No matter how healthy the hair is during the other months of the year, summer months tend to be a real battle for many. The increased humidity in the air makes hair unruly and frizzy. Not only this, the scorching heat of the sun robs hair of its sheen and gives it a very dull and dried out look. To add to this color treated hair fades due to direct exposure to the sun.
We generally protect only the skin from the damaging rays of the sun. However, the hair needs protection too. In fact, experts advise that hair care routines should be modified according to the season because slight changes in the weather influence the health of the hair drastically. So, get ready to shield your hair against the sun.
The Sun: A Culprit for Your Hair Woes
The sun radiates different types of rays. We are familiar with two types- UVA and UVB. They are most damaging to hair and skin.
The rays of the sun affect the health of the hair in various ways. They penetrate deep into the inner layers of the hair structure and cause severe damages. Sun damaged hair loses its elasticity and strength. Thus, it breaks easily. The sunlight has a negative impact on the hair coloring pigments resulting in dull, faded hair. These harmful rays of the sun burn the outer layer of the hair called the cuticle. Injury to the cuticle makes hair look dull and lifeless. In addition to the damage caused to the hair shaft, the rays of the sun burn an unprotected scalp. A burnt scalp is one of the main reasons for increased hair loss during the summer months.
Tips to Protect Your Hair This Summer
1. The Shampoo-Condition Cycle
Hair tends to get dirtier with sweat and dust during summers. However, it is advised that you shampoo your hair not more than thrice a week. In summers, the climate is such that it drains out all the moisture from hair. Washing your hair frequently will dry it more as it washes away the essential oils. Use a rinse-out or leave in conditioner for your hair. The latter is always a better option during the balmy summer months. When washing the hair use cold or lukewarm water.