Tips To Maintaining Healthy Hair All Summer!
June is almost here meaning the first day of summer is just around the corner! As the cold, dull weather fades into a distant memory, the days get hotter and hotter. Although we all love ourselves some summer sun, it can be very tough on your hair! Sun exposure, air conditioning (yep you heard that right!), sunglasses, and wet brushing/styling your hair are just some of the things to keep in mind this summer. The best way to prepare yourself, is to know what to watch out for. So let’s look closer at some of the dangers that lurk in the shadows of summer days and why it can affect healthy hair:
As obvious as this one is, it’s a good reminder that UV rays are very harmful and not just for your skin. To avoid dullness, discoloration, dryness or even breakage be careful and be sure to SPF from hair-to-toe. Hats, chic scarfs or heat protectors are key!
The best friend for our eyes during those bright, sunny days are also not doing your hairline any favours if you aren’t careful. To avoid damage from your sunglasses be very careful when you are taking them on and off. In other words, don’t just rip those bad boys off so your hair doesn’t get caught in the design. It is also best not to rest them on the top of your head.
Half of you probably love, love, LOVE air conditioning during the summer; possibly can’t live without it. As great as air conditioning is, it sucks the moisture right out of your hair so be sure to keep your hair extra moisturized in the summer with leave-in conditioners or masks for hydration if you know you will be blasting that AC!
If you are lucky, you live by a beach with nice natural water. If not, well then you probably indulge more at a pool and most pools use chlorine to keep them clean. Chlorine is another culprit that will dry out your hair so be sure to bring that trusty moisture locking conditioner to the pool with you the next time you go to repair the damage you do from enjoying a little dip. Also, to maintain healthy hair habits always rinse right after swimming in chlorine water! For some of you by the beach, also remember that salt water is great for your skin, but only in moderation. If you are swimming for long periods of time in salt water it is good to also bring that leave-in conditioner to avoid any dryness. Blondes facing greening, we have some tips below!
Wet Brushing Or Styling
Since our minds are still at the beach or the pool, swimming is obviously a big part of summer. This means chances are your hair is more often wet than normal. When your hair is wet, it is best to avoid tying it up until it is dry and less likely to break. So give your hair some time to dry off but also work gently on removing those knots, it is never good to pull at your hair.
Stay Away From Heat Styling
Store away your hot tools this summer and give your hair a nice little rest. Using heat styling tools in the summer will make your hair more vulnerable to the UV rays and could cause more damage. So try to use natural products as much as you can and let your hair do it’s thing. Hot styling tools also extract the moisture from your hair, so if you do choose to use them be sure to pair them with some heat protector sprays and always use a leave-in moisturizing conditioner when you are done to maintain healthy hair.
Here are some tips to get you by this summer:
Take time to use a deep moisturizing mask like SureThik’s Boost Conditioning Hair Mask which is uniquely formulated to restore moisture and repair damaged hair.
- Use a leave-in conditioner, this will add moisture plus help protect your hair from the sun!
- If your hair is coloured, it is best to use a colour-protected shampoo & conditioner in the summer to give your hair extra protection and avoid dullness and fading.
- Green hair from Chlorine – blondes beware and always be cautious! To avoid getting green hair grab a great blonde-specific shampoo or chlorine removal shampoo is key. And make sure to never let your hair dry before washing.
- If you do need to tie your hair up when wet, a loose ponytail is best!
- Trim your hair regularly – UV rays damage the hair by weakening your hair strands, which can eventually lead to split ends. So in summer it is especially important to trim to avoid split ends.
- Wear a hat or scarf when you’re outside and your hair is unprotected.
Healthy hair begins within!
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