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Shahnaz Hussain Answers All Your Hair Queries

Is there any specific haircare routine to follow during the festive season to keep the hair glowing and nourished?

Yes here’s the haircare routine you can follow during festivals. Apply heated pure coconut oil (for dry hair) or olive oil (for oily hair) on your scalp and hair twice a week. Post oil application, do the hot towel wrap and keep it on for five minutes. Repeat the towel wrap 3-4 times. This will help the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. For oily hair, have a hair rinse after shampoo. A tea water and lemon rinse will add shine to your hair. Boil used tea leaves again in enough water. (After boiling, you should have about five cups of tea water). Cool and strain it. Then add the juice of a lemon and use it as a last rinse after shampoo. Also do weekly henna treatments on your hair. For this, add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs, two teaspoons oil and enough yogurt to the henna powder and mix it into a thick paste. Apply it on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, you can add more curd to the mixture.

My hair is very short, rough, dry, thin and weak and I am suffering from the pesky problem of Trichoptilosis. I request you to suggest a good remedy for it.

Trichoptilosis is the common problem of split ends. Cutting off the split ends is the only remedy for your problem. After cutting, you need to give your hair proper and regular care. Avoid tying your hair very tight with rubber bands and using hair dryers and hair brushes. Use a wide-toothed comb instead. Apply hot pure coconut oil on your hair twice a week followed by hot towel wrap. For this, you need to dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban and keep it on for five minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3-4 times. This will help the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Use a mild herbal shampoo to wash your hair; also use very little shampoo and rinse well with water. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, taking less quantity and massaging it lightly into the hair. Leave it on for two minutes and rinse off with plain water. Or, you can apply a ‘leave-on’ type of conditioner or hair serum. Apply it the same way, but do not rinse off.

Is dry scalp and dandruff the same? If not, then how are they different? What is the best treatment for dry scalp or dandruff?

Dry scalp and dandruff are not the same, although there may be flaking in both types of scalps. In case of a dry scalp, there is dryness due to lack of moisture, which can lead to flaking. An oil treatment will help a dry scalp, along with the use of a hair serum or leave-on conditioner. In dandruff, the scalp is oily, but the hair may be dry. This is due to the fact that the pores of the scalp are blocked, which hampers the proper distribution of oil. For dandruff, apply non-oily herbal hair tonic daily at night and leave on. 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 and apply it on the scalp. Leave it on overnight and the next morning, apply the juice of a lemon 15 minutes before shampoo.

Is there a fast and effective way to increase the volume of my hair? If yes, how should I go about it?

There are many natural and home ingredients that add body and strength to your hair such as yoghurt and egg. Egg nourishes dry hair, while oily hair benefits by egg white, which cleanses, reduces oiliness and adds body. Applying egg or yogurt half an hour before shampooing makes the hair look thicker. Beat an egg with a little milk to form a thick consistency and apply it on your hair. After half an hour, rinse it with water. Add lemon juice and half cup of rose water to a mug of water for a last rinse, to remove the odour of egg.

To add body, comb your hair to one side, blow-dry it and then comb it to the other side; repeat the blow-drying. You can also bend down and blow-dry the hair upside down, brushing the hair from back to front. This is particularly convenient for shorter hair.

We all know how hair colouring and hair dyeing damages the hair. I’d like to know if such damage caused by colouring or dyeing be rectified.

The health of the hair can be restored after hair colouring and dyeing. Mix one part of castor oil with two parts of coconut oil, heat and apply it on your hair. Avoid vigorous massage and rubbing when you apply oil. Massage the scalp gently, using only the finger tips. Move your scalp in small, circular movements. This helps to stimulate blood circulation to the follicles. Keep the oil overnight and wash your hair the next day with a mild herbal shampoo. After washing, apply a creamy conditioner, massaging it lightly into the hair. Leave on for two minutes and then rinse off with water. Regular conditioning is extremely important. You can also apply a leave-on type of conditioner or hair serum to soften and disentangle your hair.

Home remedies to help hair subjected to colours and dyes:

For a deep-conditioning treatment once a week, mix together one egg, two tablespoons castor oil, the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon pure glycerin. These ingredients should be mixed well. Massage it into the scalp and apply on your hair too. Wash your hair after 30 minutes, rinsing it well with water to remove all residues, so that they do not clog the pores.

Have cold infusions with hibiscus flowers and leaves, which are allowed to stand overnight in cold water, in a ratio of one to six. The flowers are squeezed and the water is strained before use. Such infusions can be used to wash the hair and scalp, or applied on the scalp with cotton wool. The paste or juice of the flowers should be applied on the hair. You can also go for hair spa treatments. This entails oil massage, exposing the hair to steam, application of hair packs and so on. It helps to improve the texture and also adds shine to damaged hair.