Have you watched that epic Japanese horror movie Ju-on? I trembled and quaked in fear at the anticipation of that pale ghost boy clad only in underwear crawling out of the blanket. But I especially squirmed when I saw the croaking lady ghost crawling on all fours. Not due to her terrifying looks, but because her unkempt, tangled hair was worthy of a thousand shudders.
I believe that hair can make a huge difference to a person’s appearance, and a nice mane of healthy locks is always pleasant to look at, especially if you’re looking to make a good first impression.
Going on a date? Be sure to check that your crowning glory is in tip top condition or it might be the last time you’ll ever see him or her again.
I have previously written about how men should pay more attention to hair care, but this goes for women as well. If you don’t take care of your locks of hair, don’t blame anyone if Makcik Tejah next door mistakes you for a witch or your Aunt Jasmine thought she encountered an otherworldly being.
Ladies and gentlemen, hair is extremely important and should never be neglected. Alternatively, you could just shave it all off, but that’s not what I am focusing on in this article.
Take care of your scalp
It is very easy to focus on washing your hair with the right kind of shampoo and using the best conditioner, but good hair care starts from the roots – literally.
Get your hands on some vitamin E capsules if you can, as this antioxidant can greatly nourish your scalp. You could rub it directly onto your hairline, but a more effective way would be to mix it into some oils, depending on your hair condition, and rubbing the concoction onto your hair.
The oil helps to spread the vitamin E across your scalp, which should become healthier and shinier in no time.
Use carrot oil (you can get them from a good pharmacy or buy online) if you have dry hair, sesame oil for oily hair and grapeseed oil for regular hair. Alternatively, you could also use a vitamin E serum and save yourself all that oily trouble.
Gone are the days when people like my dad used to think that men could get away with just using an ordinary bar of body soap to wash hair as well.
Brush your hair carefully
Naturally, men and women with longer hair should brush their hair to spread the oils throughout. This gives it the glossy and shiny look so prevalent in shampoo ads the world over.
Just be sure to gently brush it instead of tugging aggressively, as this can lead to hair breakage.
Another tip is to use a brush with natural bristles instead of those made up of nylon bristles, as it can increase hair breakage, especially if used roughly.
Use more conditioner instead of shampoo
Washing your hair strips away the essential oils that give it a lovely gloss and shine, and which also act as your natural conditioner to combat split ends.
Try using more conditioner instead and only wash your hair once or twice a week.
Of course, you can slowly scale back instead of cutting down immediately, as it can be hard to get over the shock of not washing your hair daily, especially for ladies.
You can also comb your hair while conditioner is still on it, as this can help to prevent knots and breakage.
Avoid using your nails to wash hair
This might seem like common sense, but it is worth repeating – do not use your nails to massage your scalp hard when washing your hair.
Like nylon bristles, nails can cause hair breakage, which will make your hair appear frizzy and dull. Always use your fingers to gently massage your hair as this will help to spread the shampoo around without causing any damage.
I have to admit that I do enjoy it when the shampoo girls scrub away hard when they are shampooing my hair at the salon. It is most relaxing, but not so good for the hair.
Let your hair dry naturally if possible
While they can be extremely convenient, especially if you are in a rush, try to avoid using hair dryers and straighteners if possible. The heat can cause breakage, and if used frequently, a large portion of your hair will suffer and appear lifeless.
That is not to say you must avoid using them completely; it is alright a few times a week, but keep in mind that excessive heat is never good for your hair.
Bye for now. I’m out of shampoo and it’s time to get some.