Just as the sun can cause damage to your skin in the harsh summer, it can also cre-ate havoc with your hair.Dr. Manoj Khanna, Hair transplant sur-geon, Enhance Clinics says, “Summer is the time when you tend to suffer from ex-cessive oil production in the scalp which leads to dandruff, itching and an unpleas-ant odour. The sebaceous glands are overactive when the weather is hot and this leads to excessive sweating and con-sequently to infections.” Unfortunately, your favourite summer pastime of swim-ming can also lead to further damage.The good news, however, is that there are several things you can do to limit the dam-age and help your hair retain its volumi-nous bounce and healthy texture even in the peak of heat. The first step in this di-rection is to trim off the dull split ends at the onset of summer. Hair tends to grow faster during summer as this is the period for the active Anagen phase so you can go in for that regular trim without worrying about the speed at which your hair will grow back. Next is the vital question of shampooing. Those with normal to dry hair can skip a day between washing their tresses with shampoo. But if you have oily hair, you can wash it daily without worrying about stripping the hair of its lustre. “Daily washing with the right shampoo will help to keep the oil from building up. Look for a shampoo meant specifically for oily hair. These shampoos have a higher pH than those aimed at other hair types. Look for a pH greater than 6.7. Be sure to rinse all the shampoo out of your hair thoroughly. Shampoo left behind attracts oil and dirt more quickly and makes the scalp itchy faster,” says Khanna. Use a good condi-tioner but try to condition only the ends of the hair to avoid overload.While brushing is great for keeping normal hair healthy, it can actually be counterpro-ductive for oily hair as it only distributes oil from the scalp to the entire hair shaft, distributing it throughout. Thus, people with oily hair should avoid brushing their hair too often in the summer.Old-fashioned oily hair remedies passed down through the generations sometimes have the best results. Rinsing hair in dilut-ed tea is said to work very well because of the acidic tannin it contains. Beer is anoth-er beverage that dries up excess oil in hair.Rinsing with lemon juice or vinegar dilut-ed with water is also great to keep the oil in the hair in check. But be sure to rinse with clear water afterwards.There are several precautions that one can take to prevent any damage to the hair rather than fixing it later. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, make it a habit to wear a broad brimmed hat or a scarf to protect those strands. Before a swim, apply a conditioner to protect the cuticles, and wash it off only after the swim. Always re-member to drink a lot of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure you get the right amount of vita-min C, Iron, Amino acids and omega-three fatty acids which will give the growing hair a lustrous, healthy look.Oily hair is usually something that we are born with. However, it is not as much of a disadvantage as it is made out to be. Every kind of hair needs special attention and so does oily hair. With a good combination of preventive habits and conscientious care during the summer, you can easily maintain those healthy tresses through the hot weather.