5 Tips For Better Hair Care Routine

It is natural to wish for bouncy and voluminous hair. Unfortunately, urban living stress may not give you ample time to care for your hair. There is quite a gap between watching models’ flaunt glossy hair in television commercials and sporting a healthy mane in actual life.

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You may love to dream of healthy hair, but you have to work for it. There are several time-tested hair care remedies you may overlook, but with growing age and pollution, you may lose the battle of getting healthy hair from root to tip. With pandemic woes creating fear and depression, hair loss and grey hair could become a regular feature. Here are expert-recommended tips to help you strengthen your curly, blunt, long, or short hair for all seasons.

Universal Tips For All Hair Types

What’s it like to shape your hair care routine to your hair type? There are a few universals you can start right away. Consult your salon professional for industry-approved scientific tips in hair care.        

1.  Apply Chemical-Free Shampoos.

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Dust and pollution are the biggest adversaries of skin and hair. Foamy and lather shampoos are not natural. They contain harmful chemicals like parabens and sulfates that may build lather, but with time can cause scalp irritation, burning sensation and may disrupt hormonal balance.

Adopt natural and organic shampoos for hair cleaning and shine-boosting. They are vegan and cruelty-free and hydrate hair without the side effects of dryness and hair fall. Nature-friendly ingredients like green tea extract, aloe vera, and antioxidants make your hair feel shiny and soft and are environment-friendly as well.             

Pro Tip

Combat dry and rough hair with coconut milk shampoo. To control hair breakage, you can consider apple cider vinegar shampoo. Think biotin, collagen, Moroccan oil shampoos to help volumise your hair and strengthen your tresses.         

2.  Hair Massage With Warm Oil

Grandma was right when she stressed hot oil massage when you were young. Once-a-week oil application to your hair provides your tresses with nutrition and hydration. There are various oils, such as coconut oil, that penetrate human hair fibres preventing hair damage. Essential oils are also hair-friendly in addressing your hair problems. With curly and dry hair, ladies can explore Curlsmith hair products for deep treatment oil in serums to get extra moisture, hydration, and shine.

Pro Tip

A hot oil massage is achievable and straightforward and needs very few ingredients. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of coconut or mustard oil in a tiny bowl. Warm it up over a low flame. Then apply the oil to your scalp. Massage the oil gently on the scalp to avoid hair breaking off. Leave the oil on your scalp overnight (preferably) for better absorption. Rinse off the oil in your hair using mild shampoo and condition your hair to get shiny hair.

3.  Shampoo Is For Scalp, Conditioner For Hair Strands

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Women often use the wrong techniques to shampoo and condition their hair. American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) recommends concentrating shampoo on the scalp and not the entire hair length. Stick to using hair conditioner across hair lengths and tips, not on the scalp. This rule applies to all hair types and lengths.    

Pro Tip

Do your hair shampoo by gently scrubbing your scalp for three minutes. Follow it up with a 10-second rinse, though it could vary with your hair type. Hair conditioning, the second stage, is when you will shift focus on your hair strands, not the scalp. Apply the conditioner to the bottom portion of your hair as the last step. Skipping the conditioner can neglect your hair ends, causing breakage. Conditioning your hair tips will allow them more time to soak up the moisture.

4.  Keep Yourself Hydrated For Hair Growth.

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Drinking water not only improves your wellbeing, but it also contributes to getting healthy and longer hair. Just like a plant needs water from time to time, so does your hair. Drinking two to three litres of water a day supports vitamins, enabling hair growth. Water accounts for 25% of the weight of a single hair strand. Dehydration causes your hair ends to split and become brittle and may halt hair growth completely.  

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Sipping water-infused drinks like coconut water nourishes your hair with healthy vitamins and electrolytes required for hair nutrition. Drinking water infused with aloe vera and lemon provides your body with vitamin C to fight cold and cough and is also good for body immunity.    

5.  Eat A Sensible Diet

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Healthy hair has a lot to do with the nutrition you eat. Protein is a building block that holds hair strands. Since human hairs have keratin protein, you need to increase dietary protein to boost your hair keratin. Omega 3 fatty acids in fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines and vegetarian items like avocados, flaxseeds, walnuts shield your scalp and hair follicles from drying out.   

Zinc mineral stimulates RNA (Ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) production for improving hair texture and thickness. Include seafood like oysters, shrimps, mussels, fortified cereals like oatmeal in your diet to get zinc. Trace element selenium found in brown rice, mushrooms, Brazil nuts protects the hair and scalp tissues from oxidation. 

Don’t miss eating iron-loaded vegetables and fruits, and dietary supplements for healthy hair growth. Silica-rich foods such as cucumbers, red bell peppers, bean sprouts enable mineral absorption in the foods you eat.          

Pro Tip

Consume a dairy-rich diet comprising eggs, poultry, lentils, legumes, green beans, and soy. You should also include cottage cheese, ghee, yogurt for more proteins. Eat a diet with a healthy mix of vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, silica, protein, and fluids to keep you adequately hydrated.

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Wrapping Up

The right hair tools also help maintain hair texture. Use a boar bristle brush to circulate natural scalp oils in your hair. Exercise increases blood circulation in the body and also in the scalp and hair tips. Avoid washing your tresses after an exercise session. Wrap your hair in a damp towel post-fitness to absorb the sweat and cleanse the scalp. Stay away from washing your hair every day unless you have an oily scalp. Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase to extend loving care to your hair strands. And learn to avoid stress to boost your hair health. Also, find the right hair style just for your face and skin and systematically refresh your hair with a haircut. 

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