Your hair is your crowning glory! Hair thickness, length, and shine have a lot to do with how you treat your mane, but they’re also a reflection of scalp health, which is often ignored and sidelined! But help is at hand, and often the best things to do are also the easiest! You can start at home with these common homemade hair care tips, and other key dos and don’ts to follow.
Easy Homemade Hair Care Tips For Hair To Follow:
Tip 1: Protect Your Hair
Always protect your hair from the sun, wind, and rain. Exposure to lavish sun, heat, dirt, and pollution adds to our already existent hair woes. These can conduct to dirt build-up, drying out of hair and scalp, and increased sensitivity to infections on the scalp. Cover your hair with an umbrella or a hat.
Tip 2: General Health: Diet
Diet plays a very major part in the overall health of our hair just like skin. Here are a few additions to your diet as per your hair type that will help you add some prestige to your crowning glory.
- Normal Hair: Fish, chicken, dals, sprouts.
- Dry Hair: Raw vegetables, pulses, brown rice, bananas, nuts, vitamin E capsules.
- Oily Hair: Green leafy vegetables, salads, fresh fruits, yogurt.
Tip 3: Apply Warm Oil On The Hair
Grandma was right about this! Using a warm, natural oil in your hair can do wonderment for scalp health, hair health, and texture, and stimulate general wellness too. Here are some oils you should consider including in your regimen.
Coconut oil: It does away with dandruff, softens the hair, repairs split-ends, and boosts hair growth. It also protects the hair from losing protein. For best results, use extra virgin coconut oil.
Argan oil: Argan oil is non-native to India, but has been catching up recently as a force to reckon with. Extracted from the kernels of the Argan tree, found in Morocco, it is replete with Vitamin E, making it the perfect moisturizer for dry and lackluster hair, reducing frizz.
Castor oil: The oil extracted from castor seeds has many health benefits, but is particularly good for hair health. It is a great moisturizer and helps prevent the scalp from flaking. It also reduces breakage at the roots, by providing nourishment and lubrication.
Bringhraj: This oil is used extensively in Ayurvedic treatments, and in the beauty industry. Bringhraj oil cannot be used by itself but works best with a carrier oil. It helps activate hair follicles, when massaged into the hair, and stimulates hair growth.
Tips 4: Use Rice Water As A Shampoo And A Rinse For Hair Care
Around 16 percent of these are proteins, the building blocks essential to cell health. Triglycerides and lipids each make up 10 percent of the rice water composition, while starch (an extract still used in Japanese cosmetics), is present at 9 percent. Carbohydrates, inositol, phytic acid, and inorganic substances are other components in rice water. This is what you get when you boil an average handful of white rice in two cups of hot water and strain out the residue liquid.
Tip: Rice water can be used as a shampoo as often as you shampoo your hair, or as a final rinse, to prevent hair loss and greying.
Tips 5: The best conditioners: Egg
Tips 6: Apply onion juice all over your hair
Believe it or not, onion juice is replete with nutrients and benefits for hair growth and re-growth. It keeps the scalp free of infection, due to antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and also contain sulfur, which prevents hair from becoming brittle and breaking. They also contain antioxidants, to help prevent hair aging and thereby greying. If you find the juice to be too pungent-smelling, then you can add a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oils to nullify it.
Tip: Squeeze the juice of three onions and apply all over the scalp and hair to replenish sulfur and protein levels. Leave on for five minutes, and then rinse.
Tips 7: Cleansing away the itchy scalp: Lemon juice and olive oil
An itchy scalp can be a result of poor diet, stress, or climate. Treat it with a mixture of 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and water.
- Massage your scalp with this mixture and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.
- Wash off as usual.
The lemon juice helps remove dry flakes of skin while the olive oil moisturizes the scalp.
Tips 8: Use As Much Green Tea On Your Hair As Possible
This magic ingredient is also good for the hair, and when used in a conditioner or as a final hair rinse, makes your hair softer, smoother, more nourished, and lesser prone to split ends.
Tip: Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which aids hair follicle health, hydrates, and nourishes.
Tips 9: Damaged hair: Honey and Olive oil
Sun’s rays can be really harmful to your hair and can damage it badly. To get rid of this problem, try honey and olive oil.
- Massage 1/2 cup honey and 2 tbsp olive oil into clean damp hair
- Rinse off after 20 minutes.
Olive oil conditions while honey has both anti-bacterial and conditioning properties.
Tips 10: Use A Beer Rinse
The B vitamins found in beer strengthen each strand and fortify it. Also, the protein found in the malt and hops repair damaged hair to the maximum extent, protecting and replenishing it from the effects of harsh styling products, pollution, stress. Your hair looks shiny, sleek, and loses its frizz because the nutrients tighten the cuticles.
Tip: Rinse your hair with beer at least twice a month, to replenish and build lost protein levels.