Similar to the structure of scales on a fish’s body, the structure of our hair has scales overlapping each other around the cortical, which is the core of the structure of the hair. To preserve the quality of hair natural hair care is very important. A good diet and a healthy lifestyle is the key to healthy hair.
In today’s time all kinds of styling products are used, like hair iron, hair creams and gels and permanent hair curling and straitening. These products severally damage the hair and can be corrected only with natural hair care. Following are the tips to get beautiful hair naturally.
1. Healthy diet
Vitamins and minerals are very important for healthy hair. Biotin, Vitamin B, C, E and MSM help in hair growth and condition hair deeply. For the required amounts of minerals one should have wheat germ and whole grain in their diet as it provides zinc, iron and copper. Skimmed milk, banana, yogurt and honey should be had to prevent hair fall. The important Vitamins to keep hair healthy can reach the body by eating cereals, green vegetables and tomatoes.
2. Avoid chemical shampoos
Sodium laurel or laureth sulphate are synthetic detergents or chemicals which lather well and thus are used in dishwashing and liquid cleaners. They are basically used in shampoos because they make a thick lather but can suck out all the moisture from the hair as they are very harsh. Direct application of shampoo to the scalp should be avoided. One should choose a shampoo depending upon the type of hair one has. There are many natural hair washes like Shikakai or a paste of black gram dal mixed with fenugreek powder.
3. Hot oil treatment
Oiling the hair once a week is very important and if it is a hot oil rub it is even better. Hot oil treatment means just warming the oil one uses and applying it to one’s head in the same way as one normally does. The benefit of warming oil is that it easily penetrates into the scalp and leaves hair shinier and more flexible. It prevents the dryness of the hair, thus preventing split ends which are results of dry hair.
4. Hair packs
To make one’s hair strong, healthy, voluminous and silky packs must be regularly used. The process of rejuvenation and revitalization of hair can be carried out by applying a hair pack or mask. Hair packs can easily be made at home and with very simple materials which are generally available at home. Natural hair packs are made according to one’s hair type and so one needs to identify with the type of hair one has and choose a hair pack accordingly.
5. Natural conditioning
It is important to naturally condition one’s hair once a week. Beer is a very good conditioner of hair; it deeply nourishes hair and keeps hair shiny. Other very good conditioners for the hair are egg white and curd.
6. Steam towel wrap
Coconut oil is very good for the hair. One should massage one’s hair with warm coconut oil just an hour before washing one’s hair atleast once in 2 weeks. After the hair has soaked the oil, one should cover one’s hair with a hot towel. A hot towel wrap opens up the pores of the scalp and also helps the hair absorb the oil well. Just like our face needs steam, our hair also needs a steam towel wrap. The damage that the cuticles of the hair suffer can also be repaired with a steam towel wrap.
7. Remove hair accessories
You should never go to bed with your hair accessories on. Head bands, hair clips, barrettes and scrunchies should be removed from the hair before sleeping. They tend to pull the hair and break them. They also lead to hair damage.
8. Essential oils
Essential oils are important for the nourishment of hair. You should choose hair products which contain essential oils, vegetable oils or herbs. For hair growth herbs like West Indian bay, rosemary and ylang ylang should be used. To remove dandruff one should drink green and lavender tea. The hair shaft and hair can gain its moisture and conditioning from corn, soybean and safflower oils.
A good scalp massage spurs hair growth. Blood circulation and blood flow are increased with the help of a good scalp massage. Through massage, hair roots receive nourishment and thus grow quickly. They become healthy also because of the better blood flow.
10. Combing technique
The basic rule is that you should never comb your hair when it is wet. Also another golden rule is to comb your hair downwards. Before brushing or combing, one should always detangle one’s hair with a wide toothed comb. You should avoid brushing your hair if your hair is curly. One should only use a wide toothed comb as brushing can greatly damage curly hair.
All of us want to have great, silky, beautiful and healthy hair. No one can get a complete look with unhealthy and wrongly styled hair. One also does maximum experiments with one’s hair. Therefore, one needs to take care of one’s hair. Given above are a few tips to keep your hair healthy and to take care of your hair naturally.