Sun protection for your hair? Yes! Here’s why it’s critical. The harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays in the sun’s light spectrum trigger breakdown of hair protein causing increased hair breakage and dullness. Quick things to do to protect and nourish summer hair:
1. Stylish hair cover-up
Define your own fusion trend, wear a wide brimmed Boho hat with your long ethnic kurtas. Turn heads and protect your hair, wear a head scarf – match it with the patterns, prints or colours of your outfit.
2. SPF for hair
Yes, there is such a thing! Look for hair care products such as serums and sprays with broad spectrum SPF protection. Here’s a home remedy: Mix 2 tbsp each of coconut oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera gel in a small cup of water. Refrigerate in a hairspray bottle and use before stepping out.
3. Do not skip the conditioner
It makes hair more manageable; special products such as the Plum Olive & Macadamia Rich Nourish Conditioner also nourish the hair. Infused with plant-based keratin protein, this conditioner strengthens hair and imparts shine. It is especially right for colour-treated hair in the summer as it shields the hair colour even from the harsh UV rays.
4. Make hair mask a habit
Once a week, try the Mamaearth Argan Hair Mask. Enriched with avocado and rosemary oils it restores scalp moisture and reduces hair fall. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off.
5. Stay hydrated
Did you know that almost 25% of the weight of a strand of hair is water? So the mandatory eight glasses of water is critical not just for your skin and general health but specifically for hair strength and growth as well.
6. Eat more protein
Hair is primarily made of protein, so to ensure you protect and nurture hair health, you need your daily dose of protein. Vitamin C and E and Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly good for hair – add foods with these nutrients to your diet.
7. Shampoo mindfully
Shampoos too, come in different formulas. Look for those that are milder, made with natural ingredients or have nourishing vitamins added in. Apply only on the scalp, the suds will wash down and clean your strands – applying shampoo to the strands and ends will add to the summer dryness.
While your hair is still damp, you can apply The Face Shop’s Essential Damage Care Hair Serum. It’s 5-oil formula will deeply repair and condition your hair. Get it for 50% off from April 16th-18th online or offline at Lifestyle Stores.
8. Trim your hair
The hair tips dry up faster in the summer temperatures. Split ends are a common fallout. Go for that trim or better still, get a hair-cut to ensure better overall hair management and health.
9. Be gentle with your hair
The dry heat of summer is likely to make your hair more brittle. Give the ‘mandatory’ 100 strokes daily a break. Brush gently and less. Do not rub hard when towel drying, instead dab dry as much as possible.