Okay so last night a friend of mine asked about my current hair care routine, after seeing my pictures on social media. While I was replying back to her I realised that a number of people showed an interest to know about my hair care routine. Hence, I decided to write down the magical steps that worked for me. I follow a very basic and traditional hair care regime and avoid using heavy chemical products.
Shampoo & conditioner:
First and foremost, it’s important to clear that no one can really suggest you a shampoo based on his/her experience because everyone has a different hair type. However, after you’ve figured out if your hair is oily, dry or normal then simply opt for a good quality product and that doesn’t have to be very expensive to get best possible results!
It is considered healthy to change shampoos and not stick to one for too long. I have tried most of the brands from local drug store like Pantene, herbal essence, L’Oréal etc. Recently, I tried Aussie’s shampoo range and Aussie’s miracle moist suits me the best. It does what it says; balances the moisture level, which makes hair healthy & manageable. Don’t skip using a conditioner after washing out your hair especially if your hair is dry, brittle or fizzy.
There is a very common misconception that conditioner & shampoo has to be of same brand. Based on my experience, I think it’s a myth and completely unnecessary. About 3-4 months ago I was using TRESemme shampoo and after a few months I stopped using it’s conditioner and switched to a body shop’s conditioner called Banana truly nourishing conditioner. Both of the products were from different brands and yet gave a very good result. Currently, I’m using Aussie’s pure locks conditioner along with Miracle moist shampoo. It smells amazing & leaves hair feeling very soft.
Secondly, it’s extremely important to oil your hair at least once in a week. Every oil has its own specific properties/benefits so choose according to your need or what works best for you. Coconut oil is good to enhance volume and thickness. Olive oil is known to increase the thickness and growth of hair along with preventing dandruff, fungus and other scalp issues that lead to dry, itchy skin. Almond oil is best for softness and overall shine of hair. I personally prefer to use Vatika hair oils range and keep going back to them due to their prominent results on my hair. Lately, I have been using Vatika’s Garlic enrich hair oil which helps to reduce breakage, hair-fall and strengthens hair while promotion hair growth.
Hair dyes can make hair more dry and frizzy and in that case hair masks play a great role to keep your locks hydrated. A simple home remedy is to add a tablespoon of yogurt and a tablespoon of any hair oil in a bowl. Mix them together and then leave it on your hair for an hour or 30 minutes before washing it out.
Egg is a good source of protein and proven very nourishing for hair. It promotes hair growth and prevents hair-fall. Egg mask can be applied on its own or add a table spoon of yogurt along with an egg in a bowl and mix it well together before applying it on your hair. Leave it on for 30-60 minutes. It’s ideal to use egg mask once or twice in a month. Yogurt is full of protein and offers nourishment that hair needs to grow strong and healthy. It is great for clearing the scalp and clearing away dead skin cells to help your hair follicles grow.
There is another very effective hair mask that can be prepared using ingredients from your kitchen and it’s called Honey and Bananamask. Bananas are high in potassium, which is great for strengthening and thickening fine hair, whereas, honey will add shine to even the dullest head of hair. All you need is to mash 1-2 bananas and add 1-2 tablespoons of honey in it. Apply it on you hair and wait for 20-30 minutes before washing it out. A good alternative to this is body shop’s Banana Truly Nourishing hair mask. It is formulated without silicones and mineral oils and leaves hair feeling intensely nourished and shiny.
Body shop’s Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask is best to treat dull & dry hair. It is enriched with Shea butter, coca butter, coconut oil and olive oil and hence, proven best for dry and damaged hair. I highly recommend this product to anyone who has dry and prone to damage hair.
Cut down frequent use of heat styling tools and never forget to use heat protectant spray before blow drying, straightening or curling your locks. Recently, I got my hands on TRESemme’s heat defence spray, which provides up to 230C heat protection and does its jobs well.
If your hair is long, dry and tangle up easily then detangling spray is for you. Personally, I never had to use one until I started colouring my hair. Freshly added to my collection is Aussie’s detangling spray. Its water-based formula is very light and doesn’t leave hair heavy or oily and makes hair smell divine.
There are some leave-in hair treatments, which can help to keep frizz at bay e.g. the two very best and easily available oils are Elvive hair oil & Garnier ultimate blends hair oil.
Drink lots of water and eat healthy and nutritious food because A healthy outside starts from the inside.