May 31, 2007

Caring for your hair in summer


During summer, it’s not just the skin on the other parts of your body which sweats, even your scalp does. So you need to wash your hair more frequently. Use a good shampoo and conditioner. If you have oily hair then the problem is even more severe. However don’t overdo this washing business. A hair-wash once in two days will suffice even for the oiliest of scalps. Too much of washing and shampooing will do more harm than good.

And when you are out in the sun for longer periods, the rays can give your hair an unruly, straw-like, lusterless look. Of course, dark hair is much more resistant to the sun than any other hair color. All the same, keep your head covered with a towel or scarf if you intend staying out in the sun for long periods. Hair is best worn tied back and secured under a band during summer. If the ravages of the sun have mercilessly assaulted your hair, consider giving it a hair-spa treatment, which will breathe life into it and resurrect it to its original glory.

Olive, coconut, castor or mustard oil applied to the scalp overnight helps to keep your head cool. So do this at least once a week.

Remember to wear a swimming cap while you are in the water, be it in the sea or the swimming pool. Otherwise, the excess of salt and chlorine can cause damage to your hair. Always wash your hair immediately after swimming in chlorine-treated water to ward off itching sensation. You could even apply this hair mask with cucumber, specially effective in tackling chlorine damage to your hair.




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5 comments:

  1. Rakshita3:56 PM

    Thanks for all your great articles haircare...they are needed for sure! :)

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  2. Neelam3:58 PM

    Over-shampooing and under-conditioning are common culprits to dry and frizzy hair, especially in the summer months. Shampooing more than once a week is not recommended on naturally curly hair.

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  3. Vatsala4:03 PM

    Pay special attention to the ends of your hair; after all, they are the oldest part of the hair. Mix a bit of a conditioner with a natural oil, apply, and comb through ends; leave in for extra protection. This is a great summer hair life saver!

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  4. Vasundara9:16 AM

    I LOVE doing the baking soda wash and the apple cider vinegar rinse. Always makes my hair feel sooooo much better. Then I fall off the wagon, and use my husband's shampoo! AUGH! Drying out my hair. I'm starting back on baking soda, and had to look up the recipes. My bone straight normal brown hair always feels silky and looks shiney after a few days of using the method. It's wonderful, and I love using it on the children, as I know there is nothing to sting their eyes, as it is diluted enough. Shampoos that claim not to burn eyes mostly have numbing agents in them! So, they add a chemical that numbs the eyes so the child doesn't actually feel the irritation the shampoo may cause. It never worked for me as a kid, and usually doesn't work for my kids. Baking soda works great! And the ACV rinse is wonderful, too!

    Baking soda, also, makes a great body scrub! It's great for getting rid of the dry skin without stripping your natural oils, like soap. I LOVE it on my dry senisitve skin! And it helps clean the tub drain as it's going down!

    Some claim a dab of baking soda in each armpit makes a great natural deoderant, as well. I haven't been able to go that far, just yet... But I know there are tons of other wonderful household uses for it that are often near miraculous in how easy they work and soooo safe around pets and children (as long as they don't eat it).

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  5. Diana9:23 AM

    My hair is nearly waist-long and wavy, and I've been using the baking soda/vinegar for about four months now with GREAT results. I still shampoo about once every 3 or 4 weeks just because sometimes I miss the suds. :)
    I wash with Bob's Red Mill aluminum-free baking soda--mixed with just enough water to make it a runny paste--every 4-5 days. I scrub it into my scalp and comb it through, then rinse completely.
    I "condition" with mixture of about 1 cup of warm water to 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and 10-15 drops of essential lavender oil to smooth my hair & kill the vinegar smell while my hair air dries. My hair looks & feels fantastic now!

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