Haha. I know this is kind of a sudden shift from all my other articles but my Cousin had asked me yesterday about how I kept my hair beautiful. So basically this article is going to be just about that.
Believe it or not, I don’t do much for my hair.
I did much (past tense).
But let me let you in on my secrets. First and most important of all is, I don’t believe in the ‘actual’ beauty of hair colour. I’m emphasizing on the word actual here because yes, I love to see people with beautifully coloured hair but I’m more a fan of highlights. Especially girls with long ombre waves. Gawd! I envy them. However does it feel as good as it looks? I don’t know about that because I, for myself, am too afraid to try it for fear of split ends! Yes I hate spilt ends. I mean, who doesn’t?? But I doubt that it’ll feel as good as it looks and moreover even if it does feel all smooth and pretty on day one when you just got out of the parlour, maybe on day two too but what about days after??
Anyway, back to my hair. I don’t even apply henna on it. But henna is not as bad as colour. I’ve seen a couple of my roommates try it and they tell me they actually feel the difference. They say it makes their hair feel soft and luscious but they also say that it does not stay that good for long so they would always have to apply it again after two weeks.
Last year I highlighted my hair a little. I was pretty nervous about it so I tried the color burgundy on a small lock of hair right under my ear down to the tips. I know, I applied it in such a hidden part of my hair but I did that intentionally because I do not trust colour. I applied the colour to my black hair without bleaching it first. My friends say bleach damages your hair but you have to bleach it first for the colour to set in and be visible enough. I however, applied the colour directly without bleaching but left it overnight wrapped up in foil paper, carefully making sure it does not stain my pillow and just slept on it. Besides it was just a a small lock of hair. No big deal. Next day, I washed it off and Voila!!! Visible to anybody who would face me close. Then I happily showed it off until six months later, that lock of hair became bad. Bad as in, it became blondish with a lot of split ends branching out like crazy! I wanted to chop it off but since I highlighted it right from the roots so it was not possible because 90% of my hair was still lusciously sleek when compared to the 10% split-blonde. So I just left it. Have to live with it because afterall, it was my mistake anyway.
Okay now rewind ⏪⏪ Back to the days when I had super short hair that I almost looked like a boy if it wasn’t for my gold khasi earrings. After I had attained the age of five, I spent eights years of my childhood grumbling whenever my mother drags me to my aunt to have my haircut. My aunt always my hair since childhood till date. Believe it or not, I’ve never been to a parlour for a haircut till date! She has magic in her hands. I don’t know. Maybe. 🤔
I started leaving my hair long, up until I was 16 years old. And I couldn’t thank my mother for all all those short hair years. Despite the grumpy attitude I had about my boyish haircuts, they paid off and gave me thick, straight, lusciously sleek and silky hair now.
You’d be surprised if I tell you that I oil my hair only once a month but I apply serum once in a while when I happen see it lying around after bath. I use any serum because they all basically feel the same to me.
What else? I don’t brush it often because it’s tiringly long. But wait! I don’t recommend leaving your hair unbrushed. If there’s even a word. However, to get good hair you need to ‘comb’ through it like 3/4 times a day. But wait again! I don’t recommend it for thin hair. For thin hair though, once in the morning and once before bed is more than enough. That’s what I did when my hair started to grow at the age of sixteen. Obviously I was too happy that my mother let me grow it so I used to spend hours before the mirror combing my hair like that sick lady from that horror movie with the black well, what was it??
Yeah. That one.
I wanted long hair so badly because I was sick of playing the boy in the short dramas we had in the Boarding school for our bossy seniors and for farewell occasions. So I used to comb comb comb right from the scalp but gently, not bleeding the scalp for four or five times daily!
For shampoo, I always use Sunsilk shampoo since the very first time I started growing my hair except when there’s no shampoo around and I don’t have a choice. You might ask me “Which sunsilk? Colour?” I say, “Any! As long as it was Sunsilk” but I prefer the black, green or yellow. I’m using the green right now and it gives me soft and light hair. I love it! Thanks Sunsilk, you’re doing an awesome job!
P.S. I don’t use conditioner because I use serum after.
Next, its all about your diet. I have been forced to eat leafy greens since childhood under a strict mother with a stick always next to her, so I don’t fuss about it today. I eat mostly boiled foods almost everyday and save fried meals twice a week on special Saturdays and Sundays. I found that this diet I’ve been holding really helps the growth of my hair. The leafy greens give my hair a healthy black shiny look and the boiled foods does not give me a greasy scalp with thick flaky dandruff.
Before I bathe, I always brush my hair to let go of all the tangles and also because I feel that my shampoo can seep in further to the middle part of my hair hence cleaning it better. I use mild luke warm water for my hair and I always wash it with my head bent down (If that’s a tip too. LoL). After my bath, I don’t usually blow dry my hair. I blow dry it only when I’m in a hurry for something important. Otherwise I let it dry naturally under the sun for about ten minutes then I apply serum and comb off the tangles when it’s still slightly damp. The rest, I let nature do it’s part. 🙂
Basically that’s all.
Oh and I use hair irons to curl or straighten my hair but not all the time! I suggest hair irons only on important occasions which for me happens only three or four times a year (sad, I know but not so sad since I’m introverted) because the heat they give out, damages your hair really slowly but permanently.
Above all, I just want you to know that your hair no matter what shape, texture, length or colour is beautiful the way it is. You are beautiful the way you are! Don‘t let society or even your friends make you feel any less beautiful that you already are. Okay?? And one thing I suggest is, take care but don’t care too much to the point of Worry about anything, be it your hair or your face or your body. Have patience and look at that beautiful person in the mirror. The most originally unique one of all. God gifted with the Biggest and kindest Heart. Your beautiful heart is the only thing that matters. The only thing that attracts genuine people into your life. People who will love you no matter the hair, face or body.
I think that’s all for now. If you have any questions feel free to comment below and I’ll try to answer them. 🙂
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Have a blessed day!