How to get Long Beautiful Tresses for your Big Day!
Getting married? Who doesn't want lush, shiny hair all the time? And everyone wants their hair to look best especially around their wedding. When someone thinks of an Indian bride, the one thing that comes to mind, along with a lot of other things, is her hair. Indian brides are known for the heavy buns under the dupattas and their long, jewelled plaits. Long, healthy hair is one of the things which needs a lot of patience and dedication to achieve. Let?s have a look at some tips on getting long, beautiful hair for the most important day of your life.
Avoid using excessive dry heat, i.e. the one that comes from blow dryers and heat stylers, on your hair as much as possible. This is one of the precautionary steps, and will go a long way in ensuring your hair has minimum damage as the D-day approaches. Ditch the daily routine of blow-drying your hair, as far as possible. Towel dry your hair after shampooing, and let it dry naturally after that. If at all you have to use a hair dryer, pick up one which has a ?cold? setting. Cold air from the dryer will dry your hair minus the damage from heat.
Oil your hair, preferably before each wash. Depending on your hair type, select an oil and massage your hair and scalp with the oil 30-45 minutes before washing your hair. If possible, wrap your head in a moist hot towel during this time, to get the maximum out of the oil massage. Cleanse your hair with a mild shampoo thereafter, and follow it with a conditioner. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep your hair nourished yet clean. My favourite hair oil these days is The Body Shop Rainforest Coconut oil. Do check it out. It leaves your hair feeling soft and manageable from the first use itself.
Deep conditioning: Once a month, it is advisable to pamper your hair to a deep conditioning treatment. Check with your hair expert, and get a hair spa or a deep conditioning treatment done to keep your hair nourished, soft and manageable. Check out various hair services from reputed brands such as Sunsilk, L?Oreal, Schwarzkopf, etc.
Trimming and hair-cut: Every 6-8 weeks, get the ends of your hair trimmed. Split-ends and dry hair can make your hair look unhealthy, so it is good to get rid of them at a regular basis. The frequency of trimming will, of course, depend on how much time you have before the wedding day. If the wedding is just a few weeks away, get your hair cut in a way that complements your facial structure. Trust your hair-stylist for this!
Balanced diet: A good diet goes a long way in maintain the health of your hair, so check what you eat. Walnuts, eggs, spinach, lentils are known for promoting healthy looking long hair. Try and include these in your diet on a daily basis.
If you have any hair concerns such as dandruff, hair fall, split-ends, etc, it is best to consult a Dermatologist/ Trichologist and address these issues the right way. Oftentimes, imbalanced diet, internal hormonal disturbances, medications that you may be taking could be the reason for hair woes, so it is better to consult a Doctor to know the exact reason behind these problems and deal with them in the correct way.
Some other precautions:
Avoid direct exposure of your hair to sun?s rays, harsh winds, etc. cover up your head in a scarf before you head out of home. This will also save your hair from exposure to pollutants.
Avoid tying your hair in a tight bun or with a tight hair band. Tight buns and bands exert a lot of pull on the hair, leading to weakening of the hair. Use hair clutchers instead.
As the wedding day approaches, you may need to get all the final preparations in place atleast a week before the d-day. Get your hair coloured or straightened or permed, if need be, and get your hair cut a week before the wedding. This will give you some time to adjust to the new look, and be more comfortable with your new hairstyle.
Avoid stress. It is afterall, the biggest day of your life, and you need to enjoy the time period leading upto the wedding as much as the final day. Spend time with loved ones, and stay happy. Stress will add to your hair woes, so it is best avoided. Meditate, or listen to music, or find your own ways to relax on a daily basis. This will go a long way in getting not just healthy hair, but also healthy looking skin.
Last but not the least, discuss with your hairstylist a few options in terms of hairstyles and hair accessories for the wedding and other functions a few days before the wedding, to avoid last minute stress. Also ask your hair stylist to demonstrate to you a few simple hairstyles which will look good on your face cut for the series of functions and dinners that you will need to attend after the wedding.