May 7, 2010 in Hair Techniques
The summer is always a big challenge for many of us when it comes to dealing with our hair. People with curly and kinky hair, particularly, go through a tough trial. It is a time when we should pay special attention to how much exposure to heat we get as it may increase the chances for split ends, hair breakage, and overly dry hair. Therefore, using good hydrating and moisturizing products regularly, as well as home techniques is key to summer haircare.
It’s not just the sun; hair styling tools — like flat irons and curlers — and chemicals overuse can also make the hair break easily and make it look dull.
5 Easy Steps to remember to keep the hair hydrated this summer
- Always use a moisturizing shampoo. There are tons to choose from in the market.
- Deep-condition your hair every week. Some hair types require more conditioning than others with deep conditioning on a weekly basis.
- Avoid heat and extreme exposure to the sun. If you must be out in the sun for a prolonged time, apply a lightweight leave-in conditioner, any type that doesn’t weigh down the hair, right after washing it and let it air-dry. For some of us, air-drying all the time would end up in curly hair. We might not want to curl our hair all the time, so the best thing to do is to apply a deep conditioner or any other moisturizing product before blow drying or using the flat iron (if you must). Flat, dull and brittle hair with split ends is not very attractive, is it?
- Do NOT wash your hair every day. Regardless of what you’ve heard, I am telling you by a series of personal experiences that it dries out your hair. It removes the natural oils from your hair.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet that includes lots of fruits. Water is also a must. It practically hydrates you in and out. So drink lots of it!
These are simple tips and the emphasis here is hydration. Bonus tip: go easy on your hair when combing it, be gentle; even guitar strings made of steel break when not handled with care!
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