Summer brings with it flip flops, ice cream, and lazy
afternoons at the beach. Unfortunately, summer also brings an
unwanted guest: frizzy, fried, brittle hair. But you donít have to
look like a scarecrow in September if you take action now to protect
your hair from the hazards of summertime. Here are the major
culprits and what to do about each.
You wouldnít dream of going to the beach without
slathering on sunscreen, would you? Intense sunlight damages
unprotected hair just as it does skin. Sunlight doesnít just bleach
your hair; it also dries it out and causes split ends. The result:
brittle, frizzy straw. The simplest and best solution is to wear a
hat or colorful scarf. If youíre not a hat person, use a conditioner
with UV protection. At a pinch, you can always rub some regular
sunscreen into your hair and scalp, paying particular attention to
your part line.
Chlorine makes pools safe to swim in, but itís also a
harsh disinfectant that can turn your hair frizzy, dull, or even
green. You can minimize chlorine damage by rinsing your hair with
clean, cool water before you step into the pool. Your hair is like a
sponge: if itís already full of clean water, it wonít be able to
absorb much chlorine. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner to
seal your cuticles and keep chlorine out. Afterwards, use a
clarifying shampoo and an intense conditioner. If you swim
frequently, the best solution is a bathing cap.
More romantic than chlorinated pool water but equally
harmful, seawater contains a lot of salt and other heavy minerals
and pollutants which dry out your skin and hair, leaving you with
that characteristic tight, sticky feeling. As with chlorine, rinse
or treat your hair before going in, and use a clarifying shampoo and
moisturizing conditioner afterwards. Consider using leave-in
conditioners throughout the summer for extra moisture protection.
It may look great in films, but hair that is allowed
to whip in the wind is sustaining very real damage. The wind can
cause tangling, splitting, and breaking. Skip the romantic fantasies
and pull your hair back into a loose bun or ponytail.
Color and Heat Treatments
As you are probably aware, color and heat treatments
weaken your hair and leave it more susceptible to damage by all four
of these elements. Give your hair a break from the chemicals and
treatments this summer. Skip the blowdryer and color or treat your
hair early in the season or not at all. Your hair will thank you for
it in September!
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