“Rapunzel, Rapunzel – Let down thy golden hair” narrated my mother as she expertly massaged terrible smelling coconut oil on my head. Happily distracted, I let her hands smear the stinking stuff over every inch of my scalp and hair before she tightly braided them into cross plaits. I was too busy imagining a blonde goddess with flowing, shining hair letting down twenty feet long tresses down to a handsome prince somewhere at the foot of her tower of imprisonment. More than anything at that moment – all I wanted was twenty feet long hair which would be thick and strong enough to let a grown man use as a rope without ripping off my skull.
This is the dream of every woman on the planet. Thick, luscious, soft and shining hair is like a gift from god. Not just women, most men too, take exceptional care of their hair. Few of us, thanks to the combined genius of genes and the natural climate of birthplace, were blessed with a crown of hair which is like a many headed monster – one lost strand would simply mean that 20 would spring up in its place. However, the rest of us aren’t so lucky. Due to the disasters of bad genes, hormonal imbalances, terrible climate, salty water, pollution, and lifestyle habits – we find ourselves in various stages of balding. With each passing day, we find that the mass on our head seems to be dwindling. Not only is the lack of volume unsettling, but the texture is flimsy, coarse and dull.
All of us fret and worry about our hair. This is because the hair on our head is one of the key aspects of our appearances. Good hair actually compliments your face, thereby making you look good. Furthermore, having good hair also means that you are in good health, and so the skin glows, adding to your dazzle. For some of us, who have serious skin issues leading to excessive hair fall, consulting a good dermatologist is an excellent idea. For the rest of us however, it’s good news. Turns out that good hair is not rocket science after all, and neither does it require us to pester relatives abroad to buy all kinds of expensive shampoos, oils and creams. All your hair needs is a few basic steps.
Firstly – oil your hair regularly. Many experts claim that this is not necessary. But the hair needs regular oiling for strengthening and conditioning. Thus, oiling the scalp to tip at least thrice a week is a must – you may wash it off after applying it overnight. Choose oil that suits your hair – don’t go by the ads, the offers in the supermarket, or the price. Look closely at the ingredients, and then choose one which suits your hair type. Secondly – keep your hair clean at all times. If you travel or exercise a lot, then it is evident that due to sweat, your scalp would be covered by a coating of salt, thus making your hair flaky, dull and listless. Furthermore, this also attracts dust, further damaging your hair and leading to dandruff. Using shampoo every day is again – a bad idea. Most shampoos are full of chemicals, and thus attacking your hair everyday would thin it out eventually. Thus, you should wash your hair with plain water every day, and shampoo every alternate day.
Next, choose a shampoo that suits you. Again, this should be chosen carefully, and based on the type of hair you have. You can always cajole your hair stylist who trims your hair monthly to recommend a good one. If you visit them regularly, it is obvious that they are the ones who know your hair better, and so would know what would suit your hair best. And last but not the least – eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest, and most importantly – be happy. Have you ever noticed that it is usually the cheerful people who have bouncy, shining hair – while the cynical, dull ones never have anything remarkable? Good Luck – and here’s to good hair!