Getting More Volume:
Many people believe that regular trimming of hair will make it thicker. It is only a myth. Shampoos and conditioners with substances called thickeners are available, which coat the hair. Apply conditioner to the ends of the hair only. Avoid over application of the conditioner because it will weigh down your hair and make it limp and flat.
Even styling products can provide volume to your hair. Apply the product well to the roots. Lean forwards when you are blow-drying your hair and blast the roots with warm hair. This adds extra volume. People with straight fine hair can add volume by going in for a layered haircut.
When the skin cells of your scalp multiply too quickly, dandruff occurs. Dead cells accumulate and get stuck together with sebum. These white flake lie close to the roots of your hair. Faulty diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, emotional tension, injury to the scalp, infection due to disease, dry weather and unwise use of hair cosmetics can cause dandruff.
Static in Your Hair:
Loss of moisture causes static electricity in hair. Conditioners help in reducing friction and add combability to hair. They help in moisturizing it by removing dryness. An infusion of sage leaves prevents static electricity from building up.
Attention All Redheads:
Non-expert colorists with their limited knowledge often make the mistake of trying to eliminate red pigmentation. But in the actual structure of hair red pigment is a very important factor. If you over tint or bleach to remove the color, than you will be removing the last link that holds the chain reaction of hair together. Red highlights look good and flatter dark hair. So don’t try to eliminate them, just exploit them. Herbally, marigold petals brighten red tones in auburn hair.
You cannot mend split ends. First trim the hair off above the split and then trim them regularly. Then keep them under control by using cream rinse conditioner. But a conditioner seals the split ends temporarily. Prevention is better than cure. Do not brush your hair roughly. Handle it with utmost care. Brush your hair with a wide toothed comb. Use covered bands to tie your hair, as they will not damage your hair like rubber bands.
- As already mentioned earlier you can treat dry, damaged hair by massaging 2tbsp of lukewarm olive into your scalp and by rinsing it after 30 minutes.
- Mix 1 tsp of lavender oil to a bottle of castor or coconut oil. Heat a little and massage it into your scalp and rinse it out in the morning. Carry out this routine once a week.
- Castor oil is excellent for hair re-growth. Addition of white iodine can produce wonderful results. Part your hair in small sections and apply the oil to your scalp with little cotton. Massage it with your fingertips.
- For treating dry dandruff mix together 1 tsp castor oil, 1 tsp coconut oil and 1 tsp til oil. Heat it till its lukewarm and apply it to your scalp and shampoo after 30 minutes. Follow this routine twice a week especially in winter.
To get rid of dandruff, keep your hair extremely clean. Depending on the severity of the dandruff you can wash your hair daily or every alternate day. Use an herbal shampoo if your hair and scalp are very oily, because using strong shampoo frequently can damage your hair. Daily brushing and massaging is very helpful in treating dandruff. They increase the blood circulation to the scalp, promote effusion of oil and dislodge the dead skin cells sticking to the scalp for exfoliation. For dry dandruff you can massage your scalp with oil especially before washing your hair. Diet-wise have lots of greens, fish, chicken milk and its products that contain high level of Vitamin A, E and B Complex. Eat less of animal fat and avoid fried food, iodized salt, nuts, chocolates and shellfish.