Beauty FAQs – What’s Best For Your Hair!

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Q.1) I am genetically blessed with good hair but being a model I need to blowdry, tong and iron my hair very often. How can I save my hair from damage?

Ans: Excessive exposure to heated dryers, tongs and styling products definitely requires extra care or else your hair can become frizzy, dry and damaged over time. Most important is to coat your hair with a heat protector lotion each time you are planning to style your hair with any thermal heating. It is also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a fortnight to remove product build-up and grime. Add a hair spa to your routine as well, to combat any damage caused by styling products, hair irons and dryers.

Q.2) I have been using henna on my hair for many years and would like to change over to a lighter hair colour now. Will the colour damage my hair?

Ans: Since you have been applying henna on your hair for a long time, there is a barrier formed around the hair cuticle and shaft of the hair which will not allow the colour to penetrate properly.
Henna is a vegetable dye so does not allow the colour to seep through it easily. Going lighter is a difficult job but can be achieved by pre-lightening the hair to get the henna off completely. You will need very competent hands to do the job or else the hair can get badly damaged in the process. In spite of all the effort, the colour may be patchy and not last too long.  Hence, it is advisable to wait for a few months for the henna to grow out and then  get the perfect shade.

Q.3) I change my shampoo brand sometimes, is it a good idea? I have always had very thin hair but I can feel it thinning even more since the past two years ever since I turned 40.

Ans: Heavy conditioners can sometimes weigh down your hair so avoid a conditioner on the scalp and apply only on the mid-lengths and ends according to your hair type. In fact, a change in shampoo is normally a good idea.
Since you have always had thin hair it is probably hereditary so avoid any chemical treatments as this can further lead to many problems. Stimulate your scalp with hot oil or aloe vera massage and give it steam therapy to nourish the roots, also use a paraben-free shampoo followed by a very light conditioner.

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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.

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