Wow. We are two months to a brand new year and we will all be one more year older! I think with age people do come to appreciate life more. This year has been very enlightening in that way. And, I can proudly say I shall be entering my 30’s. Now, I can relate to why people say 30’s are very liberating. You appreciate yourself, your thinking changes and you become evolved more than ever!
Anyways, coming back to the post, I did not write about how my hair did last month because by the time I was settled and ready to click pics, it was almost mid-October. The whole of October just went off in the anticipation of Mr. P’s cousin’s wedding and the chronic fatigue becoming a part of life again. It is funny how one can just go on continuously ignoring their health and advising others to not do the same!!
All the travels I have been doing since August has been taking toll on my hair. I have avoided washing my hair except just one place. I think Delhi has hard water because my hair never does well over there! So, the first thing I always do after coming back from lots of travelling is, no not getting a hair spa (I am sure that would be quite lovely and quite expensive as well!), getting a hair spa at home. This has been my routine for the past couple of months, precisely June since it is when I started taking care of myself again! And, it really works for me!!
Aah..it is nothing special. Just shampoo, rinse twice. No vinegar this time because it would ruin the hair color, if you have any! I have to make sure to wash my hair once every 3-4 days. No, I am not really that diligent. I do get lazy. But, not washing my hair for 4-5 days in a row makes my hair fall because of the dirt so I try not to do it.
After the hair wash, I apply a generous quantity of Schwarzkopf Color Freeze Hair Therapy hair mask. And, sit for anywhere between 15-30 minutes.
Now, I always have one question – How much quantity of conditioner and hair mask is enough? I asked my stylist the same and he actually said a 5 rupee coin sized dollop which I can easily say is not that generous. Then, he added we can add an extra of another half dollop and that would be perfect.
I did try to follow his advise in the beginning and then I started getting bored of the products. So, started scooping a bit more. On second thoughts, I realize now that I am wasting the product unnecessarily and they do not come cheap! So, in case you have the same doubt, you can try this method and see if it works for you.
Okay 15-30 min over, I wash off my hair and voila! My hair is glossy and shiny and soft and not dry. But, I have another doubt here again! I always wash myself after I get done with the hair as the shampoo and conditioner would wash off from the body. But, when I use soap or body wash or even face wash, the lather does get a bit into my hair especially ears down. Does that happen to you as well?
Obviously, the lather is not good for hair so I guess it does ruin the hair a bit. How do you avoid it? Do you tie up your hair after washing it? But, then, I would not do that as hair is weakest when it is wet and I do not like messing up with it and with chemically processed hair, never! Do let me know what do you do?
The interesting thing about hair coloring is that you can actually see the rate at which your hair grows. My hair grew by almost an inch and a half since July which was when I got the hair coloring done. It has been two months so I can now safely say that my hair actually grows at the correct rate. I used to think my hair growth was slow.
And, my hair is definitely longer because cysteine has made my hair wavy. It is time for another hair cut. I was thinking of getting hair cut for the wedding but being unwell I was not inclined to go to the parlour. So, lets see when I will make my next appointment for the hair cut.
Hair Fall and Volume
Okay, I did have a bit of hair fall in the month of August-September. Initially, I thought it was due to hair color but now I am having second thoughts about it. I faced hair fall in two conditions.
First. I always see huge amount of hair when I skip washing my hair for more than 3 days. Take the cue, if you are seeing hair fall, wash your hair more often. The scalp might just be getting dirty and chemically processed hair is weak so it will fall off.
Second. It might be just the seasonal fall. The rains and the weather always makes it so. And, travelling might have added a bit more to it.
Cysteine and Hair Color Review
Finally, after four months of wait, I think I am ready to review both the treatments now. I love cysteine. But, hair color is a big no!
It is great to have hair colored as the regular colors are boring but I can actually see how weak my hair has become. No, it is not the hair fall or breakage but I feel it has become delicate and I do not want to process it more even though I still love hair colors.
And, regarding cysteine, I think the effect stays till your new hair grows out. I can see a bit of frizz now and then but not too much. The cysteine protein is introduced to the existing hair length so they look perfect but once your new hair comes, it will be your original hair with its own characteristics. May be, it might look good with a lot of pampering et al. But, it would not be the same. But, spending on cysteine was worth it according to me, at least for special events like wedding. Btw, just in case you have forgotten, it comes to around 10k.
Another word of advise is please do not skimp on the salon. Getting a good service is more important than money otherwise you will ruin your hair. So, save for a few months and go to a good salon. Lakme near to my house was good. And, if you are going to Lakme, look out for company operated salons rather than franchises. They have better trained professionals.
Will I get cysteine done again? I am not sure. I want to wait till December and see how my hair turns out first and then I shall take a call. Cost is definitely an issue. And, I also want to see if my new hair behaves well with the existing pampering.
Hair Oiling and Other Treatments
Aah…I so miss my hair oiling sessions! Sometimes, I just feel like taking a bit of it and rubbing it off. I am sure it would not ruin the hair but I just do not want to take a chance. Anyways, after the hair cut due this month, I am thinking of starting on experimentation to grow my hair quickly so let us see how well it works.
- Shampoo & Conditioner – deFabulous Reviver Shampoo + Conditioner + Schwarzkopf Color Freeze Shampoo
- Hair Mask – Schwarzkopf Color Freeze Hair Therapy