There is a plethora of information online about what you can do to have hair that shine, flow, and are unbreakable. They claim to be simple tips for healthy hair in India. But then, are they really even written by an Indian, who knows something about the climate here in India? Let’s change that.Most of the times, as we follow what they say, we forget to take into consideration that they are not talking in the Indian context. It’s time to move beyond all that universally acceptable advice, and opt for far more relevant and desi advice about how Indians should work towards a healthier body.
Indians have beautiful hair, not blond, but lustrously black with soft curls. What they forget is that people who do not have a natural silky growth, cannot possibly have silky hair, without putting a jug of products and hot curls, which again are only temporary solutions.
The only thing you can do is have a healthy scalp, which shines with health – not a shine serum, locks that feel smooth due to their strength – not an hour of ironing.
Mentioned below are three essential rules to keep your scalp healthy in the Indian climate – hot, sultry and humid – irrespective of them being poker straight or curly:
- Diet and nutrition is important
Remember, for your body, your scalp hold the least importance, along with the skin and nails. If you do not have enough nutrition to sustain your body, it will without a shred of doubt, make the top of your head suffer by making your strands turn coarse and dull. This is the reason why cancer patients and anorexics tend to loose hair so soon in the course of their treatment.
Your mother was right to stuff you with parathas and milk from an early age. Thus, a balanced diet with milk, green vegetables, and nuts is a must. If you are an on-the-go kind of person, then twice in a year, take courses of Vitamin E and Vitamin A for at least two months each. These are two essential skin vitamins. The good old Seven Seas with cod-liver oil works just as well.
- Oiling and blood circulation keeps your head healthy
Blood circulation is the most important thing to prevent falling, dryness and dullness. Like every part of your body, if your head does not receive enough blood, there would be quite a few problems that accompany it.
Use hot oil massages to improve circulation, and keep the oil on your head for a good 4-10 hours. Do not venture out with a oiled head, it will only attract grime and dust, and probably worsen the condition.
Apart from this, use a brush to ensure that there is no knotting. Do it with a hard (not cruel) hand. We tend to be far too harsh while combing, which is a leading cause for Indians loosing their hair.
This helps in improving circulation and gives a natural bounce. Remember the childhood notion of plating after one applies oil? Turns out, it does help in accelerating growth, so it is definitely advised that you familiarize yourself with plates again.
- Moisturizing and hygiene is essential
It is mandatory that you use a mild shampoo with a good conditioner at least thrice a week. Dust and pollution, along with the Indian sun are enough to cause some serious. Thus, keeping the scalp moisturized through curd and egg mixture is important to keep dandruff away. Do not use harsh anti-dandruff shampoos, instead drink lots of water to keep your skin moisturized and body healthy.
Let us know about tips of your own in the comments below. We also look forward to reading about how these tips worked out for you.
People in India aren’t all that accustomed to taking care of scalp. They instead are more interested in impractical attempts at skin whitening. That being said, it is essential for your to follow these simple tips for healthy hair in India.