Hair problems are often linked to poor hair care habits and lack of nutrition. Environmental factors like saline water and extreme weather conditions –hot or cold – can also damage the scalp and hair. This is especially true for Singapore, where sun exposure can dull the hair and can trigger hair fall, hair thinning, and premature graying of hair.
Getting timely scalp treatment and taking steps to ensure protection against the sun is highly important. Here is how to protect hair from sun and environmental damage.
Shampooing with care
Hair can get greasy in summers; so you may constantly feel the urge to wash your hair every day. However, washing every day can cause a different problem. The drying action of the shampoo can send oil production glands into a tizzy, making the scalp even greasier. The solution is to use a mild shampoo for itchy scalp, like the ADV Purifying Scalp Cleanser, which regulates sebum production.
Research also proves that air conditioned environments rob the hair of its moisture. Prevent the drying out of the scalp by using a conditioner every time you wash. If you need to stay mostly outdoors, do not step out without a moisturizing product, like the ADV Hydration Cream.
Avoid hot tools
With the heat of the sun already frying out your locks, it is better to keep additional heat away. Increased levels of heat can make the hair brittle and take away their natural luster. Keep the blow-dryer to the lowest setting possible. It is even better to wash the hair half an hour in advance and let it air-dry. Excessive heat can also cause/aggravate scalp infections like psoriasis and staph. This needs urgent scalp treatment. Resist the urge to scratch, and get hair spa to moisturize your scalp. Argan oil can help revive the luster and shine in your hair.
Tips for protection from the sun
- The tips of the hair are the worst affected from exposure to the sun. Common warning signs include dry tips and split ends. You need not shorten your hair totally, but regular trims are important.
- Those with colored hair are at an increased risk from sun damage. If you have colored hair, try to step out with a hat or a scarf on. It is even better to color your hair using trichologist-approved hair dyes with botanical extracts.
- Certain hairstyles can help avoid the frizz that comes with exposure to the sun. Braids, buns, knots, and ponytails keep frizz away by reducing sweating.
- Argan oil can be used as a nourishing sunscreen for the hair. The ADV Argan Oil is a leave-in treatment that protects hair against UV damage.
Apart from your regular visit to the hair spa, there is a lot you can do to combat sun and environmental damage to your locks. Deep conditioning with natural ingredients like aloe vera, and almond and coconut oil can restore the lost moisture of your hair. Washing with lemons and apple cider vinegar can keep moisture away. For brittle hair, egg masks can be effective. Hard water and pollution can dry up your locks and trigger premature aging. Use the ADV Argan Oil Treatment Mask to provide intensive care to dry, lifeless hair.