Indian summers can be hard to deal with. The high mercury, humidity, dryness, dust and even untimely rain can completely take the fun out the summers, a season, which is otherwise associated with mangoes, cool lassis, and crisp light khadi. But one of the greatest challenges of this season is to find the right hair care regime. And I will tell you why a good hair oil for dandruff and hairfall can be the cure for all your summer hair problems.
High temperatures can make your hair frizzy and look lifeless. Many suffer split ends in summers. A merciless summer can also leave your scalp dry and flaky.
What To Do?
Use warm oil to massage your scalp and coat the hair strands with oil.
Massaging the roots of the hair and scalp will first help you de-stress. The warm oil will dilate the nerve endings in the scalp and allow for the nutrients in the oil to be absorbed. It will also put a coat of protection on your scalp and hair, preventing it from drying up, and keeps it nourished.
Doctors will tell you that it is important to stay hydrated during summer because the human body is 60% water. Similarly, it cannot be emphasized enough how important moisture is for your hair as well.
What To Do?
To prevent your hair from feeling rough try the warm oil massage at night and wrap your head in a warm towel to trap all the goodness inside.
It will help keep your hair detangled and soft. Remember to be kind to your hair, so the next morning use a wide-tooth comb, to comb your hair in slow, straight movements.
It is not out of the ordinary for people to join swimming classes or return to them in summers. After all, a cool dip is soaring temperatures is a summer treat. But chlorine has a tendency to make the hair dry, brittle and porous.
What To Do?
Enter the swimming pool with the oil in the hair.
The oil in the hair acts as a shield to the effects of chlorine. Once you come out of the water, ensure to rinse your hair. To add a second layer of protection, ensure you follow it up with a warm oil massage. The oil will help strengthen the roots of the hair and counter the ill-effects of chlorine on hair.
Is your office or house located close to a construction site or you have to battle heavy traffic snarls every day? Imagine waiting inside a sweltering auto or car next to a black smoke-spewing bus. It is a summer nightmare.
What To Do?
Use the laws of chemistry. Start your day with a quick warm oil massage. And cover your hair with a scarf before leaving. At the end of the day wash your hair. The dust particles will stick to the oil. In turn, the oil molecules will combine with the soap molecules and hallelujah! You will get rid of the day’s grime and dust from your hair.
Warm hair oil massage is always associated with leisure. But incorporating it in your daily routines can turn your life around. Beginning your day with a quick hair massage, where you spend a few minutes massaging the oil in the scalp through circular movements will help fight that niggling tension in your mind and calm you down. Plus, it acts as a wonderful shield to the dust and pollution. One stone two birds?
Fight Bad Odour
Have you experienced your hair smelling weird during summers due to all that sweat?
What To Do?
Contrary to existing notions that oily hair only clogs pores and makes the hair smell worse, oiling your hair can have just the opposite effect. Pick hibiscus, jasmine or amla oil while massaging your hair in the morning.
While the advantages of ayurvedic hair oil cannot be emphasized enough, it will keep your hair smelling great.
Headaches are more likely in the summers. It can be born of extreme heat, fatigue or exhaustion.
What To Do?
Heat about four teaspoons of oil. And massage your scalp and nape with the oil. Remember to close all the drapes to block out light if you think you are photosensitive. There is no need to oil the hair strands. Massaging just the scalp will do.
The warm oil helps muscles de-clench and hence reduce muscle strains and bring the pain down.
It is a common myth that hair should not be oiled in summers because they can make it oily and smelly. Hair, much like the skin, needs to be taken care of throughout the year. And oils form a very important part of the hair care regime.
What, however, must be avoided is using a one-size-fits-all method. It can cause more harm than good. There is an array of oils available in the market and pick your choice depending on the season.
Given that ours is a tropical country you might choose a light or non-sticky or even a fragrant ayurvedic oil. Light hair oil can be easily absorbed and there are fewer chances of you feeling uncomfortable under the hot sun or in humid conditions. A fragrant oil can, on the other hand, can keep your smelling nice and do away with that musty smell. The point is to ensure that you understand your hair and do accordingly.
Remember, that the temperature of your hair oil in summers is just right. If the oil is too hot it will not only scald your scalp but also damage your hair. But again, if it is not warm enough it will not have any effect. So, here a trick. Dip your fingertip in the oil. If it is too hot for your fingers, it will be too hot for your scalp.
Dr. Tambe (Ayurvedic Practioner)
Dr. Tambe is an Ayurvedic Consultant, practicing in Satara City, Maharashtra for the last 45 years.He comes from a long line of Ayurvedic doctors. His grandfather and father were both Vaidyas, therefore he wanted to continue the family legacy.This year, his family will celebrate 100 years of Ayurvedic service.