Summertime Advice for Healthy Hair
Have you considered the impact that the summer weather as well as summer activities can impact the health of our hair? In the summer we usually 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 with a blowdryer but if you do, make sure you are using a heat protection product.
Hair loss is an issue that can affect both men and women, old or young. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, stress is one of the most prominent causes along with the mismanagement of the scalp and hormonal changes. But what are some simple lifestyle changes, such as changes to your diet, that can slow down hair loss process and give you back the control you wish in your life.
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 your vacation 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 water 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 moisturizing treatment.