You may have had a specific hair care regimen before you moved to Dubai but unfortunately, the Middle Eastern weather will require a switch up in your regimen if your hair is to stand up to the elements.
There are several reasons why your hair behaves differently in Dubai with the most compelling reason being the dry humid weather, which sucks all the moisture out of your hair and makes maintaining moisture levels challenging.
There’s really not much you can do about is as the environment isn’t going to adapt to you so you will have to adapt to the environment.
Here are a few signs the Dubai weather has struck on your hair:
- There’s more hair in your comb or brush.
- Your hair is dry and crackles like popcorn to the touch.
- You feel a film of sticky dirt on your hair after a few days.
- Your hair is frizzier and randomly sticks out on top of your head, with a lot more flyaways.
- If you have curly hair, it gets out of control very quickly or limp and lifeless if you have straight hair.
These are just a few of the symptoms. Depending on your hair type, the problem could get worse over time. After some trial and error, here are the things I’ve found works best to maintain moisture levels. They are listed in no particular order:
- You might want to consider avoiding the use of humectants. Humectants draw in moisture from the atmosphere into your hair. Great if you live somewhere else. However, all it will draw into your hair in Dubai is dust. The next article will cover this in greater detail.
- Reduce the use of shampoos with sulfates or eliminate these altogether. You can find organic hair product recommendations in this earlier article – Even then, still water down your shampoo before use.
- Pre-poo with oil before you wash your hair. The best oil for this is coconut oil. You can also add molasses into the oil.
- Avoid products with mineral oil. This is cheap filler and will make the problem worse.
- Seal the moisture into your hair with oil after you apply your leave-in.
- Spritz your hair lightly with water once or twice a day – distilled water is best. You can use a travel size spritz bottle so you can carry it around in your handbag. You can also add one or two teaspoons of a moisturising conditioner into the mix.
- Protect your hair as much as you can by wearing buns, ponytails, braids, etc.
The earlier you incorporate these things into your regimen, the better your hair will be for it. Once the damage has been done, it can be difficult and will take some time to work your hair back to a place of lush, moisturised, silky and shiny awesomeness.
What other problems apart from above have you faced with your hair? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to sign up for free updates.