You know the feeling when you try detangling your hair and all you get is hundreds of hair strands and some additional stress of losing your precious mane in return?
But before you blame your comb for not taming the mess on your head, know that it’s the quality of your hair that’s causing the knots and the pain to begin with.
“When the hair is dry and damaged, its cuticle (outer cellular layer of the hair) is raised and remains open. These open layers get entangled with each other, causing tangles and knots in your hair,” points out Dr Apoorva Shah, founder, RichFeel Trichology Centre, Delhi.
Fretting already? Don’t–because these five home remedies recommended by Dr Shah can keep your hair healthy and free of tangles:
1. Use jaborandi and brahmi oil regularly
Brahmi is naturally effective for conditioning the hair and it also enhances hair growth. While jaborandi takes care of problems like dry scalp and dandruff. So, applying a mixture of these two oils every alternate night on the roots of your hair can keep your hair nourished and soft, thus preventing breakage when you comb or detangle them.
2. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can keep your hair healthy and protect the hair cuticle. It also detangles your hair if you mix it in equal parts of water and rinse your hair with the solution after shampooing. Massage it into your scalp for 10 minutes before finally rinsing it off with water.
3. Ditch synthetic hair colours for henna
While the chemically-laden hair colours and dyes can strip your hair of its natural moisture and increase knots, using henna can make it silky and smooth. This will, of course, make combing your hair a pleasant experience—apart from giving your locks a nice red tinge.
4. Count heavily on this yogurt-honey hair masque
Yoghurt is rich in vitamin B5, vitamin D and protein–which strengthens the hair and reduces hair loss. It is also a naturally hydrating food for the hair. Honey, on the other hand can condition the hair and make it super-smooth.
To make this masque, add a tablespoon of honey to a tablespoon of yoghurt. Apply this mixture on your roots and hair length–leave it on for 45 minutes and shampoo it off for silky-smooth, tangle-free hair.
5. Make the most out of green tea
Loaded with antioxidants, green tea can neutralise free radicals (chemical reactions, which occur due to stress and other factors) and help you maintain healthy hair. It also contains amino acids which can help stimulate protein and panthenol, a derivative of vitamin B5 that boost hair growth and make it strong.
So, massage your shampooed hair with freshly-brewed green tea, leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse it off with cold water. When you’ll finally comb your hair once they’re dry, you won’t face as much of an issue while detangling them–promise!