Hair Re­pair

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Hair - - Expert Advice -

Q My scalp gets re­ally dry and itchy in the sum­mer. What can I do to avoid this?

~ Priya

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?

~ Ar­pita

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?

~ Tanvi

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?

~ Mansi

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.

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