So many women dream of long lustrous, thick hair and also demand it instantly.

We need to understand that the beauty industry thrives because of this impatience and desperation. They make us realize, what we don’t have and claim to fulfil our shortcomings with their products, but the truth remains that we need a good hair care regimen to achieve beautiful locks.

In this article, I will put across some hair care tips for women who desire long lustrous and thick hair and some things which one should avoid if they want to maintain their hair.

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Know Your Hair

First of all, please understand that your hair is based on your genes, and genes cannot be changed. 

The nature of your hair: wavy straight, or curly, it is all on your genes. Even to a very large extent the density of your hair depends on your genes & very scientifically speaking, no product can alter your genes, you can tame them with good hair care.

How the environment comes into play?

When I say environment, I mean the care you give to your hair. Yes, genes play a major role but so does the quality of maintenance you give to your hair.

Ever noticed your grandmother's hair? How are they so thick, why don’t they ever complain of hair fall?

In their times, there were no hi-fi treatments or products available, it was just their natural care at home.

Things You Shouldn’t Add To Your Environment (Hair Care Tips)

1. Don't choose a hair oil on the basis of its fragrance 

No doubt, a good oil massage before hair wash is important. But try to avoid using highly commercialized hair oils, because they can contain chemicals that can imbalance the naturals oil of your hair. 

Try switching to the mustard oil you will find in your kitchen. It might be a little sticky and smelly, but that’s perhaps the best oil you can provide your hair with.

2. Don’t just choose any shampoo.

Yes, be careful about the shampoos which you use. Know the major components of the shampoo, because sometimes shampoos are need specific

You’ll eventually know which shampoo suits your hair needs the best. Try using a shampoo that contains as few chemicals as possible.

3. Don’t wash your hair frequently.

If you are someone who goes out frequently, washing hair twice a week is enough. In these somewhat quarantine days, even once a week is great.

Exposing your hair to frequent hair washes can prevent the natural oils which are excreted from our scalp to nourish your hair.

4. Don’t apply conditioner to drenched hair.

If you apply conditioner just after you have washed your hair, when they are drenched then the conditioner's job won’t be done. Make sure that after washing your hair, you squeeze them nicely, and if required you can even pat dry with a towel.

After that apply the conditioner to the length of your hair, NOT the scalp.

Keep the conditioner for about 5 mins and then wash thoroughly.

P.S. Curd is the best natural conditioner you could use.

5. Don’t brush/comb your hair while wet.

While there might be a strong urge to comb/brush your hair when they are wet, resist it. 

Combing your hair while they are wet leads to more hair breakage. Wet hairs are more prone to breakage and hence, one should let them dry before bringing out the tool (comb).

6. Don’t wait too long to trim your hair.

So many times, we avoid trimming because our hair seems healthy, but just like the grass of our lawn needs trimming to ensure the growth of greener and healthier grass, our hair needs to be trimmed frequently so that there is a minimum of split ends and only healthy hair grows from our scalp.

7. Don’t wait for a holiday to detangle your hair.

Make it a routine to sit with a comb every night, and detangle your hair, and if you have long hair. Braid them. 

Dust and other problems only accumulate if we leave our hair tangled for too long. Make sure you take good care of them.

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These were some of the basic things you could avoid doing to your hair to ensure good and healthy hair.

Just remember that desperate use of highly commercialized hair products will only give you good hair temporarily. For the long term healthy hair, don’t forget to consult your grandmother for extra and always effective hair tips.

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Purvi Wadhwa

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