Hair Care Tips

The hair is the crowning glory of a person and yet we find that not many of us give it the care it deserves. Hair has a central core called the cortical and around it there are a number of overlapping scales. If these scales are tangled it reflects on the hair and makes it look lifeless and dull, but if they overlap smoothly, the hair looks smooth. Let us look at some of the hair care tips that we must follow.

There are two things which determines how your hair looks -diet and lifestyle. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals affect the quality of hair and you are plagued with dandruff, premature graying, thinning and a host of other problems. To keep the hair glossy and healthy, proper grooming is a must. Wash regularly and rinse it with lemon juice, which is dissolved in warm water. When you wash your hair, never use very hot or very cold water.

Shampoos must be used according to the nature of the hair.  In India, aritha and shikakai powder are used to wash hair and as they do not have any chemicals, there are no side effects.  A paste of urad dal and fenugreek powder is very good for the hair. Amlaa, the Indian gooseberry helps to retain hair color and also the luster. The juice of green coriander leaves tones the hair. When you use the shower to wash  your hair, do not bundle up the hair on the top of the head, but let it hang down. Use a wide toothed comb to remove the tangles and use a brush with animal bristles rather than a plastic one. Simple hair care tips that anyone can follow.

Hair must be oiled at least once a week if it is normal, twice if it is dry. Indians use coconut oil which moisturizes dry hair and makes it look smooth. Massage the scalp well for this will help the blood to circulate. When the hair is wet, it needs to be handled carefully. Blot the hair and do not rub dry. While using a dryer, make the dryer face downwards and better still use a leave on conditioner before blowing dry. Air dry as far as possible. Brush hair before retiring for the night. Remember to trim hair once in 2 months at least to prevent split ends. While arranging the hair, it is essential that it is not pulled back tightly. Metal barrettes and rubber bands can cause damage to the hair.

Just as the body requires proper nourishment, hair also needs to be looked after.  Eat dark green, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. The  vitamin

A present is good for the scalp.  Vitamin B complex helps oil to be secreted and maintains the health of the hair. Cereals, tomatoes and green vegetables provide adequate doses of this vitamin. Minerals are essential for healthy hair. Whole grains, green vegetables, wheat germ provides the necessary copper, zinc and iron.

During winter, the hair should not be washed often and in case you do need to do so, apply baby powder to your hair and use a comb on it.  A drink made from honey, yogurt, bananas and skimmed milk prevents hair loss. Do away with stress, sleep well and massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil. Dandruff can be removed by applying table salt on the scalp and then washing the hair with shampoo.

Finally learn to accept the kind of hair you have and do not use too many chemicals on it. Be gentle when you want to make your hair look different. Use good hair products and never compromise on quality. Eat well, exercise and sleep well. Indulge your hair and give it a hot oil rub at least once a week. Your hair is your crowning glory. Treat it well, follow the hair care tips faithfully and  it will return the favor.

Remedies (Graying)
Apply a paste made from 2-Tsp. henna powder, 1-tsp. curd, 1-tsp. fenugreek seed powder, 1 tbsp. coffee, 2-tbsp. mint juice and 2-tbsp. basil juice. Apply this paste to the hair for two hours. For a darker color, leave this paste in for 3 to 4 hours. Wash hair with any natural shampoo.

·Grate some fresh ginger. Mix with honey and place it in a jar. Eat 1 tea spoon everyday.