Summer Hair Care
Spending time in the great outdoors is one of the many perks of summer, but it can really do a number on your hair. Increased time outside means increased exposure to sun and wind, not to mention chlorine and salt water. Here are some tips to get the most out of summer, without ruining your tresses.
Whenever possible, wear a hat. This seems like common sense, but it’s a tip that many people forget about. Wearing a hat shields your hair from the drying wind, and it also protects your hair from damaging UV rays (your skin isn’t the only thing UV rays are bad for). It’s so easy to find a cute hat these days—there are even waterproof hats, made especially for wearing while lounging on the pool deck.
Use hair products that contain UV protection. There are all sorts of products that now sport UV protection for hair. If you can’t wear a hat, at least use a mousse, conditioner or hairspray that contains UV protection. These products are more expensive, but when you consider the cost and effort involved in trying to fix damaged hair, they are well worth the investment.
Hair that is exposed to the sun, wind, and salt or chlorine-filled water all day dries out easily. Dryness equals breakage and/or frizz, neither of which we want. To combat this, be sure that you wash your hair as soon as possible after being in the pool or at the beach so that the chlorine and salt have as little time to do their damage as possible. But during the week, when you’re not in the pool or at the beach, try spreading your shampooing out to every-other-day. This will help your hair retain much-needed moisture. (If you’re planning a trip to the beach for Saturday, try washing your hair Thursday night, skip the shampoo on Friday, then shampoo and condition Saturday night.)
After your shampoo, try using a leave-in conditioner. These can really help retain the moisture in your hair, which is very important for protecting your hair from breakage.
Taking care of your hair means you can enjoy the sun and look great all summer long!
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