It’s no secret that our lush mane gives us confidence or that a good hair day can always set our mood for the day, but hair care experts point out that overall hair health requires nutrition at the inside and out, because what we consume and what we apply are equally important. to our beautiful braids. Apart from this, reducing stress, avoiding heat styling or avoiding using too many hair products and taking medications prescribed by a dermatologist also helps in reducing hair damage.
With the summer season here, increased UV radiation or chlorinated pools can put extreme stress on your hair, as summer is not a very hair-friendly season. Increased humidity, UV rays and heavy sweating can end up making your hair frizzy and rough and also lead to scalp buildup.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Shibani Bhatia, MBBS, MD Dermatology, DNB, FAGE, MRCP (SCE) UK from Kaya, Goregaon, advised: “Some summer hair care steps should be mandatory. To ensure that the hair does not become lifeless in the summer, moisturize it well with argan oil, especially the ends of the hair. For those with a scalp prone to oily dandruff, use shampoos containing ketoconazole, pyrithione zinc, and salicylic acid up to three times a week. Let your conditioner work longer in the shower and get a leave-in conditioner if your hair is generally frizzy. Try covering your hair with a scarf or bandana if you’re out in the sun for too long. The sun’s UV rays can ruin the protein structure of the hair. Avoid using heated styling tools and stay hydrated so your hair doesn’t lose its shine.
Arun Mundra, Manager – R&D at Pureplay Skin Sciences Pvt. Ltd shared, “If you’ve tried every dandruff solution you could get your hands on and still find yourself dusting your shoulders, it’s time to put together an anti-dandruff hair care regimen that helps solve this problem. problem (scaly) from the start. roots. So prepare to leave your experiences behind as we are now spilling the (tree) tea. Dandruff is a condition where your dead skin cells start forming and accumulating on the scalp. This is mainly due to an overproduction of sebum (oil) and a fungus called Malassezia furfur, which resides on the scalp. They thrive on oily scalps and consume excess sebum which causes dead skin cells to clump together and form white flakes called dandruff. Eventually, these flakes fall.
He revealed, “To treat dandruff, we need an effective formulation that targets the root cause of the problem, Malassezia furfur. This is made with the right blend of scientific and natural anti-dandruff actives. Zinc pyrithione, aka ZPT, is commonly used in dandruff shampoos and prolonged use can irritate the scalp. Go for a dandruff control range that has the right blend of nature and science with the goodness of tea tree oil and piroctone olamine. This combination effectively eliminates dandruff and maintains scalp health as it is free from the harmful effects of ZPT. While most people have a routine/regime for their skin, they don’t have the same for their hair. While a normal regimen of oil shampoo helps with cleansing and conditioning, a much more sophisticated approach is needed to treat a recurring condition like dandruff. So for anyone who suffers from a dandruff problem, they can follow the diet – treat-cleanse-nourish-prevent.
He listed a 4-step routine that one can follow:
Step 1: Treat with a scalp scrub: Scalp scrubs help slough off dead skin cells and remove excess oil and product buildup that clog hair follicles.
2nd step: Cleanse with dandruff shampoo enriched with safe, naturally derived dandruff actives like propanediol caprylate and piroctone olamine that help fight the fungus, Malassezia, right at the root. The shampoo also reduces itching and soothes the scalp.
Step 3: Nourish with an anti-dandruff conditioner that blends tea tree oil and natural actives to remove dandruff from hair strands and keep them nourished and hydrated. This conditioner immediately detangles and revives worn strands.
Step 4: Stop dandruff from coming back with a hard-working scalp serum that’s an effective way to deliver targeted dandruff action. The scalp serum will treat and prevent dandruff from recurring and inhibit the growth of dandruff causing Malassezia.
According to Dr. Kaustav Guha, Director of R&D at SkinKraft Labs, “Hair protein breaks down due to UV damage, leading to a variety of issues such as split ends, rough texture, hair loss, frizz, premature graying, etc. You may also see colored hair become bleached, brassy and faded during the summer. It is best to avoid coloring the hair in lighter shades during the summer as this increases the penetration of UV rays into the hair shaft. Hair care products such as sprays, serums or leave-in conditioners with SPF action can be a great help during the summer months. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can also protect your hair and scalp from the scorching sun when you spend more time outdoors.
He added: “Chlorine added to keep summer pools clean dissolves the protective lipid structure around the hair shaft. This increases the hair’s susceptibility to UV damage. Therefore, you should apply oil or leave-in conditioner to your hair or wear a swimming cap before entering chlorinated pools or even sea water. Also, it is best to do a break from hot styling tools such as flat irons, hair dryers or curling rods during the summer season.