Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Hair care routine-( Oily scalp,dry hair ends,dandruff,scalp acne)

Brace yourself for a long post,as I try to cover hair problems I faced as much as I can in this article.If you still want illustration on any to leave a comment below or you can mail me at fewunnecessarystuff@gmail.com


Being a 90's kiddo hair care since childhood meant a shampoo on Sunday,oiling hair n scalp regularly almost everyday... dat's it. 
Now,in my late teenage years I got a bit concerned about  my hair care routine..thanks to those luscious locks shown in advertisements..the wide range hair products like conditioners.leave on's,serums, gels etc made me super curious.
I had my first "fashionable hair cut" (read-steps) when I just entered college! my stylist had a hard time working on my tresses as she told that I had super dry , freezy and totally unmanageble hair and suggested me to use a conditioner regularly after my shampooing.

So,started all the trial and errors

For last 6 years I tried to figure out what worked on me.what was actually my hair type etc (trust me my hair has awfull mood swings which took me so long).

let me not stretch this blah blah more and get into the topic...

My hair type- Dry at ends.oily at scalp
My hair texture-  wavy with some curls.has  tendency of freezy-ness
Dandruff- Present.both oily and dry type.
Split ends-  Present
Hair fall- Present
Scalp acne- I get them sometimes.

HOW TO DEAL WITH

#1. Oily scalp/dry hair

     This is perhaps the most difficult hair type and many of Indian women have to face it.Thanks to the hot and humid climatic conditions.

Points to keep in mind-->

  • Do not go for shampoo + conditioner combo's-  Shampoo and conditioner has different functions in hair care.If you are having combination hair type like mine,stay away from such stuffs
  • Choose your shampoo and conditioner --having oily scalp does not mean using a strong shampoo and wash everyday. you may feel your scalp is clean and fresh but actually you are doing more harm than good.It only makes your scalp to produce more sebum sensing the dryness. Invest in a mild gel/water based shampoo than a cream one. Wash your hair on alternate days or at a gap of 2 days. If you have really oily hair then you can consider washing everyday.But do not go for 2 rinses everyday.When choosing conditioner,choose one for daily use, that is,try not to go for those for heavily damaged hair but just for dry hair. Do not use the conditioner on the hair of your scalp but only on the ends.I would like to stress on this fact most.
#2. Wavy/curly hair
     
      One of the major problem faced by me was the wavy and curly hair pattern. This type of hair tends to attract moisture from the atmosphere making it freezy.So,make sure to invest in a good hair serum which aims to controls freeze. I do not have much fancy for straight hair .So,in order to maintain my curls,without much damage this is what i follow
  • apply conditioner always after shampooing.only to hair ends
  • follow up by using a hair serum on towel dry hair
  • I NEVER use a hair dryer,whatever rush I have. I allow my hair to dry naturally
  • Cut hair according to type- Some may find this boring,but I always stick to my layers in steps..and it works for me.
  • Unless needed DO NOT keep your hair open.at home try to keep it tied in a loose bun/plaits
#3 . Dandruff

I totally dread this one.more than being an embarrasement It's the cause of major scalp and hair problems..be it hair fall,scalp acne,itchy scalp,buildups..etc...

Oily dandruff- is more like to adhere to your scalp 
dry dandruff- can be easily scratched off your scalp and are present as visible white flakes on your hair and shoulders etc

What I like to say..
  • Anti dandruff shampoo- Consult your dermatologist to go for a medicated shampoo which aims on treating dandruff rather than just "dho-dala" one's.look for shampoos with ketoconazole,selenium oxide or Zinc pyrithione. Dandruff otherwise will be comming back no matter what. If you want to go for brands,choose one best suited for your scalp type .Do not use anti dandruff shampoos daily as they have a tendency to rip of natural oils from your hair,which may worsen the condition.
  • Ozone treatement- a few sittings in salon helps to minimize dandruff a lot 
  • Lemon-Lemon juice applied on scalp along with some warm coconut oil is the best home remedy not only for dandruff but laso for other scalp problems like itching and hair fall.
  • Remember dandruff is dermatitis of scalp which stays throughout the year but with visible exacerbation in winters.treat it throughout year
#4 . Split ends

Trichoptilosis/split ends are more common in women with long hair..as we donot trim our hair on regular intervals. 
So make sure,
  • to trim your hair ends atleast once in 3 months..just the ends
  • do not keep your hair open-this allows more surface of hair to remain prone to damage like rubbing (for eg.pillows) and resulting in breakage
  • brush your hair gently
  • remove tangles with a comb with far setted bristles
  • if you have long hair,tie it up in plaits at bed time.I do this regularly and often round up the end and put the rubber band
  • .Do not use plastic rubber bands.
#5 . Hair fall

  • other than following all above steps.take care of your diet. drink water and seasonal fruits
  • if needed on consultation of your doctor you can take biotin supplements/vitamin e capsules
  • once a week/two weeks -go for a hot oil treatement at home,one hour before shampooing.Massage your scalp to increase blood circulation.
#6. Scalp acne

  • Avoiding oily products is a good preventative measure against scalp acne. 
  • Styling products sometimes contain oils that can aggravate acne. Styling products can also contain other irritating ingredients. If you’re battling with some scalp acne, try forgoing your usual styling products for a week or two and see if that helps clear you up. 
  • Some hair conditioners also contain heavy humectants which can irritate acne-prone skin.  
  • Use a gentle shampoo for your hair and not using conditioner for a week or two and see if that helps.
  • For severe cases consult your dermatologist for medication,which may include topical as well as oral drugs in form of antibiotics,antifungals,antihistamines etc
Enough gyaan!

now as I have seen some of you have complemented on my hair I would like to share some more tips and products am currently using and which have worked for me.

Hair Oil-
Shampoo-
Conditioner-
Anti dandruff shampoo-
Henna - for color and/or deep conditioning,once in two months

Hope this post helped you in a small little way! feel free to drop in your doubts and feelings... 

Please note- Images are sourced from google images archive.if anybody has any objection.let me know i will take them down.Information are sourced from my sole experience,what workes and what didn't on my hair type.Some information is taken from my text books and google archieve. Products recommended have been used by me.No one has paid me to suggest them.they have all been bought by my own hard earned money.

71 comments:

  1. I can see myself in the post, I too have major oily scalp and dry ends... I just adore the LUSH jumping juniper, its best shampoo I have used.
    I am going to pick up the TBS banana shampoo & Aroma magic hair oil :)
    b/w great post :)

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    1. heard lot bout jumping juniper..will surely try it soon :)

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  2. This is such an informative post Sukanya :) I do have a hair texture somewhat as same as you.

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    1. same hair texture wht shampoo and conditioner are you using at present ?

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    2. have already mentioned in the post itself. Am using Tbs Banana Shampoo n conditioner presently for last 6 moths :)

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  3. Nice Post dear.. Informative one..

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  4. very informative post for those facing problem with dry and damaged hair

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  5. Awesome post sweetheart! Seriously useful!

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  6. that was a very well written post Sukanya!! great job and its very helpful!! :)

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  7. i have the oily scalp problem.. my scalp gets greasy after 4-5hrs of hair wash! I was my hair on alternate hair and always pre-poo my hair by applying lukewarm oil on my hair 1-2inch from the roots all the way till the ends!

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    1. dats another nice tip..thnx Pranali :)

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    2. do you prepoo and leave it overnight? i really need to know how to use shower cap and still save my scalp from the oil of root ends :(

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    3. i think an hour is enough.. no need to leave overnight Annesha :)

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  8. i also use egg white with 2-3 drops of honey as a hair mask.. helps smoothen out t frizz :)

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  9. i need to buy the TBS Banana shampoo n conditioner .... thanx for ths post Sukanya

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  10. ketoconzole has changed my life too!

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  11. Hey, I have the same exact issues.....I use TBS ginger shampoo n banana conditioner.....But I feel that my hair is super dry and frizzy after that.....Dunno what to do....

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    1. use the conditioner on your hair ends if u have der hair and oily scalp. and follow up with a good hair serum.u can also try oiling once a week before shampoo..hope that helps :)

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  12. I have major dry dandruff problem...I go in for anti dandruff spa every 20 days, also use Loreal professional anti dandruff shampoo. I never used to oil my hair, but nowadays I oil my hair before washing...It was a very informative post.

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  13. I have never read such a big and informative post on hair. I have an oily scalp. I am sure these tips will help me in the near future:) Thank you for visiting my blog and following it. Following you too:)

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    1. am happy if this helps you dear..thnx for joining :)

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  14. such a nice post... i have the same hair... i am always dumping the extra moisturizing shampoos and conditioners... but i have head acne.. so i am gonna go with ur tips and lighten the load.. thank you

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  15. Thank u for d post Sukanya <3 I have d same conditions except that It dandruff only during the winters!! I am bookmarking this :)U r a swt hrt :)

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  16. Sukanya this is a very useful post and I think we both have the same hair woes and the same conservative background about hair care

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    1. thnx Vish..i will update this post,if i get to find any other products.. stay tuned :)

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  17. This is a GREAT post! I hope you not mind. I published an excerpt on the site and linked back to your own blog for people to read the full version. Thanks for your advice.
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    1. provide me the actual link of you post asap .

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  18. gr8 post sukanya..i m figuring out my hair type...u have beautiful hair...

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  19. thanx a lot sukanya:) it was really helpful! i dont know which time of the year will i get rid of my hair and scalp issues but ur post has been rather helpful!!
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  20. oh and yes i picked out TBS banana conditioner last week,been loving it ever since:)

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    1. yes! its a really good product ! am now using it for about 10 months now ! :) Love it !

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  21. am glad you found it useful Shazia :) the banana conditioner is just so yum ! love it :D

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  22. Some conditioners stay on your scalp and you have to rinse your hair repeatedly to get it all out.

    www.healthyscalp.net

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  23. Hi ... i guess we all Indian girls have similar hair problems and im next in the queue ..... i have been struggling a lot with these issues and found ur post which is really informative.... I have read a lot about Tea Tree Oil products for acne... im using it for face but not sure for scalp... what do u suggest on it ??

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    1. Ho Prachi, sorry for the super late reply ! I have heard tea tree oil usefull for acne..but I haven't used any for scalp acne.

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  24. Thanks for the post! I'm looking to switch shampoos to a clarifying one for my oily scalp/dry hair. I'm loyal to the bumble and Bumble line-have you tried it? Do they have any clarifying shampoos?

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  25. @Fouzia..no i haven't yet tried them dear !

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  26. Ur posts r really good. and the doctor effect adds to the genuinity.. thanks

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  27. thanks a lot dear finally i got solution for all my problems :-)

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  28. i am facing major hair loss problem just after i shifted to singapore.. thinning hair line specially front side....hopping some of ur remedies will solve my prob. very informative post specially hair type... thanks.

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  29. heyy.. thanks fr such wndrfull info.. does all this helps in stimulating hair growth..? my hairs nvr grow up to my expectation and hv to manage wid short hairs.. any help..!!

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  30. hey thanks. finally a site for indian women. well my hair are a little dry at ends..not too dry and frezzy thought. i have oily scalp. but i have naturally thin hair. i mean in terms of both quality and quantity of hair. they are too fine and the number of hair is very less. i have mid back length of hair. i love long hair but cant them long as they look thinner.i have started experiencing hair fall recently. i am 20. i have a little dandruff..dry flakes recently guess its due to winter. no scalp acne though. what shampoo should i use with such hair? moisturing shampoos would worsen my oily scalp and make them look limp. i avoid using harsh chemicals or heating devices like iron and blow dry on my hair. please help me with my hair.

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    1. you can use herbal shampoo for normal hair...

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  31. hey thanks. finally a site for indian women. well my hair are a little dry at ends..not too dry and frezzy thought. i have oily scalp. but i have naturally thin hair. i mean in terms of both quality and quantity of hair. they are too fine and the number of hair is very less. i have mid back length of hair. i love long hair but cant them long as they look thinner.i have started experiencing hair fall recently. i am 20. i have a little dandruff..dry flakes recently guess its due to winter. no scalp acne though. what shampoo should i use with such hair? moisturing shampoos would worsen my oily scalp and make them look limp. i avoid using harsh chemicals or heating devices like iron and blow dry on my hair. please help me with my hair.

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  32. Hi Aayushi,
    Hair fall can be of many reason and at this age i would like you to consult your dermatologist and a gynaec if needed.Hairfall can also be due to dandruff..so use a good antidandruff shampoo..like Scalpe lotion or KZ lotion. they are ketoconazole shampoo , you will get in medicine stores. But these shampoos tend to meke your hair dry.. so a good volumnising conditioner is must.Check the conditioner reviews in this blog.. mu suggestion will be TBS banana conditioner. as it worked for me.Apply the conditioner only to hair ends. Hope this helps !

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  33. hey dear thank u for replying so quick. ya for hair fall i have to consult the dermatologist. is tbs banana shampoo and conditioner a solution for my thin hair too? or are you aware of any other remedy?

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    1. Of what I know,Not much can be done for thin hair :( If you are having hairfall... a visit to the derma will help and I suggested TBS banana because it gives a good volume and bounce to my hair .. So, if you want you may try out the conditioner.. :)

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  34. ya i will pick out a tbs banana asap. thank u so much dear.:-)

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  35. Thank you so much for this gyan! Been having real issues with my hair lately. I came across this by accident and I so glad I did!! You have a real nice blog here :).

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  36. thnx Nicekp..glad if it helped :)

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  37. Hi,
    I am a French student, and I am working on Indian Hair. Do you mind if I ask you a couple of questions about this topic?
    Do you know if greasy hair is a frequent issue in India? If yes, what is the main reason for explaining oily hair in your country?

    Dry shampoo is a powdered substance that is used to absorb oil in the hair when it is not possible or practical to use water and traditional shampoos.

    Do you know this product? If the answer is no, would you be ready to use and buy it?

    If the answer is yes, do you use it?
    Do you know brands that commercialised dry shampoo in your country instead of Dove?
    How does young people perceive it?
    What kind of people are using it (age, lifestyle, job…)?
    Could it be a good opportunity to launch this kind of product in India? Why?

    Could oil be use for treating greasy hair?

    Thank you very much for your answer !
    Fanny

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  38. ur hair & mine r siamese twins!!!!!!!! which hair serum do u use????

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  39. hey Sneha ! I had used Habib's hair serum for frizzy hair earlier, then shifted to The Body Shop's coconut hair shine and now using L'oreal smooth intense ! These all worked decent on me..just noye, i only use them at hair ends sparsely :)

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    1. heyyya thnx i wl surely try habib's or body shop :D . Loreal rarely wrks for me :(

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  40. Hi Sukanya,
    I have what is known as wet dandruff; it doesn't flake but comes in the nails when scratched and excessive hairfall. I had all tests done and there doesn't seem to be any deficiencies or health problems. I'm losing hair at an infinity rate and feel like I'm balding from the front. Also, the texture of my hair has become terrible over the years. It is extremely dry and frizzy. Please guide me. I think the hairloss is due to the oily dandruff.

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  41. You have given helpful information on issues many women have....good job. I have utilized http://hair-caretips.com to get the info and products I need at a discount.

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