Follow These Tips To Protect Your Hair in Summers
It’s summer - the time for lemonade, vacations and no school! Its also the time for frizz, oily scalp, sun damage and split ends. You take care of your hair meticulously throughout the year only to see it fall flat during summers.
So why exactly does hair get so deviant during summer?
Now that we know the different ways your hair can get damaged, it’s time to take action!
Here are some tried and tested summer hair care tips, recommended by experts and perfect for all your hair woes this season.
• Cover Your Hair
Use a wide brimmed hat or a scarf, or at least carry an umbrella when outdoors. This also does the additional job of protecting your facial skin from sun damage.
Choose a hat that doesn't let sunlight penetrate through it and a scarf that is made of a breathable fabric. It's best to avoid materials that can cause static when in contact with hair.
• Use Dry Shampoo
Shampooing too much removes natural oils from the hair and scalp and causes more damage. However, you can tackle a greasy scalp with dry shampoo instead.
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• Apply Smoothing Serum
The best way to keep those frizzy bits in line is to use a smoothening serum on hair strands. Since we don't want to add to the chemical burden on our hair, it's a good idea to use a DIY hair serum.
• Avoid Tight Hair Styles
Tight pony tails or buns can break hair that is already dry and damaged due to the summer heat. Since letting down your hair can be uncomfortable when it's hot, it's best to try other hairstyles like a loose braid or low bun.
Another option is to get a short hair cut that's easy to maintain.
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• Trim Your Hair
Sun damage can cause split ends which can give hair a very unruly look. A hair trim is the obvious solution, though hair experts recommend getting a trim just before summer starts, and keeping it that way till summer ends.
This reduces excessive damage on your hair and saves you a lot of maintenance trouble.
• Stay Hydrated
Water is not just important for the body, but for hair as well, and especially so during summer. Water helps in cell growth and transportation of minerals, and good hydration ensures that hair stays hydrated and healthy.
Adequate water also prevents drying of the scalp and a subsequent dandruff problem.
• Avoid Chemical Treatments
Chemical treatments aren't exactly a healthy option for hair, but they can be particularly harmful during summer.
They can further dry out your hair and cause further damage. If you absolutely have to do any treatment, get it done before summer starts.
• Stay Clear of Chlorine
Swimming pools see a lot of action during summer and are a good way to get some exercise while staying cool. However, chlorine is extremely damaging to hair, and if it has been treated, it can be disastrous!
Be sure to wash it off upon exiting the pool.
• Use a Conditioner
Shampooing hair can open up the cuticles and make it dry and unmanageable. A conditioner can tame this problem, but opt for a natural conditioner to avoid product buildup.
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent option that is quick, economical and light.
Another way to keep your hair shiny and healthy in summer is to give it some intense nourishment with hair masks.
Check out these easy DIY hair masks for all your summer hair woes.
• Strawberry Mayonnaise Hair Mask for Sun-damaged Hair
What you need:
- 8 ripe strawberries
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise (not the eggless variety)
With a little forethought, we can avoid the harsh summer sun from affecting our hair and damaging it.
Along with prevention, some extra nourishment in the form of these DIY hair masks and a proper diet along with sufficient water intake ensures that your hair stays healthy and pretty all summer long.
(Pratibha Pal spent her childhood in idyllic places only fauji kids would have heard of. She grew up reading a variety of books that let her imagination wander and still hopes to come across the Magic Faraway Tree. When she's not rooting for eco-living or whipping up some DIY recipes to share with her readers, Pratibha is creating magic with social media. You can view her blog at www.pratsmusings.com or reach to her on Twitter at @myepica.)
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