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How to protect hair against summer heat

During summer, your hair is exposed to many harsh elements and can have numerous after-effects. Over-exposure to the sun's harmful rays, sweat, humidity, and of course, spending too much time in a swimming pool, can be damaging for your locks. They can also leave your hair dull, dry and brittle.

- Be Sun-smart: Ultraviolet rays are bad news for both skin and hair. Too much sun can leave hair dry, fragile and faded. Make sure to always cover hair before leaving the house. Use hats, scarves, bandanas or umbrella to protect your hair from harmful rays.

- Get rid of split ends: Dry and brittle hair can cause split ends, which will run down to the root of your hair if not treated. Trimming is not the answer to split ends, as in most cases, you will end up with rough edges and increased split ends instead. It is important to take care of split ends by using right shampoos and conditioners.

- Say no to chemical processing: Avoid chemical processing such as coloring, bleaching, stripping or excessive salon styling of hair during summer. It is not a hair-friendly season to undergo harsh treatments and use extra heat on your hair.

- Always brush your hair: Brushing your hair regularly will not only keep it free from knots, but it will stimulate circulation in the scalp which encourages blood flow to the roots of your hair. The golden rule of brushing is: The longer your hair, the bigger your brush should be. But never brush or comb wet hair; this can lead to hair breakage at the ends.