Summer in the Middle East equals heat, which in turn leads to us all cranking up the air conditioning. You may have noticed that your hair needs an extra bit of TLC during these months – and you’re not imagining it. The sun, humidity and air conditioning can all wreak havoc on the healthiest of manes.
We spoke to Jose Ginestar, head of Sisley research and development laboratories, to find out how to solve some common summer hair problems.
How often do you recommend washing your hair to keep it looking fresh without drying out?
There is no single answer to how often people should shampoo. For the average person, every two to three days is generally fine. Some people with oily hair or someone who exercises a lot (and sweats), or someone living in very humid or polluted place might need to wash more frequently.
Many women in the UAE suffer from hair fall, what can we do to prevent this?
To prevent hair ageing and consequently hair loss, it’s important to have a good sleep cycle and a diversified diet rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Foods containing sulfur like meat, eggs, garlic or cabbage are also helpful. Good hair hygiene is essential: use soft and gentle hair products that are suitable for your scalp and fibers, and limit aggressive treatments like hair dyes.
Hair Rituel by Sisley's Revitalizing Fortifying Serum is a good prevention as it slows hair loss and contributes to strong, desnse hair.
How can we make sure our scalp stays healthy?
Hair is comprised of two parts: the hair bulb, the living part, situated at dermis level, and the hair fiber, the visible part, greatly exposed to environmental damage.
At scalp level, the hair bulb is the hair producing entity, where the cells responsible for the formation of the hair fiber and its color are concentrated. By bringing dedicated active ingredients to the scalp, the cellular mechanisms of the hair bulb are going to be boosted. Special care of the scalp is needed, as the condition of the hair directly depends on its health. The hair that is going to grow will be stronger and denser, shiner, radiant with vitality.
How do you recommend dealing with harsh air conditioning?
Just as we observe for the skin, air conditioning affects the natural protection of the scalp and hair fiber, which is needed to help maintain hydrated hair. The natural protection can be damaged, leading hair to become dry, dull, weak and brittle.
In order to avoid this drying and damaging effect, we recommend treating your hair in order to regenerate the scalp and hair fiber against external aggression. Our Regenerating Hair Care Mask is formulated to take care of the overall regeneration of the scalp and hair. Concentrated in plants extracts, proteins, vitamins and minerals, it energises both the scalp and the hair.
How important is it to protect hair from the sun?
Hair, unlike the skin, does not have any self-regeneration properties. In fact, the hair fiber does not receive any nutrients or vitamins. Sun exposure causes accelerated aging. Moreover, it can affect the colour of the hair.
After having protected the hair with a UV shield, it is also really important to use products such as masks for nutrients.