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The inimitable queen of Ayurveda, SHAHNAZ HUSAIN, is here to resolve all your hair worries. Got questions? Ask away!

Q Is there a best, fast and natural way to grow hair?
~ Sunaina Agarwal
A The healthy growth of hair depends on the state of internal health of both body and mind, as well as on external care. Diet is extremely important for the hair, because the hair is actually fed by the nutrients in the blood stream. The diet should supply the body with vitamins, minerals and enzymes, along with the required amount of proteins and other nutrients. Washing the hair two to three times a week with a mild shampoo is essential. Use less shampoo and rinse well with water. Apply warm oil the night before shampoo, but avoid rubbing and vigorous massage. Massage the scalp, using your finger tips and actually move the scalp in small rotary movements. The average rate of hair growth is half an inch per month.

Q Is it okay to oil hair regularly or does oiling daily damage hair?
~ Anika Rai
A In India, under the Ayurvedic system, the application of oil is an integral part of hair treatments. Oiling does not damage the hair, but it can cause the pores of the scalp to become clogged. It is an excellent pre-shampoo treatment and helps the natural distribution of oils along the hair shaft. The application of oil with a light massage helps to soften the texture of the hair and also stimulates blood circulation. The hair is fed by the nutrients in the blood stream. So good blood circulation to the follicles is necessary. Oil massages also help to keep the scalp healthy, nourish the hair and improve the look of dry and damaged hair. Also, if the hair and scalp are oily, avoid oil applications and use a hair rinse after shampoo.

Q How can I get rid of split ends without losing my hair length. I am trying to grow my hair long but can’t seem to get rid of split ends.
~ Preeti Singh
A Cutting off the split ends does help. Avoid tying the hair tightly with rubber bands. Avoid using hair dryers and brushes. Twice a week heat pure coconut oil and apply on the hair. Apply on the ends too. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Use a mild herbal shampoo. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, taking less quantity and massaging it lightly into the hair. Leave on for two minutes and rinse off with plain water.

Q Does keeping conditioner in the hair for longer mean that it makes the hair softer?
~ Simmi Jacob
A Generally speaking, hair conditioning is considered to be one of the ways by which we can improve the look of the hair, making it soft and smooth. But, it depends on the conditioner and the individual hair type. For hair that has suffered damage, due to repeated dyeing, colouring, relaxing, or heat applications, creamy conditioners have a softening effect. Rinse-off conditioners should be left on for two to three minutes after shampoo and then rinsed off. Leaving a heavy conditioner too long can make the hair weak and fragile, as it may prove too heavy for the hair.

Q I have thick and straight hair. Even though I have never coloured It and barely used an iron or blow-dryer, it tends to get frizzy. I also shampoo and condition regularly. What can I do to stop my hair from getting frizzy?
~ Reena Shah
A Humidity can cause the hair to become curly or frizzy. After shampooing your hair, rinse the hair and apply very little conditioner. Leave on for two minutes and wash the hair, but avoid washing off all the conditioner. A leave-on conditioner or hair serum may also be applied. Or, 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. This can be done on dry or wet hair to tame the frizz. Avoid hot water to wash the hair. After shampoo, wrap a towel around the head and let it soak up water. Avoid rubbing. Have a deep conditioning treatment once a week, before shampoo. Mix together one egg, one tablespoon castor oil, the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon pure glycerine. Apply on the hair, wear a plastic shower cap and keep it on for an hour, before washing your hair.

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