The coronavirus pandemic has left everyone high and dry and isolated in their homes. You can look at it in two ways. Either you see the lockdown as a punishment that is keeping you from things that you enjoy, or you can look at it as a much needed break from life and taking better care of yourself. We all must utilise this time to work on ourselves and our health and that includes hair care.
Due to the lockdown, maybe for the first time, our hair is not exposed to pollution, dust, and harmful chemicals at the salon. We no longer require equipment to curl or straighten our hair, as we have nowhere to go. If we want certain hair services such as hair cutting or hair colouring, we can always book salon at home from different service providers. For those who no longer dread salons, this is the perfect time to work on restoring the natural look and health of your hair.
How to Protect your Hair during the Lockdown?
Managing your hair is important, especially at your home. Yes, the hair is protected from dust, pollution, etc., but there are several tips you need to follow to keep your hair healthy, smooth, and silky. The following tips are very simple ways to maintain your hair by using basic tools and regular household products:
As much as you hate oily hair, it actually helps in nourishing it. Hair oil consists of essential vitamins, minerals, and good fatty acids that help in maintaining the good health of your hair. You can gently massage the oil on your scalp to improve blood circulation and hair growth. Also, oiling your hair and leaving it overnight for few weeks, results in the reduction in dandruff and replenishing your hair with vital nutrients.
Experts say brushing your hair at least twice a day results in smooth locks. You should brush your hair once in the morning, after you wake up, and again during the night before you go to sleep. Using a wide-tooth comb/brush for your hair keeps it healthy and tangle-free. Also, brushing your hair will distribute the oil from the roots to the tip of the hair, which is great for extra moisture.
Brushing regularly will enable you to apply any hairstyle you want. Lack of brushing will lead to difficult knots that are hard to get rid of. During the lockdown, where there is very little movement outside, brush your hair daily to get super silky hair.
Whoever said washing your hair is bad, is probably messing with you. Even during a lockdown, dust and dirt are still present inside our home, coming through windows, or smoke from the kitchen. Washing your hair with shampoo will keep your hair free from all those unwanted particles.
Also, washing your hair with cold water is one of the best ways to avoid hair damage. It will retain your hair’s essential oils and natural moisture. It also causes your hair to appear shinier and easy to manage. Experts recommend washing your hair for at least 3 – 4 days a week, with shampoo and conditioner.
- Scalp Treatment:
The scalp is the part we generally miss during hair care treatments. But, it is also one of the most crucial parts that keep your hair healthy. Massaging your scalp frequently can have a good effect on your hair and mind too. It helps in increasing blood circulation, which results in delivering oxygen and essential nutrients to your scalp, restoring the skin, and accelerating the growth of healthy hair.
Scalp massages also remove dead skin cells that don’t get removed from washing. They are also responsible for lightening your mood by producing serotonin, which is the hormone that promotes well-being and happiness. Scalp massages will relieve your stress and tension, promoting healthy hair growth.
The health of your hair is determined by how healthy your diet is. Hairs need their essential vitamins and minerals to grow and stay healthy. A poor diet can ruin a healthy head of hair. Having a balanced diet that has an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fibres can help maintain the health of your hair.
Your hair condition is the result of your intake which requires essential nutrients to keep your hair strong and shiny. Although genes and hair care routine plays a significant role, your food consumption also has effects on your hair. You can include the following foods for the betterment of your hair:
- Sweet potatoes
- Seeds and nuts
Do not see this lockdown as retribution, but as a remission to restore the natural texture and health of your hair. Hair fall and problems are very common with both men and women. From genes to poor water quality and bad hair care routines, your hair can be damaged for so many reasons. Use the tips mentioned above to get rid of the problems and maintain silky, smooth, and strong hair.