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Care for your Hair, It deserves it.

Updated: Mar 26


Healthy hair is one of the most attractive features that a person can have. A lustrous head of hair is indicative of a healthy life. Thus, hair care is one of the most important regimes that a person must consider. Taking care of hair is not too difficult. Simple practices such as oiling, shampooing and conditioning hair to keep the strands hydrated and the scalp nourished can work wonders on hair. Certain natural ingredients are also good to treat hair for an extra boost of conditioning.


  • Why you need a hair care routine that’s as sophisticated as your skincare?

Our hair needs to be taken care of to keep it healthy, avoiding the fall, the deterioration, the split ends, the pulls with the brush and different problems that we can get due to the passage of time and various external factors. For this, it is necessary to imbibe beyond the beauty hair care to avoid possible dangers that lie in wait for your scalp. To most of us, our hair is a fundamental expression of our uniqueness and when our hair is looking its best; we can't help but feel good too. Believe it or not as basic as hair care is to do, there are right and wrong ways to do it. Many times it is not even the products that you use at home, but how they are being used. When caring for our hair the right way, it takes no longer than the time you took when doing it the wrong thing. Proper hair care only takes the knowledge of beyond the beauty hair care to maintain a healthy and beautiful hair.


  • Ever wondered why your hair may be falling out?


1. Heat Tools

Heat is one of the most prominent reasons why your hair might be falling out. Hot styling tools, such as your hairdryer, curling wand and straighteners, can make your hair dry, prone to breakage and consequently more likely to fall out. When too much strong, dry heat is applied to the hair it will weaken the hair shaft and, at its worst, it can burn the hair off.


Solution: Control the heat

Use heated hair tools that have a temperature gauge, so you can lower it.


2. Over Dyeing

One of the most immediately obvious causes of hair loss is dyeing your hair too often. When hair is over processed, it will generally snap off and break due to hair being damaged by the chemicals for too long. This causes the hair to completely lose its elasticity.


Solution: Take a break

If you frequently dye and style your hair, try taking a break from these habits for a month or so to see if they are the prominent cause of your hair loss. Using hair-conditioning treatments as well as heat protection will help gradually improve the condition of your locks.


3. How often you brush your hair?

The most common mistake women make these days is that they don't brush their hair enough. Hair has a lifespan of approximately seven years and on average we lose around 120 hairs a day to make way for new ones to grow. If you don't brush your hair then these hairs won't loosen out.


Solution: Get the right equipment

Using a good brush helps to stimulate the scalp which encourages healthy hair growth, but when you brush your hair is significant too. Hair is most fragile when it's wet, so don't rip a brush through it straight after showering. Instead, spray on some detangler, and then use a wide-tooth comb to minimize breakage.


4. Change in Season

Summer and winter months can be really damaging to the hair and most of the problems are to do with hydration. Sun and water can be harmful, leading to faded color, split ends and a brittle, dry texture. Hopping in and out of a chlorinated pool can strip color and treatments right out of the hair and cause it to look dull and dehydrated. Research has also discovered that hair loss can be seasonal for some people. Around 10 per cent of a person's hair can go into a resting phase called Telogen, when hair can fall out. Women apparently experience slightly higher rates of Telogen during the month of July, which, in turn, sees the effect of hair falling out in mid-October or November.


Solution: Get a holiday trim

It's always best to get a trim before summer. The sun will do extra damage to hair that is already dry, so remove those dead ends. Spray some water on your hair before you go into the pool or ocean too, as it adds an extra layer of coating. This means, when you go swimming, your hair isn't as likely to absorb 100 per cent of the chlorinated water. Having regular trims will help your hair grow faster and healthier. When I say faster I mean, the longer you leave damaged hair without cutting, the more it will snap or break, so regular cuts can help keep your hair healthier and less prone to breakage.


5. How you wear you hair?

If you constantly tie your hair up, in a ponytail for example, you could be damaging your locks when tightly securing the band, while also making hair loss around your crown and temples more noticeable. Hair extensions also harm your hair in this way, often to a greater degree, Hair extensions can damage the hair follicle by constantly causing excess tension on the hair shaft. This can lead to traction alopecia (hair loss relating to pulling forces) that often leaves you with fine, fluffy hair, or very little hair at all.


Solution: Change your style

In general, if you have finer hair, don't grow it too long. The longer it gets, the weaker the hair gets and so it can tend to look lank, straggly and not healthy. Instead, focus on creating layers within shorter styles, to get a bit more height. I wouldn't recommend really short layers though because they can highlight the fineness of the hair. Instead, focus on getting root lift to make hair look thicker.

Sometimes "less is more on fine hair". If you use lots of volume products it can really show how fine your hair is by lifting it up; it almost goes translucent. If you feel you've lost hair around your hairline, try changing your parting.


6. Lifestyle

A traumatic situation such as hair loss is often triggered by times of stress – meaning the condition can keep you in a vicious circle. This is because trying circumstances raise the levels of cortisol, the so-called stress hormone that is responsible for your fight or flight response, which can distort your natural hair cycle of growth and loss. Thinning hair can also be a sign of Vitamin D and B12 deficiency or a lack of protein in your diet. The latter is especially noteworthy as "the protein keratin provides the strength and structure of hair".


Solution: Use supplements

Changing your diet and having more iron and healthy supplements can help speed the process of growing your hair back. It's a well-known fact that fish oils are really good for our hair, so any omega-3-based oils are great. I always notice much healthier hair growth after women take it, as well a slight increase in speed of hair growth and a reduction in shedding.


7. Pregnancy, Hormonal Imbalance or Menopause

Hormone changes from pregnancy or other factors can not only play havoc with your skin, they also have an effect on your hair. When you are pregnant, the glow your skin seems to have is mirrored in how glossy and thick your hair tends to be. Unfortunately, post-pregnancy, it can feel like it is falling out at an unprecedented rate. Menopause can affect your hair in a similar way. With ageing, nearly everyone has some hair loss and the rate of hair growth slows. Hair strands become smaller, have less pigment and many hair follicles also stop producing new hairs. So the thick, coarse hair of a young adult eventually becomes thin, fine, light-colored hair." This process is accelerated in perimenopausal women, where the consequent fall in female hormones – especially estrogen that is important in promoting hair growth – coupled with the rise in testosterone can cause hair to thin and not regenerate.


Solution: Don't panic and talk to a doctor

It is crucial to understand that this supposed process of growth and loss is part illusion. Your hormones rise during pregnancy, affecting your hair growth cycle, and delaying shedding in the process. This means the hair you would naturally lose each day builds up, leading to seemingly thicker hair. When your hormones return to normal, your hair-loss cycle reboots, making you experience what seems like significant hair loss but is actually a build-up from the past nine months. Even when hair loss is more permanent, which is linked to ageing and the menopause, periods of accelerated hair loss during this time are likely to calm and become manageable as with the process' other symptoms. If you are still concerned, you should consult with your doctor for guidance. Not only can you discuss your general health and identify your stress and hormone levels, a doctor may be able to determine if a more serious condition is to blame.


  • What is a good hair care routine?


1. Hair Conditioning

Conditioner is important when it comes to optimal hair health. Conditioner refortifies the cuticle with a protective coating, allowing the hair to keep growing and not break easily. To put it simply, conditioner is a conditioning or moisturizing agent generally made up of ingredients such as silicone, oils, and emollients, as well as cat-ionic surfactants (the scientific term for soaps or detergents, which help to wash away the oily elements). When combined, these ingredients replenish hair's moisture after some of it is stripped from shampooing. There are various types of conditioner, too. Of the most common are- of course your traditional post-shampoo hydrator; deep conditioner, which is almost like a hair mask in that it's meant to be left on longer in order to penetrate the strands more deeply; cleansing conditioner (aka co-wash), which acts as a shampoo and conditioner hybrid that simultaneously cleanses and conditions the hair; and leave-in conditioner, a post-shower, no-rinse treatment that nourishes and protects the hair throughout the day.

Note: Never use a conditioner on your scalp. Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to condition your hair. Apply the product in long, fluid motions, and to ensure you squeeze some of the water out of your strands after shampooing so that it doesn't diminish the effects of the conditioner.


Using Coconut oil is a natural way to help your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster. The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles hence, stimulating hair growth.


2. Washing

Washing your hair with hot water is harmful because it removes all the oiliness of the scalp. This oiliness is that fat that the hair generates naturally, which works as protection and if it were removed our hair will end up looking unhealthy. This is why it’s ideal to wash the hair with warm water. The last rinse should be done with warm, almost cold water. This will make your hair look much brighter and stronger. Why? Very simple: cold water seals the hair cuticle giving your hair a unique strength.

If you like to wash your hair daily, try to use a soft shampoo. Try to change shampoo regularly, so your hair does not get used to it. The hair develops some resistance to the formula, thereby not getting the desired results. Every 15 days or once a month, use a purifying cleansing shampoo that thoroughly removes the residues left by modeling and contamination products. These impurities accumulate in the hair fiber and make your hair lose its shine and stop absorbing the hydration and nutrition you need.


3. Drying

Do not rub your hair when drying it with the towel. This damages your hair, and you will only be able to get the tips open. Better still; wrap your hair in the towel so that it absorbs moisture. During winter, the action of the cold, mainly of the wind, directly affects your hair. Therefore, you should avoid leaving the house with wet hair. You can use the dryer to remove the moisture. Before applying the dryer, use a heat protective cream to protect it and do not bring the hot air too close to your hair, try to maintain a distance of 6-8 inches. Finish the drying with cold air to close the cuticle of your hair, in this way the tips will be more protected.


4. Brushing and Maintenance

Use brushes of good quality or combs without sharp plastic or metal teeth, to avoid cutting the ends. Brushing is a critical aspect of proper hair maintenance. It must be done when it is completely dry. When you brush your hair, you stimulate the root (for growth), and you also distribute the natural fat that is found on the scalp, so that it can be distributed in the direction of the tips, which usually tend to dry out.

Apply treatment creams regularly to moisturize and strengthen your hair. If your hair is long, it is wise to perform a moisturizing treatment once a week, and some intensive heat treatment every 15 days. Apply some oil to your hair when going to sleep. The next day after washing your hair, you will get a hydrated, soft and beautiful hair.




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