This story was updated in February 2019.
Ladies, long days and even longer nights during your college years, along with stress and weather conditions affect your hair and skin the most. But we are here to help you take care of your mane while you go through life. Here are some essential hair products and tips that you need to make sure you have a good hair day, all day, every day.
You need to look well groomed and presentable when you're in college. What if we told you that you can fix your tresses on the go with these haircare essentials. Here are some best hair products for girls that we recommend you try for yourself.
You know how your hair looks amazing when you leave the house, but when you see yourself in the mirror a few hours later, it’s in a mess? Because of external factors - humidity and pollution, to be precise - your hair tends to frizz up during the day. Just carry a travel-sized serum at all times, and apply it at least once or twice through the day, to your hair ends.
POPxo Recommends: Livon Serum (Rs 150) controls frizz, eases out tangled hair and controls breakage to give you silky, shiny hair all day long. Just put 2-3 drops on your damp hair and you’re good to go!
Washing your hair is the first step to take care of your hair health. If you have a particular hair problem, make sure you are using a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically for that problem. It is there that you win half the battle.
POPxo Recommends: TRESemme Ionic Strength Shampoo, 580ml (Rs 460) with TRESemme Ionic Strength Conditioner (Rs 220), helps restore and nourish your damaged hair by reinforcing natural protection on your hair. After shampooing TRESemme salon grade iconic complex, apply conditioner onto the lengths for a salon-style finish.
Most of us want to soak in a warm bath and wash our hair with some nice smelling shampoo at the end of a long day. But if you wash your hair more than twice/thrice a week, you strip your hair of its natural oils. That, in turn, makes your hair drier and more prone to hair fall. Invest in a good dry shampoo instead, and use that when you absolutely must cleanse your hair without really washing it.
POPxo Recommends: BBLUNT Back To Life Dry Shampoo (Rs 550) does a smooth job of absorbing excessive grease and grime from your mane. Instant freshness is now just a spray away!
When we are in a rush and our days are packed, we tend to skip the conditioner (it’s that extra 5 minutes of sleep that you need, we get it). But ladies, if you skip conditioner, your hair follicles and the hair ends specifically suffer painful things. In fact, we suggest you do a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. And each time you use conditioner, keep it on for a minimum of 2-3 minutes before you rinse your mane.
POPxo Recommends: Anatomicals Deep Conditioning Hair Pack (Rs 599) is a richly restoring hair mask which gives a revitalizing boost to hair. It is packed in the natural goodness of avocado and wheat germ extracts to treat dry, damaged hair and leave you with a smooth finish.
Just like your grandmother said, oiling your hair is the best way to restore nutrition and strength to your hair. A hot oil massage also regulates blood circulation to the scalp which in turn, aids hair growth. Ideally, you need to keep the oil on overnight but if you can’t commit to that, please keep it in for a couple of hours before you wash it.
POPxo Recommends: Parachute Advanced Ayurvedic Hair Oil (Rs 160) is enriched with the goodness of coconut and other ayurvedic ingredients like Malkangini, Thyme, and Hibiscus to give your hair the extra nourishment it needs!
We love experimenting with our hair and heat tools are usually our go-to for a new look. It IS the easiest option to change your look, after all. But here’s the thing - extended exposure to the environment and then the heat tools weaken your hair. While we can’t stop you from using heat styling tools, we are just saying that use a good quality heat protectant product or spray so it isn’t too harmful.
POPxo Recommends: Schwarzkopf Pro Styling Heat Protection Spray (Rs 715) is a boon for individuals who regularly use heating and styling appliances. The spray is resistant for up to 220 C and lets you create your favourite styles whilst also ensuring the protection of your hair from the continuous heat.
This is the most important part of your hair care regime. You have to understand that your hair needs a break from time to time so that it can repair itself. We suggest that you go for a hair detox - basically, keep away from heat styling tools and chemicals, and have a good hair care regime in place - every few weeks.
POPxo Recommends: L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Masque (Rs 365) intensely nourishes and protects your hair from 5 signs of damage namely dryness, hair fall, dullness, roughness and split ends. Use this as part of your hair care regime for total repair!