Summer is here, and there is no one denying how this summer is an extremely hot one. It has become difficult to step out from the comfort of an air-conditioned shelter in the heat outside. There is sunscreen to take care of your skin, but what about your hair care routine, considering the cruel heat and sunlight outdoors?
Let's keep our strands healthy and happy with chemical-free, natural ways to rock this summer! Skip sleek hairdos and marry the loose, natural look to protect the health of your hair amidst the rising temperature.
This blog highlights 10 tips to take care of your hair this summer in a better way.
Cover your Hair
Protect your head from UV rays and moisture loss by covering it with a scarf or a hat outdoors. It also protects coloured hair from losing its tone and prevents hair from tangling owing to the wind.
Go for loose hairstyles.
In summer, go for loose braids rather than holding your hair in tight hairstyles. It minimises sun exposure and keeps your hair in control. Moreover, tight hairstyles pull and tend the hair strands and damage them, especially dry hair.
Summer or not, frequently washing your hair robs the natural oils from the scalp. The loss of these natural oils triggers more oil production resulting in the need to wash the strands. Rather than every time you wash your hair after a soak on the beach or dip in the pool, shower them to get rid of salts or chemicals from the water. You can also try DIY dry shampoo using cornstarch to go longer without washing your hair. To avoid hair washing when your hair is oily, you can dab a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel to dissolve the extra oil on your scalp.
Diminish the heat
Reduce blow-drying to the bare minimum in summer. Your hair is already exposed to a lot of heat every day in the summers, and skip blow-drying as your hair will instantly dry without it. Try avoiding flat irons as well, as they will dry the already moisture-deficient strands. Moreover, sleek hairstyles are a complete no-no in summer as they make the frizz stand out more.
As in summer, your scalp and hair lose a lot of moisture; hydrating it frequently is an essential haircare step that you should not skip. Make a DIY hydrating spray from avocado oil, aloe vera juice, and water, and spray it whenever your hair needs moisture or control. Another DIY spray can be made from argan oil and water.
Apple cider vinegar mixed with water works as a fantastic natural conditioner. You can also use shea butter in small amounts to moisturise, de-frizz, and smoothen your strands after washing. Go for a good natural conditioning session every week to provide extra hydration to your hair.
Apple cider vinegar for blonde hair
If you have natural or dyed blonde hair, taking a dip in the pool can be tricky as it turns your hair green after a dive. Before getting in the pool, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and water mix ( ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water). It prevents discoloration and dullness, and wetting the hair before getting in the pool absorbs less chlorine.
Confused? Let me be clear. Many shampoos are available in the market that claims to protect hair from UV rays but are heavily laden with chemicals. Avoid using them; rather, go for a simple hack. After applying sunscreen on your face, run your fingers from your hair.
Natural beach waves
Summer is all about soaking in the sun on the beachside, and if you have not been to the beach, you can still flaunt those natural-looking beach wavy hair. In 1 tsp salt, add 1 tsp coconut oil and water. Stir the mixture well and add it to a spray bottle. Spray this liquid and scrunch your hair to get those natural beach waves without going to the beach.
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Use a wide-tooth comb.
Wet hair is the most delicate and easy to break. Thus, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your wet hair in place of a brush. A brush pulls and tears the hair causing them to weaken from the roots and break.
DIY Aloe Vera Gel
A lot has been said about hydrating the hair and how the summer steals its moisture. There are several hair serums, sprays, shampoos and conditioners available in the market that claim to hydrate the hair without any chemicals. However, how far can we trust these claims, is a question we all need to consider. Thus, you can curate a natural, hydrating mask for your hair from aloe vera growing in your balcony or kitchen garden. Cut the long aloe vera leaf and cut it from the center. Now, scoop the transparent gel with a spoon, grind it to a paste, and apply it on your semi-wet hair. Let it stay there for 20 mins and then rinse with a normal shampoo.
This tip is not for summers alone, but for all the years that you want to take care of your hair. Normal bands that you use to tie a pony or a bun, have tighter grips and weaken the hair from its roots leading to breakage. On the other hand, satin scrunchies look amazing, have an excellent grip and pamper your hair as well.
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