Summer tips for your hair and scalp
Summer Hair and scalp tips for men and women
1) Tanning in the hot sun is not only bad for your skin but it can also lead to hair dryness. To prevent this problem from occurring, it is ideal to lay off the blow dryer and hair irons during this time. There is no better time than summer to embrace your natural hair texture. Avoiding hot styling tools will also help reduce breakage, which is the primary care of frizz. The problem is even more common during the summer since your locks tend to be drier than usual.
2) You should always use an after-shampoo conditioner whatever your hair type. Pour a small quantity into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and smooth the conditioner over the hair, paying particular attention to the ends. Do not rub into the scalp or put the conditioner on the hair near the scalp. Rinse immediately. Many people believe that leaving conditioner your hair is better for it. That is a false myth. There is no reason to leave conditioner in your hair for any length of time. A well-formulated conditioner should act on the hair immediately.
You can’t ‘over condition’. If you think you are – you may be using the wrong conditioner, or too much or not using it correctly.
3) Take extra care to protect coloured hair. Whatever measures you take coloured hair exposed to bright sunlight will lighten; avoid this with a cool summer hat.
4) Bleaching your hair can leave it vulnerable, to breakage and brittle lengths and ends when exposed to excessive sun. Consider waiting till after your holiday
5) Never vigorously dry your hair using a towel. This action roughens up the cuticle giving hair a dull and tangled appearance once dry
6) It is vitally important to remember that your scalp is an extension of your face – so you should never go out in the sun without some sort of protection on your hair and scalp, in particular where men may be experiencing a little hair loss on the top of their heads, the scalp can easily burn . Use a sun protection product with a high SPF in the form of a cream, gel, mousse, spray or leave-in conditioner.
7) When you find yourself out in the sun, the beach or at the pool without pre-planning, reach for a hat to cover delicate strands. Remember to buy a hat which allows for proper air circulation and blood flow. If you buy a hat that doesn’t allow for air flow you will get too hot to endure keeping the hat on.
8) Hair is most vulnerable when it is wet, so it is better to use a comb than a brush – a comb is easier on your hair. Vigorous brushing weakens your hair by removing some of the hair’s cuticle. Brushing may break hair off of the cuticle The constant traction, pulls the hair out. Sharp bristles will also scratch your scalp.
Brushes are often an essential styling tool – but you need to be careful. Choose a brush with a long, widely spaced plastic (not natural) bristle, as plastic bristles are smoother, blunter and kinder. Preferably the bristles should be ball-tipped. Natural bristles are sharper and tufted close together. Above all, avoid anything with metal prongs. Use a ‘saw-cut’ comb in which each tooth is cut into it, making it smoother. They are available in plastic or vulcanite (hard rubber). Avoid cheap plastic combs made from a mould as these can cut into the hair. Metal combs are even worse as their edges can lacerate the hair.
9) While it’s important to ramp up your moisturizing and conditioning duties during summer months, remember to keep your roots and hair hydrated from the inside out.
Drink plenty of liquids to keep roots and strands flush with fluids. Water will also keep your skin soft and plump. While it’s tempting to drink ice cold alcoholic drinks keep in mind that they can dehydrate skin and strands. Water is always the best choice for your tresses.
Depending on your hair type, texture and condition you may wish to consider avoiding hair care products which contain known ingredients (some forms of alcohol) which may be drying to some type, textures or condition of hair.
10) Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Everything you eat affects your body, including your hair. Fish is rich in omegas, and people who eat a lot of it often have silky, shiny hair
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