The summer months bring longer and warmer days, and are also accompanied by increased sun exposure and excess moisture in the air, which can damage hair and scalp. With all the fun programs the sun brings with it, and along with the fact that sunscreen is already pocket money, you should not neglect your hair. Here are some facts and tips you may not have known, that can improve your quality of life.
What happens when there is not enough overlap?
Remember that the scalp is the maker of fat, the substance that protects the hair, so it should be washed gently, massaged gently so as not to damage it. Contamination, heat and daily routine can soil the hair and therefore overlap frequently. When not taken care of, the hair will be drier, more brittle and the moisture in the hair will evaporate. It is important to keep the scalp clean and healthy so that the hair can also breathe easily.
Oily hair requires more dense overlap
Overlap varies depending on the type of hair and the level of scalp fat between people. There are those who must wash every day and there are those who cannot wash every day. The more oily the scalp and hair is recommended to wash the hair more, dry hair does not require as much overlap as oily hair.
This is how they overlap
When overlapping the hair it is advisable to clean the scalp first and only then the length of the hair, overlapping the length of the hair alone can cause the hair to be rough and look frizzy and out of control.
Hair mask is not intended for use on the root
Whenever you use shampoo, you should also use a hair conditioner or hair mask to moisturize the hair, neutralize the electric charge and soften the hair. Try to apply them on the lengths and ends of the hair and not into the scalp.
Do not rub
Rubbing the wet hair with a towel can cause damage to the hair like knots, breaking the hair or frizzy hair, which will make it difficult to comb and care for the hair. Wet hair is more sensitive and breaks more easily than dry hair. To avoid such situations, you can wrap your hair in a towel to absorb the moisture, or let it dry naturally in the air.
Reduce hair dryer use
It is advisable to reduce as much as possible the drying of hair using heat dryers (like a straightener) as these also dry out the moisture of the hair which can cause the hair to weaken and break.
Irritation and itching of the scalp
The scalp produces natural fats, if sebum is secreted in large quantities the scalp becomes oily. Sometimes there is an itching phenomenon in the scalp, in these cases it is worthwhile and important to be examined by a dermatologist to diagnose whether it is a temporary or permanent phenomenon of a skin problem such as seborrhea or psoriasis.
Wet hair is not attractive
In summer, those with long hair are more likely to pick it up. Do not pull the hair when it is wet, it weakens it and can cause baldness, it should be collected gently and preferably when it is dry.
What is important to know when choosing hair products:
*It is recommended to choose a shampoo that is gentle enough but will cleanse the scalp of excess fats. Preparation without farbanes and without SLS These are extremely gentle preparations and the chances of irritation on the scalp are smaller.
*For hair that suffers from dandruff, it is recommended to choose a shampoo that contains ingredients such as zinc perinethion – an anti-fungal ingredient and salicylic acid that peels off the dead cells gently from the scalp.
*It is recommended to wash with preparations that also contain natural ingredients that can help the health of the hair and scalp.
*It is recommended to check that the preparation has a high concentration of Saponins (saponins), a compound with natural cleansing and foaming properties used in soaps and lotions. It is also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. For example, a shampoo containing the soap tree plant plant known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. In addition, the plant contains a high concentration of saponins, which are characterized by natural cleansing and lathering properties that are essential for the development of soaps and shampoos for hair.
*Indigo – a Medicinal Plant from Chinese Medicine – Studies show that the indigo plant, a plant derived from Chinese medicine, has been found to be very effective in inhibiting the proliferation of skin cells and is therefore effective in reducing the appearance of dandruff.
Dropout over two months? Notice this
Over 40% of women suffer from hair loss and baldness to one degree or another. The natural rate of hair loss is between 50 and 100 hairs a day. Beyond that, hair loss is already considered a problem and if it lasts more than two months – a dermatologist should be consulted who will diagnose the type of hair loss and recommend treatment accordingly.
Reactive dropout – There are many reasons for baldness in women such as: mental stress, childbirth, old age, medications taken on a regular basis, birth control pills, too tight hair hairstyle, hair dyes and straightening, iron deficiency and more. That is, due to a hormonal genetic predisposition.
Hormonal shedding – Due to excess testosterone.
Hair lengthens faster in summer
Hair and nails lengthen faster in summer, compared to other seasons. In summer and heat, the blood vessels dilate and thus the blood flow is higher, which accelerates growth.
Wash immediately after a stay in the pool (s)
After spending time at the sea or in the pool it is important to wash immediately – true, it is not always doable, but the logic behind it is to prevent dryness, breakage and splitting of the hair that the chemicals in chlorine can cause and the salts in the sea as well. Chlorine tends to dry out the scalp, and those with sensitive skin will suffer more from dehydration, itching and dandruff in the summer season.
Wear a hat
When exposing hair to the sun – it is recommended to use a hat with sunscreens. True, the hair itself does not burn from the sun, but it does affect the entire hair, whether it is in the color of the hair, and its strength. And yes, it is recommended not to expose the scalp to the sun
It is recommended not to play and touch the hair a lot
This can lead to oily hair, our hands are dirty and we oil the hair if we touch it too much, on the other hand, too many touches can dry it out, the natural moisture level in the hair is damaged as a result of the many touches, and the hair can become frizzy, curly and lackluster.
** Dr. Eitan Berman is a dermatologist