Having soft and shiny hair is a priority for many Singaporeans, with more people now spending money on DIY treatments and special shampoos as a way to care for their hair without having to go to the salon. However, getting beautiful hair can be a challenge, as the country’s hot and humid weather can result in dry and frizzy hair, an itchy scalp, and greasy roots. To keep your hair healthy and in good condition, it’s important to use the right products and hairstyling techniques to protect your tresses from heat and humidity. Here’s how to build a hair care routine for Singapore’s hot and humid weather.
Prevent your hair colour from fading
Love going outdoors when the sun is at its hottest? You may want to cover up your hair, especially if you dye it. Regular exposure to sunlight can cause colour-treated hair to fade, so protect it by wearing a hat or a headscarf before going outside. To keep your hair healthy, re-colour tresses with a natural and eco-friendly product, such as a vegan hair dye. It contains botanical ingredients to strengthen and protect hair from damage, and it’s less likely to irritate your scalp, even if you dye your hair frequently.
Wash your hair the right way
Washing your hair after getting all hot and sweaty outdoors is a must to get soft, bouncy, and fresh-smelling hair. Wash hair with lukewarm water to effectively get rid of oils and dirt, and use a shampoo that’s right for your hair type. Dry hair should be washed with a moisturising shampoo that contains shea butter, argan oil, or coconut oil, while those with oily hair will benefit from using a clarifying or purifying shampoo that contains tea tree oil or chamomile essential oil.
Don’t forget conditioner
Most people skip conditioner, as some formulas can weigh hair down and make it look limp and lifeless. However, the right one can nourish your hair and scalp, and keep it soft and hydrated. Since heat and humidity can dry out hair, it’s important to use conditioner after every wash, so find one with a lightweight formula, or make a DIY conditioner using ingredients from your kitchen. Try mashing up an avocado or banana, and combine with a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply it to your hair, leave it in for 15 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Treat your hair with detoxifying rinses and hydrating masks
Detoxifying rinses can clear the hair and scalp of grime and product build-up, so use them every week to get clean and shiny hair. You can get a ready-made rinse from brands such as Yves Rocher or Chagrin Valley, or use apple cider vinegar as a clarifying rinse. To bring dry hair back to life, use a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment every week, and choose formulas that don’t contain silicon, as they can dry and weigh hair down.
Don’t let heat and humidity rob your hair of its health and vitality. Try these tips to get clean, soft, shiny and manageable hair, and remember to use products that are right for your hair type to get the best results.