[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Part 2 of our series, Summer Cool, is solely about hair care.
“Wow, you have such long and lovely hair,” is something I heard till I was about 22. So much so that sometimes I got tired of hearing it.
I have always been the girl with long hair. Thanks to my mum, and good genes in general, I enjoyed jet black, straight hair for as long as I can remember.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”1906,1908″ onclick=”link_no” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]I always didn’t like it. In fact, back in school, somedays were spent feeling terrible. Why? Long haired girls could almost never let their hair loose.
And it was a lot of work. I recall my Mom tying a neat, long plait, for 10 years. Sundays weren’t weekends, but hair wash days for me. Handling those thick strands that used to come up till my scrawny waist seemed like a task.
Years went by, and the story changed. Yes, I was the girl with the really long hair. But it wasn’t as healthy as it used to be. 3 years of living in Bangalore, streaking, straightening and years of keeping my hair open left little of my glory.
If I could go back to when I was in JMC, I’d tell myself to stop using a straightener. Back then, I had straight hair and I was frankly just messing around. My straightener didn’t even have a ceramic coating and I think those years did a lot of damage for years to come. If I could back to 2012, I’d tell myself not to colour just ‘coz I was having a bad day. I didn’t have the time or the inkling to maintain it.
So first up, here’s some sincere advise:
1. Be impulsive in getting haircuts only when you know it’s gonna grow back.
2. Think about colouring a few more times and make sure you have the time for conditioning treatments and more.
3. Cut out stress. Over the last 3 years, I have seen the most amount of hairfall, as well as premature greying.
Off late, I have been able to grow my hair back: it’s not what it used to be, and I guess that’s OK. But I don’t do it alone, these products help me out.
1. Wella Professionnal Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, Rs 550 each: One of the best haircare brands worldwide, they do business in millions because of their Kolestint range. I recently coloured my hair and it’s so natural that you can only see a light brown tint when I step in the sun. So I use their shampoo and conditioner: it has diamond dust and it leaves my hair pretty smooth and shiny. You can use their conditioner only on your ends to add lustre and shine. Keep it for about 1-2 minutes and wash off.
Tip: Using the same brand’s shampoo and conditioner is a better idea ‘coz it also helps maintain the pH balance of your hair.
2. Kérastase Nutritive Oléo-Relax Smoothing Sérum, Rs 2,300: A quick fix for frizzy, unruly hair, most of the serums from Kérastase are really good. They are lightweight, absorb really quickly and are a concoction of 3-4 oils. You can even take 4-5 pumps and use it on your scalp for a massage. For styling, I suggest you use it from mid length-ends of your strands to make the most of it.
Tip: Use a clarifying shampoo if you end up using a serum on your scalp to avoid flakes or it being clogged.
3. L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dry Shampoo, Rs 950: Great for a clean up (when you’re in a rush), or just styling your hair, dry shampoo is a must-have for those of who want to avoid flat looking hair. This is the one of the few products that is of use to us in winters, and summers. Make sure you really shake the bottle before spraying it, parting by parting. Spray, dab it (with fingers or just the comb). Then take a flat comb and just keep running it through the scalp and hair till you actually see the flakes fading away. Move on the next parting etc. Tip: For styling, I just use it on scalp and back comb my hair a bit to add a bit of texture to it.
4. Figaro Olive Oil For Hair, Rs 210: I love cooking with olive oil but honestly it was Pinterest that made me buy Olive Oil. It’s goodness is in plentitude: so I thought who better than Figaro. I am a huge believer in oiling my hair ‘coz then I can skip the conditioner. I’d suggest you warm up a bit of Olive Oil in the microwave, put your favourite TV show and give yourself a great head massage. Start off by taking oil on all of your fingertips and massaging the front of your head. Your thumbs, should be behind your head, and stationery, as you move your fingers gently. Wash off after and see the difference.
Tip: Olive oil is great for hair (and skin masks) but you’ll have to wait for that till our next special.
5. Livon Moroccan Silk Serum, Rs 250: So I keep a minimum of 2-3 serums and this one is currently on my dresser too. It’s main ingredient is Moroccan Argan Oil, a great ingredient to bring shine and nourishment to your hair. It comes in handy when I am blow-drying my hair, or after when I just run it through the strands just for shine. Plus it’s pretty affordable so you must try it!
Tip: Use it before using a straightener/other appliances if you have really dry/brittle hair.
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