My updated hair care Routine: Tackle dandruff and hair-fall

It has been a long time since I had done an updated haircare routine.  Here is my current one.
  My Hair: I have severe dandruff issues ( not the big dry flakes on dry scalp), but fine almost invisible ones on oily scalp which is almost itchy to some point. besides, I am prone to flu, so, I 'have to' blow dry every time I wash my hair. Now, there are a few myths to be busted here as well.


Cleansing and conditioning.: I normally try to keep my scalp as clean as possible. I would normally wash my hair with Sunsilk Lusciously  thcik and long shampoo. During the warmer seasons, I wash my hair even twice a day depending on how much I sweat. The sweltering heat and the humidity added to the sweat as I noticed, leads
to hairfall and scalp woes. During winter, the dandruff is normally aggravated for evevryone. I have been using the VLCC Rosemary Anti-dandruff shampoo which my family hates. It super cleans the hair and the scalp and doesn't moisturize.
 I combat that with the Sunsilk conditioner which I use very sparsely avoiding the roots. I find my hair shiny and bouncy and voluminous and yes, i can do without washing for several days ( more than normal).

Post Bath: I would not dry my soaking wet hair with a blow dryer. I towel-dry it nicely and let it get a bit drier. Then I would rub in some hair serum which are recommended to use before styling or blow-drying. they are not 'heat-protectives' per se, but they do protect the hair to a great extent. I am currently using the Garnier hair serum. Otherwise I use The Body Shop Cotton Seed Curl Boost which is heat-activated.It does not add any kind of extra-softness whatsoever, but I noticed that my hair feel bouncy and shiny.


While Blow-drying: I would blow dry for a while until the hair is more dry. I constantly keep the drier moving and I am careful not to let my hair 'heat up' too much. I am not frying it. Just drying it.  I don't dry it completely. Give it sometime to let the heat dissipate and the hair to air dry a bit more. Finally, I would blow-dry again and this time, get all the dampness out.
This entire procedure sounds like a lot of time, but it takes hardly 10 minutes in maximum.

Keep in mind:
  1. Do not dry the wet hair all at one go.
  2. Do put on some kind of protective serum/lotion before you blow dry.
  3. Do not blow dry the scalp. The heat could affect it adversely.
  4. Do not keep blow drying a section for a long time. Diffuse the heat.
  5. Blow along shaft of the hair that is towards the tip. It would smoothen the cuticles down, seal in the moisture and make the hair shinier.
  6. Detox at lest once a week.

Weekly treats: Since I do use leave in products, I feel I do need deep cleansing at times. Washing sometimes with Sunsilk Keratinology Detox Shampoo solves it all.  Warning: it leaves the hair completely dry. But, the deep conditioning mask does a wonderful job. Conditioners work better when your hair is clean. And DO NOT overload your hair with conditioners more so, if you have fine hair like me.
Before you do a hair detox, you can further combat the drying effect if you use a good hair oil. For me, the traditional coconut hair oil is a good option. recently , I have been trying on the Himalaya Anti-dandruff oil too. ( review soon)

Result: I used to dread washing my hair in winter. it seemed that my drains had more of my hair than what I had on my head. This year, things seem a lot better. or rather way better.

Bottom Line: Clean scalp is the healthy scalp.

That's all folks. Nothing too fancy. Hope this helps. You can share your routines or favorite hair-products as well.

Note: I am not a hair expert. This post is based entirely on my experience and upon my own opinion.

Comments

  1. same here with blow drying. I need to blow dry every time I wash my hair. I really want to try sunsilk's K range. Heard some positive reviews about them. I wish you all the luck with your hair <3. ^_^. Great post.

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    1. Thanks Bharati. Blow-drying is a must for me, not exactly for looking good, but more for health issues.
      Mind not to use the shampoo for more than once a week. Else it can be a disaster!

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  2. awesome post! I dont blow dry my hair! I fear it will damage it in the long run! I do iron it sometimes.. & use a heat pro spray..

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    1. Blow drying would not damage your hair at all, if you are doing it the right way that is.

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  3. Good one.:)Absolutely clean scalp is healthy scalp.
    i do not blow dry but i let them dry naturally and i want to use that Garnier fructis serum.

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    1. Exactly! I would rather suggest the Matrix Biolage serum Niesha if you are buying a new serum

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  4. Love the post Nivs! I too have similar issues.. TBS ginger antidandruff shampoo and Scalpe lotion works well for me ! I have avoided blow drying all my life.. but here its too cold to live without one !!

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    1. I had used scalpe a long time ago. After that Onabet which works good as well. But I found the rosemary one keeps the dandruff at bay for a really long time. :)

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    2. Once you get the trick, it's not as harmful as most people say :P

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  5. I really want to try te Sunsilk keratinology range now! Even i have a similar dandruff problem.. The lady in the parlor calls it dust dandruff.. lol..

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    1. 'dust dandruff'!! but quite a befitting name :P You could try the VLCC shampoo. it does wonders for my hair and scalp actually

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  6. I love love this pink bottle.. Its been ages that I am using this pinki.. I tried a lot many in between nothing better than this for my hair

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    1. Pinky , I think is really good! I have been using it for the last 2 years and so is my cousin!!

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