I am a housewife and a mother of two boys, a 5 year old and a newborn :) so that leaves me with very little time to take care of myself and groom myself. However I still take time out to do some basic hair care routine. I personally believe that we must love ourselves inside and out to be able to take care of ourselves. Being healthy on the inside shows on the outside and being well groomed on the outside makes one feel happy to be in their skin which in turn positively affects our physiology. So it is a win-win game always.
How it all began?:
My hair story is not all that great because it was very late when I started growing my hair. My mum for some reason was not very keen on having me and my sister grow out our hair. So I was practically a tomboy up until my third year in graduation. After which I decided to grow my hair.
I have very dry hair and skin but my scalp is comparatively oily but not so much that it can withstand the rigors of winters. Having my father in the defense only meant constant transfers, new places, new weather conditions and new water type. And now that I think of it I am pretty glad that my mum kept our hair short as it would not have survived all the constant changes. All this only helped me to become not so conscious of the different water and weather conditions for which I am thankful.
Finally after settling down in my current city did I decide to grow out my hair. I have beautiful hair I must say. It is neither poker straight nor curly but naturally wavy and bouncy and the correct hair care can do wonders to it. However, it is not in the least thick and does not grow very fast and is easily prone to breakage and split ends being dry. There is also hair fall but not very much.
Even with all these issues I still love my hair to no end and am in the process of growing it longer. For years it was a typical layered cut shoulder length hair, but now it is past my shoulder.
My hair care routine:
I only wash my hair once for the fear of drying it further. I always do the same old hot oil hot towel treatment and leave the oil overnight and then before I wash I apply a hair mask of either whole egg + honey + essential oil or whole egg + banana + essential oil which I leave on for like 40 minutes to 1 hour and then wash it out with my L’Oreal smooth intense shampoo and conditioner for dry hair (Dharu’s reviews is what made me get this). Even here I go easy with the shampoo and religiously leave the conditioner in my hair for a few mins.
I am still facing issues with its dryness, hair fall and lack of life in it and breast feeding and hormonal imbalance etc only add to it. However I religiously follow my weekly routine at home. I also go for a hair spa to my local parlor once a month. Initially I was skeptical about it but once it started showing results, it has become a regular habit.
In a jist, following are the pointers I keep in mind as far as my hair care routine is concerned.
1. I weekly heat pure coconut oil (hailing from Kerala helps me procure the purest form from our farm) along with a few drops of Dabur almond oil and apply it on my hair.
2. I leave this overnight.
3. Before wash I do the hot towel treatment (heat water in a vessel, dip a nice big towel into it and squeeze out the excess water, now the towel is nice and warm. Wrap this around your hair like a turban and leave it on till the towel cools down. Repeat the process a few more times. This will open the pores in the scalp and will aid in easy absorption of the oil into the roots of your hair.)
4. Now I take an egg, quite a large quantity of Dabur almond oil (to kill the stench of the yolk.) Yes yolk, I heard that it is good for dry hair due to its fat content. And a banana (the more black it is the better) or few drops of honey whichever is available. Mix it all together and my hair pack is ready. Leave it on for 40 minutes to one hour and rinse it off under the tap. Then shampoo and conditioner as usual.
5. Final water + lime juice rinse for hair for the extra shine
6. I then apply a few drops of Livon silky potion into my wet hair and comb it. Comb with wide toothed brush or comb to remove tangles (I only have wide toothed combs) :)
7. I also take amla (gooseberry, nellika) mixed with honey everyday in the morning which has made hair better. This is available in local supermarkets.
8. Also a few almonds thrown in can do wonders for early morning hunger pangs if not for hair ;)
Some of the pointers I keep in mind to NOT subject my hair to are:
- Any kind of heat curling, blow drying, straightening etc
- Rub wet hair to dry it, only tie my towel around it to take in the excess water and then air dry it
- Excessively using shampoo to wash away all the oil
- Thoroughly washing off all the conditioner
- Leaving hair uncovered to pollution and the sun when outside. However I don’t cover myself up like a dacoit though. I make very good use of an umbrella and helmets and hats etc.
- Excessive combing and brushing
Some of the practices I would like to incorporate into my hair care routine are:
- Use of henna as a hair pack (any recipes for dry hair)
- Use of shikakai
- Oiling and washing hair twice a week
- Increasing water intake
- Some kind of specific oiling and hair pack routine for healthy hair
- Finally, I would like say that genes play a major role in our everything, from the way we walk, talk to our skin, hair and health. Overall well being is what one should aim for. I am not against pampering and grooming of oneself as that enhances our self esteem. Love yourself because there is only one of your kind in the entire universe BUT do not end up a narcissist. I love who I am and am happy to be in my skin. :)
Why do I wish to try the MABH oil?
I would be really happy to try the MABH hair oil as I know that it will definitely improve the health of my hair. I am sure that it will benefit in hair growth and adding luster to my dull dry hair. I love my hair and want to give it the best because I know that it will turn out beautiful if given the appropriate care.
Until next time. Stay beautiful!