Revive your life! vitamins & minerals that rejuvenate

History of Herbalism

As we evolved through time, our bodies somewhere in the process of regenerating itself to what we are today, got weakened. As human progressed, mentally, economically, emotionally and socially, we did forget to understand the gravity of not having balance within ourselves. Throughout evolution our bodies somehow lost the ability to make vitamins as they were already present in generous amounts in the food we ate through the years, yet still we lead ourselves down a path that slowly subtly started to weaken our physical being without realising the initial tell-tale signs of it all.

If one wonders about when exactly did our bodies start to lose resistance, well surprisingly enough it’s been a concern for many since anyone can remember. From the start of sustainable agriculture, the benefits of what food had on our health, was first recorded in the ancient’s scribes of Sumeria (present day Iraq) at the cities of Mesopotamia and ancient Babylon. The health benefits of the agriculture produce were studied in greater detail however the records that were on clay tablets have been destroyed and the rest lost through time.

Ancient Egyptians recommended certain foods for improving night vision, it was the Greeks, Romans and the Arabs much later in time that made advances in medicine, though they couldn’t prevent health problems from occurring however they knew how to deal with a certain illness once the symptoms began to show. Sadly, early herbalist had preventive potions that worked wonders, but were aggressively dismissed as being works of wizardry and witchcraft, years later in Europe, the Church diminished all medical theories of science as they considered it blasphemous, which made the rise of any basic knowledge of herbs and its benefits were impossible to be given any acknowledgement.

In 1750, Scottish Naval doctor James Lind, recognised an unknown property found in the citrus fruit (Vitamin C) which was undefined, then worked miracles in curing scurvy. In 1753 he did publish his findings and surprisingly his breakthrough was ignored and dismissed.

It was only in the 18th century that change began of this somewhat barbaric theory behind herbalism after 100,000 British Sailors died due to scurvy its only then when the Lords of Admiralty accepted this new-found phenomenon in Vitamin C, which was found in citrus fruits and then by surprise the healing abilities of it took the British Empire by storm. All British ships soon found themselves, hoarding Lemons as precautions for scurvy. Hence they were branded with the nickname ‘Limeys’ due to the fact of the limes they kept in enough supply for the crew when they embarked to sail on many adventures.

What are Vitamins and Minerals, and why do we need them?

Vitamins: Are Organic Compounds that are essential nutrients that an organism needs in limited amounts. The organic chemical compound is called Vitamin, especially when the body cannot synthesize(manufacture) the said compound in sufficient quantities. Then it is imperative one must obtain them through a nourishing diet. Everybody needs nutrients to functions and ward off and fight diseases. Vitamins are essential for normal growth and as they are a basic compound needed by our body and are made through our cells from other nutrients. As we evolved without the ability to get the required dosage of vitamins the body needs, hence it is necessary to supplement them. Although we need a certain dose of our daily Vitamins to help us grow and develop our body, however it is possible to become deficient of them even if they are present amply in the food we eat. Additional supplements become necessary to prevent damage to your health and wellbeing.

Minerals: Are inorganic substances found in the soil and rocks. They are very essential nutrients that the body needs to survive and carry out our daily functions of life. We get them from plants that absorbs these minerals from the earth, and from animals that graze on these plants. Minerals are important for various body functions and are a key element in building strong bones, teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function muscle and for the metabolic process that turns food into energy.

So how does one understand when it is the right time to start with supplements? What dosage is appropriate and more importantly, what one must take and why? The obvious answer to these would remain is that, Children, Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, diabetics and men and woman past and age of having the ability to maintain these balances are the first choice to introduce supplements to.

But what if I tell you, that age, hormones and illness are not the only reasons to start considering taking supplements. Sadly, the world we live in today being extremely polluted and toxic has alarmingly and gradually begun to destroy the balance within our bodies, no matter how healthy your daily regime might be, we all are at risk of loosing precious vitamins and minerals that our body needs to survive and to strengthen our defence system against other lurking diseases. Before you decide to fortify yourself, always first know and understand how your individual body is reacting to your environment. And by that I simply mean, regular monetary health check-ups and blood tests which would reveal very important levels and imbalances your body that reveal diseases it might be fighting against.

Dealing with Deficiencies

The fact remains is we never realise in any moment of time how our lifestyle is actually quite inadequate in maintain a proper balance for our body. Its only when we start noticing tell tale signs that we pay attention to ourselves and seek help. So how does one decipher these signs our bodies are trying to communicate to us? How do we determine that these are really something one should start worrying about? Understanding how deficiencies make themselves known to us is by first learning the lack of which Vitamin and Minerals are causing them. To make you comprehend these signs better, I have listed down a few of the most common deficiencies signs of Vitamin D, that would help you spot them better when you go through it and what can help control this most common deficiency that affects 75% of India’s population.

The Cause and the Cure

Deficiency: Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin

Symptoms: Bone pain, muscle weakness, Liver, kidney and Heredity disorders, osteoporosis (a condition where bones becomes brittle and brittle due to loss of tissue, hormonal changes and deficiency of calcium and Vitamin D ), poor hair growth, cancer risk and rickets ( imperfect calcification or hardening of the bones, softening and distortion of the bones resulting in bow legs) in children.

Cure: Vitamin D helps absorb Calcium into your body, which is vital in for strengthening Bones. It also plays a very important role in your nervous system, muscle and immune systems. This being one of the most common deficiencies that affect many globally and it is important to understand how to acquire your daily dose most effectively. Vitamin D is attained in three ways, though the skin after exposure to sunlight, from your diet and from supplements. As we also know too much exposure to the sun does cause adverse effects such as skin aging and skin cancer, leaving us to find alternatives. Sadly, as most Indians including me, are Vitamin D deficient, it’s crucial we all know and understand the importance of why we need to start our daily supplements and it is vital to educate ourselves to be certain on the right dosage, is equally critical.

There minimum requirement of Vitamin D per day depends upon your age. Listed below are in units (IU) in accordance to your age group:

• Birth to 12 months: 400 IU
• Children 1-13 years: 600 IU
• Teens 14-18 years: 600 IU
• Adults 19-70 years: 600 IU
• Adults 71 years and older: 800 IU
• Pregnant and breastfeeding women: 600 IU

So, lets get down to the nitty gritty! How do we get our daily supply of Vitamin D when you really aren’t the one to sunbathe or take the prescribed supplements from your nutritionist? Well, incorporate the right foods in your daily diet is the secret and whether you are a vegetarians or a non-vegetarian. Researching on foods that are rich with vitamins should be on everyone’s to-do list! educate yourself on what you eat and why exactly are you eating it. Get down to basics, stop reading labels on the obvious food brands that suggest they are high in vitamins, the best way to find them is to get out there and embrace mother nature and her beautiful produce and get them from the uncorrupted source, what could be more natural and pure.

Your Vitamin D diet in harmony with your food preference.

Vegetarians: Well load yourself up on dairy products, Soy Milk, tofu and Mushrooms which are astoundingly highly packed with Vitamin D. And if you aren’t the squeamish kind and call yourself an “Eggatarian” well congratulations! Cause you can add egg yolks to your diet without any qualms since the yolk is where all the Vitamin D is stored in the egg. So, eat away!

Non-vegetarians: By not sounding pompous I do say however that we non-vegetarians have got it made! Apart from being at liberty to eat from the suggested vegetarian diet, we can choose from a wide variety of fresh produce including protein to add in our list for a quick jump-start for our Vitamin D intake. However always understanding the cardinal rule that one must maintain a balance with what you are eating. Choosing the right protein is extremely important so ensure other organs don’t get effected by them. Red meat is definitely a no-no when eaten excessively since it being high in saturated fat which is known to raise the blood cholesterol in turn making the LDL cholesterol increase the risks of heart diseases.

The much wiser approach is to switch to Fish, being rich in protein and Vitamin D is also the best source for Omega D3 fatty acids which is vital for your body and brain. Fatty Fish like Salmon, Trout, Tuna, Sardines and mackerel are richer in fatty acids, which reduce the risk of heart diseases. Ensure to add fish to your diet to minimum twice a week for your recommended dose.

The Significance of Supplements

Ever wondered why you need supplements? We in our daily lives are bombarded with a gazillion confusingly uncertain propaganda that glorify natural supplements most of them many of us haven’t even heard of. Each professing their magical capabilities in healing and bringing balance to the body and mind. All sounds very mythic and yet somewhat believable for as we remain clueless, everyone of us strive for a healthier self and lifestyle amongst the corrupted environment that surrounds us, which alarmingly and gradually is destroying our immune system. Before you subscribe to any of them blindly, self -reflect upon the way we are living. Everything around us that was once pure is slowly fading away, improper farming techniques deplete the soil of its essential nutrients, so when plants are grown on the same soil repeatedly it loses vitamins, minerals and microbes before it has even time to regenerate.

Plants are robbed of nutrients when they are treated with pesticides and chemicals that are used to make them grow faster, which are more harmful to us than anyone can imagine. Even the water we drink is stripped off important minerals such a magnesium during filtration and further contaminated with chlorine and potentially harmful chemicals like fluoride. Being well aware of these atrocities we further cause damage to our bodies by following a ridiculous diet regime that actually doesn’t benefit us at all.

Most of the time what we think is healthy eating in realty is quite absurd. Low calorie diets are low in nutrients, which means if you are watching your weight you need to find an appropriate diet plan that combines all the important vitamins and minerals one needs as per their daily dosage. Choosing to avoid this, would only make matters goes worse for your body in the long run. Balance is extremely vital in maintain the proper function of your body. Whether you are on a diet or not , regardless of your body mass index, every human being on earth needs it’s vitamins on daily bases , eating a healthy meal three times a day is essential and most strictly following a dedicated and disciplined routine of fortifying your system with the essential supplements you need to strengthen your immune system and safeguard yourself from the toxic chaos that surrounds our world today.

Your body needs more nutrients to fight toxins, sad enough the body tends to absorb less nutrient as we grow older, while dealing with an illness or when living with lifelong ailments such as diabetes as I do. I however, programmed myself to understand that my body needs that extra help to cope with all that slowly deteriorates it. One naturally adapts to being wiser in learning how to compensate for all the vitamins their body lacks and steer it onto the path of complete rejuvenation.

So how do you know what supplements that one can buy off the counter are good for you? By first understanding the purity, the nutrition facts and the cure behind them. I list the top three most popular trends in rejuvenation vitamins that the world had grown fond of and have trusted through time.

Biotin Tabs

The word Biotin is derived from the Greek word “biotos” meaning life or sustenance. Also, known as Vitamin H, Biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that enables the body to convert food into energy and keeps your, hair, skin, eyes, livers and nervous system healthy while also being an imperative nutrient during pregnancy as it aides in proper embryonic growth. Studies have proven that people with type2 diabetes benefit from Biotin as it helps regulate blood glucose levels. One can get their dose of Biotin from egg yolks, soybeans, whole grains, cauliflower, nuts such as almonds, pecans and walnuts, mushrooms and organ meats such as liver and kidney. A person needs about 30 to 200 micrograms of Biotin per day, so when you can’t manage to systematically have a regularly balanced meals that are enriched which Biotin, here come the supplements to the rescue!

Stinging Nettle Roots

Stinging Nettle LeavesStinging Nettle or Common Nettle is native to Europe, Asia, North Africa and western north America. This ingenious little plant made its significance known thousands of years ago starting with the ancient Egyptians. Nettle infusion was used to treat arthritis and lumbago pains. Urtification, is a method of lashing oneself with nettle plant and being stung by the thorn laden leaves, it was a standard practice done by many cultures for thousands of years. It was used to treat chronic rheumatism, lethargy, coma, paralysis and even cholera. Roman soldiers are believed to have introduced nettle to the British Isles, by the method of Urtification, to relieve themselves painful legs after long marches.

In 46-377 B.C, Greek physician Hippocrates created 61 remedies using the humble Nettle plant. The variety of cures this unassuming plant had truly made its debut in the book De Simplicbus in second century A.D written by Greek physician Galen. The uses were remarkable and endless, from treating, dog bites, mouth sores, sinuses, excessive menstruation, swellings, gangrenous wound, asthma, pneumonia, spleen related illness and even used as a diuretic and laxative just to name a few.

Nettle, the priceless panacea for men

Nettle is known for it’s nutritional value is rich in vitamins and minerals and because of it’s anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, it’s been immensely used to relieving urinary tract and prostrate problems. Prostatitis though commonly affects men between the age group of 30 to 50, they are however cases reported for men below that range as well. Being a bacterial infection, it lingers on for months and is known to get aggravated after men suffer from an urinary tract infection (UTI) or acute bacterial prostatitis. Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia (BHP) is a noncancerous increase of size of the prostrate, complication due to it lead to UTI’s, bladder stones and chronic kidney problems.

BPH affects men as they age, and studies show 50% of men between 50-70 and 90% of men above the age of 80. The unpleasant side effects like the frequent urge to urinate mostly at night makes it very problematic for anyone suffering with it. Research has proven the Stinging Nettle is effective in reducing the prostate size as well as the symptoms and is also worked wonders against it fight with BPH and it’s one of a kind healing ability has been appreciated worldwide. The reason for this success rate is due to the fact that Stinging Nettle contains compounds that inhibit enzyme 5-alpha, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the potent androgen hormone that’s associates with prostrate enlargement, low testosterone levels and also hair loss.

Men and woman reach puberty due to the production and release of testosterone, regardless of the belief that this hormone is mostly associated with men, women also produce it. Testosterone helps stabilise sexual libido in women and regulate and sustain bone mass. Nettle assists in maintaining healthy testosterone levels and is used also increase the sex drive due to its ability to keep the hormone active. Nettle is also used worldwide as a libido stimulant and is preferred for it does not encourage BPH.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin SeedsPumpkins originated in central America, the seeds related to this plant were found in Mexico that date back to around 5500B.C. The word pumpkin is derived from the Greek word Pepon meaning large melon and were very popular in ancient Greece. Renamed by the English as Pumpion in 1547, Pepitas as known in Mexico is used in their cuisine for the dietary and medicinal properties. North American tribes were the first to discover their remarkable qualities, the seed improves over time and the nutritive values increases as they decompose.

According to tests done at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, results showed that squash and pumpkin seeds when stored for more that five months show an increase in protein content. These light green oval seeds are rich in nutrients and contain high content of protein , dietary fibre and numerous micronutrients. In a serving of 100gms of dried and shelled seed the calorie count is 574 kcal and is an excellent source of niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. To those who don’t understand that benefits of these, let me break it down for you to get a better understanding of the importance of these vitamins and minerals.

Properties of Pumpkin seeds, dried and shelled

Copper: Helps the body form collagen (is a protein in the body that gives structure to hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons) and assist in absorbing Iron while it plays a major role in energy production, together it enables the body to form red blood cells. Apart from maintaining healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves and immune function, copper in your diet.

Niacin: Is one the eight B Vitamins, also known as Vitamin B3, it is proved to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks, ease arthritis and energise brain function.

Iron: Two thirds of your body’s Iron is represented by Haemoglobin which is a protein molecule in red blood cells responsible for oxygen carrying blood cells, from the lung to the body’s and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. Lack of Iron tampers with Haemoglobin’s routine leading to anaemia. During inadequacy of healthy red blood cells that body doesn’t get enough oxygen. Iron creates energy from nutrients and assists in the transmission of nerve impulses(signals that coordinates actions to various parts of your body) and is imperative in maintaining healthy cells, skin nails and hair.

Zinc: This metal is knowns as the “essential trace element” for the reason being we need very small amounts of it. Used for treating common cold, ear infections, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, preventing lower respiratory infections, Malaria, skin conditions and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Manganese: Like Zinc is a trace mineral needed in small amounts. It plays a vital role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium, absorption and blood sugar regulation. It is important for normal brain and nerve function, low levels of this mineral can cause infertility, bone malformation, weakness and seizures.
Magnesium: One of the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, it plays several roles in the well being of your body and brain. Found in the earth , sea, plants and animals, 60% of the magnesium is also found in your bones. Needed in every cell in your body to function knowns as the “helper molecule” in biochemical reactions as it perpetually performed by enzymes, for creations of energy, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscles movements and nervous system regulation.

Phosphorus: Is a mineral found in foods like beer, cheese, beans and fish and it plays a vital role in maintaining the balance in your kidneys, bones, muscles and blood vessels. Phosphorus and calcium work together in building strong bones and is essential in it’s structural role on nucleic acids (molecules that make organisms transfer genetic information from one generation to the next) and cell membranes (they protect the cells from its surroundings).

Fortifying yourself for a better future!

One must always know the fine balance of Vitamins and Minerals your body needs, an imbalance of these will cause harm in the long run. Eating a well-planned diet is the key to acquiring a health body and mind. We tend to overlook the seriousness of how lack of proper Vitamins and Minerals can play havoc every part of our body and mind. It’s a known fact our body by itself cannot produce the required amount of them both on daily bases and we need a little help from mother nature to keep us healthy by supplementing ourselves with all that naturally evades our well-being. A simplified way to be in control on your daily supplements is to understand what the warning signs your body and mind gives out. When Its reacting to deficiencies, listen, understand and act upon them by consulting a physician and by also doing your own homework on finding natural supplements to compensate them. Remember spend that little extra time on yourself from your busy schedule and take heed to pamper cravings your body seeks at that moment in time. All your body needs is a little understanding, love and care to make you go that extra mile in life feeling alive, strong and healthy!

Happy Healing Ya’ll!!!

Hair Colouring, how hazardous are they? – Part – Four (Final Part)

Hair Colouring tipsTraces of the first use of hair colour dates way back to the early man. Archaeologist have found evidence that they used minerals, plants and insects to paint their bodies and hair. It was only in 1500BC when the first art of colouring hair was introduced by none other than the Egyptians, who would use Henna as a colouring agent. This practice is a trend even till this day , as the faith one has behind the abundance of its medicinal properties and aesthetics, Henna is a much beloved commodity.

Hair colouring throughout the ages had a very deep impact on one’s appearance and the aura it emitted, in 1st century B.C, Gaul’s dyed their hair red as a mark of high class and Rank. In the Dark Ages however, red hair was a sign of witchcraft, during this time the first reported natural-born redhead was documented in Scotland. Years later, Queen Elizabeth was solely responsible for changing the mindset of the negative impression red hair had and professed how her own Auburn hair was a reflection of her Royal Status, thus making well appreciated.

The fascination behind hair colouring will forever be a marvel amongst the fashionably conscious and its certain that it would not go out of style in the years to come.

Today, with our somewhat periodically humdrum lives, we all love a makeover to makes us feel positive and more confident about ourselves. We all love trying to do something different with our look especially our hair. Changing one’s hair colour not only adds to our confidence level but also brightens up our spirits as does define our overall sense of style. We also have wondered on the irreversible damage it might cause us when we read the warning labels on the box. Though they give us the obvious tell- tale signs of reactions or even when not to do it. But is it still recommended if you aren’t allergic to them? Is your hair really not getting damaged by it in the long run? Are there safer alternatives while choosing the right hair colour? Here’s all you need to know before you decide to go in for colouring, knowing these facts would help you make the right decision without an ounce of worry.

As it’s primarily made up of chemicals, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will all harm you. However, depending on your bodies resistance level, this all won’t always go as one would expect. Chemicals are known to cause quite unrelated problems such as infertility, which you’d never even think of associating it with a beauty product you were exposed to all your life. Advised for all pregnant woman never to colour their hair, as the foetus is vulnerable to chemicals, which leads to reproductive difficulties and more deadlier diseases in the long run. So, how does one choose what’s right for them given their current medical condition or lack thereof? So, it’s not all bad news for people who wish to colour their hair but are afraid to do so, the alternative options prove to be quite harmless and effective in achieving the look you desire.

Hair Colouring, Must knows!

1. Henna herbal dyes and vegetable dies are least toxic and are healthy for your hair and adds shine to your hair. They are safe as they do not contain ammonia, PPD (Paraphenylenediamine, the chemical known to cause allergic reactions) peroxide and heavy metals, pesticides or other chemicals.

2. Chose a colour enhancing product that’s ammonia free. Especially if you already have coloured hair, as they don’t further damage the hair that’s weakened from the previous dying session.

3. Always use conditioner every time you shampoo, and a hot oil massage once a week will help retain the moisture in your hair and keep it soft.

4. After you colour your hair, use lukewarm or cool water to rinse out your hair. Hot water can wash out the colour and also cause further damage to your hair.

5. Get a trim, every six weeks, as hair colouring dries out the tips and causes split ends.

6. Never exceed the time suggested for application of any hair dye, overworking the dye on your hair can cause severe damage.

And…. Just a little bit of TLC is all you need

Your Hair craves love just as much as you do. Over powering it with chemicals and treating it in a harsh manner would make your lovely locks very lifeless and depressed.

Gentlemen, never forget, a good head of hair always speaks in volumes for your confidence level and also in attracting members of the opposite sex. Never over gel or use too many hair styling products. Allow your hair to breathe, following a proper hair care regime would actually make your hair set the way you want, especially after a good haircut. If you must wear a cap, make sure it’s not for too long, if you start to sweat, remove it and don’t let your hair cuticles suffocate. Restrict yourself from wearing your cap/hat it for long periods of time as this cause your hair strands to weaken and break and always make sure to oil regularly.

Ladies, knowing how our hair is truly one of our most important feature, and let’s face it, the natural soft and healthy hair never went out of style, no matter how many new age hair trends might have hit the fashion street. Don’t be brutal, by dousing it with hair sprays, styling products, dyes and of course over styling it by straightening irons, hot curlers and excessive blow drying. If you use hair accessories, make sure the grip isn’t too tight as this would weaken the strands causing more hair fall then imagined. If you follow a disciplined hair care routine that brings out the best in your hair, you can truly be free from a strenuous and quite unnecessary hair styling ruts.

Your strands are made up of cells that contain Keratin they need to be nourished with minerals and vitamins to make your hair strong and healthy. Nourish your body with the right vitamins, adding enough proteins, Iron, Vitamin-A, C and E , Omega -3 and Biotins that would fortify you tremendously. Protect your hair from the harsh sun, with shampoos that contain SPF, drink lots of water and always be hydrated. Also, a very popular trend nowadays is using silk pillowcases, unlike cotton which sucks the away moisture from you skin and it can be quite harsh on your hair if you have a tendency to toss and turn a lot while sleeping, silk provides your strands a frictionless surface to glide on. Since Silk pillowcases have a smooth surface for your skin and hair, it is known to fight frizz and waking up with a nasty bedhead.

Knowing what, suits you best and makes you happy and the end of day is important. Find a routine that works best with your daily schedule and be dedicated to it. And always no matter what we do on the outside to keep our body protected and cared for, just a little inner happiness goes a long way in finding just the right balance one needs to tackle any of life’s little adversities we might face.

Happy Healing Ya’ll!!!

This guide will have 4 parts to it and we will be linking each part here.

Part 1 Myths Vs. Facts
Part 2 All you need to know about oiling
Part 3 How to shampoo

How to shampoo successfully – Part – Three

shampoo your hair properlyThe word shampoo was derived from the Hindi word Champo (meaning to press, knead and sooth) during the colonial era in 1762. A variety of herbs and their extracts were used as shampoo in the ancient times and the most effective shampoo was made by boiling Sapindus (a.k.a Soapberries) with Indian Gooseberry (Amla) along with additional herbs that added fragrance, was then extracted and used to wash and condition the hair. Shikakai, Hibiscus flowers and Ritha was also used in shampoos. Guru Nanak the founding prophet of Sikhism would often make references to the soap berry tree and soap and their qualities in the 16th century. The practice of “Champo” was very popular with the colonial traders in India, and when they returned to Europe, they introduced this remarkable treatment to all and christened it Shampoo.

During the early development stages of shampoo, English hair stylists would boil shaved soap in water and add herbs to give shine and fragrance. It was only in 1927, that the first liquid shampoo was invented by the German inventor Hans Schwarzkopf in Berlin. Whose name created the first brand for shampoo and till this day remains a much loved and trusted brand.

With huge array of brands, we are familiar with, some by our own experience and some by hearsay. What do we first do while choosing the right shampoo, our most common understanding is that we assume that we are of our hair types which are either dry, oily or normal. We go by the obvious choices regarding these most common traits and pick the brands we are most familiar with and have grown an affinity to for somewhat very sketchy reasons. So, how do you know that the brand you have grown accustomed to is really meant for you? Or perhaps in using them, you yourself come to the conclusion that perhaps this is just the best your hair will ever be because you don’t seem to know where you’re going wrong in your hair care. Also, extremely essential for you to know is that being a man your regime will dramatically differ from than of a woman, so does your hair care products you choose and your shampooing technique. Here are the few cardinal rules we all should follow in pampering your precious locks.

1. Avoid shampoos that have sodium chloride and polyethylene glycol, these chemicals compounds are used as thickeners but cause the hair to becomes very dry and brittle.

2. Always chose Paraben free shampoos. Paraben is used widely as a preservative in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. Paraben controversially known to be an Endocrine Disruptor (chemicals that interfere with the hormonal system in certain doses. These disruptions are said to cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, and other developmental issues) Grapeseed Extract is now promoted as a natural preservative and opting for more natural ingredient product is definitely the safer way to go.

3. Avoid shampoos with ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate as they are harsh detergents and will rob your hair of its natural moisture.

Shampoos by hair type

Coarse Hair: Always chose a shampoo that will build up the moisture in your hair. Shampoos that have, glycerine, panthenol (an alcohol analog of Vitamin B5, its used as a moisturiser and know to be a wound healer) and Shea butter are excellent to rejuvenate coarse hair

Fine or Thin Hair: Shampoos that add volume would suit you best, to identify them, look for the shampoos that are “clear” if you can’t see through the shampoo bottle then avoid them. The reason for this is clear shampoos have minimal conditioning agents, which won’t let your hair over soften and slump down, but instead give body and just the right amount of conditioning you need.

Wavy or Curly Hair: Look for shampoo’s that include silicone, this give your cute curls just the amount of moisture they need to stay bouncy and manageable, and prevent them from absorbing too much moisture and getting over frizzy.

Normal or Well-Balanced Hair: Well you’re the lucky one in the group, as you can chose any type of shampoo you like, making sure they are herbal sans the harmful chemicals that robs your hair from it’s natural nutrients. Tea shampoo is known to work wonders with this hair type.

Very Thick Hair: For this hair type you’d want to choose a shampoo that will give you volume on the roots and not the ends and just the right amount of moisture your hair needs. Avocado or Macadamia nut out infused shampoos will work best for you.

Dry or Damaged Hair: Opting for shampoos with Keratin (is the protein that protects the epithelial cells from damages or stress) acts like a super moisturiser and will help repair your damaged hair. Avoid shampoos that have certain alcohols like, cetearyl, cetyl, and stearyl alcohol in them for they further would dry out your hair.

Coloured Hair: Maintaining your coloured might seem tricky, just opt for shampoos that have Vitamin E and A that works remarkable well and always chose shampoos that are meant specifically for coloured hair for there is a reason why they exist so don’t experiment and risk of losing the vibrancy of your hair.

Oily Hair: Your body compensates of a dry scalp by overproducing oil, Shampoos with Tea Tree Oil helps treat your dry scalp and controls the oil production giving the right amount of conditioning as well.

Lather, rinse, repeat… are we sure?

Now here comes the most tedious most mundane routine we soon get tired of and many of us, including me, would just rush in the shower for a quick haphazard shampoo and run out. Then wonder why my hair gets so dirty by the evening again? Here is the crackdown on the easiest most effective way to shampoo that many of us have no clue about. It’s simple, just pick a routine that works best for your type and go with it.

The Modus Operendi of Shampooing

Step 1: Ensure your hair is properly soaked, before starting. If you have oily hair preferably use lukewarm to hot water as it helps to open the cuticles and loosen the oil in your hair, then reduce the temperature of the water once shampooing.

Step 2: Water rinse out the dirt in your hair properly before applying shampoo, this would enable your hair to grasp the nutrients in your shampoo quicker.

Step 3: Ladies, if you have medium to long hair, the diameter of an Oreo cookie amount of shampoo is sufficient, and Gentlemen for you, the size of half an Oreo cookie would do just fine. Repeat if you have previously oiled your hair, but reduce the amount upon your second application.

Step 4: Always apply the shampoo on the roots and never at the ends. Gently massage the end for a few seconds

Step 5: Lather using on your fingers never your palms. Gently in circular motions is the way to go

Step 6: Try to rinse out your hair with cold water as this seals the cuticles and keeps in the moisture. Although I’m not trying to give a brain freeze in winters, use tepid to warm water instead but certainly not hot.

Step 7: The Cardinal Rule of Conditioning, Tips never the roots. Always work it deep into your roots starting mid-way from the length of your hair, and let it soak in for a few mins before washing.

Finally!!! Always, always towel dry your hair gently never with a rough touch, as this would cause breakages within the strands. After you towel dry, this would be appropriate moment to use a hair serum if you do, and just let it naturally dry out, this plumps up the protein in the hair making is soft and shiny and just luscious. If you absolutely must use a blow dryer if you are in a hurry, or have a severe case of sinusitis as me, then always apply a serum to protect your hair and then start with the cold setting on your blow dryer, then only use the hot setting for the roots of your hair, once dry let the somewhat damp tips dry out naturally, this will keep the moisture still locked in your hair.

Note: Never over shampoo your hair. Your routine should consist of oiling twice a week and shampooing twice a week is sufficient. If you have oily hair and find it unmanageable then 2-3 times a week works fine.

This guide will have 4 parts to it and we will be linking each part here.

Part 1 “Myths Vs. Facts
Part 2 All you need to know about oiling

Oiling, all you need to know – Part – Two

Oiling HairThe history of hair oiling dates back to the Egyptians, where women would use a combination of castor oil and almond oil to promote hair growth by massaging on the scalp. They would also use creams made of animal and plant fats as hair moisturisers. Oiling the scalp helps in regulating the sebum production and prevent the scalp from getting dry and itchy, while it improves hair growth when applied regularly. Massaging warm oil on the scalp helps improve blood circulations and helps maintains healthy hair.

We all have our regular hair oiling routine, but how do you know what best works for you? Identifying your hair scalp type is essential. Seasonal changes can play havoc with our hair, humidity triggers an oily scalp, so don’t over oil your hair when you are suffering from dandruff as it creates and layer over the scalp and chokes the pores aggravating it more.

According to Ayurveda, oiling is advised for headaches. Applied in the evening helps as its said to be associated with Vata, as we divide the day into three parts, the last is dominated by Vata. As it also helps in enhancing good sleep, and widely known to help in controlling baldness, greying, hair fall and also relaxes the senses.

The right way to oil your hair

Although we all think we know the basic about hair oiling and how imperative it is, sometimes we do not realise that, they are many little things we can include in our daily routine that are incredibly beneficial. So, I have listed down a few of the important Do’s and Don’ts of hair oiling that you might have not heard of whether your hair is dry, oily or dandruff ridden hair, following these basic norms would help you attain a healthy crop of hair.

Do’s!

1. Always gently massage the scalp while applying oil.
2. Comb your hair after applying oil, his help the oil to distribute evenly and improves blood circulation making you feel relaxed.
3. Covering your hair with a hot towel after oiling, allows the oil to seep into the roots nourishing it and allow the stems of the roots to open up and absorb the oil quicker.
4. Oil should always be lukewarm when applying it to the scalp, as lukewarm oil helps stimulate the hair follicles.
5. Allow oil to stay on your hair at lease overnight, this makes it absorb all the nutrients. Leaving it on for more than 24hours would attract dirt and weaken your hair.
6. Oiling hair twice a week is sufficient, in case of an oily scalp during seasonal changes once a week would suffice.

Don’ts!

1. Applying hair oil to the tips of the hair does help soften it, but doesn’t really have any major effect.
2. Never be rough or quick while applying oil, this can cause damage to the follicles and make hair fall out
3. Don’t pour oil on your head, instead always use a cotton swab to gently allow the oil to evenly spread and penetrate your scalp or use your fingertips to apply oil evenly.
4. Never over oil your hair, excessive oil would lead you to shampoo it repeatedly, thus robbing your scalp of its moisture making it dry again.

This guide will have 4 parts to it and we will be linking each part here.

Part 1 “Myths Vs. Facts