Summer is, without a doubt, one of the most popular seasons. It brings with it warmth, vibrant colors, and even some fun-in-the-sun activities like going to the beach, pool, or enjoying the great outdoors. Although spending time in the sun is enjoyable, it does not come without risks.
The majority of us are aware of the detrimental effects of the sun on our skin, but the sun and summer heat may also damage our hair. Dry scalp and hair, frizzy hair, breakage, and weakened cuticles are some of the negative effects that the sun, heat, chlorinated water, and saltwater may have on the hair.
Let’s look at some ways to safeguard your hair against damage this summer.
Heat Is Your Enemy
Heat, whether it is from styling tools or the sun, is bad for your hair. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the cuticle layer of your hair, thus causing hair to become brittle and dry. The best way to protect against heat is to use heat-protectant sprays before using styling tools. As much as possible, wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair from the sun, especially when you know you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time. It’s best to avoid heat styling tools altogether— at least until the end of summer.
When left loose, especially during a fun day at the beach, hair can become dry, damaged, and tangled. Untangling your hair could lead to further breakage and damage, too! Therefore, it is wise to tie your hair into buns, ponytails, or braids so that it is kept from moving around and drying out. Remember to not tie your hair very tightly as your roots may hurt later. Not only will braided hairstyles make you look cool, but you’ll also have some great heatless beachy waves when you take them off!
Get a Summer Trim
Getting a trim or haircut will keep your hair appearing healthy by getting rid of split ends and removing damaged strands. Getting a short haircut will also help sweat dry faster, and prevent your neck from becoming a hot mess.
Drinking water helps keep skin supple, hydrated, and soft. You lose a lot of bodily water through sweat during summer and so, it is imperative that you drink plenty of water to keep your scalp and skin hydrated. Dry scalps can lead to the formation of dandruff, leading to hair loss and dry, lifeless hair in the long run.
Hair becomes dull and lackluster due to exposure to UV rays as well as environmental dust and pollution. As we are prone to spending more time outdoors in summers, the probability of such damage is higher during these months. Ensure that you deep-condition your hair at least once a week to revitalize it and lock in the moisture. You should also consider getting a hair spa once a month to keep your hair in its best condition.