Punjab News Express/Dr. Naresh Arora
CHANDIGARH : When it comes to hair, the attitude of the people varies differently from one person to another depending on the viewer’s cultural and historical perspective. Sometimes it’s the texture and style, or the colour of the hair that matters, and sometimes it is used for indicating the personal beliefs or social position of the person. But, whatever be the hair type or colour every single human being needs to take a good care of their hair in all the seasons as hair sometimes is taken as “prized possession”.
Use of Chemicals in Hair
Beautifying the hair has become almost a day to day habit or rather an obsession for both males and females mainly for the teens. Starting from colouring their hair as in applying streaks or shades or highlights to straightening and curling, everything brings a new look in the fashion or style of an individual. But are they concerned about the all-time present danger? Chemicals are nowadays the best friend for all the cosmetics that might affect the scalp or skin.
According to the hair experts, there are certain chemicals that can cause headaches, nausea or fatigue. Some can even cause cancer.
Isopropyl alcohol, found in the rinses of some hair colour and lotions is a solvent chemical, inhaling which might lead to headaches, dizziness and nausea. Propylene glycol is a wetting agent, which is used in the shampoos and conditioners as a base. It easily penetrates the skin, and takes away the protein causing it to sag. A petroleum product that is used in a number of personal care and cleaning products is polyethylene glycol. Regular use of these kind products that contain this chemical may lead to premature ageing. Chemicals like these are really harmful for the growth of hair and sometimes it also lead to hair fall and whitening of hair.
Home Remedies to Hair Treatment
Inappropriate diets or irregularity in taking good care of the hair or over exposing the hair to the sun can sometimes lead to hair damage and mainly due to the mistreatment of the hair with harmful chemicals. Whatever the reason might be, damaged hair becomes a sorrowful matter for a person and one can be perhaps be ready to take any possible action to cure and revitalize them! Salon treatments, medications and potions are always expensive. So, isn’t it better just to carry out some simple home remedies that are inexpensive and often quite beneficial? Below are some of the home remedies that can help in the growth of hair by providing proper nutrition and care to the hair.
1. Olive Oil
Apply warm olive oil on scalp and massage gently for a few minutes. Cover the hair with a warm towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Finally, shampoo and condition your hair. Follow the process once in a week.
2. Avocado Oil
Add 1 egg yolk and enough coconut milk to 1 mashed ripe avocado. Mix it to a thin paste. Apply it both on your scalp and hair and massage it in for 5-10 minutes in circular motions. Cover your hair for an hour and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Then shampoo as usual. Follow this method on alternate weeks.
Apply whisked egg on your scalp and hair and massage it. Keep it covered with a shower cap and let it stay for 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with cool water and shampoo as usual. Follow this method once in every two weeks.
4. Aloe Vera
Apply few drops of aloe vera juice directly on the damaged parts of your hair. Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water or mix the aloe vera juice with warm coconut oil and apply it all over your head and scalp. Let it set for half an hour and wash it off with shampoo.
5. Coconut Oil
Mix 3 tablespoons of warm coconut oil in 1/4 cup of honey alternatively. Blend thoroughly and apply it on wet hair. Let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this once or twice a week.
Blend two overripe bananas together with 1 tbsp coconut oil along with the same amount of honey and olive oil. Prepare a hair mask. Apply the paste on your hair. Leave it to set for at least 30 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Shampoo the following day with conditioner.
These home remedies will help you say good bye to dull and damaged hair and help your hair to get much more volume thereby restoring the lost shine.