You’re probably reading this right now on your phone or laptop, sprawled on your couch, or maybe lying in bed with some snacks nearby. Bonus points if you have a face mask on. And your hair? Probably up in a messy bun (ours is!). Ever since we’ve all been confined to our homes, our lives have changed quite a bit. Be it going makeup-free or putting away our skinny jeans for a while, we have all adapted to our temporary indoor lifestyles. However, the ease that comes with staying in the comfort of our homes could also translate to a more laidback (read: nonexistent) self-care regime that’s simply not good enough.
We really can’t stress enough the importance of taking good care of your skin and hair, especially in quarantine. We’ve already covered everything you need to know about skincare in quarantine, but what about your hair? Read on for a simple step-by-step guide to taking care of your locks during the lockdown. You can find all the products mentioned in this article on Maccaron.
Start with a Massage
Most Asians, especially in India, give great importance to hair oiling. Popularly known as champi in households, mothers have rubbed warm oil infused with herbs into their children’s scalp and hair for generations. Hair oiling has now become a trend in countries all over the world now, thanks to scientific evidence about the benefits of this simple step. However, many of us tend to omit this crucial step due to lack of time and other reasons.
With the amount of time you have available on your hands now, we highly encourage that you build a new habit of regularly oiling your hair. Once a week would be ideal. For best results, use a natural oil (free of parabens and mineral oil) which is infused with herbs. The Biotique Bio Bhringraj Therapeutic Oil For Falling Hair 120ml is a great option. This nourishing blend of coconut oil with bhringraj, amla, and Centella rejuvenates the hair follicles, preventing them from falling and encouraging new growth while also taking care of a host of hair and scalp concerns. If hair fall or breakage is one of your primary concerns, this oil is the perfect pick for you.
Lather It Up
The shampoo is often a topic of sudsy debate, especially when it comes to deciding how often we should shampoo our hair. While some recommend shampooing nearly every day, many others advocate only shampooing once a week or so. However, the right answer completely depends on you. If you live in hot humid weather, work out often, or have greasy hair, you should probably wash your hair around 2 times a week. On the other hand, if your hair is dry and you live in a fairly cold environment, 1–2 times a week should probably do the trick. It’s totally up to you to find the sweet spot and figure out what makes your scalp and hair feel best.
If you have oiled your hair (which we highly recommend), use enough shampoo to get rid of all the oil. We highly recommend a good pH balanced hair cleanser like the Atopalm Mild Shampoo 300ml. Make sure to focus on your scalp and the roots of your hair, as that’s where most of the oil and dirt accumulates.
Condition Your Strands
The ends of your hair go through the most wear and tear, causing them to end up super dry, damaged, and even develop pesky split-ends. The sebum that your scalp naturally produces does not make it way down the length of your hair, making it important for you to nourish your strands separately with a conditioner. Many of us are guilty of skipping this crucial step, but it’s high time we take conditioning a lot more seriously. Besides, it’s a simple step that barely takes 5 minutes (including waiting time).
Depending on your hair length, take a dollop of conditioner on your hands and apply it from the mid-length to the end of your hair after you’re done shampooing. Leave it on for around 5 minutes to do its magic and then wash it off. We promise you’ll immediately notice how soft and smooth your hair feels. For glossy and healthy strands, we highly recommend the OGX Ever Straightening Brazilian Keratin Therapy Conditioner 385ml.
Nourish with Serum
A good hair serum can transform your hair from dull and lifeless to glossy and healthy. Apart from enhancing your hair’s texture, it also protects your hair from the environment and even prepares it for the heat tools that you’ll use on it. Using a hair serum will also prevent your hair from turning into a tangled and frizzy mess while also giving it a shiny appearance.
If you’re looking for a protective serum that prevents hair breakage, we recommend the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti Breakage Serum 118ml. With the goodness of coconut oil and silk, this weightless serum protects your serum without weighing it down.
Colour it Safe
We understand that quarantine can lead to a lot of experimentation, especially with our hair. Be it cutting our own bangs or trying to give someone a buzzcut, there’s a lot of scope for mistakes. Another popular option people are reaching out for is hair dyes. Being stuck indoors, it might seem safe to try on bold hair colour. But a bad chemical reaction is not fun to deal with, regardless of whether you’re in quarantine or not.
Play it safe and opt for a hair dye that is free of ammonia. Or you could do even better by trying a natural hair dye like henna. This will not only colour your hair but also act as a nourishing mask. We recommend the Biotique Bio Henna Fresh Powder Hair Colour for Dark Hair 90g.
With this simple routine, you’re all set to let your locks down this lockdown. And if you feel like your good hair days are getting wasted indoors, you’re just one selfie away from showing the world. You can find all the above products on Maccaron
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