Hair-Care In The Summers
Keep your hair shiny, tangle-free and healthy this summer. We give you tips on how to do it...
Your hair may be your crowning glory and you may be very particular about your hair-care routine. But even the best-behaved hair will misbehave without warning – go limp or frizzy or suddenly produce enough oil to rival the oil production of the Middle East! While environmental factors and the changing weather play a large part in this mischief, the easiest way to combat it is to use the right shampoo for your hair type.
Shampoos are meant to remove dirt, sebum and product build-up from your scalp and hair. Though shampoos often mention the type of hair they're meant for, they are primarily for your scalp and must address your scalp's specific needs. The skin on your scalp has the maximum density of hair follicles and can be the most reaction prone, so it's important to know what your hair type is before you shop.
Your Hair: Curly hair is almost always dry, as scalp oils don't travel as easily down the hair shaft.
Your Shampoo: Moisturising shampoos with wheat germ oil, shea butter and different oil extracts coat the hair shaft, trapping moisture.
The Frequency: Wash once in every two days in hot weather and condition every time you shampoo. Don't wash every day as it will dry your hair further. Use a hot oil massage once a month. Avoid heat-styling if possible – let your hair air-dry.
Hair Tip: Try a warm oil hair massage. Use any oil of your choice to massage your hair from mid-length to tips. Wrap your head in a warm towel for 20 minutes and rinse off.
Your Hair: Fine hair tends to get oily or limp soon after washing.
Your Shampoo: Opt for clear, gentle shampoos fortified with keratin or panthanol that builds up hair fibre.
The Frequency: Wash your hair just once every day or every other day. While heat styling, use a low-heat setting.
Hair Tip: Your hair needs a high protein diet. Whisk together some egg yolks and coat your hair with them to fortify your strands. Of course, you may need a nose clip to survive the onslaught on your olfactory senses!
Your Hair: Coloured hair can end up with oily roots and a dry shaft, especially if you haven't been on the ball with post-colouring treatments.
Your Shampoo: Opt for cleansing shampoos for normal hair, as they are the most pH balanced, and hydrate your hair with conditioners.
The Frequency: Wash your hair once every three days, and use a heavy-duty conditioner meant for coloured hair.
Hair Tip: Coloured hair is especially sensitive to damage. Make sure you wear a hat or carry an umbrella to ward off sun damage. It's also a good idea to use a leave-in product for this hair type.