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!
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.