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.
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.
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.