Summer means extreme hot temperatures, humidity and sweat which could mean infections and sun damage. Your hair, like your skin, bears the brunt of summer because it is exposed to the sun and hot air. It is not a surprise then that with summer, so many of us experience plenty of hair problems. The worst part is that while fixing those hair problems, we can actually end up worsening the overall health of our hair. These are some of the most common problems that can affect your hair and what you can do about those.

Sweaty scalp: Wiping away sweat from your face is easy but what do you do when your hair and scalp are covered in sweat? Many also experience an excessively oily scalp in summers. Shampooing hair every day to feel fresh and clean would seem like the easiest solution. But this can strip the natural oils from your hair and make the hair excessively dry. It is best to tie up the hair when outdoors and leave the hair open when indoors to help your scalp feel cool. If you wish, you could lightly rinse your hair with water and leave it to dry naturally. If you want to shampoo your hair every day, use a mild, organic shampoo. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain says that you must avoid oiling as much as possible and wash the hair three or four days a week, using a mild herbal shampoo. “Apply shampoo just once and use very little. Dilute it with a little water and then apply. Rinse the hair with water, in order to get rid of all soapy and oily residues.”

Sun damage: The sun is particularly harsh on your hair in summer. Your hair can get damaged in different ways by the sun: it can get frizzy, dry, brittle and weak. It is best to cover your hair with a scarf and avoid direct sunlight during the major part of the day.

Chlorine effects: Love to go swimming in summer? The chlorine in swimming pools can make your hair very dry and coarse. It is always advisable to wet your hair in a shower before your dip. This makes the hair absorb less water from the swimming pool. Always use a swimming hair cap.