Summer is the time when most people opt for sunscreens, sunglasses and hats to protect their skin, but your tresses need some special care too, says Marcus Francis, official stylist of a haircare brand.
During summer, your hair is exposed to many harsh elements and can have numerous after-effects. Over-exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, sweat, humidity and of course, spending too much time in a swimming pool can be damaging for your locks.
They can also leave your hair dull, dry and brittle hair. While many go for short crops during summer to save their hair from damage, Francis suggests five easy ways to protect the hair.
1 Be Sun-smart: Ultraviolet rays are bad news for both skin and hair. Too much sun can leave hair dry, brittle and faded. So, always cover hair before leaving the house. Use hats, scarves, bandanas or umbrella to protect your hair from harmful rays.
2 Get rid of split-ends: Dry and brittle hair can cause split-ends, which will run down to the root of your hair if not treated. Trimming is not the answer to split ends, as in most cases, you will instead end up with rough edges and increased split ends. So it is important to take care of split-ends by using right shampoos and conditioners.
3 Say no to chemical processing: Avoid chemical processes such as colouring, bleaching, stripping or excessive salon styling of hair during summer. It is not a hair-friendly season to undergo harsh treatments.
4 Always brush your hair: Brushing your hair regularly will not only keep it free from knots, but it will stimulate circulation in the scalp which encourages blood flow to the roots of your hair. The golden rule of brushing is: The longer your hair, the bigger your brush should be. But never brush or comb wet hair. This can lead to hair breakage at the ends.
5 Avoid tight hairstyles: Tying hair in tightly can make them rough so avoid going for a tight rubber band or hair accessories.