Looking to improve the quality of your hair in time for your wedding? We’ve chalked out some easy-to-implement steps to get shinier, healthier and thicker hair
Find the right hair oil
Oiling your scalp with oil not only stimulates hair growth, but also improves the quality and texture of your strands. From coconut to olive, avocado to amla, sweet almond to Argan—an oil massage is guaranteed to improve the overall health and appearance of your hair. The vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids of coconut oil are well known by South Indian brides. That said, anything in excess can cause more damage than repair. Remember to be gentle as you oil your hair. When massaging your scalp with a product that suits you, oil the hair shafts—to nourish the strands—with a light hand instead of rigorously rubbing excess product on your scalp and causing damage to the follicles. Avoid oiling your hair on a daily basis; once or twice a week should suffice. Study the condition of your scalp to choose a type of oil that suits your hair. For instance, Argan oil is known to combat frizz while almond oil helps fight dandruff.
A nutrition-filled diet goes a long way in improving the growth rate and texture of one’s skin, hair and nails. A diet rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids will contribute to the growth and quality of hair. Be it eggs, which are a source of protein and biotin, or fatty fish such as salmon which promotes shine—the food you consume plays a major role in determining how your hair grows. Not only that, but also consuming adequate amounts of nutrient-dense foods—especially protein—can also combat concerns such as dullness and breakage. Your hair needs hydration too, so don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
Much like the pre-wash routine, the post-wash regimen calls for care and attention. Most women tend to rigorously towel dry their hair or subject it to the heat of a blow dryer or go to bed with wet hair—all of this should be avoided. The lasting benefits of air drying your hair are underrated. Allowing your hair to dry naturally prevents long-term damage and breakage caused by heating tools, products and aggressive towel drying.
Refrain from brushing wet locks with a paddle hair brush. Since wet hair is more susceptible to breakage, avoid tugging at your hair for that span of time. However, if you want to detangle your locks, use a wide tooth comb that causes less friction as it runs through your hair. Invest in a comb with natural, gentle bristles such as a boar bristle brush, for instance, to comb your hair when dry. Avoid frequent and repetitive brushing as it can break and damage your hair.
Turn on the hair conditioning
Set aside approximately 20 to 30 minutes to deep condition your hair at least once a week. Depending on your hair type, choose a deep conditioner that improves the quality of your locks. For instance, a moisturising conditioner will help replenish lost moisture whereas a protein-based product will strengthen your hair. Deep conditioning your locks makes them more manageable and lustrous-looking over time. When choosing shampoos and conditioners, avoid chemical-laden products; instead, pick natural, organic ingredients.
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