These days we are all like sheep who are in dire need of a good shearing. With all the beauty salons and barbershops being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s only fair that we try to become hairdressers at home. Turns out, most of us don’t know anything more than a bowl cut and that too with jagged edges. Suffice to say, cutting your hair in isolation is turning out to be an unmitigated disaster. Soon after this is all over, we might emerge as the “hair bears” from our home caves.
This is because many of us are not willing to join the “cut your hair at home” bandwagon. An alternative to that conundrum is making your hair more manageable by taking care of them at home. It is understandable that in order to combat the spread of this virus, all possible measures are being taken. As getting a haircut violates the idea of social distancing, governments have ordered them to shut down.
Close proximity and physical contact are a part of hairdressing. Our hair is a part of our identity and representative of our health and well-being. Therefore, there’s no shame in looking up “how to cut your hair.” If you’re up to getting inventive with your hair, then go for it. However, if you feel reluctant, then these hair care tips at home might just work out for you.
You don’t have to worry, most of these hair care tips will make your hair quite healthy while you’re in self-isolation.
What you Should be Eating Depending on your Hair Type
The problem with dieting is that you restrict a bunch of nutrients from entering your body. It is completely true that too much fat is bad for your body, but the opposite of it is just as true. Similarly, you need adequate amounts of proteins and carbohydrates. The problem arises when you take too much or too little of these. All you need is a balanced diet, and this is the hardest thing to achieve for most people. If your diet is composed of all the nutrients that your body needs to grow healthily, then you don’t need to skip out on anything. You also need to make sure that an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals are entering your body as they are just as important. With a balanced diet in hand, you have nothing to fear about.
That being said, some foods can suit certain hair types more than others. However, no matter your hair type, you should eat them all. But if you’re really struggling with the type of your hair, these foods can help you. Whether they are dry, oily, or normal depends on the production of sebum by sebaceous glands. Too much of it can make your hair greasy and oily, while too little makes it dry and prone to breakage.
Those who have normal hair can take care of their hair better (although they’re already pretty perfect) by eating foods such as chicken, fish, sprouts, and dals. Dry hair can benefit from various vegetables and fruits such as bananas, along with brown rice and nuts. For oily hair, there’s nothing better than some leafy greens, fresh fruits, salads, and yoghurts.
A key root vegetable that anyone should eat or make a juice of for applying on their hair is an onion. Although it might leave you with bad breath or tears in your eyes, the sulfur in its juice is actually perfect for hair growth and preventing hair loss. Moreover, those who have dry hair and keep losing them at the slightest touch, onion can greatly help you. Through increasing blood circulation in the scalp, it helps with hair growth.
A quintessential hair mask that has been used for centuries is that of egg yolk or whites, depending on the type of your hair. Yolks for those who have dry hair and egg whites for those who have oily hair. Together, the egg is rich in fats, proteins, and vitamins, which can help moisturise your hair, nourish and give them a shinier look, prevent hair loss, and even promote their growth. However, egg masks are usually conventional wisdom as a research of their benefits has not been conducted.
Another “food” that is good for your hair is green tea, which can also prevent shedding while helping your hair grow longer and healthier. It is also quite helpful with split ends.
Some Other Hair Care Tips at Home
Eating healthy would tremendously help your hair while you’re stuck at home, but there are some other things that you can do.
- A Nice Scalp Massage
Undoubtedly, scalp massages are one of the most soothing things that you can do to your scalp. The gentle circular motions can help release all the stress in your body. However, not only are they good at making us feel relaxed, but they can also improve the health of our hair. They help increase the circulation of blood to our scalp, therefore, helping with the growth of hair and even hair loss. It is especially helpful for those who struggle with dandruff as it can help remove dead skin.
- Reduce Your Stress Levels
These are very uncertain times, and almost everyone is afraid of the coronavirus pandemic. However, we all need caution and not widespread alarm. This will only cause unnecessary stress. And that will mean hair loss. Of the three stages of our growth cycle, anagen, catagen, and telogen, less than 10% of our hair are in the last stage. That is the one which causes our hair to fall. When our body is under stress or goes through shock, most of our hair enters the telogen phase. Just saying that “don’t stress out” doesn’t actually do anything, which is why you can try out some things such as yoga or painting to reduce your stress levels.
- You Should Sleep Well
That means at least 7 to 8 hours. The hormone melatonin not only regulates the sleep-wake cycle but is also important for the growth of our hair. This might not be that much of a problem these days, as most of us are doing exactly that. Some others might try to pull all-nighters watching movies or trying to catch up with their work. It is definitely not the best idea, and you should refrain from it unless you want your hair to look dull and lifeless.
- Some Washing Precautions
If you want your hair to break instantly, then try brushing them wet. It is easily one of the most common mistakes that people make. With all the moisture soaked in, wet hair is quite fragile and likely to break on the slightest tug. So, to begin with, do not brush your hair when it is wet. Secondly, you can apply tons of essential oils in your hair and lather moisturizers on it, all you need is hot water to throw your efforts down the drain. It will leave your hair dry and rough. Some of us like to take a bath with very hot water. This can be damaging. Therefore, try to wash your hair with cold water.
Also, try avoiding teasing your hair.
Hair Masks that you Can Try at Home
Haircare tips aren’t complete without discussing some good ol’ hair masks. There’s no way you can have healthy hair without them. Moreover, self-pampering can actually feel quite good and rewarding. Therefore, always go for it. As far as what you should put on your hair, oils will forever be everyone’s number one choice. Among them, coconut oil has countless benefits, along with castor oil and argan oil. Make sure that whichever bottle you buy is 100% natural. They work at their best when pure.
A hair care tip for those who’re suffering from an itchy scalp is the application of apple cider vinegar. However, be very careful about diluting it with water otherwise, it can burn your skin. It can help make your hair shinier, tangle-free, and leave them strengthened. You can also use some other items for your hair such as tea tree oil (good for dandruff), coconut milk, honey and banana combo as a conditioner, and fenugreek seeds in combination with yoghurt or lemon juice. While you’re going to use any hair mask, you should know exactly what your hair type is. Otherwise, some masks work better for dry hair than others. Some might over-dry your hair, which is why you’d need to find out what ingredients will best suit you.
We understand that these hair care tips at home might not work out for everybody. Those who’re suffering from androgenetic alopecia cannot find their cure in the above measures. It might help them in some ways. But, so far, lockdowns are only allowing us this. We can try to make the best out of it.