‘Invest in your hair, it is a crown you never take off’, right?! However, people sometimes get so engrossed in protecting their skin during the summer that they miss out on the care their hair requires. Your hair also needs the same amount of pampering as your skin needs.
During summer, sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance called sebum. This helps to protect the skin from the outside environment. Too much sebum can contribute to several problems, including acne, oily hair, or an oily scalp. Sebum can also become trapped inside the gland, causing it to swell and form a bump under the skin. An oily scalp in turn can lead to uncomfortable itching, dandruff and thousand other problems. Not just this, it can also make your scalp prone to infections and hair fall as well. And with summer just around the corner, it’s very important to take proper care of your scalp—or you’ll land with even more hair problems.
Not much people are aware of what it takes to maintain beautiful tresses. Here is all the summer hair care tips that you need to become this era’s Rapunzel.
- Don’t over-wash your hair
It’s a myth that the more you wash your hair, the more it gets cleaned. Over-washing your hair damages it and causes it to break. Washing hair twice or thrice a week is ideal as it retains the natural oils and moisture balance which is essential for scalp health.
- Conditioner is a must
Just plain shampooing is not the key to beautiful hair. Conditioner is very important for retaining the moisture content of your hair while the sun does its job of it sucking it dry. Be sure of the type of conditioner that suits your hair.
- Correct drying method
Avoid using too much heat to dry the hair. The sun already does its part of pressuring you with the heat; you don’t want to add to it by your blow-dryers. Avoid rubbing your hair and take it pat-drying or air drying. It is the best way to dry your hair.
- Adopt Apple Cider Vinegar
When diluted in the right amount, rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar can remove oil buildup on your scalp, maintaining the pH, and reduce the frizz. All you need to do is mix 2-3 tbsp of ACV with 2 cups of water and apply it on your scalp. Next, rinse your hair with cold water. Apply this at least two or three times a week. This is one of the best methods for beating an oily scalp.
- Swimming regime
During summers, everybody loves a dip in the blues. However, the chlorine present in the water damages your hair. You don’t need to fret it as there are ways to save it. A pre-swim Dot & Key Skin & Hair Chlorine Protection Spray with SPF 30 blocks chlorine before contact to prevent any damage. By forming a protective layer on skin and hair, this swim spray keeps pool chemicals and harsh UV rays from stripping away the natural moisture balance. In doing so, it shields you from dryness, itching, chlorine odour as well as pool rash.
Chlorine acts as a bleaching agent and lightens your hair colour causing it to become damaged and dull. Dot & Key Post-Swim Hair Dechlorinating Spray contains vitamin C and antioxidant-rich complexes which bind chlorine in hair strands and pull it out gently, neutralizing it to prevent damage.
Chlorine can affect color treated hair. Chlorine is a bleaching agent that can cause highlighted hair to turn a greenish color. To protect your hair, wear a swim cap when you go swimming.
Steps to Follow : Wet your hair in the shower thoroughly to saturate it with fresh water – next, apply the pre swim spray – twist the hair like a bun and put on the swim cap – now you’re ready to dive into the pool.
Wetting your hair in the shower before entering the pool helps as the hair does not absorb so much of the chlorine when saturated with water. The pre swim spray will coat the hair to help resist the chlorine damage while you swim.
The roots of our hair are the most damage prone areas of our hair. If you miss to cut them out, it reaches to your scalp causing unhealthy breakable hair. Therefore, trimming your hair once every 4-6 weeks is recommended. It saves the hair from split ends and dry tips.
- Sun Protection
Just like your skin, your hair also needs protection from sun and its UV rays, since they can cause color fading, extreme dryness and hair fall due to sun damage. Use Hair Sunscreen + Softening Serum SPF 15, a serum that protects your hair from UV ray and keeps your tresses bouncy and non-greasy all day long.
- Dry Shampoo
If your hair gets greasy and oily more often than regular, then you must take to dry shampoo. It helps you saving your hair from damage due to frequent shampooing, while saving you some precious time. You can also use some baby talc. Apply it to the oily areas and rub it. You’ll see the wonders.
- Take to fluids
If you are following all of the above mentioned tips, but you’re not focusing fully on the fluids, then you won’t get quality results. Drinking lots of fluids helps maintain the moisture balance of your hair and scalp. Cooling agents and liquids add more than you can imagine to your hair quality.
Following these summer hair care tips and flaunt healthy bouncy luscious hair. Isn’t that what we all need?