Snip, shampoo, condition, serum, screen. With summer heat at its height, experts say you must go for frequent trims, apply serum to protect those tresses, use a mild shampoo to keep them clean and wear a hat to shield them when you go out.
With summer well under way, experts warn that the high temperatures damage hair even more than the skin. Here is a series of tips on how to keep those tresses healthy.
“Heat is the most harmful thing for hair. The mix of heat and pollution is like poison for hair. Also, people don’t go for the right conditioners in summer and use hot water which is more harmful,” warns hair stylist Claire Scott .
The soaring temperatures notwithstanding, people do have to step out for work and serum is essential, particularly if you are planning to stay for long in the sun.
The mix of heat and pollution is like poison for hair (photo: tribune)
“Serum is called sunscreen for hair. It’s a kind of oil. Summer brings dryness by taking away moisture from hair and hair becomes dull. To protect your hair from damage, hair serum is the only way,” said Claire.
Summer brings dryness by taking away moisture from hair and hair becomes dull
“To protect your hair in summer, conditioner is one essential element. One should always apply it after every wash. Also, try to cover your head when you go out. Male or female, you should use umbrellas, hats or caps.”
Try to cover your head when you go out
Avoid using additional heat on your hair. It means make the least use of hair dryers or curlers as you possibly can. Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in hot water. The heat can dry out and damage your hair and skin.
Claire maintains that conditioner is as essential as shampooing.
“But those who don’t want to use conditioner can use serum. It gives shine as well as softness to the hair. Try using products without alcohol in summer as they increase dryness in the hair. Usually it just makes the hair more dehydrated. One can try using shampoo with rich moisture to avoid dryness,” she said.
During summer hair should be washed frequently (photo: Pessentialhealth)
Using a baby shampoo is another option.
“During summer one should wash hair frequently. You can go for a morning and an evening wash, but to keep it safe, I would suggest using mild shampoos or something like baby shampoo,” says Claire.
Use mild shampoo or even baby shampoo (photo: iheartsociology)
Another tip – don’t use extremely cold or extremely hot water to wash your hair.
You should not use hot water. Water temperature should be balanced – neither too cold or too hot. Always go for lukewarm water. Sometimes people put ice to make it cold and wash their hair, it’s the absolutely wrong way to wash hair.
Water temperature should be balanced – neither too cold or too hot (photo: topinspired)
People love spending time in the swimming pool during summer, but before entering the pool don’t forget to apply serum as chlorine is extremely harmful to the hair.
Apply serum before going in the pool as chlorine is extremely harmful to the hair
It’s also good to know your shampoo as different seasons have different products. In summer, use a moisturiser-based shampoo, which has mint or protein.
For those of you who prefer naturopathy, you can treat an oily scalp with mint paste and juice.
The paste balances oil of the scalp. At the same time it stops further oil secretion. You can use mint juice also as it can be applied like oil on the scalp.
Last but not the least, keep it short or tied back during the summer months.
Go for regular haircuts. Try a trendy and sleek hairstyle, which is easy and comfortable to maintain or tie your back in a pretty ponytail.