Is your hairbrush accumulating too many of your hair strands?
Hair woes are common with women, be it summers of winters. With the super-stressed lives that we lead, losing hair or premature greying comes as no surprise. If your hair fall has lead to an alarming stage, and you are losing clumps of hair, then it is high time, that you do something about it.
Usually, hair goes through three primary phases:
- The Anagen phase where the hair strands begin and continue to grow.
- Next up, the Catagen phase, where the growth phase comes to a halt.
- The final stage is the Telogen phase, where the hair “rests” for about 100 days, before eventually falling off.
Hair grows much faster in summers, as compared to winters. It is in winters when most women experience more hair fall than usual.
Summer Hair Care Tips:
- Cover your head with a scarf: The UVA and UVB rays of the sun can damage the hair by potentially drying them, and damaging their natural hair color. A headscarf will act as a physical barrier and protect your hair.
- Say no to heat styling: Avoid heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, curlers, to protect your hair from being further roasted. If you have to style your hair, look for simpler hair styling ways like hair rollers, or tying your hair in a bun when it is wet to create those lived-in beachy curls and waves.
- Wash your hair regularly: Many women avoid washing their hair because it is time-consuming and requires styling. Summer sweating leads to a build-up of dirt and moisture in the scalp which can lead to dandruff, hair fall, and scalp infections. Make sure you wash your hair every alternative day in summer. Use a mild shampoo, so that it does not strip your hair of its natural oils.
- Try a tea rinse: Instead of spending your money on fancy hair-care products, try a home remedy! Tea is a natural conditioner which adds shine & lustre to the hair, removes bacteria from the scalp and contributes to overall hair growth. Use green tea or chamomile tea to rinse your hair after every hair wash. Let the rinse sit in your hair and do not wash it off. Your hair will thank you for it.
What Winters demand:
While summers are humid and sweaty, winters are dry and drain out the moisture from your hair. Your hair care regime should change as we transition from summer to winter.
- Oil your hair: You might notice that your hair feels dry and damaged during winters. That is because the scalp lacks oils and natural lipids. Oiling your hair will bring back some much-needed moisture to the hair shaft and scalp. Your hair will become shiny and healthy if you continue with it, in the long run.
- Hair masks: Good nourishing hair masks are like food for your hair, therefore, you should pay careful attention to do one hair mask every week. You can use ingredients such as bananas, eggs, gelatin, flaxseed, etc., in your hair, to provide ample nutrition to the hair, so that it grows faster.
- Avoid washing your hair with hot water: Hot water tends to open the hair cuticles which can lead to frizziness in hair. To control frizz always wash your hair with cold water so that it seals the cuticles and keeps your hair manageable.
- Deep conditioning: While in summer you can get away with simply conditioning your hair, in winters, you will have to deep condition the hair to make sure it remains soft and smooth. A thick, creamy conditioner will work wonders to nourish the fibers and make the hair strands thick and strong. Aloe Vera mixed with milk cream can also act as an excellent DIY conditioner.
Apart from topical application, eat healthily, drink lots of water and have a protein-rich diet. Increase your calcium intake and have supplements if required.
Get started and focus on hair care now ladies!