Our best memories are mostly from those lazy summer days, for most Australians, it is mostly spent on a beach or a pool. Looking back at those memories though, you find out that they were also your bad hair days! To avoid your hair from getting dull and lacklustre this summer, as any hairdresser from any hairdressing salon would advise you, follow these tips and tricks to help you learn how to take care of your hair and protect it from the heat, sun and humidity.
1. Protect Your Hair
Sunlight—as warm and inviting as it may seem—can do a number on our hair. To protect your hair from fading and drying out due to the sun, use a glamorous scarf or fashionable floppy hat to cover your head. It protects your hair and scalp from UV rays and helps it retain its moisture. This is especially beneficial to dyed hair. If your hair is prone to tangling, the hat will help protect it from the summer wind.
2. Wash less often
Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils. Try just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool and make sure to use a natural dry shampoo.
Avoid heat styling your hair and embrace your hair’s natural texture. Give the blow dryer and flat-iron a break and go au naturel if you can, your hair will air-dry fast anyway. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer.
3. Condition always
The best conditioners are the natural ones. Make a quick conditioner by rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar diluted in water. It helps get rid of discoloration and dullness. If you are a swimmer, your hair won’t absorb as much chlorine with the use of apple cider diluted in water. Others are coconut oil and Shea utter which are used to smooth, de-frizz, and moisturize your hair after washing and gives it a natural shine.
4. Avoid Tight Hairstyles.
Your hair is already fragile from the excess summer heat. Overly tight hairstyles—ponytails, braids, buns, and the like—can pull on your strands and cause breakage. Take care to style your hair into loose knots and braids to avoid the tear. Always use soft hair ties, not plastic elastics.
5. Combing Instead of Brushing
When your hair is wet, avoid pulling through the entanglements. Brushing the hair makes it susceptible to breaking and tearing. That is why wide tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair.
Don’t make too much haste before diving into a beach or pool. Chlorine and salty water are incredibly notorious in drying out our hair. Remember to prep your hair before every swim. Our hair is naturally porous, usually dry. It will absorb all the chlorine and salt, which will dry your hair even more. Soak your hair in freshwater or diluted vinegar to make it wet first. This way, you’re limiting the amount of damaging chlorine it can absorb. This is the best protection you will give your hair this summer.