|Pollution in Kolkata|
|Bengali women are renowned for their long hair.|
This picture isn't that flattering though :D
So, since summer last year I've been experimenting with the products here with some interesting results. And these are my observations with respect to hair care in Kolkata. Again, different people have different needs so what works for me might not work for a bunch of other people. But this is how Bengali people take care of their hair.......and it's amazing :D.
|Pretty Indian dancer/actresses|
I personally think long and short hair can both be sexy; it depends wholly on how the hair complements the face. But the quality of care you take of your hair is imperative, especially in this city, -.- I kid thee not.
First off the bat, do not use rubbish shampoos!!! Clinic All Clear, Clinic Plus, even Sunsilk are ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!! They're full of damaging chemicals that turn hair to jute (trust me, that's exactly what happened to me). You should only use the best products on your hair. They may be dead fibres, but still.....they are a part of your body, and one is supposed to treat one's body like a temple.
I, of course, have shampoo'ed it without oil, with disastrous results. My hair started changing colour and turned increasingly brown. o.O
Even with oil, rubbish shampoos like Sunsilk and others ruined my hair (absolutely floored it). It was awful. I had dandruff, my scalp was itchy and flaky (right after my bath too), the hair texture had been spoilt, and it was lumpy and unmanageable; and my scalp got super oily super fast :'(. I didn't even wanna go out in public without tying it up (which didn't help much) or wearing a hat. Can you imagine wearing a hat in this god forsaken heat???
I recommend the L'ore'al Total 5 shampoo, and some of my friends seem to really like Dove shampoo, though I've heard it causes tonnes of hair fall. But I don't know. I experience acute hair fall anyway, due to stress, and possibly a strange diet. :D
|My personal miracle|
It's soft, and it smells nice all the time, it's easy to brush and tease into hairstyles, and it cascades down my back :D (cause it's long enough now to 'cascade'), my scalp isn't as oily any more, and I don't have any dandruff, and I can't stop playing with it. The colour's still dark brown and red, but my hair never was particularly black. ^ . ^ I Love It!!!! <3
|My hair oil massages look like this pretty much :P|
What you should do is get someone else to apply the oil to your scalp (I get my mom, grandmoms, cousin sisters, aunts, maids and sometimes my brother to do it for me). Remember, it's more important to massage it into the scalp than to cover the hair strands in it. The massage itself is therapeutic.
Negative points about coconut oil on your scalp is that it doesn't help you keep cool in the heat and it may feel uncomfortable; also some people don't like the smell. But it's all worth it in the end. Now one could get the pure coconut hair oil tins, or one could opt for the scented coconut hair oil bottles like Vatika and Parachute. I personally use Parachute cause it smells like jasmine flowers :P.
Some of my friends use really complicated preparations like pastes made of amla, shikakai, henna, honey, black tea, egg yolk, lemon juice, etc. I'm gonna try it out soon and let you know how it goes. But usually, on a day to day basis, I don't have the time to do so much.
And finally, every now and then, you should trim the ends of your hair or get someone else to do it for you. This is just to prevent the development of split ends, of which I get plenty. All you have to do is snip the thinnish ends of your hair strands (not evenly, that'll look weird). IT REALLY HELPS.