Taking care of your hair each day and through each season is essential, but when it comes to curly or wavy hair, you have to put in a little extra effort. Maintaining curly hair can be a tricky task with changing levels of humidity and heat. Dermatologist, Founder & Chairman of Dadu Medical Centre, Dr Nivedita Dadu, helps you revisit hair care routines for curly hair to ensure your scalp and hair remain unaffected by seasonal changes.
Dr Dadu firstly speaks of the nature of curly hair, saying, “Curly hair is rough because the cuticles are not tight. The hair can’t retain moisture or absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and swells up, leading to frizzy hair. This also causes hair breakage, damage to the cuticle and further swelling.” She shares the below curly hair care tips for keeping your tresses looking great during the humid summer and other seasonal changes.
• Seal in moisture once you hydrate your hair. Use gels that are great for minimising frizz, helping hair retain moisture and enhancing curl patterns. Gels contain moisture-attracting ingredients to help keep dry hair hydrated. Always apply gel over your leave-in conditioner.
• Use products like shea butter and sesame oil on curly hair. These have natural UV filtering properties. Many hair care products don’t protect hair from the sun, unless they have a SPF rating or contain known sunscreen ingredients. If you plan to be out in the sun for more than an hour, wear a stylish hat or scarf to protect your hair from sun damage.
• Use emollients to refresh curly hair and keep it from drying out between washes. Go for a styling gel that smoothens hair, adds shine and a protective barrier. For tighter curls, use heavier creams to hydrate even the most parched tresses.
• Switch to sulphate-free hair care products. Seasonal changes are often accompanied by oily hair and scalp, and investing in a good sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner will not only help to keep oil in control but also balance the pH levels of the scalp. This will help prevent any seasonal irritation or allergies.
• Wash your hair 2-3 times a week with a shampoo that’s suitable for curly hair. This will keep your scalp clean; if your scalp feels itchy and flaky, go for a medicated shampoo containing ketoconazole to treat any fungal infection you may have.
• Due to rise in temperatures, curly hair is exposed to high heat already. Further use of heat styling tools can dry out and damage the hair, so avoid using them altogether. If you must use straighteners or curling irons, cut down the damage by using heat protection products.
• Take good care of the ends of your curly strands as they get damaged quickly, being the prime reason for breakage. Oil regularly and keep the moisture intact.
• Refrigerate conditioners and styling creams before using for a refreshing feel. This will also encourage the cuticle to close.
• Go for hair care products with a pH that’s more on the acidic side. This will help cuticles stay closed.
• Nourish hair with hair care products that contain humectants like honey, wheat protein, fructose, sorbitol, glycerin, panthenol, etc.
• Avoid bleaching your curls as it can further dehydrate your hair. So, avoid going for any drastic colour changes that may require the use of bleach or other harsh chemicals.
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