Your hair really is you. So what
happens if it is wild and unruly, with a mind of its own? Sheila Kumar takes you through her tress trauma.
Madonna with a fixed intensity. I have been doing so for years now. You may
think I’m a diehard fan of the singer but I am not. The reason I analyse
pictures of her like a hawk is because I live in daily expectation of her hair
falling out. The quick-change artiste has done so much in so many different
ways to her mane that I am amazed it stays on, that it stays lush and well-
last two words have blown my cover. Thing is, I am one of those women who have
more bad hair days than good. Actually, I have bad hair months, and looking
back, I think I can say I have even had a bad hair year or two. I was born with
a mop of thick curls and before you say `Raphaelite,` I must tell you the curls
were, in turn, born opinionated. And their opinion was that bushy, frizzy,
untameable is good, and that’s that.
let me define difficult hair for HAIR readers. It is much like a thatched roof;
it is dry, rough, tends to frizz, and worst of all, parts of it fall limp while
other stick up and out. Colour doesn’t sit smoothly. The best thing that can be
said for this kind of hair is that it has ‘personality.’
become a one-woman expert on hair products. Back when it was fasting time in
India, when quality hair products were simply not available, I was getting them
from abroad. Now that it’s feasting time, vis-à-vis all kinds of creams, potions,
gels and mousse, you would think I’m in hair heaven. Nope. The tussle with my
hair continues, with experimentation having moved on to an advanced plane.
years, if there is one thing I have realised, it is that a man or woman is his
or her hair. Studies have revealed that one’s hair is what makes up the halo
impression formed about a person at a first meeting. You could be dressed to
the nines, you could be toting the latest Dior or Louis Vuitton bag, you could
be shod in stylish Jimmy Choos. You could have striking features, a profile
that belongs on a Roman coin. But, but, but, if your hair is not in the best
condition, not looking gorgeous, you will always be out of the magic circle.
Then again, it’s not all bad news. There is a lot we can
do to right that unequal equation. Let`s begin with food. What we ingest has
its impact on our hair. Green veggies, yoghurt, nuts, fruit (avoid watermelon,
though) and fish, as well as all kinds of protein (hair is 98% protein after
all!) are vital for the health of our tresses. Spicy, fried, greasy food,
carbohydrates such as starch and sugar are all taboo.
become pretty much part of our hair care routine. So, one way to protect hair
is to always use the best products and go easy on the colour. Judicious use of
tongs, hair straighteners, dryers and electric rollers go a long way in saving
your tresses, too. If you simply can’t do without frequent blow-dry sessions,
opt for a partial job and then let hair dry naturally.
other ways to protect hair. Keep it covered when you are about to stroll around
under the sun, plunge into a pool, or get exposed to dust and grime. Sunlight,
chlorine, bleach, drying shampoos are all hair devils. Oh, and it’s a myth that
frequent shampooing will accelerate hair fall. If you shampoo just once a week,
all you are doing is harvesting a seven-day supply of hair that’s loosened from
gel and mousse is good for wild hair. However, always remember to apply these
products to the hair, not the scalp. They are most effective when used on damp
fortnight, deep condition your hair with heated oil or a hair mask. Always opt
for cold water for the final rinse so as to seal in the moisture and let the
cuticles close and set.
Here’s a tip
from a woman with difficult hair (no prizes for guessing who): plait your damp
hair into a loose braid at night. When you wake after a good night’s sleep,
smooth some serum over your tresses and comb them out for a sexy flowing look.
Kinda like the Material Girl on a great hair day, right?
Colour Shine range of shampoos, conditioners, leave-in creams.
Frieda’s Frizz Ease serum.
Body Shop Brazilian Nut Moisture Mask.
Body Shop Honey Moisturising Conditioner.
Magic Protein Hair Conditioner.
Root Strengthening Shampoo.
Professional Absolute Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.
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