You gave undivided attention to the big details of your wedding, like the decor for your main event, and the food being served, while also paying attention to smaller things like invitations, fittings, hair and makeup and everything in-between. While this long to-do list was an important one, you may have forgotten to take care of something even more crucial—yourself. The run-up to your special day presents a good excuse for some much-needed pampering. A healthy diet, fitness regime, skincare and haircare routines—you need to closely monitor it all.
SET UP A TIMELINE
To map out your pre-wedding haircare routine, it is important you first understand your concerns. If you’re facing hair thinning, you will want to start nine to 12 months in advance. This will give you enough time, in case you choose to opt for growth treatments that can be done once a year. If it’s dandruff or lackluster hair, then three to six months should be enough, a six-month timeline is recommended in case of hair straightening or smoothening.
TREAT YOUR LOCKS RIGHT
Deep conditioning treatments are exactly what they sound like: remedies to stimulate shiny locks. There are some great hair mask treatments and deep conditioning treatments that brides-to-be can opt for. Look for treatments that exfoliate and condition your scalp so impurities are cleansed away. Then, a hydrating mask can be used to provide your hair with the nourishment it needs, I suggest a hair spa session every month for three months before the wedding day.
Be sure to pick the right hair treatment. For an oily scalp, chose an exfoliating treatment that can help remove excess oil and exfoliate the scalp. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, neem, witch hazel, etc. In case of a dry scalp, masks or treatments with hydrating and nourishing ingredients like ceramides, peptides and aloe vera, are ideal. Those with normal scalps can pick conditioning masks.
Over-shampooing can dehydrate the hair. You can shampoo every alternate day or twice a week depending on your lifestyle and hair type. If you lead an extremely active life and find the need to shampoo daily, choose milder daily shampoos to prevent over-drying.
TRIMS ARE NON-NEGOCIABLE
Whether you cut it or not, your hair is likely to grow an average of a quarter inch every month. Regular trims are a must, no matter your hair type. You should go for a trim every month to make sure there are no split ends. Getting rid of split ends reduces hair breakage, which could have made your hair look thinner at the ends.
EAT YOUR WAY TO SHINY HAIR
Resetting your health and detoxing your body will not just have physical benefits, it will also help restore your hair’s appearance. Make sure you have a diet rich in greens, eggs, berries, avocados, fish, nuts and seeds. While following an overall balanced diet is ideal, you can also lean on supplements for an added boost. The way you take multi-vitamins for your skin and body, there are some great supplements for the hair too. Look for hair-friendly ingredients like biotin, folic acid, Vitamins D, A, C, E, H, B12, Omega 3, 6, 9 and amino acids like cysteine, methionine and lysine.
As with your skin and body, your hair will also benefit immensely if you’re well hydrated. Aim to drink about three liters of water every day to strengthen your hair and boost growth.
DON'T FORGET THE TIME-HONOURED TRICK: HAIR OILING
You might have received this advice from several people—your mother, grandmother, friends and at times even strangers. A hair oil massage has been a blanket solution for everything from lifeless tresses and damaged ends to stress. I also recommend a cold pressed coconut oil massage at home. It’s advisable to oil your scalp and not your hair. If you heavily oil your mane, the amount of shampoo and friction you use to get rid of it will further damage your hair.