Swimmer's hair? Dry and frizzy locks? Brassy and yellowish hair? These are some hair problems every girly out there suffers from in the summer. The summer heat can make our hair look and feel dry and sometimes change your hair color to uneven brassy tones when exposed to a chlorinated pool for too long. Don’t let summer be a bummer to your plans in maintaining healthy luscious hair!
Tip #1: Deep Condition
Your hair can get thirsty sitting under the scorching sun during summer. And what better way to provide a cool refreshment to your mane than deep conditioning?
Whether you have dry or healthy hair, everyone needs to know the importance of deep conditioning the hair if not every day, then once to two times a week. Conditioning your hair using Pure Biology Reviva Hair Conditioner or applying hair mask can give your hair moisture and keep it from turning dry and brittle. The heat from the sun can cause damage to your roots and make your hair unmanageable. Hair conditioners make sure that your hair is getting its much-needed nutrients and oil.
Tip #2: Team Hot or Cold Water?
If you wash your hair with streaming hot water during summer or even any other season, STOP. Instead, wash it using warm water when rinsing shampoo, and use cold water for rinsing your conditioner. Warm water removes dirt and oil better than cold water and most shampoo lathers better with warm water. However, you may want to use cold water when rinsing your conditioner to help retain moisture to your locks.
Tip #3: Scalp Care
Everyone is all about haircare and skincare nowadays and forgets that the scalp needs nurturing too. Scalp care is a huge factor in getting healthy and bouncy hair especially during summer when you sweat and accumulate more dirt than during cold seasons. A sweaty scalp and hair can cause bacteria and fungus to grow and cause dandruff. This in turn, can put a damper on healthy hair growth.
Here are some scalp care tips you need to try:
- Scalp massage to reduce tension, improve blood circulation, and promote healthy hair follicle growth
- Massage hair mask on the scalp and make sure to rinse it off properly
- Prevent scalp from being sunburnt by wearing a cap or using an SPF
- Supplement with probiotics
- Avoid hair products with sulfate, alcohol, and other strong chemicals
Tip #4: Shield Your Hair from UV Exposure
We get it, staying under the sun and getting a tan at the beach is your summer goal. Not to be the person who tells you I told you so but staying under the sun without hair and scalp protection can give you the most dreaded scalp burn. Imagine skin sunburn but on your scalp (yikes!).
If you are going to stay too long in the sun, at least make it a habit to apply a scalp sunscreen stick or a sunscreen powder to keep your scalp from being toasted. You can also use a sun protectant hair spray or a hat to protect your hair from UV rays. UV rays are at its highest from 10 am to 4 pm and you should stay under a shade as much as possible.
Tip #5: Eat Nutritious Food
Eating a balanced diet and nutritious food can give your hair health a boost. Our hair needs both protein and moisture together to keep it strong and healthy. So next time you brush your hair, check if your strands easily fall out. If it does, then you need to amp your protein intake. Some protein rich foods are beef, chicken, duck, prawns, and dairy products.
Some studies also suggested that Omega-3 and biotin help in stimulating hair growth and thickness. Try adding Omega-3 and Biotin supplements to your diet. Be sure to remember that your hair needs hydration too so drink your water and hydrate!
Tip #6: Prevent Swimmer’s Hair
Dry, damaged, and discolored hair or also called swimmer’s hair happen when it is exposed to chlorine or chemicals from the pool or ocean. To prevent further damage, make sure to wet your hair with fresh water before jumping in the pool or swimming in the ocean so that you can limit the amount of chlorine that your hair will absorb. This can help minimize damage and prevent dry and split hairs.
Another tip to reduce chlorine hair damage is to shampoo right after you swim. Chlorine and the sun can also turn your hair into uneven brassy and orange tones especially if you have blonde or bleached hair. Invest in a good purple shampoo like this LxH purple shampoo and purple hair mask to color treat your hair back to a more gorgeous color.
Tip #7: Visit Your Hair Stylist For a Trim and Hair Treatment
The summer heat and chemicals from the pool can damage your hair and cause split ends. Getting a regular trim will make your locks look healthier and bouncier. Not only that, but hair trims promote hair growth and make it look thicker. So, if you want healthy-looking hair this summer, you may want to pay your hairstylists a visit.
Tip #8: Brush Your Hair Daily
No, you don’t need exactly 100 brushes to get healthy long hair. You probably heard of this advice but that is actually a myth. Daily hair brushing is important to distribute your natural oils from the scalp to your hair tips, but you don’t need to count to a hundred. The naturally produced oil in our scalp is essential for the body and tips of the hair to act as a moisturizer and barrier against breakage.
Tip #9: Give Hair Gloss a Try
If you haven’t heard what hair glossing is, then here is a quick recap. Hair gloss is like tinted lip gloss. It provides shine and moisture to revive dry hair. Some hair gloss also color corrects the hair to refresh your hair color. This is perfect to get after a fresh hair color retouch to maintain the salon-colored hair for 4-6 week (about 1 and a half months) longer than without a hair gloss. Check out our article Bring Your Hair Back to Life with Hair Glossing to know more.
Tip #10: Invest in Heatless Hair Tools
It is true that flat iron, curlers, and hair blowers can make your hair pretty, but it is also true that it can provide permanent heat damage to your hair. The heat from the sun during summer is already drying your hair, if you use heat tools for your hair, you might damage it more beyond repair. Instead, minimize your usage of hair tools or invest in heatless hair tools. You can check out this article for the Best Hair Tools of 2021 and Lazy Girl's Guide to Achieve Heatless Curls.