It’s definitely time to buckle up when your scrunchie starts to take an extra fold on your ponytail or braid. You know that you need to start trying all the tactics and nuskhas that you’ve heard of since as long as you can remember. I know that it’s heartbreaking to see clumps of your hair falling every day but the lack of protein in the body can do that to you.
Proteins like keratin, collagen, potassium and fatty acids are food for your hair and deficiency of these will affect the growth and fall. You have to understand that hair fall is directly linked to hair growth and an unhealthy scalp. If you have been living with a dry scalp, have dandruff or have been washing your hair too often, your hair and scalp need nourishment along with some basic changes in your diet, hair masks and a little bit of extra love. Instead of going to a salon or for expensive hair fall treatments, try making hair masks at home. They are effective and easy and would barely cost you anything. These will help strengthen your locks from root to tip. So shall we?!
It’s not just because of a dry scalp or poor hair health, you could be losing hair for a lot of other reasons as well, so the first step is to recognize the cause behind your hair loss and then treat it. For many, hair loss is related to genetics or a change in hormonal balance. In such cases, you must see a doctor as he may or may not suggest a change in your entire lifestyle. Hair fall has also been linked to ageing, childbirth, pregnancy, hypothyroid, medications such as antidepressants and side effects of birth control pills. Other reasons could be stress, iron and protein deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, dramatic weight loss or over-styling.
The concept of hair masks isn’t new. Ancient Egyptians and Indians used to apply coconut and olive oil to condition their hair. It’s just now we have uncountable options. Hair masks are the perfect solution to add bounce and health to your hair. It can help your hair fight pollution and environmental changes in no time. Once you make using a hair mask a regular practice, you’ll notice your hair and scalp will look and feel more nourished with visibly less dandruff and less hair fall. You must use it at least once a week. All hair masks don’t work for all types of hair or problems but the more you know about hair masks, the better you can expect the results from the one you choose.
All hair masks are good for moisturizing, however, to make the most out of your hair mask treatment, you must choose one according to your hair type.
Coloured hair: To preserve your hair colour and maintain a healthy sheen, your hair needs deep moisturising. As the tips of your hair dry out quickly, while applying the mask you need to concentrate more on the ends. If you are not using a specific mask for colour, use a dry hair mask as it will provide your strands with a shot of moisture, which they definitely need.
Frizzy or dry hair: For this hair type, you’ll again need a moisturising mask. Go for a keratin-based hair mask as its effect will be long-lasting. Keep the mask on for at least 10-15 minutes.
Curly hair: As per its reputation, curly hair is difficult to maintain and manage. Hence, an avocado, argan oil or coconut oil based mask can smoothen and soften those wild curls without disturbing their shape.
Oily hair: Clay-based hair masks are perfect for oily hair. They help seep up all the extra oil from the scalp and hair leaving your tresses voluminous and shiny.
Fine hair: Thin hair can get limp and weighed down easily but still need to be hydrated. While applying your masl, concentrate on the middle-lengths and tips and don’t let the mask sit for more than 2 to 3 minutes.
It’s difficult to pinpoint one cause for hair fall so it’s best to use some time-tested remedies and hair masks are the most efficient and smartest way to deal with hair loss permanently. Usually, applying a suitable hair mask on your damp hair once a week does good, but in the case of severe hair damage, I would suggest applying a hair mask at least twice a week along with a regular scalp massage. Do add essential oils with strong scents like rosemary or sandalwood to your mask and oil. Plus, it never hurts to smell good all the time!
Since bananas are loaded with natural oils, potassium and antioxidants, they make one healthy mask for hair loss! Give it a shot now.
Do this once a month.
Yoghurt contains proteins and vitamin B and D which are essential for hair growth. It also improves the texture of your hair.
Do this twice in 3 weeks.
Did you know that green tea is as good for your hair as it is for your skin? Rich in antioxidants and proteins, green tea helps nourish the scalp and hair.
Do this twice a month.
Honey not only keeps your scalp healthy but hydrates it as well. It also nourishes and prevents hair from breaking and falling.
Do this once a week.
One of the main reasons we love coconut oil is because it provides nourishment to the roots, repairs damaged hair and prevents hair fall.
Do this twice a month.
Since it’s rich in proteins, it repairs damaged hair and also protects the scalp. More reasons to fall in love with castor oil!
Do this thrice a month.
Strawberries will cleanse the pores on your scalp and make your hair shine!
Do this twice a month.
One of the best ways to prevent hair fall is to improve your diet. To boost your hair health at home, eat foods with more collagen, zinc, copper, vitamin C such as leafy greens and citrus fruits, oysters and meat protein.
This protein pack is keratin-rich and provides nourishment along with controlling hair fall. It also controls the frizz and dryness in hair. It’s free of parabens, sulfates and mineral oil.
Price: Rs 210. Buy it here.
Argan oil, the pillar ingredient of this hair mask is proven to stop hair fall and add shine and nourishment to hair. Apart from argan oil, it’s formulated with avocado oil, milk protein and curd. This hair mask also works on treating the frizz and split ends. For the best results, apply it on towel-dried damp hair. Evenly distribute it from the scalp to the tips using your fingers. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then, rinse it.
Price: Rs 599. Buy it here.
It’s a pre-shampoo mask. It protects, repairs and nourishes the damaged hair and with its repeated usage, hair fall can be controlled. It has a banana pulp which is like a favourite food for your hair. It also has herbs like methi, Brahmi and Nagarmotha which help in hydrating hair.
Price: Rs 1,425. Buy it here.
This argan oil-based hair mask controls hair loss, hydrates and moisturises them and makes them smoother. It has natural oils, vitamin B and E. It also works on soothing hair follicles and heals scalp.
Price: Rs 1,000. Buy it here.
Not just minions, even your hair loves bananas and this mask is one of its favourite foods. It’s good for all types of hair and can be used once or twice a week depending on your need. For best results, apply it on your damp hair and leave it in for 10 minutes before washing it off.
Price: Rs 1,545. Buy it here.
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This story was updated in March 2019.