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Try this natural rinse: boil walnut shells for two hours. Cool and strain the liquid in a glass or plastic container and store. Rinse the hair well with this. It darkens the hair. Sangeeta Khanna tells more.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 09, 2009 19:00 IST
Sangeeta Khanna

My wife is paranoid about using conventional dyes, even the ones without ammonia. She uses henna regularly and conditions thereafter. She’s on the lookout for 100 per cent natural hair dyes. I came across some on the web, but their claims seem shady. Can you suggest a natural hair colour from a reputed source?
Chandru


Since your wife has experimented with most products and is still unhappy, I suggest that she continues with henna which is a 100 per cent vegetable natural hair dye.



Try this natural rinse: boil walnut shells for two hours. Cool and strain the liquid in a glass or plastic container and store. Rinse the hair well with this. It darkens the hair.



Coming back to henna, ask your wife to apply henna paste only on the greys hereafter. Apply from the roots till the end of the hair, every two-three months. This way there won’t be a build up of henna on the hair shaft.



I want to try a hair spa at home. What products will I need?
Jassi


Sorry to break this to you, but you can’t do a hair spa all by yourself. You will need a helping hand to make you feel as relaxed and pampered as in a professional salon.



You need a spa kit to suit your scalp and hair type. You would also require a steamer, shower cap, plastic bowls and a brush. If you don’t have a steamer then keep two hot towels ready.



Shampoo your hair, then towel dry. Apply the desired product from the root to the end of the hair strands at one go in the proportion directed by the product.



Ask someone to massage your scalp, back and neck for you slowly for about 15-20 minutes. Now wrap a hot towel around the hair and leave for 20 minutes. If you have a steamer, wear a disposable shower cap and take steam on the hair. Then rinse. Do not use shampoo or conditioner.



Only towel dry, do not blow dry. You can apply hair serum in the end.



My beautician has asked me to stop using shampoo saying that it has created a coat of polymer on my hair. She has also suggested that I go in for an expensive treatment to get rid of this. Should I go for it?
Krupa Kanakia


Get your hair analysed. Meanwhile, use a vinegar rinse to soften your hair and to cut out the film of the shampoo. Add five tablespoons of vinegar to three glasses of water. Rinse well and note the difference.



My hair is breaking. Will I become bald soon?
Sonia


It seems you’ve got a chemical service done to your hair.. that’s the most common cause for hair breakage. Procedures like straightening and perming using irons, tongs and hot rollers regularly damage hair.



Tying a tight ponytail or riding a two-wheeler with open hair entangles it and ultimately causes it to break. Timely help should prevent balding.