By S. McIntyre
With the rising temperatures and longer days, it seems summer has finally arrived. While most of us enjoy lounging poolside and spending time outdoors during these warmer months, our hair might suffer. The damaging effects of chlorine, sun, and wind can cause hair to lose moisture and luster and become dry and damaged. Not to worry – we’ve created a few solid plans to help protect your locks all season long.
Taking a dip in the pool on a steamy day always provides instant relief, but the chlorine can cause dryness and fadeout. Enjoy your swim, but follow these simple steps to keep hair healthy:
- Before entering the pool, soak your hair in water (preferably tap water) so it’s already wet when it touches chlorine. This will help reduce the loss of moisture that occurs when hair follicles encounter chlorine.
- After your swim, rinse your hair with tap water again so as to expunge the chlorine that remains in your hair after you leave the pool.
- Later, when you’re taking a shower, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner designed to restore moisture.
- Once you finish with your shower, apply a leave-in treatment to strengthen and repair damaged hair.
- Finally, if you’ve been swimming in a pool for several weeks, try an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove excess chlorine build-up. To complete this treatment, add one part vinegar to four parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture throughout your locks, work through with your fingers, and rinse with cold water.
Sitting under the hot sun for hours on end, applying and re-applying sunscreen. Hopefully, you’ll have a healthy glow, but your hair might become dry, brittle, and faded in the process. Follow these simple steps to maintain Aphrodite-like hair:
- Before heading to the beach, put on a hat! This is a very simple step to protect your hair from the sun’s UV rays. We love floppy sun hats, and fedoras, too.
- If you are going to let your hair out while you’re on the beach, add some sunblock to the part in your hair. It is never fun to experience a sun burn, especially on your scalp. This will help prevent both the burn and damage to the hair roots.
- No matter how tempting, never use lemon juice to lighten your hair. Though this can help to lighten the color of hair, it can also intensify the sun’s damage, drying out hair at a faster rate.
- Finally, after your outdoor time, head to the showers and use a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment to ensure that your hair is fully rejuvenated and moisturized.
Sometimes there’s no greater feeling than the one experienced during a morning run on the beach. Everything seems so peaceful, with the sun rising and the wind blowing through your hair. Afterward, though, your mane can feel a bit dried out. Here are a few simple tricks to restore windswept hair to its former glory:
- After your run, brush your hair with a natural bristle brush. This will spread the oils back into your hair as well as detangle locks.
- Next, you may want to have a professional trim any dead or split ends that have gathered at the tips of your hair. This simple step can make your hair look radiant again in only a few minutes.
- When washing your hair, use a protein-enriched conditioner since hair is made of protein. Conditioners smooth the cuticle of each hair shaft and make it harder for them to catch on each other.
- At the end of the day, head to your kitchen. Massage either coconut oil or olive oil into your scalp and hair. Since the hair is already damaged, be careful not to rub it excessively. Cover your head with a cap and leave the oil in overnight. Be sure to rinse in the morning for a glossy finish.
Enjoy the summer and keep your locks looking as beautiful and healthy as the rest of you!
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