10 Steps To Healthy Hair
When it comes to hair, I personally feel there can be three categories in which we can be divided into. Some of us are born with beautiful and healthy hair and continue having the same throughout our lives; this is the first category. The second category consists of women who are not blessed with naturally beautiful hair but they can surely work towards attaining the same. Finally, bunch of unlucky women constitute the third category. Wondering why I say so? What else should I say for women who are born with beautiful hair but tend to lose their lovely locks due to pollution, health conditions, side effects of medicines or some other unfortunate factor! I fall in the third category and I have tried a lot to save those precious strands. My experiences have taught me many things and it has been a tough learning process. In this article, I would like to tell you about ten vital things which you may do for attaining healthy hair.
10 Steps to Healthy Hair:
1. Keep it clean: Healthy hair can be achieved only through clean hair and scalp. Use a shampoo that suits your hair type, does a decent cleansing job and allows no buildup. If you are an outdoor sort of a person, you should use a mild shampoo almost everyday or every alternate day. The best shampoo is one which contains no SLS, SLES, silicones and unwanted chemicals to ensure that you do not damage the health of your hair while removing impurities. You may go for Parita’s recipe for homemade shampoo. Follow up with a good quality conditioner. You may also use homemade conditioners and hair rinses.
2. Keep it nourished: Oils nourish your hair in the most convenient way possible. Use coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil and castor oil, either individually or after mixing a few of them together. Use nourishing hair packs to maintain the health of your hair. Use eggs, bananas, curd, honey, amla powder, shikakai powder etc for preparing a suitable hair mask. I prefer using henna as it provides nourishment to hair, imparts a subtle color to hair, and at the same time, covers grey hair to a good extent. Often I mix henna powder with lemon juice, curd and eggs.
3. Treat hair problems from the roots: Hair problems are related to some root causes. If it is dandruff, treat the problem. If it is about iron deficiency, consult doctor for supplements. For me it was oily scalp and sticky dandruff resulting from oiliness.
4. Healthy hair is also about healthy scalp: Oils like olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil are great for your hair. Massage hair oil on scalp to promote blood circulation, prevent hair loss, offer nourishment to hair roots and relive dryness. However, if you have oily hair and scalp, do not use oil as you would harm your hair health in that case. Go for other alternatives. For instance, sulphur promotes hair health. Use onion juice for the purpose. Amla juice contains every possible nutrient that your hair and scalp needs and at the same time, it keeps scalp free from oil. Use amla juice or onion juice directly on scalp. Lemon juice is also great for scalp. Since I have oily scalp, I prefer using onion juice as it helps to relieve itchy scalp and control hair loss to some extent. I also use amla juice on scalp when the small onions are not available.
5. Use the right kind of hair care product: Advertisements often tend to misguide you. Do not believe blindly what they claim. Make sure that you invest in a product that suits you, and not the brand ambassador in the advertisement. For instance, if you have dry hair, use shampoo and conditioner meant for dry hair because that will help to relieve dryness and give your hair a smoother appearance. Say for me, Dove range of products never tend to suit me no matter how well it suits so many Indian women, including my mother.
6. Have proper diet for healthy hair: Eat healthy to get healthy locks. Include proteins, vitamins, iron and minerals in the right way. I, for instance, make it a point to include the fresh juice of two amla, 4 or 5 almonds, 3 or 4 cashews, 2 or 3 dates, two spoons of honey, a fruit, an egg and at least a piece of fish (fish oil is very good for hair) in my daily diet. Drinking lots of water is also important.
7. Keep hair away from damaging factors: Heating, curling, straightening, perming, coloring and bleaching are a strict no-no! I never do any of these on my hair and I vehemently oppose anybody who wants to embrace these damaging factors willingly. Pollution, UV rays, and hair styling gels too are never welcome.
8. Add supplements: Although, it is always great if you can get your dose of nutrients through food, it may be a necessity for you to add some vitamin, iron or cod-liver supplements. Always go for doctor’s advice before going for any of these supplements.
9. Treating your hair right: Treat your hair the way it deserves. Be gentle and follow some simple tips. I feel one should avoid things like combing wet hair when hair roots are weak, leaving hair open while going to bed as that makes hair more prone to tangles and split-ends, over combing of hair and skipping shampooing hair for a long time.
10. Be regular in hair care: Hair care is not something you should be doing once in a blue moon. Be regular in your approach. Hair cleansing should be done 3 times a week, use hair oils or amla juice/onion juice etc 2 or 3 times a week before hair cleansing and use hair packs once in a week or two weeks.
Healthy hair is something you acquire. Whether you wear your hair long or short, have it thick or thin, shiny or not so shiny, it is important that your hair is healthy, sans dandruff, sans hair loss problems and sans hair breakage problem. Healthy hair is beautiful hair.
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36 thoughts on “10 Steps To Healthy Hair”
Lovely tips Somreeta, me too in the 3rd category 🙁 not a day goes by when my mother doesnt comment “Kitne pyaare the tumhare baal!! Ab dekho” 🙁 🙁 they were beautiful once but i was in US for a few months n that just ruined them 🙁 they just lost some life, i dunno if it was th water dr or what, but they havent been th same since! *touchwood* they r decent enough but pehle they were just too gud…i try to oil weekly, i think thats the best thing, when i do that the whole week my hair feels gud but for weeks when i dont my hair becomes blah! so these tips r simply gr8! i’m gonna look into some supplements asap, thanks for sharing! 🙂
yes Nafisa ….i know the pain of losing something that u possesed sometime bk…. 🙁 mere toh pollution ke chlte.. 🙁 Thanks so much for liking my post dear.. 😀
hello somrita, can we use curd and eggs both all time with henna. what is the best gap of trim our hair?I have used henna every after 15 days?
i use curd and egg with henna and it suits my hair….but best is once use the curd and next use the egg ig by monthly,…use both together if monthly once
Ya manpreet, u can if u want a conditioning mask. bt if u want to henna for some color, avoid curd….in that case, alternate weeks with henna pack and egg-curd pack. that will voth tk cr f color and conditioning….
Thnaks Sakhi for sharing 🙂
hi somreeta nice article.. i am especially tempted to try out your diet tips , btw i swear by hair oils and henna. i dont know how lost i would be without these easy and cheap items..
I know supriya…super cheap bt super good. i cant oil my scalp bt often i oil my hair avoiding the scalp and hair shafts near the scalp…..dat helps to soften the hair 🙂
Omg this post has come at such correct time. Ive always loved my hair but currently im going through a phase with terrible hair… Extremely dry with dandruff:-(
Ur post has motivated me to take regular care which i often forget in the course of college,exams etc
What would u suggest for dandruff??
OHO Poorva,….dats so bad….im sure u gonna combat it very soon….bt dont delay things….i have suffered a lot….and the phase isnt complete yet 🙁
most of the ppl dnt wash their hair regularly n then they say my hair falls… some people’s hair stink coz they put oil in their hair n keep it fr a week… yuck!!! those travelling in local trains esp in Mumbai wud knw what m talking abt…. :p People jst buy fancy things fr hair n forget the basic tips which u have very well covered in ur article : ) ….. appropriate diet, drinking milk, vitamins are absolutely necessary nw a days… also one shud also chk fr thyroid like i have… i have lost half my hair coz of it 🙁 its very common nw
Thanks fr sharing ….
Err…Nats…i know what u mean…yuck…! yuck…! yuck…! yuck…!
I donno how ‘fashionable’ girls with ‘style statements’ can smell so bad 🙁 how can people avoid this basic cleaning session????
BTW…glad u liked my article 🙂 thanks..
Hii..I am also of 3rd catagory…I am having problem of split ends so i hav to cut it…but then also they do not go all… what should I do to avoid split ends…nd to get healthy long hairs????
Hi smruti, im so sorry to hear dat…wait, there r lots of articles on the same prob in IMBB only. im sharing..
here r the links- https://makeupandbeauty.com/split-hair-ends-home-remedies-treatment/
moderation…hope u gotta see them soon..
lovely post Somreeta
Thanks darling 🙂
Unluckily even I fall in the third category and surely dis article will help me a lot. I wish I found something like this before I lost so much hair, but I dont think its too late to start again. Thank u.
Oh…Miki….dats true….keep fingers crossed and imsure u gotta fight it back well 🙂
Thanks for the article.. And unfortunately I too belong to the third category.. Delhi pollution did everything to ruin my hair.. I was desperately searching for a solution.. Thanks again for these great tips..
same here…kolkata pollution!!!!!!!!
great post somreeta. I learnt the tip of not applying oil to dirty hair during my IMBB journey only.It’s one awesome tip and I always follow it . Absolutely fantastic post 🙂
Thanks Rati…..IMBB has been such a lovely learning process for me too…im sure for all of us.. 🙂
Thank you for this helpful article! I would also suggest that for people with oily scalps, taking a piece of fresh aloe, squeezing the pulp out and massaging the pulp into the scalp and leaving it for some time. I do this while putting some organic coconut oil on the very ends of my hair, so I get the benefits of oiling my hair without weighing it down or making my scalp extra greasy.
Another good natural tip is making a rinse from apple cider vinegar mixed with a bit of water – at the end of the shower, pour this over your hair and leave it in for a few minutes. It helps to remove build up and clarify the hair, leaving it extra shiny! Rinse it out with a bit of water when done.
Kassia..i know abt the aloe gel bt know what, its difficlt to get here locally… 🙁 and the ACV toh is wonderful…thanks for sharing dearie….
Also, flax oil is very good for hair + skin, and biotin is a great supplement to take to promote hair growth + nail and skin health. Would definitely recommend both to all!
Biotin…i hav heard of it bt never used it…i guess Nidhi had talked abt it 🙂 hav u tried it?????
I have been trying to figure out my hair type for quite sometime now. My scalp does not seem to be oily, cause i have to use a serum/conditioner after every wash else the hair feels dry and rough. My scalp is not dry either (i think!) cause i dont get dandruff except maybe ~sometimes~ during winters. I can go weeks without oiling it(I know i should not!). I have to wash my hair every alternate day, because of the dirt and grime from travelling to and fro from work. I have tried mild herbal shampoos, dove/pantene/H&S/sunsilk etc, body shop banana shampoo, Bath and Body works coconut verbena lime shampoo. I JUST CANNOT figure out whats right for my hair!!! Some shampoos make it dry n fizzy.. Some make it oily and sticky. Please HELP!
I think u r blessed with normal hair and i feel dats a good hair type….. 🙂
Normal?! :P:P Thats good then!! And here i was getting psyched why my hair was not oily/dry 😛 Duh me! 😀
Nice article Somreeta! I fall in third category but determined to bring back the glory to possible extent 🙂
thanks Paddy..hope u dinf it helpful… !!
A good article Somreeta! Love reading your posts as they are all about natural methods…I’m a big fan of kitchen shelf products 🙂
thanks Nivedita….even i blv in natural stuffs only…same pinch
nyc article somreeta..vat r u doing to get rid of oily dandruff..i hv same problem..:(
Yipeeeeeee……. M the one who falls in the 2nd category… In my childhood I had very thin hairs….but due to my continuous TAPASYA of 7 yrs… My hairfall reduced drastically n I was blessed wid thick tresses…. N again mera dimag kharab hua n I straightened my hairs n guess wat I went back to my chidhood….. Uuuuuuwwwwwwaaaaaaa…. M again trying hard to get my volume back…… Crossed fingers…..