If you are a lover of outdoor activities, there is no other place to be than in the sunny island of Singapore. With its tropical climate, there are numerous outdoor activities you can engage in to satisfy your cravings from everything outdoors. From having a picnic at one of the beaches at Sentosa to hiking up Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, this little red dot’s tropical climate makes it a wonderful spot for you to have a practically endless summer vacation.
The only thing you have to be more mindful of, however, is the condition of your hair while taking part in these outdoor activities. The island’s heat and humidity means your hair might need a little more care and attention to help it stay healthy and frizz-free throughout the day.
4 Tips to Tame Your Mane
Ask any local in Singapore and they probably have their own ways to maintain the smooth and shiny appearance of their luscious locks. If you will be travelling to the Lion City soon or planning to move here for an extended period of time, arm yourself with the following tips to ensure your hair stays frizz-free:
Avoid Washing Your Hair More Than Necessary
It is tempting to wash your hair every single time you get home from a long day out, especially when Singapore’s weather can cause your scalp to sweat and itch often. However, as much as you want to give your head a good rinse in the shower, we advise keeping it to a minimum. Overwashing your hair can strip your scalp of its natural oils, causing it to become drier. Similar to when your skin produces excess oil when its natural oils have been stripped away, your scalp will also over-compensate when it is deprived of its oils. As a result, your hair will become even drier, thus worsening your frizz and making it even harder to tame. To combat this, wash your hair only once a day. This is sufficient to keep your hair clean in Singapore’s tropical climate.
Use the Right Shampoo
Using the wrong shampoo can spell disaster for your hair, especially when you are using it every single day. Use one with ingredients too harsh for your scalp and it can cause itchiness and dryness. A shampoo with a formulation that is too heavy can cause your hair to become limp. To ensure your hair gets the best possible treatment from its daily wash, opt for a lightweight shampoo as this will be gentle enough to be used everyday and will not dry out your scalp. Be sure to check the ingredients list too when buying shampoos. If you have fine hair, opt for shampoos formulated without sulphates such as sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate as sulphates tend to be too harsh for the delicate nature of fine hair. Sulphate-free shampoos are also suitable for those with a sensitive scalp. Another important thing when shampooing your hair is to stick to the roots of your hair. Avoid applying shampoo onto your hair ends because this can dry them out and result in even more frizz. To keep the ends of your hair moisturised, apply some conditioner onto them (make sure to not put conditioner onto your roots because this can weigh them down).
Apply A De-Frizzing Product
Preventing your hair from getting frizzy from the very beginning is sometimes just what is needed to ensure your hair remains tame in the Singapore heat. To achieve this, you can use a de-frizzing shampoo and conditioner in place of your regular shampoo to wash your hair with. If you are not keen on substituting your regular shampoo with a de-frizzing one, you can apply a separate anti-frizz product such as a hair serum or oil after washing your hair. Do this after towel-drying your hair (ensure your hair is damp and not dripping wet) and apply it where you think your hair needs it most. If you have fine hair, concentrate the application on the ends of your hair. For those with thick tresses, apply the product mainly on the roots of your hair.
Towel-Dry Your Hair Correctly
How many times have you been in a rush to head out the door and just given your scalp a quick, rough rub to dry your hair out as much as possible? When this is done too frequently, you will just be providing an environment for frizz to settle onto your hair. In addition, your hair is in a fragile state when it is wet, thus being too rough with your hair when you have just washed it can lead to more breakage. To give your hair a proper drying, separate your hair into sections and gently squeeze each section using your towel to wring most of the water out. Resist the temptation to rub your hair between your towel — simply pat and squeeze.