Summer Hair Care Tips: The Best Way to Take Care of Your Mane This Summer
Time for some fun in the sun!
There are a lot of great things about summer, but perhaps the best is the sun. It’s out all day, meaning you can be out all day and get some ‘color’ on your skin while you have fun with your friends and family. It also means that you carry around a summer survival kit comprising of sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen.
Understandably, people tend to focus on protecting their skin over the sunny season and little attention is paid to the hair. After all, there are serious health issues related to sun exposure affecting the skin. Plus, most people may not relate hair damage to sun exposure or to popular summer activities like swimming.
So we decided to speak up for your hair and give you a few tips on taking care of your hair this summer.
Simple tips for stunning hair
Yes, your hair needs protection from the sun’s rays as well. Before you go slathering your SPF 150 sunscreen on your head, you should know what kind of sun protection your hair actually needs. There are natural sources of UV protectant that can be found in oils from plants such as sunflower. You should get products with these natural protectants, right from shampoo to leave-in conditioner. This will have the added advantage of protecting your scalp as well.
Wash after exposure
Summer is a great time to hang out at the beach or the pool. However, there are a lot of impurities in these water bodies that can cling to your hair and cause some damage. So what you need to do is rinse out your hair immediately after these fun excursions.
This, however, does not mean you should be carrying your shampoo around. In fact, it has been recommended that during warmer seasons, it is best not to use shampoo. The idea is to facilitate oil production by your scalp, which is critical in keeping your hair moisturized (just like your skin).
Moisture before water
If you are going to be spending every day at the pool, and especially if you have blonde hair, you need to be careful about your hair. Chlorine has been known to damage and discolor hair, but there is a way to get around this: moisturize!
All you have to do is apply some leave-in conditioner before getting your hair in the water. This will create a state of saturation in your hair such that it can no longer absorb the chlorine from the pool. You should also think about adding hair products used by professional swimmers as part of your hair regimen.
I know you want to feel the wind in your hair and all that, but it is advisable to keep your hair covered up during summer. You can have a stylish hat or hair scarf which will help you retain the moisture in your hair and avoid damage to the ends and scalp. Plus, they look really cool!
Marlene Fathers is a trained hair care professional and stylist to the stars. For more on how to care for your hair regardless of the season, check out her blog posts on Aquilah’s beauty blog.