Most women are searching for simple ways for faster hair growth and healthy strong hair. There is so much information out there on hair care. Many types of hair care products are available in the market, but many of them are not worth it. So I thought It would be useful to share some hair care tips that have helped Radhi Devlukia. You can watch her video talking about her experiences and proven success. I have added the video script in an easily readable format to help you. Continue watching the video and also read the edited script with images added.
Hair Care Tips For Healthy Strong Hair
Hair Care Tips – Radhi Devlukia
Did you know that your hair is 97 per cent protein and only 3 per cent moisture? That doesn’t really have anything to do with what we are going to discuss here. Devika is not a hair expert but she has made a whole lot of mistakes and her hair looked very very bad and also had its good times too. She has definitely learned so much along the way. So she thought to share some of the tips that she has got her hair to a point where it feels strong healthy and lush.
Radhi Devlukia shares plant-based recipes with influence from all parts of her life; India where her roots are, Africa where her parents were born and raised, the UK which is where she was born and raised, and now the USA where she lives! She loves merging cultures and flavours from all parts of her life to create flavorful, vibrant dishes. Ultimately she launched the Radhi Devlukia YouTube Channel to really share all the things she learned and experiences throughout her life that bring her joy, help her evolve and nourish her mind, body, and soul, and also spread the power of spices around the world.
Washing the hair – Hair care tips
Let’s start with washing the hair as the first hair care tip. If you are washing your hair every single day that is where you may be going wrong. The first day, your hair can be like the luscious time when your hair looks its best. But it is damaging your hair and also it’s stripping it of all the natural healthy oils that it needs to stay shiny and vibrant. So you can wean yourself off it by doing it once every two days, then once every three days. I personally wash my hair once every once a week maybe twice a week. If I’m going out and the way I manage to do that is sometimes I’ll do different hairstyles.
So if your hair is going greasy then do a little French plait high bun. There are so many different styles that you can do with your hair tied. There’s also dry shampoo if you use it. But I really highly recommend reducing the number of times that you are washing your hair that can really really help revive your hair allow it to breathe, and allow it to build up those natural oils that it needs to stay healthy.
Do not use conditioner on your roots
My next hair care tip for you all is to not use conditioner on your roots. Your roots should have all the natural oils that it needs. And so when you’re using conditioner which is to soften your hair you should just put it into the bottom of your hair and work your way up a couple of inches before your roots. That way you don’t get build-up in your scalp and you nourish the parts that need it.
What temperature do you wash your hair?
While we’re talking about washing your hair what temperature do you wash your hair at that is the real question. I know some people say you should wash it with extremely cold water and I know some of you like that hot steamy water as well when you’re washing your hair. But the best is always in the middle lukewarm water is exactly what your hair needs. It provides enough shine but it doesn’t dry out as hot water does. So when you’re washing your hair out make sure you’re using lukewarm water. If you want an extra shine at the end you can make it a little cooler but I would recommend for general shampoo conditioner wash keep it neutral.
How to wash your hair?
Last thing about washing your hair. I actually wash my hair upside down. I know that sounds like so much effort but for volume in your hair and also to drain out a lot of the product I find washing my hair upside down is the best. I’m sure you can imagine how awkward it feels but it’s worth it. I only do it on the days that I’m really going out and I want my hair to look extra voluminous.
Utensils used in the shower like a hairbrush
Next hair care tips let’s talk about utensils that you are using in the shower like your hairbrush. I actually don’t use a hairbrush in the shower. I use my fingers and I run my fingers through my hair when I’ve got my conditioner in it. But if you are using hair brushes you have to be really careful with the type that you’re using according to the type of hair that you have. For example, if you have curly hair, using a wide bristle brush is far better than using a thin comb, Actually using thin combs can end up breaking your hair especially if you have a bad quality one like a plastic brush.
Scalp massage every single day
The next and most important hair care tips you are going to thank me for are because I’m going to be telling you that you deserve a scalp massage every single day. Now whether you’re doing it for yourself or whether you’re getting your partners or your friends to do it for you it is so good for your hair. Actually, scalp massages help stimulate the hair follicles and help to increase the blood circulation and the blood flow to your hair follicles. And what does that mean?
More nutrients get to your scalp which means the more your hair will grow. It also helps relax the nerves going through your head but also helps with the dryness of the scalp. So all in all it sounds like a winner. You can massage your hair dry or you can use a few drops of lavender oil or you could even use a lot of oil in your hair which I’m going to talk about later.
So this is the best way to do an Ayurvedic scalp massage. So you start off by patting your head pack, your head all the way around the top to bottom, side to side and then you take your fingernails. Now don’t use nails if you’ve got your acrylics on, you’ve got your gels on. Don’t do this with your nails do it with your fingertips and you are essentially going in circular motions all the way around your hair deeply pushing into your scalp. You’ll feel so good from it. I do this when I feel like I’ve got too much tension at the back of my head and it really releases it straight away. So you’re just doing this all the way around your head and I guarantee you’ll feel like a brand new person after.
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Let’s talk about products. I use vegan and cruelty-free products mainly because I don’t believe that an animal should have to suffer for me to have a good hair day. I just don’t think it’s necessary and there are so many wonderful products out there that are vegan and cruelty-free and also don’t have all the added nasties. Now if you end up buying bad quality products it actually causes a build-up in your hair. It makes it sticky and heavy but also causes long-term damage.
Hair care products
The three main things you need to look out for when you are buying hair care products.
Sulfate is a fancy word for all that bubbly frothy stuff that comes out of the shampoo and yes it feels so good to have it lathered in your hair you see the bubbles and it feels cute. But no, you should not be using sulfates in your shampoo. Firstly it will dry your hair out immensely and if you already have dry hair and you’re using a shampoo with sulfate it’s going to make it very very stringy and rough. Sulfates are pretty much stripping your hair of all your natural oils so you really don’t need that in your shampoo. Just a heads up sometimes they are called SLS. So if you’re looking at products and it says SLS free that’s what you need.
Next up we have number two which is parabens. So parabens actually help our products last longer and that’s great because we don’t really want to go off the product in our hair but we have to be careful because they actually can seep into our scalp which remembers our skin. Our skin actually absorbs every single thing that we put onto it and so is seeping into our body Actually, parabens have been linked to hormonal imbalances and damaging internal organs too. So we are looking for paraben-free shampoos and conditioners too.
Lastly, we have our silicones. Silicones actually are the things that make our hair look shiny and if you flick your hair about it looks sparkly fresh and super glowy. But it actually causes a lot of buildups actually when you end up washing your hair and sometimes you feel like no matter how much you wash it the product kind of stays in the roots of your hair.
So we are looking for sulfate-free, paraben-free, and silicone-free shampoo and conditioners. To be honest the more natural the better every single thing. Like I said if you put it onto your hair your skin is going to seep into your body. So really we want things that are as close to nature’s ingredients as possible. Now there are many ways that you can make simple shampoos and conditions at home but I haven’t got to that stage yet. So I thought I’d share with you the products that I found that are free of all of those three things and they are as natural as possible.
We have products like True Botanicals, Rahu Fable and Mane, Love Beauty and Planet, and Alaffia. And actually, a lot of these brands also give back to the world in some way. Some of them support rainforests others support endangered animals and I think Alaffia actually supports children in need too. So I really think that as well as benefiting your hair you’re also benefiting the world in some way too which is fabulous.
Oiling your hair – Hair care tips
The next tip for you all is about oiling your hair. Now that’s a very eastern tradition in Ayurveda. It is a must for good-quality hair. In India, you will find people actually walking around on the street with oil in their hair because it’s such a deep part of tradition and roots. So I recommend that you oil your hair once or twice a week. It really helps nourish it deeply and you can leave it on for 30 minutes up to overnight. Sometimes I’ll put it in the evening before I go to bed and I’ll wash it off in the morning.
But let me give you a tip to save you the trouble because I made this mistake so many times. Make sure you put shampoo into your hair before you go into the shower to wash the oil out, oil and water do not mix. And so if you end up trying to wash the oil out just with water you’re going to be left with the oil in your hair for a decade.
Herbal medicated oil
In Ayurveda traditionally it’s recommended to use herbal medicated oil and to make sure that you warm the oil before you put it onto your scalp. This really allows for the oil to seep deep into your tissues. So if you want to make these oils at home, Ayurveda recommends these three herbs that are very very good for your hair.
The first one is Amla, the second is Bhringraj, and the third is Brahmi. You can get them in powder form and dissolve them into your oil and then heat it up and pour it in. Or if you don’t want to make them at home there are some wonderful ayurvedic-inspired brands that have hair oils ready-made for you. Two of the ones that I use often are Sahaja and yoga and they have beautiful good quality ingredients.
- Amla hair oil
- Bhringraj hair oil
- Brahmi hair oil
Hair care tips – Drying curly hair
So for all my curly-haired girls let’s talk about drying your hair. I found this trick has been absolutely vital in the amount of frizz that goes on at the top of my mane. I use a cotton T-shirt to dry my hair. I don’t use towels anymore. I find that they actually increase the frizz and sometimes they can damage your hair if they’re not made from great materials. So cotton, a pure cotton t-shirt is great for your locks and remember to grab your husband’s favourite t-shirt to do this.
Another tip for my curly-haired friends I would highly recommend using a diffuser. Now, what is a diffuser? A diffuser is that random piece of equipment that you sometimes get with your hair dryers that’s round and has spokes. And that you probably won’t ever use if you have straight hair but for curly hair it is essential. It’s great to reduce frizz when you’re drying but also when you use a normal hairdryer it kind of dampens your curls whereas the diffuser helps bounce them up as they should be.
Meditation or relaxation practice
Now last but not least and actually probably the most important one. I highly recommend starting a meditation or relaxation practice. Our stress or anxiety can really affect our physical body and a lot of the time hair fall, dry hair, or any kind of hair issues are related to emotions or the way that we are treating our body internally. So try a meditation relaxation practice to really help calm your anxiety and I’m sure you will see a physical difference too.
So those are my key hair care tips for healthy luscious hair. Now, remember these are all just external things and as much as we can keep putting things onto our external body we have to treat ourselves from the inside out. So if you want to learn how to nourish your body from the inside out and really produce vitality in your body then I have so many wonderful recipes with spices and herbs and fresh ingredients that can really help nourish you deeply and hopefully, that will show out on the outside too looks like a Japanese horror movie.
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