Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
Though we adore the locks of hair on our heads, many of us don’t give our hair enough time and energy to care for it properly. Occasionally, we’ll brush our hair and use products like hair spray to keep it in place, but for the most part, after we wash it and let it dry, that’s about it. How you take care of your hair every day and how long you do it should not be minimal. The difference can be staggering and could lead to either hair growth or hair fall.
If that statement is ringing alarm bells in your head, don’t panic because the added stress isn’t good for your hair anyway. Instead, what you can do is learn how you can improve your routine so that you can keep the hair on your head. Continue reading to learn 4 of Sheetal’s top hair growth secrets that you can easily implement into your hair care routine. With these tips, you may even begin to notice that your hair is looking thicker, shinier, and healthier than before.
1. Wash Your Hair Only Once or Twice a Week If You Want to Avoid Hair Fall
Your hair care routine starts with your shower habits. How often do you wash your hair? While many of us would admit that we wash our hair once a day, that is actually too often. In reality, you should only be washing your hair once or twice a week. When you wash your hair daily, you are robbing your hair of natural oils that your scalp produces to nourish and protect your hair strands and follicles. Overwashing can result in dry hair that is more prone to hair breakage and hair fall.
Depending on the composition of your hair as well as your lifestyle, you may need to wash your hair at least a few times a week, i.e. if you have an oily scalp, if you exercise regularly, et cetera. However, in general, you do not need to wash your hair daily. Washing your hair is necessary because it eliminates product buildup and keeps your hair and scalp healthy, but if your hair is a little oily or a little dirty in between washes, that should be fine. As long as you use an all-natural shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair, you don’t have to worry about unclean or malnourished hair and your hair may start to grow at a faster pace as a result.
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2. Wash Your Hair with Warm Water to Get Healthy, Flowing Locks of Hair
Speaking of washing your hair, how you wash it is important too. Besides using an all-natural shampoo, you should avoid washing your hair with hot water. While hot water is more relaxing than warm or cold water whenever we shower, hot water makes your hair more prone to hair issues like hair fall and hair breakage. There are two reasons for this. First, hot water can further strip your hair and scalp of natural oils, causing them both to dry out. Second, hot water opens up the pores of your scalp and your hair follicles. While this might seem innocuous, hot water can be dangerous to your hair if there are a lot of harsh chemicals in the tap water. These chemicals make the tap water safe to use, but they can wreak havoc on your hair if they enter your system.
To protect your hair from the harsh chemicals in tap water and to promote hair growth, you should always wash your hair with warm water. While cold water has been thought to seal your hair shaft (as opposed to opening it up) help it retain more moisture, it can make your hair wash uncomfortable and unpleasant. So, warm water is your best bet to wash your hair if you want it to be thicker, shinier, and healthier.
3. Use All-Natural Hair Care Products to Protect & Revitalize Your Hair
Now let’s talk about the products that you use on your hair. While you should only wash your hair once or twice a week, washing your hair with just water won’t be effective to thoroughly cleanse your hair to remove buildup and excess dirt and oil. Your hair care products can help provide the luster, growth, and thickness that you want from your hair, but if you are serious about hair growth, you must not use any hair care products that contain harsh chemicals. Chemicals such as petrochemicals, phthalates, and parabens run rampant in the hair care industry, but they are not good for the health of your hair follicles. Similar to the harsh chemicals found in tap water, the harsh chemicals in hair care products can irritate your hair and scalp and could cause hair fall and hair thinning.
Even if all of the products in your hair care routine contain harsh chemicals, the solution to this problem is simple: swap out those products with ones that are all-natural and free of harsh chemicals. This change is easy to make and doesn’t have to be as drastic as dialing back your hair washes. By swapping your hair care routine in between washes, you are reducing your hair’s exposure to harsh chemicals, and you may begin to notice a change in your hair’s texture and growth soon. You also don’t have to search far and wide to find all-natural hair care products; Apsara Skin Care has developed a shampoo and conditioner that can upgrade your existing hair care routine so you can grow thick, long, and shiny hair at home.
We also have a video where Sheetal will explain these tips and why they work. You can find the video below. Enjoy and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!
4. Use a Hair Oil to Nourish Your Hair & Encourage Hair Growth
A shampoo and a conditioner aren’t the only products in your hair care routine, though. To encourage hair growth, you must use a hair oil on your hair and scalp regularly. Hair oils can nourish your hair strands and scalp with fatty acids; these fatty acids can revitalize and protect your cells so that your hair strands are less prone to breakage, your scalp is less prone to inflammation, and your hair can become softer and glossier. Hair oils won’t make your hair too greasy or oily either. All you need to do is massage your hair and scalp with a hair oil and leave it on for a few hours or overnight; after that, you will wash your hair normally with your shampoo and conditioner. Plus, you don’t need much to start using a hair oil; to get started, you can use olive oil or Vitamin E oil that you might have at home. At Apsara Skin Care, we have a few DIY recipes of hair oils that you can experiment with or you can try our Rosemary & Amla Hair Oil, which a lot of our customers have used to reduce dandruff, minimize hair fall, and grow thick, long, and shiny hair.
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