Beauty FAQs – Hair Story

Q1. My hair is very wavy and long but quite thin. l enjoy blow drying them but then the ends look very scraggly after a blow dry. How do I give them some volume?

Ans: Blow drying frizzy or wavy hair can be done with a big round brush to give some face framing lift to the hair at the roots. You can then take a few sections and after drying them straight, curl the bottom six to seven inches with a set of heated rollers or tongs. This will add some volume and bounce towards the mid lengths and ends giving your long hair a double effect of straight and voluminous hair with nice cascading curls.
Q2. What are dry shampoos and how do they work?
Ans: Dry shampoos have become very popular and are being used quite extensively these days, the good news is that they are being manufactured by many leading hair brands and are easily available in stores. Dry shampoo works as a fabulous option while traveling or when you don’t have the time to shampoo, then instead of regular shampooing you can just spray-in this dry shampoo on to your hair starting from the crown down the length and brush it through giving a squeaky clean look and texture to your tresses.
Q3. My baby is three months old and I’m losing chunks of hair. Please suggest some treatment.

Ans: Research has proven that around 45 percent of women suffer from major hair loss post-pregnancy which is called postpartum hair loss due to change of hormones and oestrogen levels in the body. It can be seen as early as two months after delivery and can continue for almost a year in some cases but don’t panic because in most women hair fall stops approximately after six months so it is necessary to start giving it the nourishment from day one. As a new mother there are so many changes in your body you have to tackle, and this sudden hair fall can be mind boggling. Just keep calm and be rest assured that this is a passing phase and your hair will come back to its natural fullness within a few months with proper care and nourishment which is of prime importance.

Let your hair be in its natural state after your baby is born and remember you are a lactating mother so any harsh treatments are a big no no. Don’t bleach, colour or use any chemicals at this point of time. Continue using anti hair fall products including hair masks, serum or argan oil to  provide nutrition to the hair and to prevent tangling.

Nourish yourself well, from within with a healthy diet rich in vitamins, iron, calcium, protein, zinc and omega3. An increase of blood flow to the scalp promotes hair growth so go in for hot oil massage and don’t forget to exercise. Exercise will help you shed excessive weight and improve blood circulation which in turn will prevent hair loss and stimulate the hair follicle. De-stress yourself and eat well and soon you will regain your luxurious crowning glory.

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Rashmi Kapur Abrol has been in the beauty industry for the last 37 years, a columnist to the Times of India, official make-up therapist to the Miss World contestants and a soft skills trainer for Leading Hotels in the country and abroad.