You would have splurged a thousand bucks on an endless list of haircare products but still your tresses demand extra attention all the time. Luscious and shiny locks are not just a miracle but an outcome of patience and ongoing care. Besides using the correct products and following a great haircare routine, a few extra (yet essential) steps will go a long way in promoting the health of your hair .These simple, easy to follow hair care routine steps promise to bring back/boost your hair’s lustre and sheen. Some of you might be following these steps already, but if not, then it’s time to give it a go.
1. Start scalp exfoliation
Overtime, the buildup of hairstyling products, dandruff and sebum can clog hair follicles, which leads to hair thinning and hair loss. Shampooing your hair alone doesn’t remove everything from the scalp. Just like your skin, exfoliation of your scalp is a quintessential step for all hair types, oily or dry. When a follicle is clogged, it shrinks over a period of time and the count of hair growing from it is reduced. One of the culprits behind an oily scalp and recurring dandruff is the missing exfoliation in the haircare regimen. Oil massages and hair treatments also work better on a clean scalp which is free of dirt and debris. You can start the scalp exfoliation by either getting a scalp massager (shampoo) brush or an exfoliating scalp mask. I prefer using a massager brush right after I apply shampoo to my hair. Gently loosen the dirt while brushing the scalp in round strokes for about 5 minutes and then wash away the shampoo. If you have eczema or psoriasis please skip this haircare step. You can get the brush from Boots/ Primark / Ebay/Amazon in a very cheap price.
2.Use a silk/satin pillowcase instead of a cotton one
Yes, you read that right. Even the texture and material of your pillowcase can make a difference to the quality of your hair. I had the same reaction to this fact when I got to know first about trying it, but I have the experience to believe that it truly helps. I will now explain how it works. When your hair rubs against a coarser fabric like cotton, friction is created which leads to frizz and breakage. The softness of the satin ensures that your hair glides off the pillow, thereby eliminating the friction and static. Satin suck up less moisture from your hair as compared to the other harsher fabrics. Another advantage of using satin pillowcases is reduced appearance of facial wrinkles, improved complexion and a better sleep. I’ve observed that my skin is now smoother with no pillow-line imprints in the morning; hair is visibly frizz-free with less breakage. You’ll totally love the luxurious feel of sleeping on a satin pillowcase besides enjoying the benefits it provides to your hair and skin. Don’t worry if you can’t purchase the pillowcase at the moment, a satin scarf or a silk cloth on the pillow would do the same job.
3. Deep condition your hair atleast once a month
Deep conditioning is a treatment that works by providing deep moisture to the hair shafts, restoring the natural health of your hair. Deep conditioning is highly recommended to not just dry and brittle hair, but hair of all types and varieties. It has the power to make your hair softer, shinier and stronger with time. I suggest investing in a mask like Shea Moisture/ Maui Moisture that is Silicone, parabens, mineral oils and phthalates free. Else you can opt for the natural DIY masks like bananas/avocados /yoghurt/honey or a combination of any of these as per your choice. Deep condition your hair before/ during /after shampooing as per your convenience. If you plan to apply it before the shower, slightly dampen your hair by spraying some water and apply the product evenly in hair from roots to tip. Provide some steam to your hair and wash off after 20 minutes. If you prefer to use it in shower, then after shampooing, apply a small amount into palm and distribute into damp hair from root to ends. Leave in for 5 minutes and then rinse. Some people like to deep condition once a week, but I prefer it just twice a month.
4. Use a clarifying shampoo once a month
Just like scalp, dirt and chemicals get deposited on the hair shafts due to usage of styling products, exposure to hard water and oil treatments. A clarifying shampoo purifies, detoxes and deep cleanses the hair shaft to make it new and clean again. The shampoos that we normally use are different from the ones that are meant for hair clarification. The regulars shampoo contains moisturizing agents to cleanse your hair gently and provide some nourishment alongside. Clarifying shampoo is rather a strong sulphate shampoo that is free from silicones meant to strip away the oils, chlorine deposits or any other residue from the styling products. It can even act as a volume booster for limp and thin hair. Since it’s harsh and doesn’t have much nourishing properties, it should only be used once or twice a month followed by a conditioner. Pantene Lively Clean (the transparent shampoo) and Garnier ultimate blends are the two shampoos that are easily available in the market and can be used for clarification.
5. Eat healthy and nourish from the inside
You are what you eat. No matter how many hair products you try, if you want gorgeous free-flowing tresses, you need to start eating healthy. A balanced diet rich in proteins and minerals is a must for a shiny and happy hair. Zinc, Iron, Biotin, Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for hair growth and your overall health. Carrots, milk, cheese, brown rice, walnuts, spinach, kale, pomegranate, oranges and avocados are superb to boost the health of your hair. Foods that are high in antioxidants and vitamins will be your hair’s best friends forever. Green leafy greens like spinach, kidney beans and pulses are not only full of proteins but also rich in iron and zinc. Many people rely on taking hair and nail supplements these days since it’s difficult to pack on the vitamins in a busy lifestyle. Figure out what works the best for you and get going. Besides eating healthy, working out in moderation is also important since it increases the blood supply to the scalp.
Try these out and let me know if these worked for you in the comments below.See you next week beauties. xx