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I have a flaky scalp with dandruff. I have tried using shampoos but their effect doesn’t always last. Can you suggest some methods to solve this problem?
Wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo 3-4 times a week, using less shampoo and rinsing very well with water. Half an hour before shampooing, apply two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar on the scalp, massaging it lightly into the scalp. Once a week, heat olive oil or sesame seed (til) oil and apply on the scalp at night, using cotton wool and rubbing it gently to dislodge the flakes. Leave on overnight. The next morning, apply lime juice 15 minutes before you shampoo. After shampoo, add two tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use as a last rinse. Henna treatments 2-3 times a month will also help. Add 4 teaspoons each of lime juice and coffee, two raw eggs and enough ‘tea water’ to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Tea water can be made by boiling used tea leaves again in enough water, cooling and straining the liquid. Apply the henna on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea water. You should include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your daily diet. Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. Add lime juice to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. Also ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements.
What should be my hair care routine for this rainy season?
Your hair needs more frequent shampoos during the monsoon season. You can even shampoo your hair daily, if required, provided you use a mild herbal shampoo. Use very little shampoo and rinse well with water. One application of shampoo is enough. Avoid rich conditioners, unless you have very dry hair. Try herbal hair rinse. Tea and lemon rinses may be good during the monsoon. Boil used tea leaves again in enough water. Cool the liquid and use as a rinse after your shampoo. Lemon juice can be added to a mug of water and used as a last rinse. You can also apply the white of an egg before your shampoo, leaving it on for half an hour. This not only gives body to the hair, but is also a wonderful cleanser, cutting down on oiliness. Some people are plagued by bad odour from the scalp due to sweat and oily secretions. For this, add lime juice and half a cup of rose water to a mug of water and use as a last rinse.
I am facing receding hair line and hair loss. Is there any way to re-grow my hairline?
We recommend the application of a non-oily herbal hair tonic on the scalp and at the hairline. Avoid rubbing or vigorous massage. Using only the finger tips, actually move the scalp in small round movements. Avoid tying your hair back tightly, as this can aggravate hair loss at the hair line. If the hair is oily, avoid oily applications. Wash your hair three times a week, using less shampoo. Dilute shampoo with a little water and then apply. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, leafy green vegetables, yogurt and adequate protein in the diet. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamins B-Complex and C.
How to protect your hair when traveling to hilly or cold places?
For travel to hilly and cold places, you will spend more time in the sun. Carry a hair cream or hair serum containing sunscreen. Actually, the effects of sun-exposure increase near reflective surfaces, like snow. Remember to take a scarf along, to protect your hair from sun-exposure, wind and dust. Pack items to protect your hair and keep it looking good. For more convenience, you can take along a dry shampoo. It is convenient to use when one is in a hurry to cleanse the hair, or when you are traveling and have less time to wash the hair. Along with this, you can carry a leave-on conditioner or hair serum. A small hair dryer would be very useful. Herbal hair mascara or ‘hair touch-up’ helps to add glamour or conceal grey hair when you dine out. The effect lasts till the next shampoo.