It’s never too early to start preparing for summer, as we all know the heat can take a toll on your hair. Excessive exposure to the heat and sun rays easily rids the hair off its essential oils, making it dry and brittle.
Chemically treated hair is also highly affected during the hot summer season; as you may have noticed, the hair easily fades and becomes quite dull around this time.
You need to protect your hair and scalp from these harmful effects of the sun. Today we shall be giving you some useful tips on how to take care of your hair during summer.
Best Tips on Caring For Summer Hair
Caring for your hair during summer is not a complicated affair, at least not with these simple tips.
1st Tips: Air dry your hair
2nd Tips: Wash the hair less frequently and use plant based hair products
3rd Tips: Cool-rinse your hair
4th Tips: Use inexpensive DIY hair products
Drying your hair naturally is one of the best things you can do for your hair. Hair dryers tend to have excessive heat, which in addition to hot weather, dries your hair even more. You can simply dry your hair by blotting it, using an absorbent towel.
As a general rule of thumb, make sure that you dry the hair in downward motion and comb it using a wide toothed comb or your fingers, to prevent breakage.
You can also create texture by plaiting the hair or wrapping it as it dries. It’s also advisable that you wash your hair less frequently since washing the hair also strips its natural oils, which are produced by the scalp. The products you use to wash your hair also matters; plant based shampoos and conditioners are the best in this regard.
While many of us are buying shampoos, we believe that shampoos with more foam tend to be best; this is understandable as they make our washing exercise easier. However, this is not necessarily a good thing because shampoos tend to contain harmful chemicals such as Cocamide DEA and SLS. The foaming effect is simply psychological and in reality, you don’t need much lather to clean your hair.
After conditioning your hair, a cool rinse can help breathe some life into your hair. Cold water condenses the hair follicles and closes the cuticle layer— making your hair appear healthier, smoother and shinier. There are plenty of DIY recipes for hair care; these not only save you money, they are also better for your hair since they do not contain harmful chemicals.
For example, you can use apple cider vinegar to remove chemical build up on your hair or coconut oil to moisturize the hair and prevent fly-away. You can also create a hair mask and deep conditioner, using ingredients such as mayonnaise and eggs.
Protecting Your Hair This Summer
Summer is a time to let down your hair and let it fly loose. However, this exposes it to the harmful sun elements.
The good news is that there are ways that you can protect your hair while enjoying the summer heat.
1st advice: Hydrate
2nd advice: Wear a hat
3rd advice: Wrap the hair to restore lost moisture
It is important that you stay hydrated during summer. You, in fact, need to drink more water to replenish the lost fluids. There are various ways to keep your body hydrated and besides water, you can also include fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet; they are a good source of fluids due to their high water content.
This goes without saying that you may want to wear a hat to protect the hair from sun rays. You can also tie the hair in a knot, bun or simply braid it give it a rest. When retiring for the day, you can help your hair heal by restoring its lost moisture. Simply wrap it in a plastic bag, pin it up or cover it with a silk head wrap. This also helps to eliminate frizz.
The hot summer weather is great but it also means that you need to pay extra attention to your hair since the sun’s rays can have a damaging effect. Cover up the hair using a hat or head scarf. You can also use hair care products that have a Sun Protection Factor.
When it comes to styling products, avoid heat styling at all costs and try to use organic hair products or DIY products which work just as great. Your diet matters; eat healthy, keep your body well hydrated and stock up on your fruits and vegetables.