10 Tips for Summer Hair
Sunbathing, swimming, bike riding, street festivals and picnics are just a few of the activities we look forward to during the summer months but the season comes with some inherent challenges. The sun can dry your hair and aggravate any resident split ends. Taking a few small measures can make the difference between you accomplishing that next hair goal and a setback. These quick and simple tips will help you and your hair make it through the remainder of summer damage free.
- Don’t forget to protective style. The hot weather may tempt you to wear your hair loose more often but do it in moderation. Braids and cornrows are an attractive and chic way of protective styling that is still fashionable and a change from the normal bun.
- Protect your hair from the sun! The longer days make UV rays of particular concern because we tend to be outside longer. Relaxed hair is especially prone to UV damage. If out in the sun for extended periods, wear a hat or scarf to cover those tresses. If headgear is not your thing, consider utilizing a product with SPF Protection.
- Condition, condition, condition. Your schedule might be maxed out but don’t forget to make time for your hair. You’ve worked very hard to get it where it is so don’t ruin it by foregoing your weekly deep conditioning treatment. Your hair will thank you for it.
- Humidity is not your friend. Avoid the frizzy look by using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to close the cuticles and smooth the hair strands. Finish with an anti frizz serum or hair polisher like Fantasia IC Hair Polisher.
- Cowash more regularly. The heat may cause your scalp to perspire more than usual. Rid your scalp of those sweat particles by cowashing with your favourite conditioner 2-3 times per week. It’ll also put back some much needed moisture
- Put down the hot styling tools! We tend to have more social outings during the summer and a quick easy fix when we don’t have time to style is to use the curling iron, flat iron or blow dryer. All of these rob the hair of moisture and can lead to breakage. If you can’t stop using them altogether, be sure to use a heat protectant before allowing the heated tool to touch your hair.
- Try something new and exciting! Now is the time to try out that new hair style or hair accessory. A new non-permanent colour might not be a bad idea if your hair is in good shape. Colours when done properly can actually coat the hair and protect it further. Glam your hair up and flaunt it!
- Before hitting the beach or the pool, wet your hair and saturate with conditioner. Why? Saturated hair absorbs less and therefore reduces the amount of chlorinated water or salt water that can penetrate your hair. Use a chelating shampoo like Joico K-Pak Chelating Shampoo afterward to rid your hair of harmful chemicals.
- Get a trim. Split ends are especially prevalent during the summer months because the sun and chlorinated pools damage the hair. Whether by Search & Destroy method or a regular trim rid yourself of those awful split ends!
- Avoid tight ponytails. Some days are so muggy that we just want our hair out of the way, but a tight ponytail will just stress the hair follicles. Try using a claw or hair pins to secure your hair away from your neck.