Hair Care 3: Tips for Healthy Hair

Hair care tips
Hair care tips

Hair Care Tips For Healthy Hair

  • Don’t Brush Your Hair Excessively: Brushing your hair wears and thins out your cuticle therefore avoid it as much as possible. It was advised earlier to brush your hair 100 times to stimulate your follicles but there are better ways to do that, such as massaging your scalp. Brushing is too abrasive for the cuticle. The best time to brush your hair is that when it hair has dried after washing. Shampoo and conditioner your hair, rinse it in cold water, and then comb it with a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles. Let your hair dry completely. Then brush it 3- 4 times if you must.
  • Don’t Backcomb or Backbrush Your Hair: Backcombing/ Backbrushing is when your comb/ brush your hair from the end towards the scalp. It is like uprooting all the shingles on a root which are lying in a neat flat arrangement. This is against the direction in which the cuticle cells lie and can completely strip and damage the hair. And as I said earlier, use a homemade quality comn for combing. Do not use nylon brushes if your hair generates a lot of static electricity. Everyone can try natural boar bristle brush.
  • Don’t Blow-Dry Your Hair Completely: This one is obvious. Conditioners work by trapping some moisture inside your cuticle. Blowdrying your hair removes moisture from the cuticle. If you want to blowdry your hair, keep the dryer a little away from the hair, at least six inches, and, also, do not dry your hair completely. Let it be a little damp.
  • Avoid Silicones-based Shampoos/ Conditioners: To find out if a shampoo and conditioner contains silicone or not look at the ingredients on the label. If the ingredients on the label says Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone or silicone, avoid using the products. Remember that Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone are silicone derived emollients. Silicones coat your hair making it look shiny in the short term. However, they slowly start coating hair completely, creating a buildup and effectively sealing off moisture from reaching the cuticle. If you are using silicones shampoo/ conditioner however, be sure to use a clarifying shampoo periodically.
  • Avoid vigorously rubbing and drying your hair with a towel after the bath. Towel dry your hair instead. Better still, use a microfiber towel that helps abrosb water faster than a normal towel.
  • Chemical Hair Dyes Harm Your Hair: All permanent color changes require the dye to reach the cotex layer of the hair shaft. That means opening the cuticle. Most hair dyes can penetrate the layers, causing hair to dry out, produce fly-aways and create breakage that makes for open spots in the scalp. So if you want to permanently color your hair, I have one word for you- Don’t.
  • Consult Your Hair Stylist before you go for Perms: Perms chemically change the bonds in your hair to alter the shape of your hair. And if you are putting chemicals in your hair it is certainly not good for hair. Again, the damage to your hair depends on the condition of your hair before the perm. Treat your hair gently and with care after perms. Consult your hair stylist on how to take care of your hair.
  • Use some Natural Products for Your Hair: For hair which has less sebum, use olive oil or coconut oil for softening it. An effective shampoo can be made by boiling soapnuts with dried gooseberry (amla) using the strained extract. You can condition your hair naturally with lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar.
  • If you are going for swimming be sure to protect your hair from swimming pool chemicals/ sea water by using a leave-in conditioner, coconut oil or jojoba oil, or wearing a swimming cap.
  • If you keep a ponytail, do not use an overtight band. Use soft hair bands that do not pull or constrict the hair.

Also Read:

Hair Care 1: Structure of Hair

Hair Care 2: Shampoo and Conditioner

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35 thoughts on “Hair Care 3: Tips for Healthy Hair

  1. Nice tips Sanjeev Bhaiya!!!

    Me too strictly against hair colours.. I regularly use henna to condition and camouflage the stray grey!!

  2. Great tips…………………………………there is also an old grandma’s tale which tells us ladies to comb our hair 100 times before hitting the bed :silly: :silly:

  3. Mrun…you noticed me ……………… 😥 😥 😥 😥 …i was trying to draw your attention to me for the past so many days :smug: :smug: :smug: …howz your health….???? you eating normal food now///???

  4. Awww… Really????? :-* :-* :-* :-* :hugleft: :hugleft: :hugleft:

    I am finneeee!!! Eaqting all the Diwali sweets and fried stufff.. Rejoining gym after Diwali… So it’s all great…

    How was Aarohan big b’day bash??

  5. didn’t know about the silicones, will pay attention to it!
    I started to use almond oil before shampooing and I instantly noticed
    that my hair is easier to handle and softer. Now I just have to find the
    right shampoo!

  6. definately you can color your hair decently and naturally, with henna, and if you like it dark you can use indigo (indigofera tinctoria) on it after henna. The best henna to use is fresh pure henna, the same used for the body application.

  7. hi holikarang………..
    plz tell me whats this indigo u have mentioned above?where to get it,hw to use it???
    and u said u are avoiding silicones in ur hair care prodcuts…….so plz tell what brand are u using right nw………..
    do reply……….

    1. hi shilpa, indigo is actually what is sometimes called ‘kali mehndi’ but the 100% natural one, not the chemical one, it should have only indigofera tinctoria in it. India is a great exporter and producer of indigo and I was surprised that most Indians use henna but not indigo. Silicons is usially all the ingredients ending in ‘one’ in the ingredients list (like dimethicone). Nowadays I use a 100% natural soap similar to castile soap, you can mix it with ayurvedic herbs such as shikakai and arheeta in a cup of water and wash your hair with it. As a conditioner I had to experiment a lot with different brands (I’m in Italy so I can’t help you much) and now use an Italian one.

      1. ok, I asked some experts, seems like soap is alcaline, whilest hair has an acid PH, I like that soap because my roots are a little greasy, but I must add that every time i rinse my hair with cold water+vinegar which basically restaures the acid PH. Hope it helps

  8. hey rati
    i just checked my schwarzkopf shampoo and kerastase shampoo……….. doeboth of them doesnot have silicones,…..but yes they both contains sls and parabens…………
    and both conditioners have silicones in them ………. do u knw any conditiner thats witout silicones………..???
    may be i shud also try tbs new range………..
    btw………u said the experince with tbs hair butter was nice but not wow………..may its due to the fact that its devoid of silicones tht our hair are so used to knw…………

    1. Thanks for the info, Shilpa.

      I agree on what you are saying Shilpa. But you know I am happy with the Hair Butter. I think my hair would get used to it. Infact the next day the hair starts looking even better. I am planning to buy their shampoos and conditioner now. That would be much better than using all these harmful products and damaging my hair.

  9. Hey great tips, i too used to think that combing wet hair is not good..I have dry hair that frizzes out..Now when i comb out towel- dried hair with a wide toothed comb gently and then let it dry, it eliminates a lot of frizz..
    Also never never, walk around with a wet towel on your hair, replace it with a dry one..
    Happy Diwali everyone.. 🙂 :star:

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