SIMPLE SUMMERTIME HAIR CARE TIPS
The heat of the summer months adds an extra strain to hair that gets styled frequently. With the heat
from blow driers, flat irons, curling irons, hot rollers and other heat tools, not to mention chemicals from
hair dye, the added heat from the sun can cause some serious damage. All of the tools we use to make
our hair look great along with the heat from the sun can totally reverse that shiny healthy look that we
all strive for.
The first step to healthy hair is, ease off the heat tools! Your hair needs a break from all the heat that is
put on it and this is the best time to do that. Nothing says summer like beach waves and loose carefree
strands. Let your hair air dry and show off its natural texture. If you don’t like your hair down, simply put
it up in a ponytail or in a bun and leave a few loose strands to finish off the bed head look.
When you’re ready to shampoo, be sure to use a product that is rich in moisture. This will help keep hair
from becoming brittle and turning into a static mess. The moisture will coat your strands keeping the
cuticle sealed to prevent excess moisture loss. Garnier Fructis Triple Moisture is a great place to start.
This line uses olive oil, avocado oil, and Shea oil to get moisture to every layer of the hair shaft. For
under $5, Garnier is the way to go for inexpensive moisture.
If you are planning on a day out by the pool or at the beach, be sure to cover your head. Find a hat of
any sort that will protect your strands from the scorching sun. Since this is not always possible, bring a
little extra conditioner with you and slather it on.
This will give you a physical barrier between your hair and the summer heat as well as from the chlorine or saltwater your strands will encounter if you play in the water.
Just be sure that your hair is rinsed with clean water before you add your conditioner. That
way you hair soaks up the clean water before it has an encounter with the chemicals from the pool or
salt from the ocean. Once you are done with your fun in the water, rinse out your hair with clean water
again. If this is not possible, simply twist your hair and wrap it in a bun to be rinsed out at home. Just be
sure to rinse again as soon as possible.
If all else fails, simply use your regular sunscreen in your hair. Comb a dollop of your sunscreen through
your hair (be sure to get your scalp covered too). Your hair needs the same protection from the sun as
your skin does so whether you do it with a hat, some conditioner, or even your normal sunscreen, make
sure to get those strands coated! Preventing heat damage is best way to keep your hair healthy
especially during the summer months.