We are in April, and the summer sun is shining hot and bright over our heads. Direct sun rays are harmful to the skin, and we all must have already started taking due precautions to protect it. But what about the hair?
Yes, you heard that right. Our hair is equally sensitive to the sun, like our skin. Direct sun rays can lead to harmful effects such as weathering and oxidative damage or ageing of the strands, which further makes your hair dry, brittle, and stiff.
Therefore, we have brought you five simple and easy tips, including hydrating, co-washing and sun protecting, that will help you keep your locks healthy as we embrace summer.
Step 1: Hydrate your Hair
This is an essential procedure to keep frizzy hair at bay. Now, drinking water alone cannot hydrate your hair. For hydrating the mane, enough water needs to reach the roots through proteins, humectants and natural humidity in the air. Massaging the scalp with avocado, coconut, olive and almond oil; aloe vera, shea butter and glycerin can help hydrate and moisturize your hair. Argon, coconut and almond oil work wonders to tend the stiff strands.
Step 2: Avoid Too many Cosmetics
The weather in summer dries up the hair and damages the strands. Hence, further exposure to dyeing and coloring can show significant changes in the texture. In that case, you should avoid any chemical hair treatments during this period. In case you are too fond of coloring your hair, then you can do it at least a month or two after summer ends.
Step 3: Shampoo With Care
Constant sweating in the summers can make the scalp too greasy, and one might end up wanting to wash their hair every day. But doing so may cause more harm than good. Too much shampoo can dry up the scalp and hair even more. During such circumstances, a mild shampoo or a sulfate-free one can effectively cleanse the scalp without stripping the hair of its much-needed natural oils and nutrients. Complementing this with essential oils will keep your hair soft, nourished and healthy throughout the day.
Step 4: Use Sun Protection
The best way to guard your hair from the sun, dust and dirt is to wear a scarf. But even this can become a tedious task at times. If you don’t want to use a scarf, then make sure to use a conditioner with a good amount of SPF in it. Also, you may opt for natural hair masks, such as avocado and banana, egg and mayonnaise, strawberry, pumpkin and honey, or sunscreen products that perfectly suits your hair type. However, do not forget to wash your hair once you are at home.
Step 5: Go For Co-Washing
This is the best option for people with curly and dry hair. Wet your hair, use a good conditioner for 2 minutes, and rinse off. Co-washing daily can cleanse your hair to a great extent and limit shampoo usage for at least three days.
Which of these steps are you opting for first?