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!
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.