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The Inimitable queen of Ayurveda, SHAHNAZ HUSAIN, is here to resolve all your hair worries. Got questions? Ask away!
Q) My hair is short, frizzy and prone to breakage thanks to straightening. What can you suggest to increase volume, naturally straighten and prevent hairfall for my damaged hair?
~ Mahima Yadav
Ans) Repeated hair straightening with chemicals and heat can lead to brittle hair, breakage and hair fall. Regular conditioning and oil applications should be done after straightening the hair. Twice a week, heat one part of castor oil with two parts coconut oil. Apply on hair and on ends too and massage it gently. Wrap your hair in a hot towel and keep it on for five minutes. Repeat this wrap three or four times. Keep oil on overnight and wash the hair next day, using a mild herbal shampoo. Avoid very hot water. There are ways that can help to control frizz or unruly curls. Take two drops of a light vegetable oil, like sunflower oil, and rub it between your palms. Smooth the palms over the hair. Or, take the ends of the hair in your palms and scrunch them. Leave the oil on. Another alternative is to mix some water with creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through the hair. The hair becomes easier to tame and style.
Q) What’s the safest natural way to condition and care for children’s hair? (I have a 3 year old daughter)?
~ Shama Saluja
Ans) For children, use a mild herbal shampoo or Ayurvedic baby shampoo. Use very little shampoo, dilute with a little water and then apply. Rinse well with water. The scalp should be kept clean and healthy. Normal conditioners may not be used. You can take two drops of a herbal hair serum or olive oil, spread it on your palms and apply it on the child’s hair to keep them smooth. Rubbing the scalp gently with cotton wool helps to remove flakes, if any. Then wash the hair with a mild shampoo.
Q) How can I identify genuine Ayurvedic and natural brands in the market? How do you distinguish the genuine brands from inauthentic ones?
~ Vikas Makhija
Ans) You can go for well known brands of reputed companies, as they keep a track of their products. Check the label and the manufacturing date. Ayurvedic products may generally be used till three years from the date of manufacture, unless mentioned otherwise. Check to see if the seal is intact and not tampered with. Genuine Ayurvedic products come with a hologram and it is usually placed at a particular place. Check the hologram and its positioning. Also, buy the products from authorised distributors, or from the online store of the company. Our own company owned salons and stores, as well as franchise salons and franchise retail outlets keep the genuine products.
Q) Is applying lemon in homemade packs actually good for the hair? I heard it discolours hair and causes dandruff. Please advise.
~ Jyotsana Patel
Ans) Lemon has a very mild bleaching effect, but it does not discolour or bleach the hair. In fact, lemon juice helps to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance of the scalp and thus, prevents dandruff. Lemon juice is added to henna hair packs and may be added to other hair packs. For dealing with dandruff, heat olive oil and apply on the hair, rubbing gently to dislodge the flakes. Leave the oil on overnight. Next morning, add the juice of a lemon on the scalp and wash the hair after 15 minutes. This, in fact, is a very effective antidandruff remedy.