How to Keep Your Hair Healthy in the Summer
You’ve done a lot of work maintaining a healthy head of hair. It’s nice and long, well maintained, and the perfect style for you. Summer can throw a big monkey wrench into your perfect hair day. Heat can do a lot of damage to your hair, so it’s important to protect it from the elements. Keep your hair looking salon-fresh all year round with a few tips.
Use a UV Protectant Spray: The sun’s powerful rays not only damage our skin, but they can also damage our hair as well. The UVA and UVB rays from the sun are constantly around us, penetrating our unprotected hair. To keep hair healthy and protected, use a sunscreen for your hair and scalp. Our scalp is one of the last places that we think to apply sunscreen, but it is the part of our body that directly faces the sun. Our scalp is where the health of our hair begins.
Wet Your Hair First: Before jumping into the pool or the spa, wet your hair with untreated water first. Your hair follicles are like a sponge. Whatever they come in contact with first, they will soak up. If your hair is already doused with a healthy amount of water, then it won’t as easily absorb the chlorinated water from the pool. Chlorine is great for killing germs and keeping us healthy, but it dries out our hair and makes it brittle. Keep your hair full and hydrated with this simple trick.
Deep Conditioning: Use the heat to your advantage by doing a deep conditioning session outside. Toss on your favorite conditioner and leave it on your hair for 30-60 minutes. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap, and enjoy a book outside while the heat works the conditioner deep into your hair. It’ll be a big hydration boost which will keep your hair from frizzing out with the humidity.
Protect Your Scalp: It’s a catch 22 – you want to keep your head covered to protect your skin and hair from getting sun damaged, but you also don’t want to create the perfect biodome for dandruff to appear. Start off by covering your head, but as you get extra sweaty, remove the hat so that the sweat has an opportunity to evaporate. Wash your hair with a deep cleansing shampoo which is good for keeping dandruff at bay.
Get It Trimmed: It’s hot, and so you want to keep your hair up and out of the way. With all of that hair band use, you’ve started to break your hair. Get a regular trim to keep dead ends away and to keep the follicles in a healthy state to withstand some of the extra tugging and pulling hair bands put on them.
The rule of thumb is to go every other day or every third day without washing your hair. The reason for this is so that the natural protective oils that your scalp secretes will have a chance to penetrate your hair keeping it beautiful. Do your best to avoid the blow dryer and embrace your natural air-dried look. Here is some inspiration on how to style your natural hair. Following these tips will help you keep your hair healthy all summer long!