Harsh natural conditions can cause physical changes in hair, affecting the quality and strength of the hair. No matter what the environment throws at you, proper maintenance is the key to keep your hair in top condition.
Here are 6 Hair Enemies you should shield your hair from..
1. Hot sun
The sun is life giving. It’s the hot sun that you need to avoid, particularly between 11 am to 3 pm, when the UV rays are the strongest. Prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the hair’s cuticle (outer layer) and protein, causing fragile, thin and brittle hair. Plus, UV rays can also degrade the hair pigment, thereby by affecting the hair colour.
What to do: The best is to avoid the hot sun. But if you must go out then wear a hat or a scarf or cover yourself with an umbrella.
2. Chlorinated Pools
Chlorine can fade the hair colour and weaken the hair shaft, making hair prone to damage and split ends.
What to do: Before entering the pool, apply coconut oil which can penetrate inside the hair shaft and offer protection from the outset. Also, wear a swim cap for double protection.
3. Sauna Heat
Dry Sauna can zap moisture from our hair.
What to do: Keep your hair covered with a head wrap or towel. You can also do a oil treatment before sauna, this will protect your hair as well as improve the oil absorption.
Letting your hair blow around wildly may not be a good idea, especially if you have dry and damaged hair. The flying and whipping of hair can damage the hair cuticle and also cause bad tangles.
What to do: Keep your hair tied to prevent it from flying and whipping. Or cover it with a cap, hat or scarf to avoid wind bashing.
5. Cold weather
Cold weather tends to dry out the hair, leaving it limp and dull.
What to do: Use a moisturising mask at least once a week to replenish your hair.
Smoke, dust, toxic fumes can take their toll on your skin and hair, causing them to age prematurely. Although you can’t avoid pollution, you can minimize the effects it can cause on your body.
What to do: Eat foods rich in antioxidants, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, eat amla, which contains tons of antioxidants and anti-aging benefits.