It is time for shorts, loose tops and sundresses. Bring on the picnics, barbecues, pool and beach! But before you start soaking up these sunny days, are you equipped to care for your hair? The sun’s rays not only damage your skin, but your hair too! UVA + UVB rays from the sun act like bleach on hair causing damage to the outer layer called the cuticle. Here are some summer hacks to protect your hair from the sun’s rays, humidity, heat, and chlorine or salt water.
Be careful not to wash your hair too much. Summer heat and humidity causes excess sweat and greasiness. The temptation is to wash your hair more often when you see your hair looking a little greasy. But some shampoos, especially those with sulfates, can have a drying effect, which is made worse by the hot sun. Use a sulfate-free shampoo, like Renew Shampoo, which will clean your hair and scalp without stripping any natural oils, leaving you with clean and silky hair. You also can simply rinse your hair after a day at the beach or pool and then use a dry shampoo like The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo to get rid of any extra oiliness.
Hold off on the blow dryers and other heating tools in the summer (if you can)! Blow drying your hair as infrequently as possible during the hot summer months. This also goes for your curling iron and wand too. During the hot, sunny summer months, air dry your hair whenever possible and go as naturel as you can. Slightly messy hair is actually quite “in” during the summer. Go for effortless, beachy waves by washing or wetting your hair before bed, then piling it up in a bun or braid on top of your head. Finish it off the next morning with adding a little water to your hair and styling with Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy.
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Don’t forget to drink lots of water to keep your scalp and roots hydrated. Water is critical to every single cell, including those that contribute to hair growth and overall quality of hair. Eat healthy, including lots of omega-3 fatty acids, to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy, and drink plenty of fluids to keep your hair beautiful and lustrous. Click here to read more about foods that help with hair and nail growth.
Now kick back and enjoy yourself those long lazy days of summer!