From the Archives : Hair Types and their Hair Care Routine {Hair Care}

Our hair has generally been categorized only in three types: Dry, Normal and Oily. But, have you ever thought that the hair can also be like skin. As skin has many types like dry, sensitive, normal, oily, combination; similarly, our hair can also be categorized in various types:

  • Normal Hair
  • Damaged (or Sensitive) Hair
  • Dry Hair
  • Oily Hair
  • Combination Hair
    • Dry Scalp with Oily body
    • Oily scalp with dry body
Please remember that I am talking about the condition of hair not the texture of hair. And, the way we care for our hair should be customized depending on the hair condition.
Normal Hair does not require any special care. Normal routine of shampooing and conditioning will keep it in place.
Dry Hair needs a lot of conditioning and deep conditioning treatments. Avoid going into sun too much and do not let your hair get subjected to heat.Always keep your hair moisturized using a leave-in conditioner or aloevera gel. And, of course, do not forget the hot oil treatments for your hair weekly once or twice.
Oily hair does not need oil. It needs something which can soak oil from the hair and neutralize the oil production. For this, you can two things: one is using lemon on your scalp and another is using milk (without cream) or buttermilk on your scalp. Apply fresh lemon juice on your scalp before you shampoo your hair every time. You can also use tomato instead of lemon juice as lemon juice is highly acidic and lead to dryness in the long term. It also has the same effect. You can also experiment with strawberry hair mask but then I would say eat those strawberries instead 😀 And, you can use your clay masks as a hair mask also. After all, clay will absorb oil no matter where it is applied. Right!!
Combination Hair really needs a combination of oily and dry hair treatments but not so much in intensity.
– For dry scalp, you can massage a few drops of oil (coconut or olive) every time before you shampoo your hair. And, leave the hair body as it is. If your scalp is dry to the extent of being scaly and itchy, only then use hot oil treatment but use it just for the scalp. And, once in two weeks you can also go for deep conditioning treatments but make it only for the scalp (only if your scalp is scaly and itchy or if you feel a tightness in your scalp).
– For oily scalp, follow up the lemon juice or tomato treatment on the scalp and leave the body as it is. Follow up with a leave-in conditioner. You can also use your favorite conditioner to condition your hair. But, in no case, use hot oil treatments or deep conditioning treatments on your hair. Keep the conditioning treatments to the body of the hair only, especially the ends!!

So, what hair type is yours? 

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  1. Dr. Sunita Banerji (Hair Expert from Mumbai) says

    I would like to share some morning care for curly haired women. Easy to care for hair that lasts all week can be maintained by refreshing your curls every morning. Once your hair is unbraided, it’s time to prepare your curls for the day. You don’t need to rinse your hair, or recomb it. If your hair looks fuzzy, you’ll simply smooth over it with water and conditioner. To smooth it, take about a quarter-size squirt of conditioner in the palm of your hand and add some water. Rub your hands together and smooth the watery conditioner over your hair. You might find that you need to concentrate on the top part of your hair, closest to your scalp, because that’s what usually gets the fuzziest. Then go back, get a little more watery conditioner, and smooth it over your ends. If some ends have gotten mashed or fuzzy, concentrate on smoothing water and conditioner over the fuzziest parts. You can gently finger-comb the wet, conditioned ends if any of them have snarled. If your ends are really tangled, apply a bit more conditioner and water, and either work through the troubled curls with your fingers or gently comb out only those tangled ends. Concentrate on the tangled ends. This returns them to their original coils. When you unbraid your hair in the morning, it might look as if all of your curls are unfocused or have melded into part of the braid pattern and the half-curl pattern. This is only temporary. Once you smooth a little water and conditioner over them, they’ll curl right back up as if they had never been braided overnight, except that they will hang a little longer overall. You can smooth your hair with conditioner first, then go back over it again with water or with water and then conditioner. It’s no big deal if you put in too much conditioner; simply smooth more water over it afterward. This spreads the conditioner throughout your hair. A big bonus is that you get to start your day smelling like your favorite conditioner!

  2. Anonymous says

    Hey swati I a drinking fenugreek soaked water along with fenugreek for the past two weeks..but i cant see any improvement in hair fall.pls help

  3. Anonymous says

    i am nazneen

    i had straightend my hair, after dat i startd losing my hair. its in a very bad condition plus it has become too dry.
    i cant leave my hair anymore pls help.

  4. BM says

    Hey! I loved your posts and methods of quick care of skin. But I need your advice.. I actually don’t know what my hair are like… I mean after wash and after few days, they get greasy and oily automatically and I am left with nothing to do with them.. and since I am a school girl so I got no time to take heavy care of them…
    Please suggest me few methods to take quick and good care of them!!

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