How can I care for my hair at home?
Haircare is an overall term for hygiene and cosmetology involving the hair which grows from the human scalp, and to a lesser extent facial, pubic and other body hair.
Haircare routines differ according to an individual's culture and the physical characteristics of one's hair.
As we develop a more personalised routine along this haircare journey for ourselves and discover products and ingredients that catch our eyes, it’s important to keep in mind a few Dos & Don’ts.
Dos for hair care:
Wash Your Hair Regularly
- Washing your hair regularly ensures that your scalp and hair are free of dirt and excess oil.
- However, the right frequency depends on your hair type and personal preferences. If you have extremely dry hair, limit your washing to twice a week.
- If you have an oily scalp, washing your hair on alternate days can help.
Use Chemical Free Shampoos
- You really can’t control all the environmental factors that damage your hair, but what you can control is the kind of shampoos you use.
- Sulfates and parabens in shampoos are used for lathering and preserving respectively
- but they can cause skin irritation over time and increase the risk of hormonal disruptions.
- Your conditioner contains ingredients that make the hair fall straight and manageable.
- It protects your hair from environmental aggressors and heat styling.
Oil Your Hair Properly
- Pre-shampoo treatments like oiling and massaging improve blood circulation on the scalp, relax your muscles, boost shine and nourish the hair.
- It also restores moisture content, enables hair growth and repairs split ends.
- You can choose from coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, castor oil and the likes.
- Avoid using mineral oil on your hair.
Trim Your Hair Regularly
- Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to get rid of split ends.
- Split ends form when the hair is damaged due to heat styling, pollution, smoking, stress and so on. Trimming does not magically make the hair grow faster.
Drink More Water
- Internal hydration coupled with external hydration is the key to well-balanced and healthy hair.
- You may be using hydrating hair care products and oils, but drinking at least 3 litres of water every day ensures good hair health.
- We will go on repeating ‘you are what you eat as long as we write about hair care and skincare.
- Your hair is made of proteins and amino acids.
- It needs the right nutrition to grow well and maintain itself. Eggs, berries, nuts, fish, green leafy vegetables, and sweet potatoes are some of the many great foods for healthy hair.
Don’ts for haircare
Don’t press your hairdryer onto your hair to make it dry faster or straighter. This will cause the hair shaft to expand and the outer layers to curl up, giving your hair a frizzy look.
Don’t over-brush your hair if you want it to stay looking cleaner for longer – brushing spreads sebum down the length of the hair, making it appear greasy.
Don’t do treatment overkill. Colouring, straightening and bleaching processes all weaken the hair.
Salt Water Hair Wash
- Saltwater damages the hair cuticle irritates the scalp and makes the hair tangled.
- Avoid chlorinated water in swimming pools.
Don’t use silicone-based products such as two-in-one shampoos and conditioners as they leave residue on the hair shaft that will leave your hair looking dull.
Hot showers strip off the natural oils from your scalp leaving it dry and flaky. Cold showers are your best bet.