Find it tricky to style your sweaty hair during the summer?
Although it’s a wonderful season filled with sunshine, the worst thing about summer is the heat.
Summer spells disaster for your precious tresses. As if the sweat and grime weren’t causing enough trouble to your scalp, the sweltering heat can end up frying your hair and creating loads of hair problems. Hair care can be tricky during summer because not one size fits all. Hair problems like dandruff, frizz, dryness, flaky scalp, and hair fall are very common during summer since your hair comes directly in contact with dust, sunlight, pollution, and nasty chemicals.
And that is why having a tried-and-true hair care regimen is important for maintaining its health and shine. A hair rinse is an essential part of any hair care routine and can solve many of your hair problems during Summers .
A hair rinse is essentially the last step of washing your hair. It’s super simple and hardly takes a couple of extra minutes.
Apple cider vinegar rinse: It works by balancing the scalp and hair pH, removing product build-up, and treating dry hair and dandruff.
Apple cider with its acetic acid excellently removes the build-up of residue on the scalp.
It works for your hair if they are too dry or too oily. It also seals the hair cuticle, helping hair to retain moisture and in turn, allowing the hair to shine to its full potential. Simply dilute 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water and use it as a last rinse. Your hair will shine!
After doing your usual shampoo and conditioning regimen, pour the Apple cider vinegar into your hair and let it sit for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your scalp requirements. Rinse with cool water and scrub well to get the vinegar scent out. You can use it twice a month
Beer: Even teetotallers can’t deny the beauty benefits of beer. This fizzy, alcoholic drink is a tried-and-tested remedy for giving body and shines to your hair. Flat beer is a popular rinse to get glossy locks due to its sugar and alcohol content.
Once you have shampooed, Rinse your dull, unmanageable hair by pouring the flat beer throughout your hair right from the roots. Let it sit for a few minutes and wash it away with cold water. Make sure you thoroughly wash off the beer or else you will end up smelling like a brewery when it dries
Lemon: Add the juice of one lemon to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. This helps to reduce oiliness and adds shine to the hair.
Marigold (Gainda flowers): Add a handful of fresh or dried marigold flowers to two cups of hot water. Allow it to stand for one hour. Strain the water and cool it. Use it as a hair rinse.
Hibiscus (Javakusuma): Javakusuma, which is also called “gurhal,” has been traditionally used for hair care. The leaves and flowers can both be used. Make cold and warm air rinses. Hibiscus not only conditions the hair and adds lustre, but is particularly useful in preventing dandruff. For hot infusions, add the flowers and leaves to hot water and leave them for 10 hours. Strain and use the water as a last rinse. For cold infusions, the flowers and leaves are allowed to stand in cold water in a ratio of one to six. They are then lightly crushed with the fingers in the water and strained. The water may then be used as a rinse.
Tea & Lemon: To add shine, you can give the hair a tea-water and lemon rinse after shampoo. Boil used tea leaves again in enough water. After boiling, you should have about 4 cups of tea-water. Cool and strain it. Then add the juice of a lemon and use it as a last rinse after shampoo. Tea contains tannin which adds shine to the hair and makes it silky.
Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds: If there is dandruff, there is nothing like a fenugreek or methi seed rinse. It is also said to help hair growth and add shine. Soak 3 tablespoons methi seeds in a mug of water and soak overnight. Next morning, strain the water and use it as a last rinse.
Neem leaves: Add two handfuls of neem leaves to four cups of hot water. Let it stand overnight. Next morning, strain the water and use it to rinse the hair. It relieves itching and keeps the scalp healthy and free from infections. It is useful in dandruff.
To remove odour from the hair: For a fragrant hair rinse, add the juice of a lemon and half a cup of rose water to a mug of water and use as a last rinse after washing the hair.
Diet: Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and curd in your daily diet. Sprouts are very important for healthy and shiny hair. They contain amino acids, which are very beneficial for good health and healthy hair.
(The author is a beauty expert)
Homemade hair rinses during Summers