Summers can be most awaited or evaded season depending on which part of the world you live in. Yet, wherever you live, the summer can be challenging time for your hair, as well as your skin. The hot sun can damage your hair and cause dryness, static and frizz. Don’t let your hair drive you mad this summer and take better care to prevent this damage.
Hanging out in hot sun can be damaging for your hair. The sun’s heat drains out moisture from your hair, leaving it dry, faded, and prone to breakage. The easiest way to keep the sun from drying out your hair is to wear a hat on the days you know you will be spending long time in the sun. Or buy yourself few pretty scarves so you can be stylish while you protect your hair from sun.
The summer heat can cause excess sweat and greasiness, and therefore many people tend to wash their hair more frequently. Detergents in most shampoos can dry out strands, and this problem is further exacerbated by frying effect of the sun. If you must wash your hair every day, then opt for sulphate free shampoo or natural hair cleansers such as Soap nut (reetha) and shikakai. These herbal cleansers will clean your hair and scalp without stripping the hair’s natural oils. If your hair is oily or greasy add some fullers earth (multani mitti) or chickpea flour (besan), which will help to get rid for excess oils and greasiness, leaving your hair clean and silky.
To retain natural hair moisture avoid using blow dryers and other heating appliances such as hot iron and curlers. Give your hair a rest during summer months and air dry whenever possible. Honestly, blow dryer should be a big no-no in any weather, and it should be stored in the most inaccessible places, so you use it sparingly, and avoid any hair damage.
After towel drying your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner like coconut oil or Shea butter as it will bring the frizz down and offer protection from sun damage, and add back moisture and shine. Take a pea size or smaller dab of oil or butter in the palms of your hands, rub hands together and then apply it onto the ends of your hair and work your way up. When you apply oils or butter to damp hair it coats the hair and helps lock in moisture within the strand, adding volume and texture.
Drinks lots of water to keep your scalp and roots hydrated. Water is a vital medium of energy exchange for ever single cell, including the cells which supports hair growth and its overall health. If your hair roots get inadequate water supply your hair will eventually become nutrient deficient and may even stop growing. Eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids to keep you and your hair beautiful and healthy.
What is your summer hair care tip?