We Indian women are known for gorgeous, thick and lustrous hair but with stress, pollution and little time to take care of our mane, we are left with dry and damaged tresses. As your beauty godmothers, we give you a few hair care secrets that will change your life. Along with a healthy balanced, these tips are all you need for lustrous, healthy locks. Happy hair is definitely one feature that can boost our confidence and make us feel like a million bucks, don't you agree?
If an itchy scalp is the bane of your existence, make sure not to pick up just any anti-dandruff shampoo. Use a medicated shampoo once a week and try a cleansing shampoo for the washes in between.
POPxo Recommends: Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, it's medicated and will keep those flakes at bay!
Washing your hair every day should be avoided as shampoo can strip your hair of its natural oils and lead to dryness as well as zap your expensive colour. You can rinse your hair out everyday with just cold water or if you need to wash your hair everyday, go in for a baby or a herbal shampoo, they have a low PH value and will be more gentle on your locks. POPxo Recommends: Just Herbs Lush Methi Shikhakai Shampoo
If you've been using the same shampoo for a long time now, chances are that your hair has gotten “used to" it and can start over producing oil like crazy. Professionals advice you to alternate between a couple of shampoos that suit your hair so your head doesn’t get complacent.
We all know that eggs are amazing for your strands, but since no body wants to smell like breakfast, try the vinegar rinse instead. After you've shampooed and washed out your conditioner, don't step out of the shower just yet. Pour a glass of apple cider vinegar over your hair and rinse out. This will add a gorgeous shine and softness to your locks.
Get back to those school-time champi days. Go heavy on the coconut oil or olive oil or any oil you have at hand. They all work wonders as deep, moisturizing conditioners, and at least one of them can be found in most kitchens. Start at the ends and move up the hair shaft, braid your hair and let it soak in for an hour or more before washing it out. Afterwards your hair will feel soft, silky and nourished.
POPxo Tip: Keep the oil in for a minimum of an hour before your wash it out.
Your flat iron and blow-dryer may give you smooth locks temporarily, but are only going to cause your strands to get super dry and rough in the long-run. Try and cutdown using these damaging tools and when you do go with the lowest heat setting possible. It's fine to embrace your natural waves, curls and kinks sometimes, you might just fall in love with your unruly affair!
If you feel like yours curls are too limp and flat instead of wild and bouncy, use dry shampoo to revive them. Simply spritz your hair and run your fingers through as if you were pulling it up into a ponytail.
POPxo Recommends: BBlunt Back to Life Dry Shampoo.
Always opt for a natural-bristle brush, it is softer and more flexible, which means less damage to your hair.
POPxo Recommends: DIVO Asanti Natural Bristle Round Hair Brush
After conditioning, add a shot of cool water to your mane before stepping out of the shower. This helps seal your hair cuticles, making it harder for moisture to enter the hair follicle, which can cause frizz. Coldwater also brings a healthy shine to your hair.
Instead of spending all that moolah on expensive salon trips to color it again, try a DIY highlight enhancer, which revives color with natural tints. Rinse with 2 cups of cool black coffee over damp hair in the shower; leave on for 10 minutes, then shampoo. This will condition the hair as well.