Summer has set in and it is the time of the year when you need to take extra care of your hair and scalp, to keep your mane looking its very best. Excessive exposure to the sun leads to damaged hair that weakens the hair’s natural shield. Studies have proven that three days of sun exposure makes the cells of hair shaft fragile, making the hair look dry, fragile and brittle.
Hair may get burnt in the hot sun and change its natural colour. Even coloured hair starts to fade away if you are spending long-hours outdoors. Summers can also be hard on your scalp making it dry and itchy, further hurting the hair roots. Excessive perspiration and dust during summer increases hair problems like dandruff, split ends, fizziness and hair fall.
Summers naturally dry your hair out and damage them. So, ensure you go easy on any chemical based hair procedures during this time. Avoid colouring your hair. If at all you want to get your hair coloured, do it a month before the summer hits.
Too much washing of the hair with shampoo will cause more harm than good as it dries the scalp and hair to the point of brittleness causing frizz. If your scalp tends to sweat a lot and become greasy, use a mild shampoo that is good for summers. Try to shampoo only the scalp, and not the hair strands directly to prevent dry and damaged hair.
Choose proper hair conditioners that contain sunscreen and UV protection to shield your hair from harmful UV rays. As the sun dries out your mane, ensure you hydrate your hair and usher life in it by picking a rinse-out conditioner. Go for one that suits your hair type and texture. If you are going for a swim to cool yourself down, make sure you wear a swimming cap and use a leave-in conditioner on your hair for protection from bleaches present in pool water.
The hot summer makes your mane extra dry, making it look frizzy. Try minimizing your hair from becoming too frizzy by tying it up. Style your hair from braids to ponytails to knots and buns. This ensures the reduction of sweat on the scalp.
You may be doing all of these to guard your hair against the sun, but if you are not adequately hydrated, it’s not worth the trouble. Your mane will largely benefit from drinking water and other fluids, thus keeping you cool and your hair healthy. Furthermore, add more fresh fruits and vegetables in your regular diet to get all essential nutrients.