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Hair care habits you need to change for better hair

We are listing some do’s and don’ts below to help you improve your hair quality and get rid of hair problems.

People often complain about hair fall, dandruff, roughness, split ends, frizz, premature greying of hair, dry scalp, breakage, alopecia areata, etc. These hair problems are very common these days, mainly due to toxic lifestyles, lack of proper hair care, unhealthy diet choices, and excessive consumption of sodas and alcohol. Many individuals complain without addressing the root cause of the problem.

We are listing some do’s and don’ts below to help you improve your hair quality and get rid of hair problems.

A. Do’s:

1. Oiling: Hair oiling is an essential part of hair care. The scalp needs oil, and it should be applied to the ends of the hair to prevent breakage and split ends. Oil your hair at least 30-45 minutes before shampooing, and use lukewarm oil for better results.

2. Shampooing: Remember to use shampoo on your scalp only, not on your hair. Let the shampoo drip down and wash your hair, so it won’t become excessively dry. Dilute the shampoo before applying it directly to the scalp to save money and prevent scalp damage from chemicals. Use sulfate-free shampoos for better results.

3. Conditioning: Conditioning your hair is as important as oiling. After shampooing, apply conditioner to the length of your hair, leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse it off. Comb your hair while the conditioner is on to detangle it easily and prevent breakage.

4. Drying the hair: Use a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt to gently wrap your hair. After 15-20 minutes, remove the towel and let your hair dry naturally. Avoid rough rubbing, as it can cause split ends and tangles. Apply a few drops of hair serum to the palm of your hand, rub it, and gently apply it to the length of your hair.

5. Combing the hair: Say no to plastic combs and opt for wooden combs to detangle your hair. Combs made from neem trees have medicinal properties that keep the scalp bacteria-free and healthy, resulting in frizz-free hair.

6. Deep conditioning/hair masks: Deep condition your hair once or twice a week or use a hair mask to make your hair shiny and stronger. You can use homemade hair masks or store-bought masks suitable for your hair type and concerns.

7. Diet: No matter what products you apply, proper nutrition is essential for hair health. Include multivitamins, green vegetables, fruits, and sprouts in your diet to promote hair health.

8. If you are unsure about your hair care routine or hair concerns, consult a dermatologist.

B. Don’ts:

1. Avoid over-oiling your scalp or hair, as it can clog the scalp pores and lead to acne on the scalp and forehead due to excessive oil.

2. Do not comb your hair after oiling, as it can cause hair breakage. Always comb your hair with a wooden comb before applying oil.

3. Do not apply conditioner directly to the scalp. You can apply it closer to the scalp, but ensure it does not come in contact with the scalp.

4. Avoid leaving shampoo residue on your scalp, as it can cause itchiness.

5. Do not comb your hair when it’s wet, as it can cause hair breakage and split ends. Wait until your hair is partially dry before combing.

6. Avoid tying your hair tightly. Opt for loose ponytails and hairstyles to prevent damage to the hair roots due to excessive pulling.

7. Do not use heat tools on your hair without applying a heat protectant spray. Using heat tools without protection can permanently damage your hair, so always ensure you use a heat protectant spray before styling.

8. Avoid using a blow dryer every time you wash your hair. Allow your hair to air dry naturally whenever possible. Reserve the use of a blow dryer for when you’re in a hurry.

9. Eating too much junk food, consuming sugary colas and sodas, smoking, drinking alcohol, consuming spicy food, experiencing stress, and not getting enough sleep can contribute to hair fall.

10. Avoid overwashing your hair, as it strips away the natural oils from your scalp. Wash your hair only twice a week. Refrain from using sulfate-based shampoos, as they can leave your hair and scalp dry and frizzy.

11. Neglecting to use clarifying shampoos to remove product buildup. If you use sulfate-free shampoo, you need to use a clarifying shampoo every 2-4 months to eliminate product buildup.

12. Limit excessive hair coloring, as it can cause damage to your hair. Chemical treatments like keratin treatments, straightening, and rebonding can lead to permanent hair damage, so it’s advisable to avoid them if possible.

By implementing these changes in your hair care habits, you can have healthier hair and address common hair problems. Remember to prioritize a balanced lifestyle, a nutritious diet, and proper hair care practices to achieve and maintain beautiful and vibrant hair.