a Personal Viewpoint
by our Editor, Nelly Morrison
Hair type is determined by genes - so you're right, it is all your parents' fault - but we can make the best of what we've been given by following a few simple rules.
- Be kind to yourself. Massage your scalp before every wash (or get someone to do it for you - or do it for each other). This loosens dead cells, improves circulation and encourages growth. It's a fantastic stress reliever too.
- Wash hair more frequently. True! Leaving it too long causes a build-up of dead cells and allows impurities to thrive.
- It isn't necessary to shampoo twice. Use a gentle shampoo and, as with skin care, find three or four brands that you enjoy and alternate between them.
- Rinse, then rinse again, then rinse once for luck.
- Be gentle. Use a wide-tooth comb and don't tear at your hair when you rub it dry. In fact, allow it to dry naturally whenever possible.
- Brush from the nape of the neck towards the forehead so that the blood rushes to your head and stimulates the scalp.
- If you have flyaway hair - and in the cold weather, most of us do - try reducing static by rubbing a little wax or conditioner into the hair before you style it.
- About once a month, treat your hair to a soak in warm oil. There are products you can buy, but you can use baby oil or even olive oil from the kitchen cupboard. Warm the oil in a small bowl (an eggcup will do) by standing it in a saucepan of hot water, then comb it through your hair and wrap your head in a warm towel. Relax for 30 minutes or you might keep it on overnight. It works wonders.
- Vitamin E - you can pierce open a couple of capsules - works wonders when massaged into an itchy scalp, and Aloe Vera is excellent for revitalizing dull and lifeless hair. For a final rinse, try nettle tea, which is also a dandruff treatment.
- Keep combs and brushes scrupulously clean and try to buy brushes that are made of natural bristle.
- Get it cut regularly. Split ends can travel right up the hair shaft to your scalp and nothing will mend them.