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 -

QI tie my hair al­most ev­ery day in a tight bun or a pony­tail. I am not very com­fort­able with open hair. Will it cause re­ced­ing hair line? ~ Aakriti Gupta

Yes, ty­ing the hair tightly in a bun or pony­tail ha­bit­u­ally can cause enough trauma to lead to hair loss at the hair­line. Tie your hair loosely, if you must, or braid it. Avoid rub­ber bands and use a scrunchy or rib­bon. Ap­ply a non-oily herbal hair tonic daily on the scalp us­ing cot­ton wool. Ap­ply oil once a week, but avoid mas­sages. If the scalp is al­ready oily, avoid ap­ply­ing more oil. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily, and in­clude fresh fruits, sal­ads, leafy green veg­eta­bles, soy­abean and curd in your diet. Ask your doc­tor to pre­scribe vi­ta­min and min­eral sup­ple­ments.

QMy hair is frizzy and its tex­ture is coarse. Is hair smoothen­ing treat­ment a good idea? ~ Sh­we­tal Bansal

Hair smoothen­ing ther­apy makes use of ker­atin, smoothen­ing out curls, waves or frizz. The smoothen­ing prod­uct is an in­ten­sive con­di­tioner; other prod­ucts may also be ap­plied to make the hair softer and smoother. Leave-in con­di­tioner, hair serums, hair but­ter are some of the prod­ucts that help to soften the hair and make it look straighter when styled. At sa­lons, smoothen­ing creams and masks are used to make the hair smooth and more man­age­able. They also help to mois­turise the hair and add shine, mak­ing it look thicker and straighter.

QI have an oily scalp but dry ends. I am not sure if I should do oil mas­sage be­fore head wash. What should I do? ~ Ritu Bak­shi

This is a com­mon prob­lem. When the scalp is oily, the pores of the scalp get blocked. This ham­pers the dis­tri­bu­tion of nat­u­ral oils along the hair shaft. The re­sult is that the scalp and roots are oily while the ends are dry. Once a week, heat olive oil and ap­ply on the hair. Ap­ply on ends too and rub the scalp with cot­ton wool to loosen flakes, if any. Wrap the hot towel around the head and keep it on for five min­utes. Re­peat the hot towel wrap three or four times. Next morn­ing, ap­ply lemon juice on the scalp and wash your hair. Af­ter sham­poo­ing, use a leave-in con­di­tioner only on the ends. Add lemon juice to a glass of wa­ter and have it daily, first thing in the morn­ing.

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