Hair Care Tips for Naturally Thick and Long Hair

Jenn Greenleaf

Arun Sharma Tips for Naturally Thick and Long Hair

Have you ever wished you could have the same thick, long, and lustrous hair that seems to be so common in India? You're not alone. In this article, we’ll outline the tips and tricks that those in the know use to keep their hair beautiful and strong.

Skip the Daily Shampoo

Most Indian women with long hair don’t wash their hair every day, instead washing it two or three times weekly. That way, their scalps have time to build up natural oils. These natural oils help protect their hair against dirt, dry air, dust, smog, sunlight, and other damaging environmental factors.

"Even just regular habits you might not think twice about can improve your hair health," Shiva Tavakoli explains to the Byrdie writer Erin Jahns. "For example, you can be utilizing the most moisturizing ingredients and products in your hair care routine, but if you are rinsing with hot water, you're just redrying out your hair." Lukewarm or cold water is better. 

And don’t forget to use conditioner or a similar product every time you shampoo. Even if your hair is oily, such products are critical to protect your ends from splitting. 

Keep the Hair Dryer on the Shelf

Some of us are addicted to our hair dryers, straighteners, and hot iron stylers. However, you're not doing your scalp or hair follicles any favors. It's better to let your hair dry naturally to avoid causing damage.

Massage Your Hair with Oil

Not only will your roots become stronger with regular oil massages, but you'll also be increasing the density of your hair as well. Oil massages are helpful for the prevention of hair loss, as well as reduction of stress.

"Even though it seems counterintuitive because we're always working to take away the slick, the lipids in oils seal strands together best. I like to use a hair oil to seal the cuticle and replace all the lost moisture through the week," says the Vogue writer Avanti Dalal. 

Use Wooden Combs and Brushes

Avoid using combs or brushes with plastic, metal, or rubber prongs: they pull on your hair follicles, and those that are metal can even damage your scalp. Combs and brushes made of wood are gentler. It's also a good idea to brush your hair every night before bed to ensure the distribution of its natural oils, which help to trigger hair growth.