Impact of seasonal changes on hair & scalp

Impact of seasonal changes on hair & scalp

Seasonal changes can profoundly impact hair to the extent that certain hygrometers utilise it as a measuring tool, as it alters in length in response to the moisture present in the environment. In highly humid conditions, straight hair turns wavy, while curly & coily hair becomes frizzy and unmanageable. Season change also has a role to play with respect to hair fall and breakage. During summer, with excess exposure to heat, dust, dirt and harsh sun rays, our hair has the tendency to become dull and dry, which in turn causes brittleness leading to breakage and hair fall. 

When hair is exposed to harmful UV rays, the outermost layers, known as cuticles, are the first to be affected. The outer cuticle layers are subjected to the most intense radiation, which can disrupt the proteins and amino acids present in the hair. This reduces the protective capacity of the cuticle layers, leaving the inner core vulnerable to radiation. Over time, the cells and cell membranes in the hair begin to rupture, leading to damage to the hair's structural integrity.

The heat and humidity can cause your hair to become frizzy, dry, and brittle. With the scalp as well, you may experience itchiness and dryness.. To tackle these problems, it is important to get to the root of them. For instance, your hair care routine should include nourishing agents that can not just improve the appearance of your hair but also contribute to decreasing the ill effects of warm weather. Regular hair-washing practices are recommended to eliminate sweat and dirt buildup, especially during summer.

Unmanageable hair is in no way flattering, and when combined with heat, it is only a recipe for disaster. In this blog, let’s dive into summer hair care and why it is important, especially if you're keen on achieving your hair goals this summer.

Cleansing is the foundation of your hair care regime. By picking out a shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair concerns, you are less likely to suffer from the ill effects of rising temperatures. Maintaining the pH balance of your scalp, removing excess oil and dirt, and promoting a healthy environment for hair growth are some of the benefits that can be obtained from using the right shampoo and conditioner.

If you happen to receive hard water, like 70% of the population in the country, there is a high chance that your hair & scalp are already damaged. The presence of hard water can result in the accumulation of metal-ion deposits on the scalp, which may lead to dryness, brittleness, stickiness, and weakening of the hair. This buildup can also clog the pores on the scalp, causing the hair to become thinner over time and exacerbating scalp conditions such as dryness, dandruff, eczema, and flaking. Additionally, hard water can reduce the effectiveness of keratin treatments, smoothening treatments, and other hair treatments.

We recommend iluvia’s 3-step hair care routine that comprises the Hard Water Shampoo, Squalene Restorative Conditioner and Intensive Hair Care Serum. This combination uses natural chelating agents to effectively remove mineral buildup caused by hard water from the hair and scalp in a gentle manner. Moreover, it incorporates advanced water-soluble silicones that protect against potential damage to the hair. The Intensive Hair Care Serum is suitable for dry, frizzy hair and is the perfect pre-styling essential before the use of heat styling tools.

However, if you’re looking for a hair serum that specifically offers protection from humidity & harsh sun rays, look no further. Our Hair Protection Serum contains natural actives and enriching oils that safeguard hair against environmental factors such as moisture, pollutants, and UV light. It tames unruly hair and also helps in minimising oxidative stress.

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To sum up, as the summer season approaches, there needs to be a shift in your hair care routine to prioritise its health and prevent significant damage. Try hair care products explicitly targeting frizz, dryness, and scalp irritation. Additionally, regular deep conditioning treatments, trims, and a balanced diet can contribute to keeping your hair healthy, shiny & fuss-free.

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