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Frequently asked questions about Hair care

Is shampooing daily harmful for the hair?

Everyday washing shouldn't be a concern as long as you are using a mild shampoo, which can suit your normal hair. Something that nourishes while it cleanses. If your hair doesn't feel unclean, just sweaty it is okay to simply rinse out the sweat too if you choose to.

Also, after wash, keep your damp hair in a turbaned towel for about 15 minutes. Finger comb it in a gentle massage like movements and only brush gently.

The right way of washing Hair

Oiling my hair every time does not help it in any way. On the contrary, you end up using more shampoo every time, damaging the hairs natural oil balance, making it dry. Once a fortnight oiling is just fine.

To wash your hair, always wet it first before applying shampoo. Then, lather it by massaging with your fingertips. Rinse thoroughly until squeaky clean. Pat dry and finger comb out the tangles or use a wide tooth comb.

How to treat split ends?

Split ends, which are mainly caused when your hairs cell fail to hold together are result of exposure to harsh elements, chemicals or even excessive brushing.

The right kind of shampoo will minimize hair damage. Meanwhile it is also important to replenish ceramides, which are hairs natural cement, and is responsible for holding the hair cells together. A ceramides enriched shampoo will help repair hair fibre and reduce split ends.

To maintain Oily Hair

Oily hair always goes with any oily skin. The scalp has a tendency to secrete excess oil, which makes it lank and greasy. It is therefore important to keep the scalp will only activate the oil glands causing further oiliness. So will combing more than required more so ever, do not succumb to the temptations of a harsh shampoo, which temporarily restores your hair but in the long run harms it. 

Using a special shampoo for oily hair is the best, which is gentle enough to be used often. Also essential is to rinse at the shampoo thoroughly finishing with cold water.

For thin and limp Hair

Thin, limp, hair does not have a tendency to fall flat and dead. What you need is a volume booster. For starters choose your shampoo carefully. Ordinary shampoos donut do much for your kind of hair. Look up a shampoo especially for limp hair

Secondly, donut comb your hair when wet, Let it dry naturally and finger comb it. A hair dryer can boost your hair for a while but on a regular basis can prove harmful for your hair. Then, brush your brush straight from your scalp and shake it free.

For Dry Brittle Hair

First check your shampoo! If you are using a harsh, unsuitable shampoo, it will not only dry your hair, it will cause breakage and dry scalp may turn flaky and cause a lot of other problems.

Use an especially mild shampoo made for dry hair. One fortified with essential oils to replace the last nourishment is ideal. A good conditioner also helps soften dry hair. After wash keep your damp hair in a turbaned towel for about 15 minutes. Finger comb it in a gentle massage like movements-this-will activate the oil glands in your scalp. Then brush it gently. Oil massages followed by a steamy, hot towel on your head every 15 days will also help get rid of dryness

Hair Highlighting

With highlighting your hair can look brighter and glossier. However, salt and pepper combinations (contrasting mix of dark and light shades) should be avoided as they are unnatural and old-fashioned, and can be misread as dark hair turning Grey.

Although perfect highlighting requires to be handled by professionals, some wonderful effects can also be created with home-made treatments. Like finger painting and streaking can be used quite easily.

Finger Painting

It is a very easy process for a subtle effect. For this you need to wear a pair of thin gloves and the finger paint needs to be carefully prepared according to the instructions. Four fingers of each hand are to be dipped into the bleach solution and then run through the hair as if pushing the hair back away from the face. Starting at the front hairline, work as far back as you want. Leave the solution on for the time period specified on the pack, and follow it by a rinse, shampoo, and conditioning. And watch the result unfold.


Streaking is of two types - half head or full head. 

Half head Streaking 

helps to produce lighter and brighter effects because highlights can be seen at the sides and the crown. Here you take select of hair with a rat-tail comb, apply paste bleach on them and wrap them up in foil paper. For great results, half head highlights should be placed close to the hairline. However, touch-ups are essential every six to eight weeks before the growth becomes visible.

Whole head streaking 

is a time consuming procedure, where the entire head of hair is coloured. It produces a blonde effect and depending upon the degree of lightness, darker streaks are placed close to the hairline. This too needs to be touched up every six to eight weeks.

D-I-Y Streaking

Before you start, it is important to understand that this kind of streaking is more flattering to medium brown or light brown hair and that this process should be done on dry hair.

To begin you require a streaking kit, toothbrush, and foil, a plastic or glass (not metal) bowl for the bleach, a rat-tail comb and some clips.

Step-by-step Method 

    Hold back the hairline with clips so that streaks don't show there.

    Cut about 12 strips of foil which are 10cm long.

    Prepare the bleach according to the instructions stated on the kit, making sure it is not too thick, since it will thicken on its own when used.

    To start: Using a rat-tail comb, separate a thin layer of hair at the top of the head. Move horizontally.

    Fold a foil strip about five cm in and push it under the hair that has been separated.

    Take a toothbrush laden with bleach and cover the separated hair. Then cover with the foil strip.

    The next row to be streaked should be about 1.25 cm below the previous streak and kept 1.25 cm apart. The hair that I not being streaked should be clipped on to the foil.

    Repeat the procedure till the required amount of hair has been dealt with.

    After the hair wrapping is complete, the first wrap should be checked for colour. The colour should be golden and if it's not so, re-apply bleach and leave for five minutes.

    As you open out the first few wraps, keep rinsing them with warm water to remove the bleach.

    When all the wraps have been opened out, shampoo hair and condition. And watch a myriad hues emerge

    Hair Care
    The structure of hair is like the scales on the skin of a fish that has overlapping scales around a central core called the cortical. Smoother overlapping more shiny and smooth the hair looks. This also leads to easy combing while a tangled or roughed-up structure makes the hair look rough and dull. 

    Diet and lifestyle are two major factors that influence the health of the hair. Poor diet, illness and deficiencies of any particular vitamin and mineral affects the quality of hair and problems like dandruff, thinning hair, balding, premature graying etc. spoil the hair. 

    In an individual the condition of the hair is a reflection of the complete constitution of him. If the person is not healthy then the health of the hair will be deplorable. 

    Example: If a person has vata constitution, the hairs are dark, dry, coarse, wiry or frizzy and tend to tangle easily, are prone to dullness, split ends and dandruff. The constitution comprising of Pitta has hair that is light brown, blonde or red and tend to grow gray or thin prematurely and are fine and silky with a tendency to become oily. Hairs are thick, wavy and shiny if the composition is of kapha. 

    Regularly cleaning and brushing the hair is very important. When the hairs are brushed, oil-producing glands in the scalp get stimulated. This natural oil makes the hair glossy and healthy. To give extra shine to the hair, after washing rinse the hair with some lemon juice mixed in a cup of warm water. 

    Some common hair related problems are as follows: 


    Dry skin flaking off the scalp and itchiness is referred to as dandruff. The aggravation of Vata generally causes this dryness. 


    Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut or neem oil. Store it in glass container. Dosage: Massage this oil into the scalp before bed. 
    Mix 1 teaspoon of castor, mustard and coconut oil each and massage into the scalp. 
    Mix one part of lemon juice with two parts of coconut oil. Massage into the roots of the hair regularly. 
    Dosage: Wash with warm water after three to four hours or leave overnight. 

    Hair loss

    when the amount of hair lost grows higher than the normal hair fall that takes place due to the change in environment, increasing age or growth of new hairs, it is referred to as hair loss problem that needs special care. Improper or poor diet, exposure to a lot of chemicals or cosmetics, hormonal imbalance, stress, anxiety and mental tension are some causes of hair loss. 

    Massage the scalp gently with coconut or almond oil daily for 10 to 15 minutes. 
    Boil neem leaves in water. Cool, strain and rinse hair with it. 
    Increase green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts in the diet. Take more proteins, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soya beans, whole grains and nuts. 
    Premature graying of hair

    Graying of hair is a natural process that happens with increasing age, but if the hair starts graying before the age of 35, it is termed as premature graying that occurs due to the aggravation of Pitta dosha. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods increases pitta and leads to graying prematurely. 

    Apply a paste made from 2-Tsp. henna powder, 1-tsp. curd, 1-tsp. fenugreek seed powder, 1 tbsp. coffee, 2-tbsp. mint juice and 2-tbsp. basil juice. Apply this paste to the hair for two hours. For a darker color, leave this paste in for 3 to 4 hours. Wash hair with any natural shampoo. 
    Grate some fresh ginger. Mix with honey and place it in a jar. Eat 1 tea spoon everyday. 
    Itchy scalp

    Aggravation of Pitta dosha, stress, allergic reaction to shampoo, air conditioning, pollution and central heating lead to an itchy and red scalp, with tiny pimples or sores, dull and dry hair. 

    Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut oil and store it in glass container. 
    Dosage: Massage this oil into the scalp before bed. 

    Grind some jasmine roots with lime juice. Wash the hair and scalp with it. The causes for these hair conditions are as follows: 
    Excess of Pitta dosha in the body is the chief cause of hair problems. 
    Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking. 
    Eating too much fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour and acidic foods. 
    Intake of too many chemical medicines, low blood circulation, anemia, general weakness after disease, stress, anxiety and mental tension. 
    Chronic diseases like typhoid fever, presence of dandruff or lice and hormonal imbalance. 
    Use natural shampoo or soap to clean the hair. 
    Use amla (embilica officinalis), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) for washing the hair.
    Enhance oiling and massaging of scalp. 
    Use coconut oil or mustard oil at least three times in a week. 
    Use medicated oils like 'Mahabhringraj oil', 'Amala oil' and 'Arnica oil'. Put oil on the scalp and massage gently in the roots of the hair. 
    Maintain a regular bowel movement everyday. 
    The diet should contain more green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts. Take more proteins, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soybean and vitamin A. 
    Do regular physical exercise. 
    A special Ayurvedic preparation made from Bhringraj (Eclipta elba), Amala, corals, iron and black sesame seeds is very useful and even stops the graying of hair. 
    Rub the scalp vigorously after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation, and activates the sebaceous glands. 
    A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is good to drink to induce hair growth. The juice of alfalfa mixed with that of carrot, and lettuce juice is also good to take. 
    Daily application of coconut oil mixed with lime- juice on the hair is also beneficial. Applying juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also good. 
    Washing the hair with a paste of cooked Urad dal (black beans) and fenugreek (methi) 2-3 times a week. 
    A paste of licorice made by grinding it in milk can be applied in the bald patches. It induces hair growth. A paste of seeds of lemon and black pepper may also be applied on the bald patches.


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