Five essential tips for summer hair care
We all know how the hot summer sun is harmful to our skin, and we take due precautions for it. But have you ever given a thought about the effects that the sun has on hair???
Humidity affects the hydrogen bonds in the hair and to a lesser extent, the salt bonds. During the summer season, look out for these hair dangers.
Invest in a hair conditioner that contains a sunscreen. The sun’s heat will activate the conditioner, softening your hair, while the sunscreen will prevent UV rays from causing damage to the strands. If you can’t find one, simply massage some of your sunscreens into your hair, it should wash out. If your hair is color-treated, be especially sure to use a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to prevent the color from fading out.
A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and tear hair, mainly if your hair is dry from the summer heat.
Reduce the heat
Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry rapidly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break.
There are shampoos that contain UV protection, but most of those are chemical-laden, conventional shampoos that I’d recommend avoiding. One quick way to add some protection is to run your hands lightly through your hair after applying sunscreen to your body.
No more swimmers’ hair
If you’re a blond who turns green after a dip in the pool, try rinsing out your wet hair with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water to get rid of discoloration and dullness. It helps to get your hair wet before entering the water because then it won’t absorb as much chlorine.
Coconut, olive, and avocado oils are good at penetrating the hair shaft. Shampoo hair as usual, and then work in oil from ends to roots. Rinse, then situation as usual. Your hair should feel moisturized afterward, but not greasy.