In the summer we take extra care of our skin. We use different products, drink more water, and protect our face and body from the sun and the dehydration as much as possible. We have to do the same for our hair! Just as the sun damages your skin, it can damage your hair as well. Saltwater and chlorine can also affect our hair. The outcome of not taking good care of our hair? A few weeks into summer, hair that was shiny and easily managed looks and feels unhealthy and dry.
The ultraviolet rays of the sun can “burn” or dry out your hair. The damage is most obvious when we see color-treated hair becoming faded, bleached, and brassy. Even hair that isn’t colored will suffer from sun-induced stress. Those UV rays dry out hair and rough up the normally smooth layer of your hair. This is why using a sun protection product specifically designed for your hair, will be very beneficial. Keep in mind that especially if you are using a blow dryer to dry your hair, your hair is more likely to become frizzy. That’s because dry hair soaks up the extra humidity in the air. In the summer, it is ideal to not dry your hair. If you do, make sure you are using a heat protection product.
Swimming in a swimming pool or the sea can also damage your hair. The chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural protective oils. On the other hand, swimming in the sea stresses your hair in a different way. The heavy salt content in seawater draws water out of your hair and skin, which will also dry your hair out. This is why it is important to remember to rinse your hair well after swimming, and of course washing your hair later on with the right products.
We recommend starting summer with a trim. You will get rid of split ends and refresh your hair. Keep in mind that hair grows faster in the summer! That’s because there is more hair in the growing stage during late spring and summer. We also recommend washing off the chlorine or salt waster after your swim. And of course really your sun protection product, just like you would do on your face and body. You can also switch to an extra moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. You may be washing your hair more frequently and therefore, the products that you use need to be summer appropriate: moisturizing but not too heavy. Avoid using precuts that contain chemicals. After the summer is over, you can have a deep-moisture treatment.
There are plenty of ways to protect and soothe your hair during the hot, summer months. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help! Please feel free to use our free consultation form if you are dealing with hair loss issues and we will be more than happy to offer you advice!