It’s not unnatural to need to switch your haircare products to suit the changing temperatures and seasons. Surely, what works in the dry winters can’t make good on its word during the humid summer months too. So, while you may revel in the glory of the sun, sand, beaches, and pools, make note that your hair needs as much attention as your skin; your sunblock should always be accompanied by a protector for your tresses—could be as simple as a scarf, or as complex as a hair mist or spray!
However, be sure to get to the root of the problem and verify its source. Often, during this time of the year the scalp tends to naturally produce more oil (sebum) than usual. This paves the path for dandruff sightings, an itchy scalp that seals in perspiration, bacteria build-up, and sometimes scalp infections due to the excessive humidity in the area. The ultimate litmus test is whether your strands continue to be on an oily streak, despite having used all the right products and doing your fair-share of mane detoxes.
But, don’t you worry, because there really are some simple ways to fix the problem. Here is a list of guidelines and DIY tricks to make sure you keep your mane looking fabulous and non-greasy this summer.
DO: A general rule of thumb when it comes to washing your hair is to be sparing if you have normal or dry hair. Skip a day or two in between washes. If you always have oily hair, go ahead and use a shampoo with a pH balance of 6.7 or greater, to battle oil over-production and build-up by washing it every day. Conditioners are fine as long as you only apply them on the ends of your hair.
DO: If you’re outdoors for long periods during the day, protect your strands with a scarf or a large hat. This will prevent your mane from sun damage, which also needs screening protection like your skin. Also, pool parties call for leave-in conditioners or essential oils that will coat your tresses and protect them against the chlorine.
DO: Keep your diet clean and light. Be sure to hydrate by guzzling down enough water (about 8 tall glasses every day), and load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamins are important too. You can take supplements (consult your physician), or just eat foods rich in iron (think apples), omega 3 (think fish), and Vitamin C (think citrus).
DON’T: If you are constantly experiencing oily hair this summer, do not keep brushing or combing through it. This will spread the oil from the scalp to the rest of your hair shaft, making it look greasy.
DIY Saves For Your Scalp
Lemons To The Rescue: Squeeze out the juice of 2 lemons and mix it in with eucalyptus oil. Massage the concoction into your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash as usual. This helps fight over-production of sebum and bacteria that could be causing pore blockage.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Use it as a rinse in between your shampoo and conditioning routine. All you need to do is mix the vinegar with water and apply it to your scalp. Leave it on for 5 minutes, rinse and condition. This quick wash helps fight dandruff and prevents oil build-up.
Aloe Vera: An ideal fix for greasiness, all you need is 2 cups water, 1 cup aloe vera gel, and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Apply on your scalp and see immediate results.
Add to these quick-fixes some simple tricks to #FightTheFrizz, and you’ll be the belle of the ball this summer.