Winter Care Series 4: Hair Care For Both Dry Dandruff-ed Hair and Fine Flat Hair

This is probably my last post from the winter care series. Up until now I have elaborated my very own routine, but here comes the part much ignored by myself. I have a naturally fine flat hair which doesn’t demand much care. And let’s get this straight, I don’t treat my hair, I don’t torture my hair (I don’t dye my hair, neither do I use styling tools or products). Every once in a while when I feel the need to take some care of my hair, I either dab some hair oil or serum. The only (*touchwood) hair problem I have face so far is excessive hair fall this prolonged monsoon. However, I have received some requests for dry and dandruffed hair care especially for winter and even though all the ladies at my home (me, my mom and my sister) are all blessed with fine and cursed with flat hair, we have never really felt what dry (and curly) hair might feel like during winter.

So I will try to break this down without any practical experience, steps I myself go through and steps I think will help dry hair.

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First of all, let’s get rid of the dandruff shall we?

  • Lemon and Coconut oil mask: Even though I don’t suffer from dandruff, once a colleague borrowed my hair brush much to my dismay resulting in a severe dandruff problem. I remembered a trick my aunt had taught me that helped my cousin sister who used to suffer from dandruff. The trick is to mix coconut oil and lemon in 3:1 ratio, apply it on the scalp and keep it on for 1 hour before washing it off. It works like magic leaving you with a squeaky clean scalp. Because my problem wasn’t permanent, I guess that’s why it took me only one application to get rid of the dandruff once and for all. But if you see the dandruffs coming back after a few months, you can repeat it when required. But I must warn you that it might turn your hair a bit drier, so make sure to follow up with nourishing treatments which I am going to talk about next.
  • Hair Oil: Once you got rid of the dandruff, now it’s time to nourish your hair and there’s no better solution than oiling your scalp and hair. Coconut Oil seems to be a great option but I avoid coconut oils during the winter at all costs as I am prone to cold allergy. The best choice is to use egg oil. Now you all must know the benefits of using egg yolk in your hair. Now imagine no stench, no stickiness, the same benefit, and you are a proud owner of healthy and shinny hair. Massage the oil on your scalp and on your hair the night before shampooing. Try doing it every time before shampooing if you are committed to get a healthy hair and fight dryness. I use the Eyova Egg Oil the night before shampooing. It works amazing. I even applied it on a friend of my sister who has extremely dry and curly hair and it worked on her hair like miracle. 2
  • Curd Mask: If you have dry hair, chances are that you have applied curd on your hair at least once in your life. I never have. I never needed to, I never wanted to. I hate curds, I don’t even eat them. But I heard they are great for your skin and your hair. I guess you need to apply it on your hair an hour before shampooing. If you have already done it, or you are going to try, please let me know in the comment section how it worked on your hair, I am eager to know.
  • Comb Your Hair Thoroughly Before Shampooing: This step is not related to winter, but it’s really important to fight hair fall at the same time. Brush your hair thoroughly starting from the lower portion of the strands to upwards. It will make sure you don’t loose any hair while shampooing.
  • Shampoo: Choose a mild shampoo, preferably one without sulphate, especially if you have dry hair. Take a little amount of shampoo on your hands first. Lather it on your palm mixing a little bit of water just like you do with your face wash. Apply the foam on your hair and scalp and if you feel the need of a little more shampoo, repeat with the amount required. This will make sure you are not using more shampoo than your scalp need, thus saving your scalp and hair from losing its natural oil. I use Tresemme and sometimes Loccitane on my hair. My hair loves them both.
  • Conditioner/Masque/Both: Because I have fine flat hair which can weigh down if too many products are used, I use either a conditioner or a masque but I guess dry hair beauties need to apply both. Choose some products that suits your hair. I use either a Tresemme conditioner or the Kerastase Elixir Ultime and of course I love the mask better.
  • Serum: Another much ignored step by me. I do have a few serums sitting in my cabinet, but the reason I didn’t showcase them in the picture is because I always forget about them, always. The only time I actually remember putting some on is when I deliberately skip the conditioner and masque because I am just lazy like that. I mean the only thing I have ever been patient about is my skincare routine. Hair care is just a different story. My personal preferences are the Kerastase Elixir Ultime, Moroccan Oil and the L’Oreal Mythic Oil.

I hope this works. Please do let me know if you try these out as I am very eager to know. I hope this will work for both fine hair beauties (mainly following the steps that I mentioned that I myself go through) and for dry hair beauties (following all the steps mentioned, especially the egg oil). And for greasy hair beauties, I have suffered your sufferings for two years. The only remedy that worked for me is by shampooing my hair every other day (I still do that) and for some people, skipping the conditioner helps.

If you have any other request for the winter care series, or any other hair issues (like hair fall, which I battled tough), please feel free to drop down a comment, I will be more than just happy to go through another post.

P.S: The use of only three products in the picture is intentional; it reflects my very own lack of hair care. Also I didn’t wanna scare you guys.:D

Lass Naturals IHT9 Hair Loss Therapy Oil, Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Not long ago I admitted my sins towards my own hair. Blessed with a naturally straight, fine flat hair I never had to take much care of my hair. The only hair care my patience can afford is shampooing and conditioning. If you live in Kolkata you might be aware of our prolonged monsoon this year which resulted in a prolonged hair fall problem. Starting from June or July I have been losing amounts of hair that gives me panic attacks every time I brush my hair.

Meanwhile, during this really bad weather, I received the hair fall kit from Lass Naturals consisting Hair Oil, Shampoo, and Conditioner. Lass became one of my favourite herbal brands after my boy friend and I tried their deodorants for male and female. Usually I don’t take chances with hair products, but this time I did, rather blindly I must say.

The Oil:

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Price: 235INR for 200ml

 

Product Description: from their official website
A special preparation made from rare herbs and oils as prescribed in Auyrveda. It penetrates into the scalp and nourishes hair roots. Prevents hair fall and reduces thinning of hair and baldness.Improves blood supply to the scalp and thus rejuvenates weak, limp and dull hair.
– IHT 9 Hair Oil nourishes hair follicles thereby stimulating hair growth that gives longer healthier and thicker hair. Improves memory and helps you get sound sleep.
– Contains No Synthetic Colors or Fragrance. Hypo Allergic AYURVEDA Product
– Authentic Ayurveda. Natural Product. No Animal Testing. Affordable priced and honestly marketed.
Contents:
Olive Oil (Olea Europaea), Soya Oil (Glycine Soja), Walnut Oil (Juglans Regia), Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Bhringraj Ext. (Eclipta Alba), Bhrami Ext. (Bacopa Monnieri), Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus), Amla / Indian Goose Berry Ext. (Emblica Officinalis), Jatamansi Ext. (Nardostachys Jatamansi), Methi / Fenugreek Seed Ext. (Trigonella Foenum Graecum), Aloe Vera Ext. (Aloe Barbadensis), Neem Ext. (Azadirachta Indica), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca ).
PARABEN & PHTHALATES FREE

My Experience:

My love for products free from parabens, SLS and chemicals are no secret. And looking through the ingredient list, one has to be more than just impressed. Ingredients like Bramhi, Bhringrajm, Amla, Methi and Jatamansi are luxuries that my hair and scalp would have never dreamt of has it not been for this precious oil. If you are an Indian, chances are you are aware of the goodness that every single of the ingredients provide.

The oil comes in a sturdy white bottle with a screw cap and is runnier than any regular hair oil. If you are used to non sticky hair oils, I should remind you that this is not some regular hair oil, it’s a hair oil which is actually made out of rare herbs. Think of it more like ancient times when hair oils were just invented by us genius Indians.

Because my hair is naturally silky and straight, it’s hard to tell how well it worked on me. But trust me, I don’t care the effect is visible or not, if I can get the goodness of all those ingredients without having to go through the effort of applying them as hair masque, I am impressed.

The Shampoo:

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Price: INR 245

Product Description:

IHT9 Natural Hair Shampoo is a safe, healthy and completely natural approach to combat hair loss and creates optimum environment for the growth of new and healthy hair.  Advantage: This Ayurvedic shampoo contains natural follicle stimulators, hair nutrients, scalp cleansers that combat thinning of hair and baldness. The 9 ayurvedic herbs in this intensive hair therapy instantly nourishes balding scalp and stimulate hair growth that promotes longer and thicker hair. Perfect for oily, dry, and normal hair. Gentle enough to use on permed, color-treated, bleached or highlighted hair.  Apart from fighting hair loss, this shampoo also keeps hair healthy, manageable and full of shine and volume. Both men and women can benefit from this highly effective shampoo.

Ingredients:

Plantapon SF, rose water, Dehyton KT (Cocoamidopropyl Beatine), Lamesoft PO 65 (Coco Glucoside and Glyceryl Oleate), Bhringraj Ext. (Eclipta alba), Jatamansi Ext. (Nardostachys Grandifolia), Fenugreek Ext. (Trigonella Foenum Graecum), Neem Ext. (Azadirachta Indica), Shikakai Ext. (Acacia Concinna), Ritha Ext ( Sapindus Mucorosai), Amla Ext. (Emblica Officinalis), Aloe vera Ext., Saw Palmetto Ext. (Serenoa Serrulata), Henna Ext. ( Lawsonia Inermis), Cocoa Ext. (Theobroma Cacao), Lemon Ext., Citric Acid, Genapol LT, potassium sorbate. Ecocert certified natural derivatives. No synthetic colors or fragrance. Hypo allergenic.

 

My Experience:

I just used it once. The smell was a little too overpowering for me but going through the ingredient list I know why. These ancient herbs are known for their bitter taste (and possibly smell) and imagine all these mixed up. The only time I used it, I noticed that my hair fall reduced dramatically. There was no sign of hair strands. But my normal scalp and hair dried out, and it had to be the only day that I lived with frizzy hair. I did apply the conditioner, but it didn’t seem to help. On the brighter side, my hair looked voluminous, but the frizziness was just too much for me and I gave it to my boyfriend who suffers from oily scalp. He liked it better than I did and the shampoo has given his hair a noticeable volume.

Conditioner:

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Price: INR195

Product Description:

IHT9 Natural Hair Conditioner is a safe, healthy and completely natural approach to combat hair loss and creates optimum environment for the growth of new and healthy hair.

Advantage: Enriched with Ayurvedic herbs that herbs treat scalp disorders and prevents hair loss, this also balances your hair’s pH. This easy to use, rinse off mild hair conditioner keeps the hair soft and tangle free. IHT9 natural hair conditioner lifts and separate hair, leaves it soft, shiny and fully of volume. Perfect for oily, dry hair and normal hair. Gentle enough to use on permed, color-treated, bleached or highlighted hair.

Ingredients: Rose water, Cyclomethicone, Lanette O (Ceto stearyl alcohol), Structure XL (Hydroxy propyl startch phosphate), vegetable glycerin (glycerine cutrina shine), Genamin KDMP (Behentrimonium Chloride), Genapol LA 230 (Laureth23), Olive oil, Henna extract (Lawsonia Inermis), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Aloe vra, IPM, Soya protein, Holy Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Rosemary Ext. (Rosmarinus officnalis), coco butter, coconut oil, liquorice Ext., natural vitamin E, potassium sorbate.

Instructions: Apply hair conditioner generously all over hair from the roots to the ends.

My Experience:

This has to be my favourite from the range. The conditioner comes in a sturdy white bottle with a flip cap and the consistency is a bit thicker than any other conditioner I have ever used. The fragrance is not as overpowering as the shampoo but the ingredient list is again a very impressive one. I have been using this conditioner for over a month now and my hair seems healthier than it has ever been. I am hooked, honestly speaking. I don’t think I can get back to a regular conditioner ever.

 

Pros:

  • Organic products
  • Super affordable
  • Paraben, SLS free
  • Travel friendly
  • Uses rare herbs

Cons:

Nothing

Rating:

5/5

Will I purchase them again?

The shampoo and the conditioner