It’s official, my favorite season of the year has arrived! Warm weather, long evenings, cookouts, and the beach!
My list of why I love the summer could go on forever especially with the brutal New England winters. I am not a snow lover by any means so bare with my excitement. The warm weather allows us to spend lots of time outside, but with that comes with some drawbacks that can cause minor to severe damage on our precious hair.
I have ten ways to keep your hair healthy and vibrant all summer long.
Sun. Regardless of your skin tone it is always recommended to use sunblock to protect your skin from UV rays and this rule of thumb should go the same from your hair. UV rays can cause your color treated hair to become faded or brassy. UV exposure can break down the proteins of the hair causing weak, dry, and brittle strands.
Chlorine was probably the biggest reason for my hair breakage as a young girl. As a child my hair stopped to my mid-back, and I also relaxed regularly. During my days at camp I was in the pool daily and never took care of my hair before or after using the pool. Chlorine is used as a disinfectant in pools. Its role is to remove dirt, oil, and bacteria. Although this process helps to keep pools clean, it can strip your hair of its natural oils. Chlorine can be damaging to most hair types to an extent, but color treated hair and chemically processed hair will damage faster or more severely.
Salt Water. The water content in our hair is what provides our hair with elasticity and moisture. The high salt content in sea water draws water out of our hair leaving it dry, and brittle. Salt water damage may also have your hair feeling rough, hard to comb or brush, and tangled. Color treated hair may begin to have a hard texture.
Humidity in my opinion is the least damaging and more of a nuisance. If your hair has texture, especially curls, you probably have had to combat frizz at one time or another. Imagine the outer layer of your hair as shingles on a roof. Frizz occurs when the cuticle layer of your hair is raised, allowing moisture to pass through and swell the strands. This is what causes your hair to appear dry and frizzy instead of smooth and defined. Now that you know some of the causes of your hair’s health here are ten tips to prevent damage.
1- Before you head into the water at the pool or beach soak your hair with clean water or a leave in conditioner. This helps prevent salt water or pool chemicals from being absorbed. You should also do the same when using a swim cap.
2- After leaving the pool, rinse your hair with water (with no chlorine) and when you get home be sure to wash and deep condition.
3- Wear a hat especially on the days that you will be under the sun for long periods of time.
4- Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet. If you must, use a wide tooth comb and begin at your ends and work your way upwards.
5- For the curly and textured haired ladies looking for moisturizing options try spritz aloe vera juice, avocado oil, and water and seal with heavier oils or butters.
6- Protect hair by using hair products containing SPF products.
7- Frizzy hair ladies avoid brushing your hair dry and opt for alcohol free products.
8- Get rid of those split ends. They made add a little length but there is no point in hanging on them.
9- Aim for loose ponytail styles and updos. Hair elastics, especially when hair is wet, can cause breakage when trying to remove.
With these ten easy tips your hair will look absolutely amazing. Do you have other summer hair care tips? Share in the comment section below.