Easy tips for summer hair care
The heat of summer can leave your hair dry and frizzy or greasy and lifeless. If you are faced with the challenge of trying to bounce up limp hair every day of the week, these tips will come in handy.
- Deep-conditioning is essential for hair at least once a week in summer. Hair tends to become dry, dull or brittle if it is exposed to frequent cycles of soaking and drying, such as if you sweat a lot or go swimming.
- If you like to spend most of summer in a pool, it may be wise to spritz on some leave-in conditioner to help avoid damage from chlorine and salt.
- Wear a scarf, hat or cap to protect your hair from the sun but make sure that it’s not so tight that it will restrict circulation in your scalp.
- Limit your use of “hot” items on your hair such as a blow dryers and curling irons.
- If you need to use a “hot” item, use a leave in conditioner or heat protecting sprays before using the item on your hair.
- Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in hot water. Use warm or cool water instead; the heat can dry out and/or damage your hair and skin.
- Staying hydrated is important for healthy hair as well as your overall health so make sure that you are taking enough water.
- Avoid hair products with formaldehyde or alcohol in it which dry out hair. Try to use natural products that are gentler on your hair.
- Use a mositurizing shampoo that is gentler than your regular shampoo for the summer.
- Before going into the pool/sea, wet your hair; this will decrease the absorption of chlorinated/salt water into your hair.
- Use a clarifying shampoo after swimming to wash out the chlorine/salt and any residue that may remain in your hair. Chlorine will severely dry out your hair if it is not washed out.
- Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. Your hair grows faster in the warmer months and frizz is more common in the summer months due to the heat and moisture.
- Once you have your hair moist, lock in the moisture by running your hair through cold water; this will also give your hair an extra shine.
- Wash your hair daily or as many times as it gets dirty and sweaty as a clean scalp is the key to good hair.
Source: Dr Meha Mhatre
The author is a certified Trichologist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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