With the blazing sun on your head and heat waves blowing throughout the day, how armoured are your hair against damage? Too much sun can make your hair weak, dry and brittle and can even make it more prone to split ends, while chemically treated hair can become dull and fade. A wide-brimmed hat is great for protecting your scalp and hair from damaging rays but is certainly not enough to feed the soul of your hair.
Your hair is as important as any other part of your body. Think how confident you feel when you let your hair down, long or short, curly or straight, they give you the extra in your extraordinary. Now, think how you'll feel when this hair of yours go dry, dull, damaged and prone to breakage. When even running fingers through your hair breaks so many of them. Disturbing thought, isn't it? This can be easily avoided by a little care and pampering and we are here to help you do it.
Following are a few tips and tricks to make your summer a happy and healthy one for your hair.
1. OILING NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE:
Be it an oily scalp, dry or an itchy scalp, there is no way oiling is a "no-go". Oiling the hair gives your hair as well as the scalp the nourishment which is taken away by the scorching UV rays in the sunlight. Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar too is a great way to remove any build up of chemicals from your styling products and can be purchased at most supermarkets and health stores. Always remember, apply to the ends of dry hair or use to hydrate and tame fly-away hair. Never ignore the tip of your hair, because that is where split ends occur, if ignore or undernourished.
2. REALISE HOW YOU MIGHT BE DAMAGING YOUR OWN HAIR:
Unfortunately, damaged hair can be caused by a number of different reasons, and it’s especially easy to damage hair without even knowing it.
Avoid using old brushes and combs: Don’t let your hair pile up in your hair brush, this can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Make sure to clean your hair out every week, and deep clean your hair brush once a month.
Avoid going too long without a hair trim: Split ends are one of the worst enemies of your hair. They not only make your hair brittle and weak but also cause damage to your entire hair shaft,if not given a timely trim. This will eventually lead to thinning hair and intense hair fall
Do not use too many products and use the shampoo correctly: You may be surprised to see that thick hair requires a very small amount of product for cleansing and pampering. People with pre-existing hair issues tend to use none but all the products they hear about which does more harm than good. Especially if you have thinning hair, too much product will only weigh your hair down further. Knowing your hair type helps you in managing your hair better. For instance, if you have a dry scalp, you need not wash your hair as much as you would, if you had an oily scalp. Let your scalp produce its natural oils. The easiest signal as to when to wash is when your hair gets too greasy and unmanageable. Washing them every day is a complete no-no.
3. DETOX FOR YOUR HAIR:
Hair can be harmed by a number of factors during the summer, including overexposure to the sun’s rays, sweat, humidity, and spending time in the chlorinated or salt water. With a little preemptive care, though, you’ll be on your way to healthy looking and feeling hair in no time. A mixture of water, Aloe Vera juice and Avocado Oil is a magic potion to keep that moisture in your hair intact. You can even make a mixture of Argan Oil and water and spritz some onto your hair for detox.
4. STAY HYDRATED AT ALL TIMES:
In summers, you tend to lose too minerals through sweat and this causes dehydration, which in general affects your whole body, making your skin and hair dry and lifeless. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 7-8 glasses of water. Also include lemon water, buttermilk and coconut water in your diet to regain the lost minerals. Eat fruits with high water content such as muskmelon, watermelon, cucumbers and tomatoes to include nutrients in your system.
5. SAY NO TO THOSE CURLING RODS AND BLOW DRYERS:
Avoiding heating tools is the best relief you can provide to your hair. Additional heat can dry out your hair shafts. Also, use fewer hair products such as hairsprays and gels because they contain tonnes of chemicals that can cause damage by clogging the follicles mixed with sweat. Do not self-inflict damage on your hair.
6. KEEP THE STIMULATION GAME STRONG :
Oil your scalp every alternate day to stimulate blood flow and relieve stress. Sluggish blood flow and stress can both cause hair loss. Use Jaborandi hair oil to massage your hair ones a week, leave overnight and wash off the next day. Many of you may ask why Jaborandi only? Well, it indeed is a tried and tested suggestion and has been a secret to beautiful long locks in my family for ages. You can go all crazy about the preference of oils, it is fine as long as you really put it on your scalp. You may go for a mixture of Castor oil and olive oil or any other oil, heat it up a little and you're good to go. Hot oil stimulates the blood flow to a much greater extent and heals your damaged roots by absorbing the oil more. Wrap a heated towel around your head after oiling the hair for 20 minutes for steam and spa, in the comfort of your home.
7. WRAP IT ALL UP:
Your hair will look utterly on fleek and sassy, if you tie them up in a messy bun. Braiding, is an old school ideal hairstyle for women, but sure is one of the neatest and elegant. These hairstyles will work with all types of hair: straight, wavy, curly, long, short. Tying up the hair prevents breakage and unnecessary shedding.
8. BIRTH CONTROL COULD STOP YOUR HAIR FROM THINNING:
High levels of testosterone in women can actually lead to excess shedding; contraceptives regulate the hormones to help stymie hair loss. If you notice your hair is thinning but you don't see shedding, it's time to make a dermatologist appointment, as this could be a sign of female pattern thinning. It's also wise to ask for a thyroid check.
9. TONE UP YOUR SUMMER VIBES WITH A CLASSIC HAT:
We all know how damaging the sun can be to our skin and I’m sure you’re all wearing sunscreen every day or staying out of the sun as much as possible. But are you doing the same for your hair? My best tip for this is to invest in a beautiful hat that you will love to wear every day. Everyone loves a wide brimmed classic fedora.
10. SALTY HAIR, DON'T CARE? MAYBE YOU SHOULD:
Salty hair is great but over time, when you’re not rinsing with fresh water in between, it will really build up in your hair. Then it can really dry out your hair. You might not mind letting the salt water dry in your hair unlike with chlorine after the pool, which you really have to rinse out. Enjoying the salty curls are fine but the next morning if you're going for a swim again, you have to make sure that you rinse your hair and give it a condition before heading out into the surf again.
Maintenance is the key. Now that you feel as good as new, make a promise to continue the self-care! Even if there’s only time to treat yourself once a month, incorporating a few of these steps into your routine counts. Before you know it, your progress will pay off and you’ll be ready to jump into next summer damage-free.
Beeba M Singh