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Are you looking for ways to keep healthy hair this summer? These seven ways will save your hair leaving you with a mane you can’t stop touching.
With summer knocking on our door, our hair is preparing for battle. Did you know our hair goes through more damage in the summer than the rest of the year? With the overexposure to harmful sun rays, sweat, sea salt, and chlorinated pool water, your hair is crying for help.
How Summer Damages Your Hair
Although summer is a time for fun and relaxation, don’t skimp out on doubling up on hair care, and here’s why.
- The sun pulls mositure from your hair which leaves you with dry brittle hair.
- Have you noticed you have more scalp problems during the summer months? Sweat and dust increase hair problems like dandruff and split ends.
- Speaking of scalp problems, heat is harsh on your scalp – causing dryness and sunburns. Many people believe hair protects the scalp, but that is far from the truth. In the end, dry scalp can damage your hair roots.
Ways to Protect Your Hair This Summer
Start with a Hair Cut
Trimming your hair at the beginning of summer will save you frustration down the road. With dead ends trimmed from the tips of your hair, you’ll avoid split ends, keeping your hair healthy and thick from root to tip.
Shampoo Your Hair Wisely
Shampooing your hair daily is not recommended, but during the summer months washing your hair daily might be a must. If you feel like you need to shampoo your hair, choose a mild shampoo, and focus on cleaning the scalp.
Condition like a Pro
Conditioning your hair like a pro is the best way to fight damaged hair year round, and its super simple. After washing your hair gently towel dry your hair and apply your conditioner and let it sit.
When your hair is wet its not as porous and will not absorb as much of the moisture as it will when its towel dried.
Use Curling Irons/Flat Irons/ Blow-dryers Sparingly
Summer provides enough damaging heat, adding to the heat can cause extensive damage down the road. Consider letting your hair air dry instead of using the blowdryer. You can use rollers for volume instead if the curling iron, and you can get blowouts instead of the flat iron.
If you must use your blow dryer, opt for the low or medium temperature setting and always remember to use heat protection.
Invest in a Overnight Treatment
Overnight is a prime healing time for our bodies, including our hair. Applying an overnight hair treatment will help lock in moisture giving your hair enough life to fight another day.
Don’t Forget your Vitamins
This sounds super simple but vitamins are often overlooked. A few Supplements to look for are:
- Iron- without Iron, our hair becomes dull and brittle.
- Sulphur- Human hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which is high in sulphur content. Sulphur helps to extend the growth phase, reducing the appearance of thinning hair.
- Copper and Zinc- Lacking copper and zinc is damaging to hair because a deficiency of zinc and copper causes hair thinning, or baldness
- Vitamin B- Without these, you can experience dullness, scaling, dandruff, greyness, and possible balding.
Don’t Pull to Hard
If your hair is pulled back often you can develop traction alopecia. This means you’re losing your hair because you’re literally pulling your hair out. Try to wear your hair down more often, less tension the better. Also, wearing our sunglasses on our head is damaging to our hair. Try to avoid pulling your sunglasses on the top of your head.
Quick Hair Treatment for Dry Damaged Hair
I couldn’t leave you hanging and not give you a homemade mask for your hair. Natural conditioners will coat your hair shaft with protein leaving your hair shiny, full of body, and leave your hair more manageable.
If eggs and milk are not in your hair wheelhouse, you might like this mask I use often to help with my dry scalp.
What other hair remedies do you use to keep you hair strong through out summer?