Hair Care Tips That Beat The Summer Heat
School’s out for summer! Despite our extreme love for the summer heat, our hair doesnít always share that affection. The chlorine, sun and saltwater that we tend to indulge in during the summer can really do a number on our hair. Fortunately, thereís plenty you can do to keep your mane shiny and happy this summer!
Slather on the SPF
Your skin is not the only thing that can get sunburnedóyour hair can too! Luckily, there are some UV protectant products out there. Leave-in conditioners work well as both a seal in moisture and protection your hair from the sun! They help to seal in moisture during the day; it can also aid afflictions like frizz and flyaways.
Since you and your hair are going to be getting some serious rays, good heat protectant products and hair styling precautions can also be great in the summer time. They prevent your hair from getting damaged from both heat styling and from baking in the sun.
IXnay on the flat iron
Speaking of which, you should probably try to cut back on the amount of heat styling you do in the summeróafter all, with the sun youíre getting, your hair canít really stand to lose much more moisture. Instead, youíll want an undone casual look during those hot daysóitís all about those beachy waves, right? And if you donít actually live near the beach, a good texturizing spray will help you fake those effortless bohemian waves.
As your hair gets dried out from all of the summer fun, itís important to add in extra moisture. Deep conditioning is a great way to do tható and there are a lot of great deep conditioners out there that will leave your hair shiny and bouncy.
Moisturize with shampoo
Itís also important to make sure your shampoo isnít stripping your hair. In less harsh seasons, it might be okay to use that volumizing shampoo; however, during the summer, itís best to use moisturizing shampooó it will help your hair retain its moisture and shine. The best products for African American hair are ideal for locking in moisture, regardless of the season or weather, as their use of natural oils is a great way of adding shine without added weight or greasiness.
Wet your hair before swimming
It may sound strange, but everyone agrees that getting into the pool with already-damp hair is a great way to protect from chlorine. Think of it this way: your hair is like a sponge, and if itís already saturated with water, less of the chlorine can harm the cuticle. For even more protection, saturate your hair with a leave-in conditioner and wear a stylish swim cap.
With these tips, you can enjoy your time poolside/beachside without worryingóyou CAN have your cake and eat it too!
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Los Angeles whose writing specializes in skin and hair care, travel, tech and marketing. During the summer, she follows these tips to keep her hair shiny and healthy. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to find more tips like these!