Keep your hair happy and healthy all summer long using these natural, chemical-free methods.
Natural hair rules in the summer! Now is the season to let go of perfect, sleek hairdos and embrace that loose, natural look. Learn how to protect your hair from the heat, sun, and humidity without turning it into an endless battle.
1. It is essential you cover your hair with a hat or a scarf during summers. This protects it from the harmful UV rays and it also helps in retaining moisture.
2. Mix avocado oil, aloe vera juice and water and put this concoction in a spritz bottle. Keep it handy whenever you feel the dryness levels in your hair rise.
3. If you’re the type of person who loves swimming in summers (and who isn’t!) then you should wet your hair before you enter the pool. This way it will absorb lesser chlorine.
4. Summers already dries your hair out and causes damage to them. So make sure you go easy on any chemical hair treatments during this period. Avoid too much coloring, whether at the spa or home. If you want to color your hair or change the color during summer, try and do it a month or two before the sun hits hard
5. While you feel like shampooing your hair every day, doing so will cause more harm than good. Too much shampoo can dry up your scalp and hair even more.
6. The sun is already putting too much heat on your hair, so avoid the additional heat as much as you can. Go slow on the blow dryer, and if required, wash your hair half an hour earlier so that they get ample time to air-dry. Avoid using the styling iron and curlers and let them be as natural as they can be.
7. The best way to screen hair from the scorching sun is wearing a scarf. If the scarf is not to your liking, then make sure you use a leave-in conditioner with sunscreens. If you have too much work outdoors and are in the sun often, opt for hair products that have a good amount of SPF in them. You may also want to go for a special hair mask or sunscreen product that is made for your hair. However make sure you wash your hair once you are home.
8. Rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted in water for a quick natural conditioner. Use some coconut oil or shea butter (careful with this, since it can be heavy) to smooth, de-frizz, and moisturize your hair locks after washing. The oil will give some shine and, if you have wavy hair, create natural, air-dried curls.
9. Avoid pulling anything through your hair when it’s wet, since that’s when it’s most susceptible to breaking. Wide-tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair, as brushes can pull and tear when they snag strands.
10. In summers, to aviod greasy hair, scrub scalp very lightly when washing hair. When scalp is scrubbed harshly, sebaceous glands are activated, and this produces more oils. If you have colored your hair, always remember to cover your hair while sun bathing.