There is a lot that can damage your hair during the summer. From harmful UV to the chlorine in the local swimming pool and saltwater in the sea, not to mention all those pollutants in the air, it can be challenging for anyone with a decent head of hair.
- Excessive exposure to sunlight, for example, causes dry and brittle hair and even faded colours.
- Chlorine in swimming pools strips away natural oils, leaving your hair dull and prone to breakage.
- Various Pollutants like dust and pollen, can accumulate on your scalp, causing itchiness and scalp issues.
So, what can you do? It’s all about being proactive and making sure your hair has the protection it needs so you can spend your time enjoying the summer rather than worrying.
Keep Your Hair Hydrated
The scorching heat and sun exposure can quickly deplete the natural moisture in your hair, eventually making it dry and frizzy. We advise using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner that will replenish the moisture levels. Another option is to use a leave-in conditioner or hair mask once a week to give everything a boost.
You should shield your hair from direct sunlight whenever possible, perhaps by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or using a scarf.
Protect Your Hair Chlorine
If you like to spend time at the local pool, whether indoors or out, you’ll be exposing your hair to chlorine which can cause damage. Our tip is to wet your hair thoroughly with clean water before you get into the pool. This should reduce the amount of chlorine your hair absorbs. After swimming, rinse your hair again with fresh water to remove any residue and then maybe follow up with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner.
Pollutants in the air can wreak havoc on your hair, leading to dullness, dryness, and scalp issues. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this to protect yourself. If you work in a busy time or city where there is plenty of pollution from cars and the like, washing your hair regularly helps the buildup of dust, pollen, and other particles down to a minimum.
Diet and Healthy Hair
Maintaining a healthy diet is not only beneficial for your overall well-being but also plays a significant role in keeping your hair healthy during the summer months. Foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids all contribute to strong and vibrant hair.
Avoid Excessive Styling
Finally, it’s a good idea to avoid too much styling during the hotter summer months. Try to go for a more natural look if you can. The heat from blow dryers, straighteners and curling tongs will cause damage, especially when combined with the summer heat.
If you do want to use styling products during the summer, choose lightweight, water-based formulas. These won’t weigh down your hair or cause the buildup of chemicals. Oils or silicone-based products tend to trap sweat and lead to greasiness.
Following these simple tips should ensure that your hair remains healthy all through the summer. Where possible, try to use natural products and, above all, don’t overdo the washing.