We all love the allure of summertime! Summer is a time for frolicking on the beach, enjoying the yard and attending outdoor events. But the downside of the summer sun is that it can wreak havoc on your hair. The hot rays of the sun can be just as strong as a hot blow dryer. Listed below are the “Top 5 summer hair care tips” to get you through those sunny days.
Tip 1-Condition More/Shampoo Less
Use a good moisturizing conditioner in the hot summer months. Try skipping several days in between shampoos because it is drying to your hair and robs it of its natural moisture. In between days, try using baby powder as a dry shampoo to keep hair looking good. Also, when you shampoo or rinse your hair, use lukewarm or cold water because the “hot shower” is damaging to your hair. Once a week, give yourself a good deep conditioning treatment. A good hair mask or oil treatment is a must or you can also try some home conditioning treatments that work well. If the ends of your hair are damaged, you can soak them in jojoba oil and wrap in plastic for overnight. When styling your hair, make sure to always use a leave in conditioner.
Tip 2- Minimal Styling Tool Usage/Reduction of Hair Products
Try to cut back on your use of blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons and any other “heat” producing hair appliances. A good way to start is to let your hair air dry instead of using a blow dryer. If you must use a blow dryer, make sure you have used a leave in conditioner and a heat protecting spray on your hair first. Try to opt for more natural styles, which require less use of a styling iron that can burn your hair. Cut back on hair products (mousses, gels, glossers) that contain alcohol that are very drying to your hair. Try to find hair products that are all-natural or contain no alcohol.
Tip 3- Sunscreen/Sun Protection
When going out into the glaring sun, wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair from sun damage. If you don’t cover your head, spray a little sunscreen in your hair. Try using hair products that also offer sunscreen protection.
Tip 4- Keep it Trimmed
During the summer months, make sure you keep the ends trimmed to prevent further breakage. You can try opting for a shorter style in the summer months. If you must keep it long, condition well, protect it from the sun and keep the damaged ends trimmed.
Tip 5- Watch Out for Chlorine
Chlorine is extremely damaging on your hair. If you love to swim, make sure you wet your hair first before getting into the pool to help keep your hair from absorbing the chlorine. After swimming, make sure you shampoo with a clarifying shampoo to remove the chlorine residue in your hair. This is an important last step in the “Top 5 Summer Care Tips.”