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How to Get Naturally Lustrous Hair

Updated: May 10, 2020

Your lovely locks are easy to care when it is done naturally. Commercially available products strip natural oil and load up on paraben and sulphates. Choose to nourish your mane with botanical ingredients and your gorgeous tresses will thank you.

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Natural Hair-Care Products:


When it comes to hair care natural is the way to go. Always try using all-natural hair care and styling products than a conventional commercial product. The botanical ingredients can moisturise the hair, smooth the cuticles, increase the glossiness of hair, protect against breakage, split ends and hair fall.


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The following ingredients are often used in natural hair care products:

· Natural Plant Oil

· Natural Plant Extract

· Natural Essential Oil

· Natural Herbs

· Natural Clays

· Castile Soap

· Apple Cider Vinegar

· Fruits and vegetables

· Honey


Conventional Commercial Products

The products may be formulated with following questionable ingredients which may cause allergies, damaged hair, skin, possibly carcinogenic or toxic. Some may also pose environment threat.

· Parabens

· Sulphates

· Silicones

· Synthetic Dye

· GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)

· Mineral Oil

· PEG (Poly Ethylene Glycol)


THE BEST WAY TO WASH YOUR HAIR


Most folks do a gentle wash thrice a week to clean their hair and scalp.

1. Wet your hair with warm water.

2. Apply a small amount of hair cleanser to the palms of your hair and rub gently.

3. Starting at the crown of your head begin massaging your scalp and work your way to down to the ends. Massage for at least 2 minutes to allow ingredients to nourish your hair.

4. Rinse the cleanser out with warm water, while massaging to increase blood circulation.

5. Continue to massage the scalp for 30 more seconds under warm water.

6. Gently pat hair dry with a towel.


HOW TO CONDITION YOUR HAIR


Lightly conditioning your hair after a gentle wash will moisturise your scalp and help keep your hair smooth, silky until your next wash.

1. While your freshly cleansed hair is still damp, apply a generous amount of conditioner on to your hair and rub together.

2. Starting at the ends of your hair, massage the conditioner on your hair.

3. Leave for 5 minutes.

4. Rinse the conditioner out with warm water.


HOW TO DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR


Deep conditioning your hair a few times a month will intensely nourish your scalp and hair.

1. While your freshly cleansed hair is still damp, apply a generous amount of conditioner on to your hair and rub together.

2. Starting at the ends of your hair, massage the conditioner on your hair.

3. Gently comb (Use wide teeth) through your hair.

4. Put a shower cap on.

5. Leave for at least 30 minutes or ideally overnight.

6. Rinse the deep conditioner out with warm water.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR GROWING HEALTHY HAIR


The secret to healthy hair is a combination of nourishing your body on the inside and nurturing your hair on the outside. Follow the following tested and tried tips for healthy hair.


Eat a healthy diet full of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, Biotin, Silica, Zinc, Folate, Anti-oxidants, Iron, Sulphur, Selenium.


Cleanse your hair gently and when necessary.

Trim the ends of your hair regularly.

Allow your hair to dry naturally instead of applying harsh heat. Unless for a special occasion or when you have no time.

Avoid wearing tight ponytails or any hairstyles that tugs and pulls your strands.

Condition and nourish at least a week with plant oils.


HAIR CLEANSERS


Hair cleansers are an important product in maintaining your hair. Cleansers work to remove dirt, excess oil and product build-up. Contrary to popular belief you need to wash your hair every day unless you have an oily scalp, cleaning twice a week is plenty. Cleansing your hair daily can strip natural oils and make the scalp dry and unruly hair.


TYPES OF SHAMPOOS


LIQUID SHAMPOO: These contain surfactants to remove oil and dirt from scalp and hair. Natural shampoos don't lather much as compared to their conventional commercial counterparts, but that doesn't mean they don't clean up well, in fact, they cleanse incredibly well. Usually, liquid shampoos are applied to wet hair and massaged through from the roots to the ends and then rinsed off with warm water.



DRY SHAMPOO: These make brilliant quick fixes when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Dry shampoos are waterless and contain dry ingredients such as corn starch, arrowroot powder, clay and even rice powder. A small amount is sprinkled over the scalp and either massaged or combed through to soak up oil, remove dirt and even boost volume. They can be used daily.



HAIR CONDITIONERS

Hair conditioners contain plant oils that work to restore the softness and lustre that shampoos strip away. They create soft, manageable hair that is easy to comb and style. Being high in fatty acid they can tame even the most unruly, frizzy hair into smooth silky hair.


DIFFERENT KINDS OF CONDITIONERS


REGULAR CONDITIONER: These can protect hair colour, quench dryness, de-frizz and detangle. They are applied after the hair has been cleansed. Simply massage the conditioner in roots to the tips leave for a minute or two and rinse off with warm water.


DEEP CONDITIONER & HAIR PACKS: These treatment work to pamper your stressed-out locks, seal split ends, enhance curls, nourish the scalp. They are high in concentration of nutritious oils that coat and penetrate the hair shaft to smooth out. They are left for an hour and rinsed out with warm water.


LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER: They can be misted through the hair or massaged in after cleansing.


HAIR OILS & SERUMS: They are very concentrated portions of pure plant oils and extracts. They are waterless formulas which are made with plant oils and essential oils that hydrate, de-frizz, seal split ends, and impart a stunning shine to the hair. Hair oils are very concentrated and a little bit goes a very long way!

HERBAL HAIR RINSES


Herbal rinses and clarifiers are restorative, usually crafted with herbal infusions and extracts. They often contain citrus juice or apple cider vinegar to balance the hair's natural pH. They do not contain surfactants like shampoo and do not lather. Some are designed to enhance the natural colour of hair and highlights. Herbal rinses are popular amongst those who adhere to no-shampoo protocol.


The best way to apply a herbal rinse is via a spray bottle. This way you can thoroughly coat the hair. Herbal rinse is normally left in but the one that is made with vinegar or citrus juice needs to be rinsed with warm water.


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