5 Ways To Healthy Summer Hair
Give Your Hair Some TLC This Summer
Summer’s in full swing now, with all the beautiful beach days and sun-kissed afternoons you could want. Happy days for us! Not necessarily such great days for our hair. Before we enjoy one more balmy day, we’d like to share five core methods to use for keeping your hair healthy throughout the summer months, come swimming pool water and sunshine.
Before you head out for a day of fun in the sun, make sure you’re doing a regular pre-sun hair care routine. Use shampoos and conditioners that moisturize your hair—that summer sun can fry your locks and fade your color, UV rays causing split ends and strand breakage. You can also find shampoos and conditioners that include UV protection so that you’re taking care of your hair protection while you’re showering to start your day.
If your hair is already feeling a bit dry and damaged, use a small amount of serum after your daily shower. You could also take some oil—like coconut or argan oil—and massage it into the ends of your hair to ease any crunchiness. Pick up a spray-on sunscreen oil or protective sun oil that will protect your hair all-over as well.
Don’t Forget the Aftercare
Once you’re out of the sun for the day, you’ll want to follow an after-care regimen as well. If you’re looking for something quick, use a cream at the end of the day to rehydrate your hair and offer more UV protection. You’ll find a variety of products on the market that will offer this replenishing protection and that can even double as a styling product.
It’s also a great idea to regularly use a deep-conditioning, nourishing hair mask once a week during the summer months. Think of it as a designated salon day each week that will keep your hair in amazing condition and touchably soft despite everything the sun, salt water, and swimming pool throw at it.
Swimming Pool Hair Safety
Swimming pools are great fun, but they’re also full of chemicals that aren’t friendly to your hair. Happily, there are a few steps you can follow to safeguard your hair from the worst of their effects. Start out by rinsing your hair with clean water before you dive in. Your hair absorbs liquids, so saturating your tresses with clean water leaves less room for your strands to absorb chlorine and otherwise chemically-treated water. Once you’re out of the pool, you should rinse your hair again to flush out any chemicals clinging to your hair.
You could also use hair oil right before getting in the water so that your strands are coated and water can’t penetrate your hair follicles. Leave-in conditioner can work as well.
Of course, one of the best protective steps you can take to guard your hair while swimming is to wear a swimming cap. Your hair will be twisted up under the cap and kept safe from the water.
Cover Your Head
One of the most tried and true methods in protecting your hair and face from the strong summer sun is to cover up—sunny days are perfect hat weather. Hats are versatile accessories, too, allowing you to add another layer to your style. From big floppy-brimmed hats to baseball hats to Panama hats, there’s a hat out there in the perfect material, color, and trim to match your look.
If hats aren’t your thing, they’re not your only option. You can also rock bandanas or head wraps in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles of wear.
Don’t Forget Your Scalp
We’ve focused mostly on protecting your hair, but it’s important that you don’t neglect your scalp, either! It’s just as vulnerable to the sun as your hair, so you should take some precautions to protect it from sunburn and UV rays.
If you have thick hair, that coverage will offer natural protection to your scalp—but you’ll still want to pay attention to your hairline as well as where your hair parts. Make sure you use sunscreen in those areas; those with thin hair will need wider coverage. You can actually find products made especially for application to your scalp, and they come in mineral powders, sprays, oils, mousse, and sunscreen sticks. Just shop around until you find what works best for you.
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