A few days ago, I got complimented about my hair and asked what I do to take care of it. I wish the answer was simple but the reality is that our lifestyles and environments mean that our hair goes through a lot of stress and hence requires a little more TLC. A few months ago I noticed my hair was in pretty bad shape and decided to take a few steps to improve the quality of my hair.
1. Get a haircut
Long hair has always been a part of my identity and hence I shy away from salon appointments, especially since I haven’t been able to find the “perfect” hairdresser. However, if you straighten your hair every so often, your hair becomes susceptible to split ends. Once your hair is split, there will be no new growth and the lengths will look dead and unhealthy. I normally cut my hair every 6 months but was told that the ideal intervals for trims is every 2 months. So make sure you schedule those regular trims.
2. Watch your diet
We spend a fortune on hair products, but it is equally important to nourish your hair (and skin) from within. Upon a recommendation, I’ve started taking Omega 3-6-9 tablets, along with daily multivitamins. They take time to show their effect, but I’ve definitely noticed more shine and life in my tresses.
3. Take some time for some TLC
Some people are blessed with gorgeous hair but that doesn’t mean those less lucky can’t achieve beautiful hair as well. It just requires finding the right hair regimen that suits you. Every weekend I set aside time for some hair pampering:
- Oil your hair a minimum of 4 hours before you are ready to wash it. I use a mix of castor, almond, and coconut but feel free to grab your favorite bottle of oils, but preferably stay away from anything synthetic.
- 30 minutes before washing, apply a hair mask. This can also be store-bought but I whip up a quick mixture of yoghurt and honey. Mix it into your hair and tie-up in a bun and into a shower cap. If you can, pop into a steam room for extra nourishment.
- Before shampooing, rinse your hair thoroughly with water. Minimize your shampoo usage and try limiting yourself to a herbal/mild/baby shampoo when using herbal remedies. I like to alternate between a salon shampoo like Kérastase and a mild shampoo like Himalaya Herbals.
- After conditioning, make sure you rinse your hair extra well to remove any excess product. As a final rinse, use a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Vinegar is a great clarifying ingredient and will give an added shine to the hair. And even though vinegar has a strong scent, it will disappear once the hair is completely dry.
These are just a few things that work for me so play around a bit and find what works for you. And share your recommendations!
P.S. Dollz Tip: If your hair is frizzing up and you don’t have any styling products in your handbag, use a small portion of hand cream. It will tame fly aways and leave a nice scent in your hair. My current favorite is Bath & Body Works Black Amethyst Shea Cashmere Hand Cream.