As pandemic cases continue to soar, lockdowns are extended, and more people are stuck at home. But just because you’re spending more time indoors does not mean you stop caring for your hair. While it’s true that being at home protects you from outdoor dirt and air pollution, it’s still vital to keep your locks clean and healthy.
Until your favourite salons and spas reopen, the condition of your hair lies in your own hands. Here are ways to make your daily haircare routine a lot easier.
Pamper your scalp.
An invigorating scalp massage will not only rejuvenate your hair but also relax your mind. Gently massaging your scalp with oil increases circulation and blood flow, delivering nutrients and oxygen to your scalp.
A scalp massage has far-reaching effects throughout your body. It can revitalise your skin and stimulate the production of hair follicles. This, in turn, will speed up healthy hair growth.
Oil, grime, and product build-up can lead to flaky skin and irritated scalp. Scalp massages clear the scalp of any dead skin cells and excess build-up that has not been removed from washing.
The simple act of getting a scalp massage also encourages the production of serotonin, the hormone that affects your well-being and happiness. This will not only boost your mood but also lift your energy levels and clear your mind of any anxiety and tension.
Say yes to oils and serums.
Hair oil nourishes your follicles and keeps your hair smooth and shiny. Use multi-function oils, like Davines OI products, to soften your strands and combat frizz. Olive, coconut and extra-virgin oil will also keep hair silky and healthy.
If you’re suffering from dry and dull hair, serums are your best friend. They hydrate your locks and protect them from humidity, making your mane suppler and shinier. Similarly, if your hair has been damaged from excessive colouring and heat exposure, applying the serum is a great way to bring moisture back to your strands.
Brush your hair regularly.
It may seem like the oldest trick in the book, but brushing your hair regularly with a wide-toothed comb is key to smooth, silky and tangle-free locks. Hairstylists recommend brushing your hair at least twice a day—in the morning before leaving your bedroom door and at night before going to bed.
Brushing your hair also keeps your scalp clean and nourished. If you skip brushing, you risk getting your roots greasier, which leads to dirt build-up and dandruff. Expect more tangles and knots, too, which can weaken your hair and cause breakage. On the other hand, brushing every day distributes oils from your roots to the ends of your hair, providing additional moisture.
Eat proteins and minerals.
A balanced diet is vital for strong, healthy hair.Protein can rejuvenate brittle strands and boost hair growth. Good sources of protein include fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, nuts and dairy products.
Minerals like Selenium and Zinc can protect your scalp. You can find these nutrients in beef, eggs and fortified cereals. If you want to speed up hair growth, eating biotin-rich food like egg yolk, yeast and whole grains will do the trick.
In this unprecedented time, caring for your hair is a powerful form of self-care. At the same time, keeping your locks strong and shiny isn’t purely about aesthetics. At the end of the day, the overall condition of your hair says a lot about your hygiene, health and well-being.