Hair and the Israeli summer

We’re all familiar with the “hot but pleasant” Israeli summer with the sun beating down on our heads.

But how does the summer affect our hair?!?!?!?

Summer brings humidity, dust, and perspiration, which, among other things, makes our hair dull, curly, and dry, which could lead to dandruff.

In addition, summer brings the bathing season but also chlorine and salt to our hair.

Regular visits to the swimming pool and the sea, in addition to the sun beating down on our heads, is very unhealthy for our hair and, after being in the pool or the sea, our hair feels dry and unpleasant to touch.

So what do we do???

When spending a lot of time in the sun, we must wear a head covering or a hat in order to protect our scalp and, of course, it should not be too tightly fitting so as not to damage the scalp and to allow the hair to “breathe”.

Using a good moisturizing mask or a natural mask, such as coconut oil, the heart of the aloe vera plant, or olive oil can help us to overcome the effects of the Israeli sun in the summer months.

Maintaining a good diet is important all year round; therefore, in summer too, a proper diet is one of the most useful tools we can use to protect our hair in the long run.

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Foods that are not healthy for hair

A lot of experts point out that our hair is directly and greatly affected by our diet. Food has a direct impact on the quantity of minerals and vitamins that we consume and when we consume unhealthy foods or when we do not consume the vitamins and minerals needed to protect healthy hair, we could suffer from a deficiency of vitamin D and/or proteins and/or iron, which could damage our hair.
Below is a list of foods that contribute to hair loss:
Sugary foods: Sugar has a direct effect on the body’s ability to absorb proteins. If your food is saturated with sugar, we recommend to change it.
Food with a high sugar content makes the body produce insulin more intensively and, later on, directly produces androgen that contributes to shrinking hair fibers and to a possible hair loss. In addition, sugar slows down the rate of protein absorption in the body, which is very important for stimulating hair growth.
Fatty fried food: Foods that are unhealthy for our stomach are usually also not healthy for our hair.
Food saturated in oil can cause clogging and blocking of pores, which leads directly to hair loss.
Pastries and foods made from white flour – Processed carbohydrates are broken down by the body into sugar. Carbohydrates do not contain any components that are healthy for our hair, and a diet with a lot of carbohydrates could contribute to hair loss.
Salty snacks – An excess of salt in our body increases the level of sodium in the blood, which then causes dehydration that could lead to hair loss; therefore, in order to protect the health of your hair, you can continue to snack but do it in moderation and with awareness.
Alcoholic beverages – Alcohol is one of the substances that causes bodily dehydration. We have all noticed the feeling of dryness after partying all night – our hair gets the same feeling; it becomes dry and fragile, which could lead to hair loss.
Alcohol causes a reduction of zinc levels in the body. This mineral is responsible to a large extent for the strength of our hair.

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All you need to know about washing your hair

Washing your hair is an automatic almost every-day activity, and we usually don’t invest any mental effort in doing it.

We have listed some tips for you for washing your hair properly.

First of all, it’s recommended to wash your hair in lukewarm water. Washing it in hot water opens the pores in your head and, among other things, makes your scalp soft, which may cause hair loss when toweling your hair and then combing it after washing it.

It’s always preferable to apply conditioner to the tips of the hair and the little that remains on our hands to apply to the scalp gently with the pads of our fingers.

After washing, make sure to rinse off all the shampoo from the scalp thoroughly; shampoo left on the scalp may cause hair to lose its shine and to look thinner.

Try to avoid using body soap or shower gel to wash your hair. The pH level of body soap and shampoo is completely different; therefore, among other things, using body soap may cause dryness of the scalp as well as dandruff.

The question whether it is allowed/correct for us to wash our hair every day is always asked.

According to hair experts throughout the world, there is no reason not to wash your hair daily just as there is no reason to not wash it every day.

One smart thing to do is to take a “hair washing break” every few months, to give your hair a rest for a week to allow it to regenerate and, during that same week, wash your hair with lukewarm water.

A “hair washing break” allows the hair to remain clean but, at the same time, to rid itself of all the chemicals built up on it.

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