Protect your hair against summer heat, and keep it healthy and strong with these tips by hair maestro Asgar Saboo, who has styled the likes of Cindy Crawford, Eva Longoria, Katrina Kaif and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan.

1. Protect your hair from the sun

In addition to your skin and scalp being at risk from sunburn in the summer sun, did you know your hair can get sunburned, too? Protect your locks by wearing a scarf, hat or cap when you’re out in the sun for a long period of time. Just make sure it’s not so tight that it restricts the circulation in your scalp!

2. Hydrate

Just like the rest of your body, staying hydrated is especially important in the summertime; it’s also necessary for healthy hair. Try to drink at least eight to ten glasses of fluid a day and even more if you’re active outside during this time of year. The hydration will add much needed moisture to your locks.

3. Add moisture

Summer is a great opportunity to use a leave-in conditioner. It adds moisture to your hair, just like lotion does for dry skin. It can also dramatically reduce frizz and help define curly hair.

4. Air-dry your hair

Because of the summer heat, anything that could further damage your hair is a no-no, including blow dryers. Let your hair air-dry and flaunt your natural waves. Cut down on the flat iron or curling iron as much as possible.

5. Use gentle accessories

Since your hair is already vulnerable from the elements of the heat, take special care of it and use hair accessories that won’t damage your hair further. Some good accessories are ponytail holders without metal closures, barrettes with smooth edges and clasps, and fabric headbands that move with your hair.

6. Avoid cosmetics

Avoid having any hair treatment and/or using chemical products during the hot season as the hair often gets damaged and dries up in the heat. Do not colour your hair during summer as it tends to make the hair brittle and dry.

7. Trim your hair

Hair is always dry during the summer season and often has split ends and dry tips. Trim your hair during the summer months, as this will bring back life to your hair.