HAIR DETOX

SHAHNAZ HUSAIN
We see too much hair damage nowadays, like hair that is dry and brittle and tends to break off eas- ily, or acquires split ends. Damaged hair is weak and leads to hair loss. The most common causes of hair damage are chemical hair styling, hair dyes and colours.
According to U.S. Trichologist (hair specialist), David Kingsley, “Too much styling and colouring can lead to loss of volume, breakage, dullness, and split ends.” He recommends “an easy detox,” discontinuing the proce- dures for some time.
Damaged hair is in a fragile condition, so treat it gen- tly. Avoid brushes and use a wide toothed comb with smooth edges. First of all, have the hair trimmed to remove split ends. Then start with hot oil therapy. Mix one part castor oil with two parts coconut oil. Heat and apply on the hair. Remember to apply on the ends too. Then dip
a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Avoid vigor- ous massage and rubbing when you apply oil. Keep the oil on overnight and wash your hair the next day, using a mild herbal shampoo.  Avoid very hot water. After shampoo, wrap a towel around the head and allow it to absorb excess water. The best way to disentangle the hair or comb wet hair is to use a wide-toothed comb, starting at the ends and working upwards. Avoid hair dryers and heat styling rods for some time and allow the hair to dry naturally.
For oily hair, apply a hair pack once or twice a week.
Applying aloe vera gel helps to moisturise, soften and heal the hair. Wash off after 20 minutes. Or, soak a cup of broken “moong” dal overnight. Then grind it in a mixer with enough water, to make it into a smooth paste. Add one tablespoon almond oil or coconut oil. Part the hair in sections and apply, so that the entire hair is covered. Keep it on for half an hour and wash your hair well with plain water. These packs help to revive the hair.
Hair conditioners, rinses and serums also help to soft- en the hair and add shine. They also coat the hair and help to protect it. Apple Cider Vinegar makes an ideal hair rinse. It detoxifies and also restores the natural balances.
Add 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar to a mug of water and use as a last rinse. Have herb and spice tea to detox.
Add spices ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and pepper to tea. Ginger boiled in water can also be had as ginger tea.
Chamomile tea, which removes toxins and induces relax- ation, is available as tea-bags.
If you have a detox programme from time to time, you can restore the health and beauty of the hair. Also, the hair is like a delicate fabric, so learn to treat it that way.