There’s no better way to spend the sweet summertime days and nights than in the great outdoors. The summer welcomes comfy clothing, minimal makeup, and natural hair. It may be impossible to fall out of love with summer ways, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t health and beauty conflicts throughout the season. Many of us have been versed a time or two on the proper way to care for and protect out skin during the warmer months, but few of us have taken into consideration the necessary measures that should be taken to safeguard those tresses. Since the sun has been putting in the overtime, we thought we should shed some light on some tried and true summer hair care tips.
Hit Snooze and Skip the Shampoo
As you may have heard, scrubbing your scalp with shampoo doesn’t just cleanse your locks, but it has been found to strip the hair of its healthy natural oils. Naturally, it seems ideal to rid the hair of oil, but the thing is, hair that is over washed compensates for the continual oil loss by amping up oil production, leaving your hair more and more greasy looking over time. Instead of washing your hair with shampoo in the shower, simply sleep in a bit later and skip your shower every few days. If you absolutely need to shower, try rinsing your hair directly under the shower head for a few minutes to help reduce the excess oil.
Conditioner is Key
We’re true believers that saltwater and all day pool days are good for the soul, but sadly, all the sodium and chlorine isn’t the best thing for your tresses. Reverse the damage caused by the elements by using a deep conditioning treatment on a regular basis.
Better Safe than Sorry, Use Protection
Often times we overlook the fact that out scalp is just as susceptible to sunburn as is our skin. Not only that, but our hair is not able to provide the adequate UVA and UVB protection. There are a few different options to prevent your scalp from burning this summer:
- Look into shampoos and conditioners that contain sunblock
- Mix a small amount of oil-free sunscreen in the palm of your hand with your regular hair product. This way you’re killing two birds with one stone in mere seconds.
- Whenever possible, sport a cute baseball cap or floppy monogrammed sun hat.
Give Your Blowdryer a Day Off
It’s no secret that applying continual heat to the hair on a regular basis isn’t hair-healthy. Chances are that the temperature outside is as high as the low or medium setting on your blow-dryer, so why not let your hair dry naturally? Of course, there are days when the time commitment to air-drying isn’t realistic, but the take home point here is that whenever possible, you should give all heat tools a day off.
Don’t Crack Under Pressure
We’ve all done it before: gathered our hair into the perfect style, secured it with elastics and bobby pins only to realize that a single strand of hair was being pulled so much that it was causing an uncomfortable painful sensation. Remember, pain is the body’s way to tell us something is wrong! When you’re experiencing hair-pulling scalp-pain, it’s because those locks are being pulled so tight that they are about to split and snap. You hair is already in a vulnerable state in the summer, simply avoid splitting due to too-tight styles by opting for loose braids and messy buns.