Just as the summer weather can be harsh on your skin, it can cause problems for your hair as well. But, don’t fret. You don’t need to have a “bad hair summer.” With some extra care, you can have healthy, beautiful hair all summer long.
Shampoos and Conditioners
- It’s important to keep your hair clean and during the summer, when you are sweating, you might find it necessary to wash your hair more often. Some people only use shampoo every other day or every few days during the winter months but find they need to wash their hair daily during the summer. Shampoo, however, gets rid of your natural oils so be sure to use a conditioner after shampooing.
- Use only a minimal amount of shampoo. If your ends are dry, use shampoo on the scalp only. The suds from the shampoo will drip to the rest of your hair without having to apply shampoo directly. If you have thin hair, look for clear shampoos; creamy shampoos add extra weight and can make your hair look droopy.
- If you have greasy hair, you might be tempted to skip the conditioner. Instead, wash your hair as normal and apply conditioner to the ends to keep these from splitting and breaking.
- If you choose to use a dry shampoo, consider adding a leave-in conditioner to your routine. If you find this leaves your hair greasy, use a spritz bottle with diluted leave-in conditioner and spritz your hair after combing the dry shampoo through.
- If you plan to go swimming, hold off shampooing your hair until after. Washing your hair removes the natural protection and makes it more vulnerable to drying. After swimming, shampoo and condition your hair.
- Use oils, such as coconut or avocado oil. Add a few drops to your normal conditioner or apply a small amount directly to your hair. You may need to experiment to find the right amount so you aren’t making your hair look greasy.
- Deep conditioners can be used while you enjoy a little sunshine (be sure to apply sunscreen to your face and body first). Apply your deep-conditioner and let the heat from the sun activate the conditioners.
- Today there are non-detergent conditioning cleansers on the market, such as L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner. If you find shampooing often is drying your hair out, consider switching to a non-detergent cleanser.
Combs and Brushes
- Use wide-toothed combs to minimize breakage. If you need a smaller comb, look for one with rounded edges and avoid those that have pointed edges. Comb from the ends of your hair and slowly work your way to the roots. This way you won’t feel the urge to yank through knots and break your hair.
- Comb your hair when dry, wet hair is weaker and breaks easily. Use your fingers to detangle wet hair and then use a comb when dry.
- Brushing your hair helps stimulate hair growth. Remember the general rule of thumb is the longer your hair, the bigger the brush. When brushing, don’t pull through the knots as this will break your hair. Instead, spray some dentangler and use a wide tooth comb for the knots.
Styling Your Hair
- Get a trim before summer starts. The hot sun, chlorine and salt can dry your hair. Trimming the ends will help them stay healthy.
- Use summer styles. such as braids or ponytails, to give your hair a break from the hair dryer. Avoid pulling wet hair into a ponytail as this can cause breakage. Wait until your hair dries to pull it back.
- If you must use a hair dryer, add a nozzle or diffuser to the end to protect your hair from the hot metal at the end of the dryer. Use your hair dryer in an air-conditioned room.
- Stay away from alcohol based styling products, such as hair spray as these dry out your hair. If you do use hair spray, spray a small amount onto a small brush (such as an eyebrow brush) and use that to target areas rather than spraying on your entire head.
- Sleep with your hair in a loose bun to help avoid creating tangles and knots while you sleep.
- Once you style your hair, avoid touching or playing with your hair.
- Use a dehumidifier in your house to help reduce the frizz. Air conditioners help remove moisture from the air.
- Keep a few dryer sheets with you. Rubbing them across your hair will help cut down frizz.
- Wear a hat or scarf when outdoors to protect your hair from the UV rays of the sun
- Apply a leave-in conditioner or sunscreen for hair before going out in the sun. If you want some highlights, leave a few areas bare to give those areas a sunned look.
- Before going in a pool or the ocean, apply an oil, such as sunflower oil, to your hair and then wet your hair. This reduces the amount of chlorine or salt your hair absorbs.
- Be sure to wash and moisturize your hair after swimming.
Published On: May 09, 2014