The hair is the literally crowning glory of any bride-to-be. The perfect ensemble needs to be finished with a hair to die for.Hair care expert Jas Arora (of Sam n’ Jas salon in Vers0va) explains how brides-to-be can get awesome looking hair.
How early before the wedding should one start visiting a salon regularly?
One should start preparing at least 2-3 months prior to the wedding for the best results.
What regimes would you give for to-be brides with a. Dry and frizzy hair b. Limp and lifeless hair c. Very curly and unmanageable hair?
Regular spa treatments should be taken at least twice a month, 2-3 months prior to the wedding. (a minimum of 4 spa sittings taken before the big day would yield good results). More sittings are required if the condition of the hair is very bad. As there are different types of creams available for different types of skin, there are also different types of spa treatments according to the hair condition eg: Treatments for Dry & Frizzy Hair, Limp & Lifeless Hair, Very Curly & Unmanageable Hair etc.
What would you advice a bride to-be with lots of dandruff?
Treatment for dandruff is very essential not only for the wedding day but thereafter too, since the bride is beginning a great new life. This problem has to be taken more seriously. To treat dandruff effectively one needs to understand the type of dandruff one has. There are mainly 2 types of dandruff -
Dry scalp dandruff (with itchy dry flakes) – Our skin & scalp continuously shed dead cells to produce new fresh cells keeping it healthy. This process quickens when the skin & scalp is dry and lacks moisture. and starts shedding the dead cells faster than normal. These dry flakes become dandruff. Applying warm coconut, almond or olive oil to the scalp (and not hair) and massaging very gently in circular movements for 15-20 min would help. To open up the pores, dip a thick towel in hot water, remove the excess water from it and cover your scalp for 5 min. Wash off with a gentle shampoo. Do not keep oil on the scalp for a long time as it attracts dust, pollution and sweat making the scalp dirty.
b. Oily Scalp dandruff – In case of a healthy scalp, the dead cells are shed easily. The oily scalp holds on to these dead cells which get infected resulting in dandruff. The best way to deal with it is keeping the scalp clean by washing it daily with a gentle shampoo. If one is using a medicated or any kind of anti-dandruff shampoo, it should be used only once or twice a week or the hair. Oiling is not recommended for such kind of scalp as it would aggravate the problem.
If the bride to-be wants to try a different hairstyle or colour before the wedding, what would you recommend?
It is recommended that she try a new hairstyle or colour at least 1 month before the wedding so that she can get used to the new style. Personally, I would not recommend a very drastic change in style. The ideal length for the wedding day for a bride would be medium length (3-4 inches below the shoulder) so that it can be styled nicely. Hair longer or shorter than this would be difficult to style.
One can try professional colour and highlights to increase the glamour quotient.
What other care can they take to get good looking hair faster?
Shampooing, conditioning and applying serum are the three must-dos to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Shampooing daily with a gentle shampoo is very necessary (If not daily, at least on alternate days). Shampoo should be used only on the scalp and you should let the lather clean your hair. Conditioning your hair after a shampoo is a must. It should be used only on the hair and not on the scalp. Serum adds that extra protection to your hair and protects it from the pollution and harmful sun-rays. It also gives a shine and makes the hair easy to manage.
It is advisable not to try any new products prior to the wedding. It is better to keep using tried & tested products which you know suit you.
If you travel a lot in the sun and pollution, do cover your hair.
Avoid using blow-dryers as much as possible, as they strip your hair of moisture.
In addition to all this, of course – a proper nutritious diet, adequate sleep, lots of water, regular exercise and a stress-free mind is a must for the bride to-be.
To conclude, if you haven’t been taking care of your hair well, the time before your wedding is the perfect time to start with good hair-care habits. The key is to continue with most of these even after your wedding, for happily ever after hair days!