It’s all about hair and care, naturally.
My grandmother was 65 when she died. Even today, after two decades, there is one thing so remarkable about her pictures and that’s her hair, still black and long at that age! I remember my mother always talking about grandmother being very possessive about her hair and taking such good care of it, which in today’s age, seems like a fairy tale. In her times, it was possible because she must have had more free time – a luxury we fail to afford today. But then, sometimes I think, is it really so difficult to take out quality time for hair care? Really, what does lie behind premature greying, dandruff and hair fall problems we face in our daily lives?
No, we aren’t looking at the aging factor here, which is natural and inevitable. In fact, laziness is what my guilty conscience calls upon. Most of us are actually lazy and never get to the root cause of these hair hazards – yes, hazards I choose to call them – simply because we start reacting when it is often too late.
On further introspection, I found quite a line-up of underlying reasons for all these hair hitches namely;
Hair fall can be due to many hair problems such as dandruff, prolonged illness, inadequate diet, stress, hereditary factors, lack of hair care routine, the type of water and shampoo you use. Change of weather can also lead to hair loss. Premature greying can be due to hereditary factors, exposure to excessive sunlight, use of harmful chemicals in hair colour, dye and other superfluous hair treatments.
So how exactly do we handle the shedding and gobs of hair strands, or should I say, the balls of fury that tear us apart? There are solutions by Mother Nature to end the hair horrors with, of course, laze taking a back seat. As the saying goes, ‘ask not what your hair can do for you but what you can do for your hair.’
To begin with, your hair is what you eat! Diet plays a vital role in maintaining healthy hair. So, consume lot of whole foods, raw vegetables like carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, celery, spinach, cauliflower and don’t forget to include a plethora of fruits and dairy products. Also, watch out for the water-wonders by drinking at least 10-12 glasses of water to flush out toxins from the body.
Oils and scalp care
Next, to save you from hair-now-gone-tomorrow days, some scalp and hair care is a must. It is very important to oil your hair – massage your hair with a combination of pure almond and castor oil and then, steam the oiled hair. Do this twice a week. For lustrous results, follow it up with a hair pack. Take two tablespoon each of Aamla, reetha, shikakai, fenugreek, triphala and bramhi powder. Mix with two eggs and apply on hair. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off with water and then shampoo.
The clock is ticking, yes, but so are your strands tripping if you brush your wet hair. Avoid the rush and let it dry a bit and then brush using a wide toothed comb.
Dandruff is the main culprit for hair fall in most cases. In the first place, keep your hair clean to avoid it. And to fight it off, massage your hair with warm coconut oil and then apply juice of two lemons. Keep it for 30 minutes and wash it off.
Also, dandruff is very contagious so never share your comb and towel with anyone.
Zero shades of grey
Besides this, henna can also be used to thicken, colour and condition your hair. It also arrests the premature greying naturally.
Regular exercise also keeps your hair young and helps improve the quality & growth of your hair. There is no letting your hair down for this.
Finally, I believe, life is too short to have boring hair but using hair colours and other treatments too often makes the life in your hair even shorter. Hence, avoiding such harmful chemicals based products as far as possible, and going all natural will let you hold your head up high and oh, your hair down too, shining in glory!
So, go get started and make yourself a promise to make it as strong and gorgeous that even Rupanzel starts to day dream about your hair!