Summer Hair Care Tips
Summer hair care can be challenging because there are some pretty drastic environmental changes going on around you. The summer sun can be sweltering and the high humidity only makes matters worse.
Most people spend a lot of time in the sun and water during the hot months and both can make your hair feel like overly dry if you don’t take at least some precautions.
Everyone loves playing outside when the weather permits and there’s no reason to stop having a good time! However you may need to take some steps to protect your hair, so it doesn’t end up looking frazzled!
Here are a few scenarios to consider in your summer hair care endeavors.
Summer Hair Care Tips
Baby Your Hair - In the summer, all of the elements come together and create 'the perfect storm' for your hair. To beat the sun, wind, and rain, you need to take action and add back what the environment robs.
The right conditioners can do just that but you'll need to use them lots more! In fact, using the 'no-poo method' of taking care of your hair, combined with lots of rinsing first, is a great idea for summer hair care. You simply can't baby your hair enough by over-moisturizing when the heat is on! Get some great homemade recipe's here.
Frizz-ease - If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, excessive moisture in the air can be troublesome x 10!
Your hair is permeable, much like a sponge, which means it’s capable of both absorbing and releasing moisture. If you go out into 'air that you can wear' and your hair is overly dry or damaged, your hair will absorb the moisture and expand. Then you end up with extreme poofiness!
This natural phenomenon is also responsible for your hair losing it's style. If your curls fall out when you step outside, the moisture in the air has zapped the hydrogen bonds that help keep your hair smooth and/or your curls in place.
Fine hair can go limp or flat in thick air because it absorbs moisture from the air, which weighs hair down. Curly, medium texture, or coarse hair absorbs moisture from high humidity, which expands hair strands and makes it frizz.
One of the easiest ways to help control it is to use products that prevent your hair from being able to absorb extra moisture from the air around you. No-rinse conditioners can do just that. They coat, nourish, and protect your hair from the environment... until you wash them out!
Sun-bleached hair – The summer sun sure can take a toll on your hair’s color, natural or not. Over time, it can and will lift your hair lighter to some degree. In the sun, blonde hair will get even blonder and brown hair will pick up warm (red or gold) highlights.
If you don’t want your hair color to change, you can either:
- Wear a baseball cap or a wide brimmed summer hat.
- Try a sunbrella.
- Wear a swim cap.
- Use glazes or semi-permanent colors that help protect your hair from the elements.
- Avoid the sun and water.
Sometimes, no matter how much you try, if you’re outside a lot, you will notice your hair getting lighter over time. Therefore, your summer hair care should also include paying attention and taking the proper steps to shield your hair from getting too light.
Straw-like hair – If you’re a water buff, your hair may feel like straw when you get out of the water. This is especially true for blonde hair, the most porous hair color of all! Blonde hair remains somewhat porous, even under the best of circumstances. However, colored hair can also become straw-like given the right conditions.
Lets be clear. Water is water is water. There are harsh components in most of the water sources today. It matters not where you enjoy spending your time, it matters how often you subject your hair to water of all kinds!
One of the easiest ways to avoid frazzled hair is to wet your hair completely (with regular water) before going into pool or ocean water. You hair absorbs the ‘good water’, which keeps it resistant to absorbing the bad water. (pool, lake, or ocean water).
Or, if you love to bounce in and out of the water all day long, try using a detangling spray (like L'Oreal Tangle Tamer) after you go swimming the first time, then comb your hair through. As your hair dries, it absorbs the product. When you get out in the water again, your hair will be less likely to absorb the 'bad' water and will comb through easily later. Use the product again and again during the day as needed.
*Note – If you just colored your hair and want to go swimming but are afraid of losing the color, showering before you go into the water helps hold your color too!
Your summer hair care should include allowing your hair to air dry as much of the time as possible. Avoiding excess heat from appliances will also keep you and your home cool during times of excess heat!
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