Indian summers are harsh. Those UV rays from sun can damage your skin as well as your hair. Change in weather conditions reflect on your hair as different textures show different effect. The care to be taken is different as well.
12 Tips on how to keep your hair healthy during summer
- Cover Your Hair in the Sun
- Use a Wide-Tooth Comb
- Have a Balanced Diet and Drink lots of Water
- Do not tighten your hair. Keep it loose.
- Do not Blow dry, Do not Straighten, Do not Curl.
- Do not Color. Do not use Cosmetics.
- Trim the ends
- Wash after Swimming not before
- Use Dry Shampoos
- Wash your hair twice or thrice a week
- Use Conditioners or Natural Goodness
- Warm oil massage before Shampoo
Cover Your Hair in the Sun
Exposure to UV rays makes hair dry, weak and lighter in color. Avoiding direct sun-rays will help you avoid these problems to a large extent. Sweat and heat will be the only problems that won’t be covered this way. Wearing a cap in the sun is stylish too isn’t it? For ladies, the range is wider. Donning a lovely hat or a beautiful scarf still looks good and goes well with the shades.
Use a Wide-Tooth Comb
Hair are most vulnerable to breakage when wet. Use a comb with wide gaps instead of hair brush. It untangles your hair with minimum hair fall. The less your comb gets stuck in your hair the better.
Have a Balanced Diet and Drink lots of Water
Having a well-balanced diet is a must in all season and conditions. Dehydration is a typical summer problem you have to avoid to keep your hair healthy. Have a regular balanced diet with the addition of water-rich fruits like water melon. Have cucumber in your salad. Drink at least 4-5 litres of water in a day. Hair is Keratin, Keratin is protein. Hence, protein rich diet means healthy hair. Have milk, eggs, green veggies and other protein-rich items in your diet.
Do not tighten your hair. Keep it loose.
Strained hair are more likely to break especially in the unforgiving heat of summer. It is time to replace those high and tight ponytails with loose braids. They are more comfortable too as an additional advantage. Tying your hair up will also help you with that frizz your hair gets in summer.
Do not Blow dry, Do not Straighten, Do not Curl.
Do not heat your hair. Your hair is tolerating an unhealthy amount of heat, do not add to its woes. For summer, stay away from Ironing, Blow drying and Curl as much as possible. Fortunately for those interested in Curling, they can use sea salt spray (a mixture of 1 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp coconut oil) to get wavy hair.
Do not Color. Do not use Cosmetics.
Hair dye can react under UV rays and might damage your hair. It better to not color your hair during peak summer. If you have already got it dyed, try to cover it outdoors. Avoid exposure to sun.
Trim the ends
The problem of split ends is at its most in summers. And what better way to get rid of it than trimming those ends?
Wash after Swimming not before
Do not shampoo before taking a dip but do not forget to take one after you are done swimming. The chlorinated water makes your hair dry and a mild shampoo with conditioner is a must to compensate for that
Here’s a 9 step WikiHow on how to wash your hair after swimming
This article here by addcolo is pretty useful too.
Use Dry Shampoos
Dry Shampoo is a powder or fast-drying spray that provides a water-free option for cleansing your hair. Dry Shampoos can come very handy in summer. You can carry it with you and can use it whenever you need to freshen your look. The advantage is you can get that smoothness and shine back without leaving the hair too dry.
Wash your hair twice or thrice a week
You need to find the right balance as far as washing your hair is concerned.
Your hair needs its natural oil to stay healthy. Frequent washing washes this oil off and makes the hair dry. Hence you have to keep at least 2-3 days span between your hair wash.
But in summer, your scalp gets sweaty and is exposed to heat. This sweat and heat can weaken the root of hair follicles resulting in hair-fall. Thus, regular washing is a must.
So you have to wash your hair but not too frequently.
It is recommended to shampoo your hair about 2-3 times a week, not more than that. Not daily at all.
Use Conditioners or Natural Goodness
To keep your hair moist, use conditioners along with shampoo. If you are at home for a day, you can use leave-in conditioner.
Not sure how to use conditioner? Here’s the WikiHow for it
Curd, Egg and Beer will also be very good for your hair.
Deep conditioning in every 15 days is recommended.
Warm oil massage before Shampoo
It does not sound like a good idea when the temperature is hitting the north of 30 degrees. But a massage to the scalp with lukewarm oil is a very healthy practice for your hair. It replenishes your scalp and keeps its blood circulation good. Do this before going for the shampoo and you will get the best of your hair.
You can use Coconut, Olive, Mustard oil for the best results.