Spending the day at the beach, drinking cold drinks on the patio, BBQ with friends what’s not to love about summer?…How about the damage it causes to your hair? Yes, like every good thing out there summer does have its down sides, all that summer time goodness can take its toll on your hair leaving it dry, brittle, dull, brassy and frizzy. Not cool summer, not cool! (Little word play there hehe :p) Fortunately all these hair damages are treatable and better yet are preventable. Along with some of my own research, I sat down with my good friend Julia a trained hairstylist to find out all the best tricks to get our hair back to its beautiful and healthy self!
One of the biggest damages to our hair that summer causes is dryness, due to a combination of air conditioning and sun exposure! A great way to treat dryness is by using an intense hydrating hair mask, which is just essentially a heavy duty conditioner and are really easy to incorporate into your hair care regimen. Simply apply it to your hair after shampooing, set your blow dryer to medium heat and blast your hair. This will cause your hair to expand allowing the product to penetrate the hair shaft, once your hair is warm, let the mask set for another 10mins and then rinse. Another tip is to not wash your hair every day; this will help keep the moisture in which is exactly what we want as lack of moisture is the cause of dryness. Look for products that contain Panthenol and Vitamin E these will make the hair more elastic and less prone to breakage.
Brassy or dull coloring and brittle texture can be cause by sun, salt and chlorine. Continuous exposure to both chlorine and salt water can cause the hair structure to breakdown making it weaker, brittle and prone to breakage as well as rough to the touch. With some hair colors, mostly blondes and brunettes, it can cause the color to turn brassy. If you plan on swimming in pools a lot this summer than use swimmers shampoo after wards, for blondes use it twice a week and for brunettes once a week and you might also consider wearing a swimmers cap, though the not the most stylist pool accessory it sure beats brittle hair. If the beach is more your scene than making sure you wash your hair immediately and thoroughly after wards prevent salt water damage and consider using a more hydrating shampoo and conditioner. To treat color fading see your hairdresser for a gloss or glaze treatment, there suppose to be less costly than getting full color and will restore the tone of your original hue while adding shine. Your hairdresser will also have great recommendations of other treatments and specific products to use at home to get your colour back to where it started.
Those with naturally curly hair will know all about the annoyance that is frizzyness. This is caused by the all the extra moisture in the air i.e. the humidity. To help combat the frizz swap out your regular styling products for straightening cream even if you don’t plan on straightening your hair, these products are great to use because they are specifically designed to fill in the hairs cuticle so that it looks smoother.
Most damage caused to the hair is due in part to the sun, so using products that protect your hair from UV is really important. Think of it as hair sunscreen, how cool is that?! Remember that along with your hair, your scalp needs protecting too so try and find products that will help protect both your hair and scalp.
Like everything else health related it’s all about prevention. Keep your hair UV protected and moisturized and you’ll have beautiful, healthy hair all summer long!