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Hair care for summers

While you are busy taking care of your skin during summers, don’t forget your hair. Summer sun and humidity can damage your hair’s cuticle and result in dry, brittle and frizzy hair.

india Updated: May 22, 2010 01:33 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

While you are busy taking care of your skin during summers, don’t forget your hair. Summer sun and humidity can damage your hair’s cuticle and result in dry, brittle and frizzy hair. As a hair spa or treatment is not possible every time, simple tips can help you a long way in keeping healthy and smooth hair during summers.

Deep-conditioning is essential for hair at least once a week. Hair tends to become dull if it is exposed to to much of sun. One way to keep your hair moist is to apply jojobaoil. Either use it as a treatment before shampooing or apply it to the ends during the day.

Before you get in the pool, wet your hair with fresh water, as it will not soak up much of chlorine. Baking soda is a wonderful inexpensive home remedy. Add ¼ cup baking soda to your shampoo. You can also mix baking soda with your conditioner. It will give your hair more volume, body and health.

Look for essential oils, herbs and vegetable oils in your hair care products. Essential oils such as rosemary, ylang-ylang and West Indian bay help to stimulate hair growth. Lavender and tea tree are naturally antiseptic and help to fight dandruff, which is a common problem during summers.Vegetable oils such as soybean oil, safflower oil and corn oil are moisturising and conditioning to the hair shaft.

Try using hair products that contain SPF protection. Hair products that contain moisturisers and SPF protection helps during summers. Dilute 2 teaspoons of SPF 25 sun block down with one cup of water. Using a spray bottle, spray the product into your damp hair before styling.

Wear a scarf, hat or cap to protect your hair from the sun but make sure that it is not too tight that it does not allow air circulation in your scalp.

With inputs from beauty expert Meenakshi Dutt