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Q My scalp gets really dry and itchy in the summer. What can I do to avoid this?
A dry and itchy scalp in summers can be due to the pores of the scalp getting clogged with oil or residue. This interferes with the normal distribution of the natural oil on the scalp. Heat olive oil and apply on the scalp with cotton wool, rubbing gently to dislodge flakes, if any. Expose the hair to a steamer, or indulge in a hot towel wrap. Leave on overnight. Use a mild herbal shampoo in the morning and rinse well with water. After this, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. This helps relieve itching and also restores the pH balance of the scalp.
Q My hair gets dry, frizzy and sometimes matted after swimming. Is there a special product I should use?
The chlorine in the water in swimming pools can dry out the hair, making it dry, dull and frizzy. Wet your hair thoroughly before a swim. Hair is porous and it can only absorb a certain amount and no more. This will minimise the chances of your hair absorbing chlorinated water. Apply a leave-in conditioner or hair serum and wear a cap before swimming. Conditioners and serum coat the hair and protect it. Rinse the hair thoroughly with water after a swim. This helps to wash out the chlorine to a great extent.
Q The split ends in my hair have increased ever since the weather has changed. What should I do?
Trimming off the split ends is the only remedy. Regular haircare will help you avoid split ends. Avoid tight rubber bands and over use of heat. Use a wide-toothed comb and not a brush. Heat pure coconut oil and apply on the hair twice a week, and don’t miss the ends. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Use a mild herbal shampoo, avoid using large quantities of shampoo and rinse well with water. Do not skip conditioner on the ends of your hair.
QI have long and thick hair, and my hair care regime is very minimalistic. What should I do to take better care of my hair?
Hair care should be according to hair type and individual needs. Overall, your body must be in a state of good health. A diet that is low in nutrition, lack of sleep, a sedentary lifestyle, stress and illness, are all reflected by the hair. Hair is fed by the blood flowing to the follicles, which means that nutrition and good blood circulation are extremely vital to healthy hair. Consuming sprouts, fresh fruits, salad, leafy green vegetables, soyabean and curd is good for the health of your hair. The hair also needs external nourishment. Apply oil once a week the night before shampooing. If you like, you can apply olive oil or pure coconut oil. Avoid vigorous massages. Using your fingertips, move the scalp gently in small circular movements. If the hair is oily, avoid oil applications. For dry hair, shampoo twice a week. For oily hair, shampoo 3 to 4 times a week. Be sure to dilute the shampoo with water. Kitchen shelf ingredients can be used for hair care. For oily hair, apply egg white 15 minutes before shampoo. For dry hair, apply yogurt and wash the hair after half an hour. Aloe vera gel applied like a pack, moisturises the hair and scalp.