Hair is an important part of our personality and needs proper care to stay lustrous. A variety of factors like work and study pressure, stress and day-to-day activities often prevent us from giving our tresses the attention they deserve. The result – dry and damaged hair, split ends and hair fall. All these can have a negative impact on a pre-teen’s self-esteem. But there is no need for worry - a little care can go a long way in restoring damaged hair back to its original glory.
Conditioning the hair is as important as oiling and shampooing because styling products like hot iron and blow dryers can cause immense damage. Natural conditioners play a vital role in protecting and reviving damaged hair in pre-teens. According to The Fit Indian, nourishing hair conditioners prevent hair fall problems as they provide essential nutrients to the hair follicles. Regular use of a natural hair conditioner adds shine and gloss to the hair, prevents damage and maintains the general health of the hair.
Common hair problems in pre-teens
1) Split ends: This problem is more common in pre-teen girls as they have longer hair than boys. Split ends occur because of fraying of the hair shaft due to excessive heat, mechanical stress and dryness.
2) Hair fall: Every person loses a certain number of hair every day. However, in some cases, hair fall is aggravated because of excessive use of hair styling products that contain harmful chemicals, regular use of heating tools for perming and straightening of hair, colouring the hair and hormonal changes.
3) Dandruff: Is the abnormal flaking of the scalp skin accompanied by itching. It is caused due to dry skin, stress, improper diet and excess use of hair products.
4) Frizzy hair: A lot of pre-teens suffer from frizzy and unmanageable hair. This condition in hair is caused due to lack of moisture in the hair, washing hair too often, using shampoos with harsh chemicals, stress and poor diet.
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Natural conditioners for your pre-teen’s hair
- Yogurt with mayonnaise and egg
Yogurt mixed with mayonnaise and egg is one of the best natural hair conditioners for your pre-teen. The nutrients present in the egg increase the natural oils in the scalp, which reduce dandruff and dryness. Further, this mix prevents hair fall and makes hair soft and lustrous.
What you need: Unflavoured yogurt, mayonnaise and egg.
How to go about it: Mix all the three items in a small bowl or container. Apply the mixture on your hair from roots to ends and let the mixture dry. Rinse with water first and then wash off the residue with shampoo.
- Banana, honey and olive oil
This conditioner is ideal for pre-teens who want soft, smooth and straight hair. Olive oil provides a host of benefits for the hair. It penetrates deep into the hair to supply it with moisturisers. Honey helps regulate and retain moisture in the hair while banana minimises shrinkage. Use this remedy once a week for best results.
What you need: Banana, honey and olive oil.
How to go about it: Put all the ingredients in a blender until a smooth paste is formed. Apply this paste to the hair for half an hour. Rinse thoroughly with water as banana can stick to the hair.
- Coconut oil and Honey
This combination is ideal for combating grey hair and smoothening rough strands. Honey helps in moisturising and coconut oil nourishes the hair, compensating for any keratin loss. This conditioner also helps to moisturise and strengthen hair follicles from root to tip.
What you need: Pure coconut oil and honey
How to go about it: Mix the ingredients in a small glass bowl and heat the mixture indirectly by placing it in a bowl of warm water. Apply this to wet hair for about half an hour. Wash off with water.
- Cinnamon, honey and milk
Honey is an effective ingredient that reserves moisture in the skin and hair. It is a nourishing natural conditioner, which is rich in milk proteins such as whey that adds volume and gloss to hair. Cinnamon aids blood circulation to the scalp and roots and makes hair strong and healthy. When these two ingredients are mixed with nourishing milk protein, it makes for an ideal conditioner for your pre-teen’s hair.
What you need: Cinnamon (preferably powdered), honey, two eggs, mayonnaise and milk
How to go about it: Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl and heat it slightly by placing the bowl in a bowl of warm water. Apply this mixture onto the hair and let it remain for an hour. Wash off with water followed by a shampoo.
- Apple cider vinegar and avocado
This conditioner is ideal for pre-teens with thick, wavy hair because it gives maximum slip and lubrication that help de-tangle the tresses. This mixture of apple cider vinegar and avocado has moisturising properties and is suited to all types of hair.
What you need: Avacado, apple cider vinegar
How to go about it: Take a small container and blend the two ingredients together. Apply this mixture to the hair and scalp. Let it dry for half an hour. Rinse your hair with water followed by a shampoo.
As these conditioners are devoid of any chemicals, you can gift your pre-teen the goodness of nature. The essential nutrients in these natural remedies will make hair strong and healthy.
Oiling is one way of taking good care of your hair. Look at the benefits of oiling your hair by going through this ClipBook.