Hair Despair? Here’s How To Keep Your Hair Healthy On Holiday
With the temperature on the up and up, and the holidays ahead, it’s time to start letting your hair down. But remember, this is the time of year when your locks are most susceptible to damage – be it from the sun’s UV rays, or from other outdoor activities, quarry or river swimming, beach or swimming pools. To help you manage your hair this summer, we’ve listed our top tips that’ll help keep your mane healthy in the summer sun.
Summer hair care tips
Trim your ends
Embrace the start of the new summer season by getting the ends of your hair trimmed.
If you want to encourage healthy hair growth, then you need to be trimming your locks every few months. If not, you’ll find yourself battling with split ends and, if left unmanaged, can lead to breakage.
It’s advisable to visit your hairdresser when looking to trim but you can also dust off your split ends at home. Here’s how;
1. Grab a pair of professional hair shears, something akin to Equinox’s Professional Shears.
2. Get your hair damp – either by spraying it with water or by towel-drying it after a shower.
3. Use a wide-toothed comb or paddle brush to detangle.
4. Section your hair and then slowly slide your fingers down your locks.
5. Grab the shears and then cut the split ends that pop out.
For those with natural hair, it’s best to trim your ends when your locks are dry as your hair is much more fragile when wet, thus the trimming may cause breakage.
Use a hair mask once a week
Dry or unruly summer hair is more prone to damage and breakage. So, the best way to combat this is by applying a hydrating and conditioning mask at least once a week.
It’s best to alternate between a hydrating mask and a strengthening mask rich in protein. A great mask to use as a weekly treatment definitely has to be amika The Kure Intense Repair Mask. It’s free from fragrances, parabens and cruelty-free. It also contains shea butter, which helps to moisturize and soften your locks. The other notable ingredient is borage oil. The oil contains fatty acid GLA – which eases scalp irritation and encourages healthy and voluminous hair growth.
Regularly apply a UV protector
Your skin ins’t the only thing that needs protection from the sun’s rays during the day.
While sun damage to the skin can cause premature aging, sunburn and an increased risk of skin cancer, sun damage to the hair is just as harmful. Both UVB and UVA rays can damage the hair cuticles and this then leads to discolouration, fragile and dry strands, split ends, frizziest and thinning locks.
Spraying a few drops of the lightweight Rita Hazan Lock + Block Protective Spray to your tresses can offer them UV protection and a much needed antioxidant boost.
Aside from sun damage, other factors that can damage your locks during the summer are chlorine and sea salt. In fact, your need to stay cool could be causing split ends and breakage. That said, investing in a product such as the Reflect H2O Pre-Swim and Sun Protecting Gel that combats damage caused by UV rays, chlorine and salt-water is the best way to go. You can also dampen your tresses with water before you jump in, because it will decrease the amount of the pool’s chemicals that your hair absorbs.
Stay away from the heat
You’re already protecting your tresses from the sun’s heat, so you should probably pack away all your heated tools. The added heat will only serve to damage your locks and increase the frizz
Letting your hair air dry will prevent further heat damage and will also help it to retain more moisture. However, air drying isn’t always an option during rushed mornings. That said, try to hold off as long as you can, soak up any excess water with a cotton T-shirt and then you can proceed to air dry. Be sure to use heat protector spray to further protect your locks.
Keep your locks covered and loose
The outdoors may be welcoming but, as mentioned, they can also be damaging to your mane.
One fashionable way to protect your tresses against the elements is by either opting for a scarf or hat. The two items will help to prevent moisture loss from your scalp and it will also keep dust out of your hair.
With that said, summer is a fun time to try out many, different hairstyles. However, it’s important that these hairstyles are as gentle as they are stylish. Tightly styled hair can cause dryness, which can lead to damage. Try to keep your hair as laid back as the summer season as this will offer further protection for the scalp.
Kicking back on shampooing
Yes, you’re sweating much more and your locks have become greasier. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to be shampooing your mane every day.
Daily shampooing can strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to dryer strands. Daily shampooing can also cause dull hair color. If you want to keep your mane fresh and clean, opt for dry shampoos like Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo every other day.
When you do decide to shampoo your hair, affordable, eco-friendly, sulphate free shampoos like Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar work quite well.
Drinking enough water is one sure way to keep your scalp and hair hydrated and healthy.
Poor hydration habits can make the hair drier, frizzier, lacklustre and prone to breakage. So be sure to keep a glass bottle of water close by so that you can keep both your body and locks hydrated. You can also add water-rich foods such as watermelons and grapefruit to your summer-diet plan.
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