We all want long, luscious locks, but the soaring temperatures can dry out your hair, leaving it limp and lifeless. Here are a few ways to get those envious locks.
1. Sulfate free shampoos
The less you shampoo your hair, the more natural oils it will retain. Obviously you don't want your hair looking greasy, but allow the natural oils condition your hair. Additionally, when choosing a shampoo, sulfate free ones are the best for your hair. They often contain less harsh detergents, or none at all, and therefore help preserve your hair's natural oil. Many sulfate free shampoos can also help fight dandruff.
2. Stimulate your scalp
Try using peppermint or eucalyptus oils to massage your hair and scalp. Simply massage the oil into your scalp and leave for a half hour before washing your hair. This helps increase circulation and blood flow to your follicles, boosting growth.
Hair that is well conditioned is less likely to get split ends and dry roots. So, even if you wash your hair without shampoo, be sure to condition. Split ends will only cause your hair to break off and will prevent it from growing long and thick.
4. Brushing your hair
Ripping through wet tangles creates split ends, so try gently running a wide-tooth plastic comb from roots to end. Additionally, unless you are styling your hair (with a flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer) avoid brushing your hair. It only makes it more dry and brittle.
5. Styling your hair
Avoid applying heat to your hair. Instead of curling your hair, try braiding it the night before. By finding heat-less solutions to hair styling you can protect your shiny locks. If you have to use heat, be sure to use a serum beforehand to protect your hair.
As always, managing your diet can help you protect your shiny tresses. Some of the best foods for healthy hair:
-Almond butter: the vitamin E in almonds helps keep your hair thick and shiny
-Tangerines/baby oranges: the B12 in tangerines helps combat hair loss
-Amla (Indian gooseberry): helps give you glowing hair (and skin!)
-Spinach: many times, a lack of iron can cause hair loss. Spinach is an excellent source of iron and other minerals that can combat hair loss and lack of shine in your hair. It also prevents premature greying. You can always trust our Dermatologist in case you suffer from any hair problems. They are just a call away!