A summer spent at the beach and by the pool is one of the world's utmost happiness and pleasure, yet, it can spell disaster for your hair. Every time you go outside in the summer, you expose your hair to the harsh rays of the sun. Most people know how to protect their skin in the summer by applying sunscreen, but very few people think to protect their hair. Summer is great time for fun and relaxation, but without awareness, it can also lead to a lot of damage to your hair. As long as you take a few steps to protect your hair from the elements, you won't find yourself needing to cut off your lovely locks at summer's end. Too much exposure to heat and sunlight can leave your hair dry, dull, and lifeless. However, there are a few very simple steps you can take to protect your hair from the sun, chlorine, and salt water that I have compiled for you.
The best way to protect your hair is to keep it covered up if you will be spending a long time in direct sunlight. A headscarf, a baseball cap, or any cute hat will do. Covering your hair also does you the favor of keeping your scalp and the tops of your ears from getting sunburned.
If you don't want to cover your hair, then treat it the same way you treat your skin; cover your hair in sunscreen. Yes, what you have read is right, hair sunscreen. If you have long hair, it is a good idea to pull your hair back into a braid or a cute messy bun and coat it in a layer of sunscreen. There are leave-in conditioners, mousses, finishing sprays and beach sprays now that all contain UV filters to protect your hair
In the summer, I like to create my own hair protection serum and keep it in a spray bottle to carry with me and spray on my hair every time I go outside. I mix equal parts sunscreen and conditioner with a bit of water and a squirt of lemon juice. The sunscreen protects my hair and the conditioner makes it soft as the sun helps it soak in. The lemon juice adds natural looking highlights to my hair (If you have dark hair or do not want to add any highlights, you can just skip the lemon juice and the mixture).
Cut loose split ends
Make sure to frequently trim your ends to prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and damaging hair. Russo recommends scheduling a trim every four to six weeks to maintain both your cut and the health of your hair.
How to Protect Your Hair at the Pool
The chlorine in pool water protects you from bacteria, but can wreak havoc on your hair. The best way to protect your hair is to rinse off in fresh water as soon as you get out of the pool. Sometimes, after a summer of swimming at the pool, blonde hair starts to turn a shade of green. If that happens to you, don't freak out. Many brands sell chlorine removal shampoos that will return your hair to its normal shade. To avoid hair from turning green. Mix a pint of spring water and a teaspoon of baking soda to get all the chemicals out.
How to Protect Your Hair at the Beach
Just the same as the after pool process, after a swim in the sea, try to locate the nearest shower and rinse off immediately.
Nature’s Protection (Fruits and Vegetables)
During the summer months your food should contain especially generous amounts of vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene. As effective antioxidants they neutralize the free radicals, which are more numerous in bright sunlight. Otherwise, these free radicals damage or destroy cells. Particularly rich in antioxidants are fruits, berries and vegetables, such as apricots, berries, grapes, broccoli and spinach.
Best hair Products I recommend:
- Victoria's Secret So Sexy Wave-Enhancing Spray
- Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk
- Redken’s Color Extend Sun Solar Screen with SPF 12
- Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist (Aerosol)
- Garnier Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
- Tresemme hair conditioner (again according to your hair type, all of their range is just perfect and a must for every girl)
- Pantene Prov Oil Replacement
- Bumble & Bumble (all of the hair range is just amazing)
- Oscar Blandi Capri Sun-Shield Spray sunscreen
- Kerastase Aqua-Seal hair sunscreen
- Fekkai Marine Clean Detox after sun Shampoo
Now, what is you hair care routine?