Hi ladies. Taking care of hair during summers is very important. If summer hair care is on top of your mind then read this informative article contributed by Dr Akshay Batra.
Most of us are aware of the damaging effect of the ultraviolet (UV) rays. Needless to say, our hair faces extreme exposure to the sun. Be it the daily hustle and bustle or attribute it to one’s occupation or lifestyle. Very few amongst us realise the danger imposed on our hair in all seasons, especially the sweltering summers.
The sun’s rays cannot actually burn our hair, all right, but it can certainly affect our hair’s natural protective layer and as a result upsets the hair cuticle. Studies suggest that 3-4 days of protracted exposure to the sun would be enough to affect the scale-like cells covering the hair shaft to peel off. This is what makes your hair dry, dull, or brittle, and also fragile.
Do You Know What Damages Hair in Summers?
High levels of humidity, the bugbear of summer, also damage hair — humidity causes the hair strands to stretch, making them brittle. The best thing one can do is keep the hair healthy by washing them regularly and drying them gently. This can reduce the damaging effects of summer’s humidity on hair.
Travelling in a bus or car, or train, with the windows rolled down, to enjoy the outside air in summers, as some of us do, may not be as good as you would have thought. The stiff, warm breeze may leave you with dry and tangled hair, leading to splitting of hair ends.
Avoid being outside as much as possible, especially between 10 am and 4 pm; and if you have to be out in the sun, simply carry an umbrella, wear a hat or scarf. You must also drink adequate water — at least one-and-a-half to two litres every day. This will help to flush out toxins.
Diet is also just as important. Incorporate a good intake of soya and sprouts into your eating regimen. This is wholesome nourishment for your body and the ‘soul’ of your hair.
Dandruff and excess oil on the scalp in summers are other notable concerns. A daily hair wash with a mild, natural anti-dandruff shampoo, such as Dr Batra’s, and a dab of olive oil, would be useful to maintain healthy, natural hair.
Summers need not be a season of hair distress — it can be a breeze, provided you incorporate the following summer hair care tips and make them a regular habit.
- Shampoo. The heat of the summer tends to wear out your hair’s protective oils. Use a mild, natural shampoo, such as Dr Batra’s, with ‘soft’ lather — this helps to reduce drying of hair. Combat the loss of moisture on your scalp, a common dilemma during summer with a mild moisturiser. Apply a natural conditioner after every hair wash, or whenever you wet your hair.
- Protect. The intense hot wind during summers can wobble your hair. Wear something on your head for protection. Also, try and give your hair a break from the dryer during the summer months. If at all you would want to use the hair dryer, switch on the cold blow. Make sure to keep the dryer at least six inches away from the hair.
- Take Swimming Precautions. Chlorine is damaging to hair. Wear a rubber cap when you are in the pool. Wash your hair with tap water, soon after swimming. This will help purge the chlorine from your hair.
- Avoid Chemical Treatments. Forget about chemical treatment such as colouring, perming, straightening, ironing, crimping. Avoid the use of hair-colouring chemicals such as ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. They tend to penetrate and damage hair. If you must colour your hair, for whatever reason, opt for a natural ammonia-free hair colour — it is also relatively safe.
How to you take care of your hair during summers? Share with us in the comments.