Shampooing your hair every two days is not enough for the long, healthy life of your hair. Other factors like heat protection, deep conditioning and regular haircut also come into play.
Like skin, hair also requires an anti-ageing regime that you should follow to keep your locks young and lustrous. The outer part of your hair is called a hair shaft, and it is made up of keratin fibres. These are sensitive to our environment, the way we tie or style our hair, and the chemicals we load on it. To slow down ageing of hair, here are a few rituals you can incorporate in your day-to-day hair routine:
Indulge in a deep-conditioning hair treatment once a week to nourish your hair.
Deep-conditioning: It is important to protect the hair cuticle (outer most part of hair shaft) for good hair quality. Indulge in a deep-conditioning hair treatment once a week to nourish your hair. Take professional help or do it at home using a deep-conditioning product. This will keep your hair hydrated and frizz-free. There are several kitchen remedies you can also do on a regular basis for strengthening your hair such as yoghurt and fenugreek. Click here to know how to use them. And, of course, good old-fashioned 'champi' or head massage with oil is what your grandmom ordered. Listen to her.
Check on scalp: A healthy scalp means less hair woes. The glands in your scalp produce a natural oil, which is required by your hair follicles for growth and lubrication.
If your scalp is not in good condition or is dry and irritated, your hair follicles will be dry and weak too. Keep a close check on the scalp. Go for scalp determination test every two months to know if your scalp is healthy and get it treated accordingly. You can also buy a brush with natural bristles and brush your hair with it daily. It invigorates your scalp, increases circulation, brushes off dead cells and helps move the scalp's natural oils all the way down the hair shaft to the tips of your hair.
Trimming is good for the overall health of your hair.
Get a regular trim: It's a myth that a regular trim helps your hair grow faster. But at the same time, trimming is good for the overall health of your hair. Get your hair trimmed every 2 months. Your hair grows an average of half an inch every month, so by the time you trim it, it would have grown 1 inch. So if you trim it just a little, it won't look as if you've gone and chopped off half your head, instead, you'd just get rid of dry and split ends. This promotes healthy hair growth and reduces hair breakage. So hair quality will improve each time.
Sun exposure leads to damaged hair.
Sun protection: One of the easiest ways to damage the hair shaft is by excessive sun exposure. It leads to ‘photochemical impairment’, and you lose your hair protein and pigment. Which means your hair loses its colour as well as strength. UV rays also release free radicals in the hair (as a defence mechanism), which is responsible for signs of ageing. Cover up your head with scarf or hat before stepping out in the sun. Invest in hair products designed to protect hair from heat and harmful UV rays.
always use heat protection spray or serum
Heat protection: It is best to avoid using heat styling tools as it makes your hair dry and strips your hair shaft of its colour and strength. Avoid heat treatments as far as possible. And always, always use heat protection spray or serum before styling.