May 27, 2013

Five Simple ways to long, lustrous, and healthy hair : Part 2

by Amina Wasi

Part I | Part III


Go natural! 

Oils have been used for a long period of time by everyone to promote long and healthy hair. The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wasallam) himself was known to oil his blessed hair. Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet used to (put) bend his head (out) to me while he was in Iktikaf in the masjid during my monthly periods and I would comb and oil his hair [Sahih Bukhari, Book #33, Hadith #245].

Some oils that are unique to growing and promoting healthy hair are:

Olive oil – Extra virgin oil tops the list and is known to have characteristics of Shifa’a in Islam. It’s great for moisturizing and strengthening your hair as well as thickening and preventing it from damage.

Castor oil – This oil speeds up hair growth and also reduces the undesirable frizz in the hair. It will thicken and prevent your scalp from drying.

Avocado oil – Packed with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and vitamins such as A, B, D, and E, this oil is great for your hair.

Almond Oil – Almond oil is a must have for your hair. It will provide nourishment for your hair and give it that lustrous look.

Rosemary oil – Less heavy than the other oils, rosemary oil is great if you do not want too much oil on your scalp when at school or work. Rosemary oil is great for preventing hair loss and for invigorating your hair follicles, which are important for the growth of your hair. It will also help in averting gray hair.

Natural oils such as these are not only affordable but effective in promoting long, radiant, and healthy hair. You can try any one of these or mix it up and apply a combination of these on a weekly basis. If done consistently, you will be amazed by the results. To boost their effectiveness, warm the oils up for about 20 to 30 seconds before applying to your hair and wrap your hair in a cloth afterwards.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals and Appliances that will damage your hair 

It is important that you take precaution on what you are applying to your hair. The less synthesized hair products, the better. Shampoos often contain harsh chemicals such as sodium laureate sulfate which damage your hair. Choose gentle shampoos which are hypoallergenic and do not have a strong smell (even if it smells good). You should also limit washing your hair to once or twice a week so as not to dry out your scalp and strip it of its oils.

Another important aspect to remember is not to apply too much heat to your hair. This means avoiding the overuse of your curling or flat irons on a daily basis, as it will result in dry, dull, and thin hair. There is no harm in using a good iron once in a while, but you may want to use a heat protectant before using it. Many people blow dry too often and this may contribute to hair damage. Air drying your hair with a towel can be the best method. Be careful when you do so because your hair is vulnerable to breakage after your hair is washed. However, if you do decide to use a hair dryer, make sure it is not directly pointing at your hair but is angled slightly further away.

To be continued
Be sure to check Part 3 for the final way to long, lustrous, and healthy hair inshaAllah

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