CURLS UN­FURL THOSE locks Tame those un­ruly

You dread sum­mer­time for all the dry­ness and frizzi­ness the sum­mer heat brings to your curly crop. Read on to put a full stop to all things un­man­age­able.

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It’s that time of the year when sweat, grime and hu­mid­ity play havoc with your beloved tresses. If you are al­ready on your knees plead­ing for some so­lu­tion, your prayers have been an­swered! HAIR ex­perts celebrity stylist As­gar Sa­boo, renowned beau­ti­cian Shah­naz Hu­sain and Dharmesh (Dodo) Hin­go­rani of Zido Sa­lon are here to tell you what to do and what not to.

What a mess!

The heat of sum­mer as well as the hu­mid­ity can prove quite dam­ag­ing for those who have curly hair. These weather con­di­tions of­ten pro­duce out-of-con­trol frizz that weighs curly hair down. The hair tends to swell and be­comes mat­ted and rough. The salt in your sweat, along with en­vi­ron­men­tal grime, makes the hair rough and robs it of lus­tre and body. Curly hair can be­come curlier, rougher and frizzier mak­ing it hard to man­age and style it.

Wash, mois­turise, pro­tect

In sum­mers it is nec­es­sary to wash your hair once in two days. Wash hair with a mild herbal sham­poo or sul­fate­free clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo since sodium lau­ryl sul­fate, a key in­gre­di­ent in most sham­poos, is harsh on curly hair. Rinse out the sham­poo well. Use a lit­tle amount of a good con­di­tioner and mas­sage it lightly into the hair. Leave on for 2 min­utes and rinse off . A leave-on-con­di­tioner or serum may also be used to soften the hair and pro­vide pro­tec­tion. You should al­ways use a sun pro­tec­tion spray be­fore go­ing out as these sprays usu­ally con­tain high per­for­mance SPF that pro­tect hair from UV rays. •

In sum­mers it is nec­es­sary to wash your hair once in two days. Wash hair with a mild herbal sham­poo or a sul­fate-free clar­i­fy­ing one.

In-sa­lon treat­ments

Celebrity stylist As­gar Sa­boo says, “I’d rec­om­mend deep treat­ments that in­clude a mix of pro­teins and amino acids that nour­ish and hy­drate the curls.” There’s Moroccanoil In­tense Hy­drat­ing treat­ment for medium to thick curly hair, and Moroccanoil Weight­less Hy­drat­ing treat­ment for medium to fine curly hair. It is bet­ter to avoid high­light­ing or colour­ing hair in this sea­son as it tends to make hair more por­ous. You need to go for a hair spa at least once in 15 days. Spa treat­ments are par­tic­u­larly good for dam­aged, frizzy and brit­tle hair. Lux­u­ri­ous deep con­di­tion­ing and head mas­sages re­pair, nour­ish and smoothen the hair cu­ti­cles.

The Shah­naz Hu­sain touch: Home reme­dies

• Get a hot oil ther­apy done once a week. First brush the hair to get rid of im­pu­ri­ties. Heat se­same seed ( til) oil or olive oil and ap­ply on the hair. If the hair is dry and dam­aged, use pure co­conut oil or al­mond oil. Mas­sage the scalp gen­tly, ac­tu­ally mov­ing the scalp in small ro­tat­ing move­ments. Then put on a hot towel wrap.

• Take two drops of a light veg­etable oil, like sun­flower oil. Put it on your palms and rub them lightly to­gether. Smooth the palms over the hair or take the ends of the hair and scrunch them. Leave the oil on.

• Mix some wa­ter with creamy hair con­di­tioner and put it in a spray bot­tle. Spray the mix­ture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through.

• Here is an easy-to-make hair mask: Mix to­gether one egg, one ta­ble­spoon cas­tor oil, the juice of a lemon and one tea­spoon pure glyc­erin or honey. Ap­ply on the hair, wear a plas­tic shower cap and keep on for an hour, be­fore wash­ing the hair.

Ex­pert styling tips

• Sum­mer is the best time to show your curly hair off, which is why you should leave it as nat­u­ral as you can.

• Just use a leave-in con­di­tioner or high-shine prod­uct and accessorise.

• Go for a bow, a chic head band or a few hair clips, and give your curls a sum­mery touch.

• Don’t stress curly hair with too much of blow-dry­ing or iron­ing in sum­mers.

• Use cream-based prod­ucts like Moroccanoil In­tense Curl Creme for thicker hair and Moroccanoil Curl De­fine Creme for fine hair, as they fight hu­mid­ity mak­ing your curls look­ing great all day.

Th The right ih prod­ucts

You can use herbal sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers from Shah­naz Hu­sain’s range of prod­ucts, or go for L’Oréal EverCurl Hy­dracharge sul­fate-free range of sham­poo, con­di­tion­ers and serums. Stylist Dharmesh (Dodo) of Zido Sa­lon rec­om­mends the Moroccanoil Hy­drat­ing range. Hair masks and packs help to re­pair hair fol­li­cles and keep dan­druff and itch­i­ness at bay. Shah­naz Hu­sain’s Flower Power range con­sists of var­i­ous nour­ish­ing ton­ics and packs. Also rec­om­mended are Shah­naz Hu­sain’s Heena Hair Food, Hair But­ter and Protein Pack. All renowned brands of­fer prod­ucts to fight against frizz and hu­mid­ity in the form of creams, con­di­tion­ers and serums. You can try Shah­naz Hu­sain’s Black Di­a­mond Hair serum or L’Oréal’s EverSleek and NutriSleek prod­ucts to beat hu­mid­ity.

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