Hair Re­pair

Your route to per­fect hair ev­ery day. The inim­itable queen of Ayurveda, SHAHNAZ HUSAIN, is here to re­solve all your hair wor­ries. Got ques­tions? Ask away!

Hair - - Expert Advice -

Q My work re­quires me to be out in the sun and ty­ing my hair up all the time. This has caused some strain on my crown and my hair has shown signs of thin­ning. What can I do? ~ Melissa

A Ty­ing the hair back tightly can cause enough trauma to the hair over a pe­riod of time, lead­ing to hair loss at the hair­line, as well as thin­ning. One can put their hair up loosely with hair clips, or tie it in a loose pony tail. Ap­ply non-oily her­bal hair tonic on the scalp daily and leave it in. Also, ap­ply co­conut oil once a week, es­pe­cially on nights be­fore sham­poo day. Avoid vig­or­ous head mas­sages— us­ing only fin­ger­tips, mas­sage the head lightly by mov­ing the scalp in small cir­cu­lar move­ments. Ask your doc­tor to pre­scribe vi­ta­min and min­eral sup­ple­ments.

Q When I wake up in the morn­ing, my hair is al­ways mat­ted. Is there a way I can avoid this? ~ Nikki

A In the sum­mer, sweat and oil se­cre­tions make the hair dull and mat­ted. The salt in our sweat also makes the hair rough, and robs it of body and shine. A few drops of hair serum should be ap­plied at night. Put the serum on one palm, rub both palms lightly to spread it, and them smoothen the palms over the hair. If the hair is oily, you can wash it four times a week, or even daily, us­ing very lit­tle sham­poo and rins­ing well with wa­ter. Af­ter sham­poo­ing, ap­ply the hair serum as men­tioned.

Q What causes frizzy hair and what can I do to avoid it? ~ Tr­isha

A One rea­son for frizzy hair is, of course, the hered­i­tary or ge­netic fac­tor. Even if the hair is nat­u­rally curly and not frizzy, it can ac­quire frizz due to lack of mois­ture, hair dam­age and some­times due to ex­cess mois­ture in the air. Dry hair is por­ous and ab­sorbs the mois­ture in the air when the cli­mate is hu­mid, which makes the hair swell and be­come curly and frizzy. Dry hair that is nat­u­rally frizzy may lack both protein and mois­ture. Heat co­conut oil and ap­ply, fol­lowed by a hot-towel wrap. Af­ter sham­poo­ing, ap­ply con­di­tioner, leave in for 2 min­utes and then rinse with plain wa­ter. You can also di­lute a creamy hair con­di­tioner with wa­ter and put it in a spray bot­tle to use as a leave-in con­di­tioner.

Q I have long hair that is thick at the top but be­comes wispy at the ends. Should I do some­thing to strengthen the ends of my hair? ~ Roohi

A The hair should be trimmed at the ends to uni­form length. Heat pure co­conut oil and ap­ply on the hair twice a week, es­pe­cially on the ends. Dip a towel in hot wa­ter, squeeze out the wa­ter and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a tur­ban. Keep 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—less than the usual amount—and rinse well with wa­ter. Af­ter sham­poo­ing, ap­ply a creamy con­di­tioner—a small amount mas­saged lightly into the hair and on the ends. Leave on for 2 min­utes and rinse off with plain wa­ter. You can ap­ply a leave-in of con­di­tioner or hair serum. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily and ask your doc­tor to pre­scribe the nec­es­sary vi­ta­min and min­eral sup­ple­ments.

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