I love Summer! Don’t you? Unfortunately, Summer doesn’t actually love us back. Every year, millions of people suffer the consequences of outdoor activities. From sunburn to damaged hair, the sun wreaks havoc upon us in a multitude of ways.
But, because we love soaking up all the fun and sun that Summer has to offer, we deal with the eventual appearance problems that it causes later on down the line.
- The “green” or “gray” colored hair after taking a dip in the pool
- Dried out locks from splashing about in the ocean
- Plain old dull, brittle, split ends that makes us look less than our best when it’s time for a hot night out.
We all know this happens, and still we continue to venture out with zero protection for our hair. For some reason, we don’t think about it until the damage is done. After all, it’s just hair, right?
We all need to take a few minutes before we walk out the door and into the blazing sunlight to protect our hair from all that damage just waiting in the wings.
It doesn’t matter if you are someone who has great looking hair or dry, damaged, or color treated hair. The 10 tips and techniques you need to make it through the gruelling Summer heat are all here for you. They have been carefully selected to ensure that you have all the information you need to keep your hair looking terrific during the driest, dog days of Summer.
Give these tips a try. You’ve got nothing to lose. . .
Except your hair!
Try and limit your time spent outdoors when the sun is out. If you can, try and head outdoors when the sun is setting as it will be cooler and not damage your hair as much. If the sun just can’t be avoided, make sure you use a shampoo with a UV protectant to help guard against the damaging rays of the sun.
Try to avoid blow drying your hair during the torrid Summer months. This will only add extra heat damage to your delicate locks. If you must use your blow dryer, try using a lower heat setting.
To re-hydrate your hair, look for products that will increase moisture, shine, or elasticity. Leave in conditioners can be found practically anywhere hair care products are sold, and these will definitely help. use them as directed on the container and this will help battle the summertime “dries”.
Try adding an anti-frizz cream on the ends of the frizziest parts of your hair to try and tame the dry frizzes. These products can not only help with frizz, but usually have a built in UV and thermal protectant to help minimise further damage.
When at the beach, or beside the pool, take a hat or scarf with you to protect your hair from the damaging rays of the sun. Your hair can be damaged not only by the summer heat, but also by UV rays pumping up the frizz.
When showering, lower the water temperature a bit and try to avoid hot, steamy showers. This will further dry out your hair and scalp, something you don’t want to do when the weather is hot. Try to limit yourself to luke- warm to cool showers. Taking them during the daylight hours will help.
To avoid overly frizzy looking or split ends, visit your hair stylist to get them trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks. You can also do this yourself if you prefer, as long as you can cut straight 😉.
Cut down on the amount of times you wash your hair during the Summer months. Washing takes away natural oils secreted by your scalp and dries out your hair. If you cannot stand not washing your hair every single day, then try using a lighter, more gentle shampoo, such as a daily color safe formula which you can find easily online or at your salon.
Switch over to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner duo during the hotter months if your hair is showing signs of getting dry. Look for moisturizers that help replenish vital nutrients to your hair.
While we all want sun-kissed voluptuous locks, using products that lighten your hair such as “Sun-In” or highlighting kits can further damage your hair. Try to stay away from these products, especially if you already have dry, or heat damaged hair from frequent blow-drying sessions.
That’s about all there is to keeping your hair beautiful throughout the tawdry days of Summer. If you can incorporate just a few of them, you’re sure to have people asking “How Do You Keep Your Hair Looking So Good?!”.
You can have the gorgeous head of hair you’ve always wanted if you take the right steps. I do hope these tips have provided some help to you, and I hope you have an amazing summer!