It’s the monsoons and hair (much like everything else in the country) is having a rough time. Hair fall tends to increase, and everything else that can possibly go wrong with hair tends to in this weather. But are you sure that the weather is the only reason for your hair’s trouble? Here are two cardinal rules of hair care that many women break. Are you doing it right? Read on to find out.
First up, and the simplest of all, leave your hair alone! Excessive styling and the use of all those chemicals and all that heat is not good for your hair. So, if you’re one of those who have the curling (or straightening) iron on call everyday and the hair dryer is the only way you dry your hair, you need to be rethinking your hair care regimen. Too much heat can dry up your hair and cause it to break faster. If you must use the hair dryer, remember to not use it on dripping wet hair.
Allow your hair to air dry for five to ten minutes after you get out of the shower before you blow dry. And that leave –in conditioner. Leave that for ten minutes on your hair before you style. And when you finish, remember to give your hair that one final cold blast of hair to lock in the shine, and never blow dry till your hair is completely dry. Let the last two per cent air dry. And sometimes, just don’t do anything. Towel off, comb and just it be.
Shampoos are the one thing that you use on your hair more regularly than any other product. So, take some time to identify the kind of shampoo your hair needs. And once you have found the shampoo for your type of hair, stick to it. Do the same with your conditioner. It is not necessary that the brand of shampoo that suits you will be the brand of conditioner that’s best for your hair too. So, don’t be afraid to try several brands or ask your salon hairdresser for reliable, personalised advice.
Also, hairdressers say that a shampoo that lathers a lot is not necessarily a very good shampoo. Shampoos that lather too much could most often contain an excess of moisturizing products. This, they say, can leave build-up in your hair, making it look and feel dirtier quicker. So, look for a shampoo that is sulphate-free.
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