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Hibernation is finally over! It’s time to hit the beach, go for a swim or just hang around by the pool or simply be outside to enjoy the nice weather. Oh yes, the sun’s out and warm weather is here… It’s summer! But this also means we’ll be exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays! The sun’s rays can also burn our hair like it does to our skin! It damages our hair cells and can bleach out our hair and make the color fade especially with chemically-treated hair. Chlorine can also cause severe hair damage. It strips the hair of natural oils and can make the hair dry, brittle and cause split ends!
But don’t worry we’re here to help! There are ways to prevent these from happening. Like protecting the skin, protecting our hair is also as crucial in the summer. Here are some tips to remember to keep our crowning glory healthy all season long:
1. ALLOW HAIR TO AIR DRY, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE STAY OFF THE STYLING TOOLS.
Letting hair dry naturally is always the safest way to go. Instead of using curling irons, try braiding hair in sections for natural looking waves --- smaller braids for tighter curls and larger braids for bigger waves. Opt for simpler hairstyles that do not require any heat tools to create.
2. USE A WIDE-TOOTH COMB WHEN COMBING WET HAIR.
Hair is most delicate and prone to breakage when it’s wet, so after swimming or taking a shower, do not use a brush when combing hair. Spray some detangler on hair then comb through. (TIP: I have long hair and what I always do after shampooing and conditioning my hair is I air dry my hair then wait for a few minutes until my hair is partially dry, then I brush my hair. My hair is softer and it’s easier to comb through the tangles. This always works!)
3. DO NOT EVER PULL HAIR BACK TOO TIGHT AND ESPECIALLY WHEN WET.
This can damage hair and cause hair to break, not to mention the headache that super tight ponytail gives us! Try wearing loose buns and ponytails and try alternating hairstyles and tying it in different ways (so it doesn’t leave weird marks on our hair too!) so we don’t stress the same strands.
4. USE HAIR PRODUCTS WITH UV PROTECTION.
Shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, you name it. A lot of hair products provide us with protection from the sun. Always remember to apply these to damp hair, not wet hair, otherwise they’ll just sit on the surface and won’t penetrate the hair. Look for products containing ingredients such as oxybenzone and titanium dioxide.
5. WEAR A HAT OR ANYTHING THAT BLOCKS THE SUN.
This is a fashionable alternative to protecting our hair from the sun. Cute fedoras and wide-brimmed hats always look good!
6. WET HAIR FIRST BEFORE GETTING IN THE POOL OR SEA.
Chlorine and salt water dry our hair out. Wetting hair first adds an extra layer of coating so when going swimming our hair doesn’t absorb 100% of the chlorinated water. The water on our hair dilutes the chlorine or salt water.
7. USE HAIR TREATMENT AND APPLY IT ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK IF HAIR IS CONSTANTLY EXPOSED TO THE SUN.
This provides deep moisture and revitalizes dry and brittle hair that has been overexposed to the sun. We can’t do this too often though or we’ll over-moisturize our hair, making our hair too soft and hard to style, slippery and limp.
Our hair and skin will greatly benefit from the amount of water and extra fluids we drink. Try as much as possible to include fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. Vitamin C keeps our hair strong and in good condition while Vitamin A produces oils necessary for a healthy scalp. Lack of Vitamin A can cause dandruff and itchiness.
SOME EXTRA TIPS:
There will be times when we get too lazy to wash our hair resulting in oiliness. Do not apply conditioner directly on the roots. When conditioning hair, just start from the middle part and work your way to the ends or tips of your hair. Another trick for greasy hair would be to put some baby powder on our hair. Yes, baby powder! Trust me, this really works and very easy to do! This gives our hair extra volume and that’s just an added bonus!
Here’s a short tutorial to help us get rid of greasy hair using baby powder and you should try it out for yourself too!