5 steps to keep your hair healthy and gorgeous all summer long.
Faded color, dry scalp, dandruff, split ends and frizziness are among the things our hair faces during the summer. While having fun in the sun, by the pool or at the beach, we have to make sure we protect our skin, our hair and our health. The intense humidity and sun exposure damage our hair’s natural shield and make our hair cells fragile. Therefore it’s on us to protect it from the heat, humidity and the sun the best we can. Welcome to the ultimate summer hair care guide.
Wearing protective hairstyles or covering our hair can make a world of difference. Limiting sun exposure will not only protect your hair color from fading, it will protect the hair itself from overheating and drying out. Sun hats, hair scarves and baseball caps are your friends. If you’re not into these accessories, try tying your hair in a loose braid or ponytail – this will protect your scalp without damaging or pulling on your hair.
Heat really damages our hair. Since it’s already exposed to so much heat during the summer months, it’s a good idea to cut down on the blow drying. Opt for air drying whenever you can. Avoid hair irons, curlers and similar devices. The goal is to minimize heat damage. An additional tip for being gentle with your hair is to use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush, especially if your hair is wet. When it’s wet, it tends to break easier.
Top-notch hair deserves top-notch treatment. Trim it regularly to keep it healthy. Furthermore, don’t forget to treat it to hair masks and deep conditioning. Especially when your hair feels particularly dry or looks like it’s in need of extra love and attention. You can always indulge in some creative DIY hair care or seek out popular products and treatments.
There are numerous benefits to reducing hair washing. Firstly, shampoo and conditioners contain chemicals which dry or stress your hair out. This is especially damaging during the summer when your hair is going through the most. Secondly, cutting down on washing your hair actually makes it less greasy. Because with each wash you’re stripping your hair of its natural oils and then your scalp goes into production overload – producing even more oils. Finally, less frequent washing can help with your stressed scalp and all the dandruff it produces.
Last but definitely not least, make sure you drink plenty of water! If you follow all other steps and your hair still lacks the shine and the smoothness you want, it’s because you’re not drinking enough water. Include fresh fruits and plenty of veggies for some extra delicious nutrients. The vitamins and the water will work wonders for hair hair as well as your skin.
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