Who does not love thick, luxuriant hair? While some people are blessed with really good hair, most of us are not. However, with a few precautions and tips, you can ensure great hair growth and hair protection. Hair care in summer is especially important if your want to protect your hair because the harsh rays of the sun can have just as much devastating effects on your hair as on your skin. Hair becomes dry and brittle and falls off more easily. Here are 7 simple tips to see your hair through summer with minimum damage.
Oil your hair: Oiling your hair is the best way to protect it from the harmful rays of the sun. Oils such as coconut and olive are the best, although almond, argan and others are just as good. Castor oil is good for hair growth, but is extremely thick and sticky. Add a few drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils to whatever oils you use to avoid disagreeable smells.
- Wash less: Although you may feel that you must wash your hair everyday in summer, daily washing can wreak havoc on your hair. Washing strips your hair of the moisture, leaving it more vulnerable to damage. Besides, the chlorine from water is the last thing you want on your hair during the hot days.
- Use less shampoo: Do not use shampoo each time you want to wash. Shampoos not only clean your scalp but also strip away natural oils and moisture from your scalp, leaving it dry. Alternately, you can go for a conditioner wash instead, and keep the shampoo use at a minimum.
Avoid Heat! Reduce the use of heat dryers, hair straighteners and other heat appliances on your hair. The additional heat will spell disaster for your hair by turning it weak and brittle, leading to hair loss.
- Hydrate yourself: Increase your intake of water and juices during the summer. Having a well-hydrated scalp is crucial for the health of your hair in summer, so make it a point to keep replenishing your body fluids regularly.
- Avoid tying your hair: As much as possible, try to avoid tying up your hair. Whenever you do have to tie it up, make sure it is not too tight. Always avoid putting any stress on the roots of your hair, especially because they are at their weakest in strong sun. If you want to keep your hair out of your face, use a headband rather than a hair tie to reduce breakage.
- Cover your hair: the simplest way out is to use a scarf, hat or some other head covering to keep the sun off your hair!