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Healthy mane

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jul 29, 2010 01:30 IST

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Follow these haircare tips and let your hair down without a care in the world. Long, thick and lustrous mane is every woman’s dream.

UK-based hairstylist Michael Van Clarke shares tips on how to prevent premature greying and bring back that lustre to your hair:

Ditch your hair blower: The nozzle unnecessarily concentrates heat and can lead to excessive damage to your scalp and hair. If you have to use the nozzle, hold it at least 1 inch away from your hair.

Use conditioner regularly: Shampoos open the cuticle to clean, while conditioners reseal the surface cuticle for protection, shine, and comb-ability.

Seek professional colourist/stylist: Choose a hair colourist who is up-to-date and knows his job well. Modern tints are much gentler on the hair.

Weekly deep treatment: A deep treatment is the quickest and the best method for restoring suppleness, reducing breakage, and maintaining the vibrancy of coloured hair.

The right comb: Moulded plastic combs often have imperfections on the teeth, which can lacerate the surface cuticle, aging the hair prematurely. Use a professional saw-cut comb.

Go soft on your wet hair: Use a wide-tooth comb to gently ease out knots from the ends of your wet hair.

Avoid the sun: Hats and scarves are the best protections against sun. UV rays break down the molecular structure of hair, which doesn’t recover its appearance within a few weeks.

Trim ends regularly: Trim your hair every three-eight weeks. If not trimmed early, the split can travel up the hair shaft.

Choose a good stylist: The right haircut can save 95% of your time that you may be spending in ‘over styling’ your hair.

Wax it well: Waxing and moisturising your hair will make it healthier.