hair throughout this summer.


DOs

- Regularly cut and trim your hair. This will keep the split ends at bay. There is nothing more appalling than to see hair with split ends as it gives one a very disheveled look.



- During summer, the scalp sweats more and there are chances of dust getting stuck to the hair, which could lead to dandruff. This might make you want to wash your hair every day, but it is not a good idea to do so since the hair will be stripped of its natural oils. Instead, wash it every other day.



- Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. This helps extracting buildup and residue from the scalp, which in turn, helps keep your hair healthy and shiny.

-The hair also needs moisturizing, so using a conditioner is imperative. Make sure to condition your hair every time you shampoo it and look for a conditioner that has protein. When applying the conditioner, avoid the scalp and instead restrict it to the hair.




- Another way to hydrate the hair is to use a leave-in serum, which gives it a healthy shine and acts as a shield against dust and heat.

-Do brush your hair each morning. This will help remove dust, dirt and loose scales. It also stimulates the blood supply and distributes sebum along the hair shaft.




-Do brush your hair at night before going to bed. If your hair is long, tilt your head forward and brush from the base of the head forward.

-Allow your hair to dry naturally as often as possible.

-Do wash your hair after swimming in chlorinated water.

-Treat yourself to a hot oil treatment with coconut, olive, almond or jojoba oil. This will add that extra healthy glow to your hair. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and dab on to the scalp, leave for half an hour then wash with  lukewarm water. Finish with a cold rinse to flatten the cuticle of the hair. Do nourish your scalp twice weekly. It is a good way to get healthy and shiny hair.


DON’Ts

-Don't blow dry your hair too frequently. Frequent blow drying, or use of other heat products, can stress your hair.

- Do not sleep with wet or damp hair. This will weaken the follicles and make hair strands brittle.

- Don’t wash your hair in hot water. Hot water dries hair just as it dries skin. It also opens the cuticle, which makes it more absorbent to pollutants on the hair and scalp.

- Don't use a brush on wet hair. Use a wide-toothed comb instead. Start at the ends, gently working your way up towards the roots.

-Don't expose your hair to the sun during the hottest time of the day. Make sure to cover your hair with a scarf and tie your hair loose enough to allow proper blood circulation in the scalp.

-Don't tie your hair back too tightly and never when it is wet. This stretches the hair shaft, causing it to break and split.

-Don't forget to clean your brushes and combs. Let them soak in warm, soapy water once a week

-Refrain from excessive use of hair styling products, like color, mousse, gel, and so on. They are bad for your hair's health, especially when used on a regular basis.





Maintaining your hair is relatively easy with the right kind of steps. Hair is made of protein, so keeping a healthy diet and good hygiene is an essential part of maintaining luscious locks. At the same time, here are some other tips about hair care, and what you can do at home to get unbelievably beautiful hair.



HOMEMADE HAIR CARE TIPS





* Rinse your hair with vinegar before shampooing. It makes your hair look shiny and cleaner plus, it treats dandruff. Use 1 part vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar) to 3 parts lukewarm water, then rinse and wash your hair like normal. After you shower, try using a wide toothed comb, or even your fingers, rather than a brush.

* Tree tree oil, as well as olive oil, does wonders for hair. Stress has a bigger impact than you think. Meditation can be very helpful, as well as exercise. If you absolutely have to use heat, make sure you use a protective spray first. These are very inexpensive. When towel drying, don't rub the hair vigorously. This splits the hair. Try using a micro fiber towel as they soak up lots of moisture.

* Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast—but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they're not the only ones.




*Soak dried amla in water overnight. Use this water to rinse hair. Amla is a known hair tonic and a hair nourisher. It also promotes hair pigmentation, which makes the hair dark

*Boil some dried amla pieces in coconut oil for a few minutes. Cool and sieve. Massage hair with this oil regularly for thick and lustrous hair.

*For conditioning hair, henna is the best. A henna paste mixed with curd, an egg and lemon juice is an excellent conditioner if left on the hair for about 45 minutes. If you have dry hair, add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil or coconut oil to the henna paste.

*Used tea leaves can be boiled again in 2-3 cups of fresh water. Strain the liquid, cool it and use it on your hair as the last rinse after shampoo. Let down your hair after shampoo and gradually pour the tea water on the head, rubbing gently with the fingers. This will improve the look of your hair and you will get more beautiful hair.

*For oily hair- One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel should be mixed with one tablespoon of lemon juice along with one-fourth of shampoo. This mixture can be used for washing them regularly.

*For normal hair- One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds are to be soaked overnight. Ground them next morning and apply to the hair. After one hour, rinse and wash with shampoo.

*For dry hair-Take two tablespoons of gram flour and add to a cup of coconut milk and apply on the scalp massaging gently. Rinse the hair thoroughly after five minutes. It is an effective method for home hair care when used once a week.







For All Hair Types

The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.

To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair and use egg yolks only to moisturize dry & brittle hair. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cold water and shampoo your hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month and whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.




For Dull Hair


Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes.

To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.





 
For Itchy Scalp

To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate.
Try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. "The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head.
To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.





For Dry or Sun-Damaged Hair

Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon—hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron—nature's sweetener can help. "Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture.

To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.


 
For Oily or Greasy Hair

Cornmeal or cornstarch is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease.

To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.




For Frizzy Hair

Home beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair.

To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.





For Residue-Ridden Hair

Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.
To Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo your hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.


A RECIPE FOR STRONG, BEAUTIFUL HAIR


NORMAL HAIR
Eat: Low fat fish, chicken, pulses like dals and sprouts.

DRY HAIR
Eat: Foods rich in vitamin B, raw vegetables, pulses, whole meal bread, brown rice, liver, bananas, nuts and oily fish. A supplement of Vitamin E capsules will also help. Avoid: Salty and fatty cheeses.


OILY HAIR
Eat: Lots of green leafy vegetables, salads, fresh fruits, yogurt, baked and grilled dishes. Avoid: Fried and greasy foods, milk products and red meat.

DULL HAIR
Eat: Foods rich in minerals - green vegetables, nuts, lentils, wholegrain cereals, shrimps, oily fish and milk.

HAIR WITH DANDRUFF/FLAKY SCALP
Eat: Fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and vitamin A rich foods. Avoid: Dairy products, spicy food, piping hot food.




Care For Colored Hair

Colored hair becomes very sensitive and requires immense care. It is also highly prone to dryness, coarseness, split ends, and fading. Thus, for caring the color treated hair, read the tips given below:

* Always use a shampoos especially meant for colored hair, as they are designed especially for the purpose and do not strip away color from your hair that fast.

* To maintain the luster of your hair, make sure to apply a good conditioner every time you wash your hair. This will not only prevent your hair from becoming dry, but will also moisturize it, securing the color.

* Those, who spend a lot of time outdoors, should always wear a hat or a scarf  to save their hair from the harmful rays of the sun. This is because sun not only dries your hair but also fades the color. As an alternative, use leave-in conditioners on your hair, when stepping out. They contain sunscreen, which will guard against the damaging effects of the sun.

* Always use color enhancing conditioners, which help in keeping the color intact and even help in blending it in root areas.

* Do not use a brush for colored hair, as it tends to break hair much more. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb, which will even check the occurrence of split ends.

* Colored hair should be air dried rather than blow dried, as it saves it from damage and breakage.



All the homemade remedies included here can be prepared at your home. Thus you can get a better and cost-effective hair care from them. Lustrous and glossy hair is something that any woman desires. By following a proper hair care regimen, you can have healthy, soft and thick hair.

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