Did you know that 50 hours of sun exposure is equivalent to 30 minutes of bleach? So it is no surprise that spending lots of time outdoors in the sun and in the lake or pool, that your hair can be seriously damaged once fall rolls around. If you want to keep your hair looking strong, healthy and fresh, you need to be proactive about the damage the summer will provide to your hair and know how to fight it properly.
First of all, if your hair is colored or highlighted, sun exposure and frequent shampooing will fade your hair color the fastest. Be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair and don’t shampoo every day unless your hair is very oily. Use a dry shampoo in between days to keep your color shining brightly. Also, use a sunblock formulated for your hair or choose a spray that contains SPF. When you’re out for long periods of time in the sun, wear a hat or a scarf to cover your locks.
Second, lay off the hair dryer and other hot tools and stay away from metal brushes. If you use these tools regularly, use a thermal protectant spray or cream to protect your hair from the heat that fades your color and damages your hair. A natural bristle brush is also best for keeping hair strong and healthy.
Third, if you’re a big swimmer in the summer, the salt water or chlorine will fry your hair. If you’re swimming in a chlorine-filled pool regularly, invest in a clarifying shampoo made specifically for swimmers for the summer or try a simple apple cider vinegar rinse. To prevent chlorine buildup and damage, put an oil that contains SPF in your hair before you swim or wear a swim cap. Be sure to rinse and wash your hair thoroughly after you’re done swimming too. Be sure to use a deep conditioner every week to replace the moisture lost from sun and water exposure too.
If you head to a summer home often that uses well water or hard water, think about installing a filtering system because it removes 95% of chlorine and other chemicals from the water, which save your hair.
Lastly, remember you are what you eat! Be sure to eat a balanced diet, take your vitamins and drink lots of water. Biotin is a great vitamin for hair health if you need a little boost.
What do you worry about with your hair in the summer? Will you follow any of these tips?