Hack Your Way to Easily Manageable Hair

Gunjan Lal
August 17, 2016
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Hack Your Way to Easily Manageable Hair

I am not an early bird, I’m the kind who turns off the alarm and goes back to sleep every single time. So obviously, when I do get up I have to rush through my morning routine every day. We all are forced to make difficult choices in case of our hair when we are in a great hurry. To comb or not to comb- To tie or not to tie, Et Tu, tangles? Then fall, Your Hair! Well, you get what I mean. Here are a few hair care hacks that will make your life easier and your hair a bit more manageable and resistant to damage.

Massage Your Scalp

Massage Your Scalp

Massage your scalp with the tips of your fingers (no need for oil) for 4 to 5 minutes every night before bed or every day before you shower. Massaging your hair even just for five minutes improves blood circulation and stimulates your hair growth. So if you want your hair to grow faster this hack will surely help you.

Massaging the scalp not only feels great, it also helps in reducing stress instantly and creating a better mood, apart from that it also enhances the strength of your roots.

Blot and Squeeze

We all tend to give our dripping hair a good rub as soon as we step out of the shower, well, don’t do that. When you wrap your hair and rub it with a towel you cause substantial damage to it. Vigorous rubbing causes breakage, roughens your hair and makes its more frizzy.

Use your towel to blot excess water on the top of your hair (scalp and root) so that it doesn’t drip and gently squeeze the longer sections of your hair to get rid of extra water.

Rinse with Cold Water

Rinse with Cold Water

This hack can be easily carried out during summers, but it’ll take courage to rinse your hair with cold water during cold winter days. Don’t worry, you don’t have to use cold water entirely when you wash your hair, just a rinse would do. And it will be worth it! Because warm water opens your hair's cuticle allowing the shampoo and conditioner to do their jobs well. Cold water, on the other hand, helps to close the cuticle and seal in the moisture from your conditioner. This helps your hair in looking flat, healthy and shiny.

Use a Heat Protective Serum

You know that styling your hair, basically frequently using heat on your hair can damage it. Hair styling tools can make your hair look perfect but only temporarily, the extreme heat to which your hair is exposed causes it to lose its innate luster and degrades the texture of your hair. But if there’s no way out and you need to put your hair through rough styling every day then don’t fret. Use a heat protective serum on your hair before exposing your hair to hot styling tools. If you do not use heat protective product (spray, serum, mousse, or gel) on your hair before styling, it will lead to coarse, frizzy, and dry hair vulnerable to breakage and split ends.

Use Sulfate Free Shampoo

Use Sulfate Free Shampoo

All of us tend not to read the labels on the back of our shampoo bottles. You can start by checking the ingredients on the back of your shampoo bottles whether or not it contains sulfate. Now, what exactly is sulfate? It fundamentally is the reason why your shampoo lathers the way it does. They clean your hair and scalp, washing off the dirt from it. But lately, some researchers suggested that sulfate strips your hair of its essential oils. Ever had shampoo run into your eye? If you have then I don’t need to explain the kind of excruciating pain it causes. This stinging is caused because the sulfate content presents in your shampoo. If you experience any kind of irritation on your scalp or find your hair losing its shine over time then get for yourself a shampoo that is sulfate-free.

Make a Clarifying Rinse

Bring back the lost life of your hair by giving it a boost of shine and removing unnecessarily accumulated chemical build up with a clarifying rinse after showering.

Dilute a quarter cup of Apple cider vinegar in one cup of water. Once you’re done with your usual shower routine, pour the ACV and water mix through your mane. Let it flow through from the roots to ends of your hair, then rinse it out, preferably with cold water for best results. Doing this will help to restore your tresses’ pH balance, get rid of any chemical residue (left on your hair by your shampoo), and close up the cuticle.

Get Trimmed

Get Trimmed

Keeping up with regular trims is the key for smooth strands of hair that are not susceptible to split ends. So even if you are trying to grow your hair longer you must get the edges trimmed from time to time. If the roots of your hair look polished and amazing, trust me, damage and split ends will ruin that in a heartbeat.

Don’t Over Wash (yes, that’s a thing!)

Over shampooing can strip your hair of its natural essential oils, which help give your hair shine and resist damage. Try skipping a day to figure out a schedule that is compatible with your hair. If you’re not comfortable going without shampooing or you have a very oily scalp that makes it impossible for you to go even a day without shampooing, try using a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos help in soaking up oil, clean your hair, and leave you smelling wonderfully fresh.

Point Down Your Dryer

Point Down Your Dryer

The best way to dry your hair is to let it dry on its own, and not use a hair dryer. But if it’s absolutely necessary to use a dryer, either you’re in a hurry or working on a serious hairstyle, be sure that you blow dry in the right way. Use a diffuser (diffusers are attached to the end of your hair dryers they help to protect your hair from direct heat of the dryer, allowing you to dry hair without causing much damage to it) so your strands are not affected by the blazing hotness of your dryer, and point the nozzle down. That way, you’re cuticles would be able to stay smooth and flat. An upward draft can make it open encouraging frizz.

 

Switch from Brush to Comb

Switch from Brush to Comb

This hack is especially for curly haired girls. You better believe it! Brushes can damage your fragile curls by creating frizz and split ends.  I know that you don’t want that. Try switching to wide tooth combs instead, or your fingers to carefully and gently work through the knots.

Try the No-Poo Method

This is also known as washing your hair without shampoo or co-washing.  People with curly hair usually have dry hair and on top of that, the shampoo strips your hair off of its natural oils. The No-Poo method basically suggests using mild alternatives to shampoo (baking soda or apple cider vinegar). You can use apple cider vinegar to get rid of excess oil and product build up then finish your hair wash routine with conditioner. 

Switch to a T-Shirt

Switch to a T-Shirt

This one is awesome. Instead of drying your hair by using a rough towel, you can try an old t-shirt to do the same.  Your shirt’s material is much softer than your towel; this will reduce breakage and frizz. Simply wrap the end of your hair with the shirt and squeeze out the excess water.

Comb Before You Shower

Comb your hair before you hop into the shower. Why? Because you already lose a considerable amount of hair when you wash shampoo it and if you shampoo tangled hair you might lose more. So if your hair is prone to breakage and tangles then this hack will help you to prevent unnecessary hair fall.

Better yet, when you come out of the shower your hair would be less tangled than they generally are when you wash them without detangling.

Use a Wide Tooth Comb on Wet Hair

You should always wait till your hair is perfectly dry to detangle it. But in times of hurry when you need to comb your wet hair, prefer to use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush or a fine tooth comb. Wet hair is fragile and is prone to breakage, even more so when they’re all tangled up. A wide tooth comb will not pull out your fragile hair and will be able to easily detangle your hair while causing less damage than a brush.

Switch from Cotton to Silk

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Well, it works too! There are many advantages of switching your cotton pillowcase to satin or silk. Cotton is harsh on your hair and robs your hair of moisture and causes bed head (sucks for people who have bangs or short hair). Let’s face it, the real bed head hair looks terrible unless you put an effort to make it look effortlessly great. Did you know that your cotton pillowcase may aid in damage and cause split ends? I bet you didn’t. Silk or Satin it is good for your hair as well as your skin.

For people with curly hair satin or silk will keep your lovely curls (or waves) protected all night long, you will not wake up with flat or frizzy hair anymore.

Upgrade your Shampoo & Conditioner

You can mix one tablespoon of castor oil or few drops of jojoba oil or extra virgin olive oil to make your conditioner thick and more nourishing. Directly pour the oil into your conditioner bottle and mix together. This hack will help your conditioner to moisturize your hair even better.

You can upgrade your shampoo by adding 3 to 4 drops of lavender, rosemary, or peppermint essential oils to it. These essential oils are amazing and can do wonders for your hair. This little hack can go a long way helping towards better resistance to hair damage.

Check the Labels When Switching to Organic Shampoos

If you’re tired of seeing zero results by using promising expensive chemical shampoos and have made your mind about switching to organic shampoos, good for you! There are some common ingredients in every good organic shampoo, look for these ingredients. These are rosemary oil, lavender oil, aloe vera, and amla extracts. Also, oils of pumpkin seed extract and pink grapefruit are certain ingredients that do wonders to your hair. These products help stop your hair from falling and promote the growth of hair effectively. Other oils include jojoba oil and flaxseed oil.

If you have thin hair, make sure your shampoo contains neem extracts or neem oil.

To add bounce, volume, and shine to your hair, keep in mind to buy a shampoo which includes ingredients such as Vitamin E & C, Iron, Biotin, and Wheat Protein.

Enhance Your Hair Colour with Tea Rinse

Enhance Your Hair Colour with Tea Rinse

You can use tea to give your hair a natural sheen. Use warm, unsweetened tea (either freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your normal shampoo routine. Tea can actually enhance your hair color, so make sure to use the kind of tea that works with your hair color.

If you have blond hair you should rinse your hair with chamomile tea.

If you have black or dark brown hair you should rinse your hair with black tea.

Brunettes should rinse their hair with black tea to enhance shine and enrich the color.

A Glass of Juice for Healthy Hair

You can surely manage to drink at least one of these juices in a day for your amazing hair

The huge amount of antioxidants present in amla juice (or Indian Gooseberry) helps in getting rid of the damaged cells that cause hair fall and also reduces the premature graying of hair. Amla juice also helps in regenerating pigmentation in hair making them thicker and darker. Amla also possesses anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent and anti-microbial properties that help in preventing inflammatory scalp condition and keeps dandruff away.

Aloe Vera juice helps to get rid of itchy scalp and dandruff. It prevents the loss of hair. The rich vitamins which are present in Aloe Vera juice help in making your hair stronger and less prone to damage due to breakage. Aloe Vera juice is also beneficial in moisturizing and nourishing the scalp. It is one of the best juices for hair growth.

Gunjan Lal

Gunjan Lal

Hi! I’m Gunjan, a self-proclaimed tea fanatic and intrigued with alternative ways to lead a healthy life. I firmly believe that we should take care of our bodies because it’s the only place we live in.

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