Here comes the Sun
THE ARRIVAL OF WARMER WEATHER MAY SEEM TO MEAN FUN IN THE SUN - BUT, HOW FUN IS IT FOR YOUR HAIR?
Hooray for the summer months! We all love the warmer weather and the surge of energy it brings. We're called to the outside to enjoy vacations, poolside parties and long patio conversations.
Maybe there are vacation dreams for you. A cruise? A beach? All of it sounds fantastic; but, how fantastic is it for your hair? Before you go rushing out the door, take a few of these tips with you:
IF IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR SKIN, IT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR HAIR, TOO.
We're all aware that the skin is the largest organ we have. We are constantly reminded (and accurately so) to protect it from harsh rays from the sun or the elements of pollution and more. So much time and money is invested in the skin - especially since the sun and elements can cause burning and issues with texture.
These things happen to your hair, too. The hair is comprised of those same building blocks that make your skin.
That means that protecting it from the sun and elements is just as important. If you've ever experienced changes or issues in texture or color, you're hair is dealing with the elements and you should help it.
WHAT IS IN YOUR SUMMER BAG?
Firstly, who doesn't love an amazing summer hat? Get one of those for when lying around the pool or brunching with friends. The sun will hit your head first and that scalp will take a beating so a good hat is a great first line of defense.
It is also important to have quality care products. Sulfates do make a difference. Salts, parabens and protection does make a difference.
If you are someone who does color their hair or has curly hair, this is especially true in summer - when your hair is vulnerable to the summer elements.
Why is it important to care about your hair through the summer? Because there are many issues that can be prevented or easily managed with planning and quality care.
t is always better to be proactive than reactive.
Those with blonde children or who are bleaching sun bunnies may have experienced this a time or two.
Chlorine (a green gas) and elements like copper (also green when oxidized) get absorbed into vulnerable tresses and lock in their special brand of tint.
Hair that has been lightened, or those that are naturally yellow blonde and porous, soaks this water right up.
Before getting into the pool, shower or soak the hair in water and conditioner. Rinse then apply a leave in conditioner. Do not dry the hair. The hair - since it's less thirsty - will be less likely to drink up the pool water. Keeping the hair up and out of the water also helps.
When you're done swimming, shampoo, condition and utilize a leave in protector to care and repair.
Salt water: Salts are drying. They will suck the water right out of your skin and hair. Yes - you must protect and repair from the ocean or salt-water pool, too.
A common complaint that comes with warmer days is how the humidity affects some hair. This is often seen in our wavy and curly girls but humidity can affect a lot of ladies.
This, too, is related to dryness as thirsty hair soaks up the moisture-dense atmosphere.
As that thirsty hair swells up from the moisture in the atmosphere, the breaks in the cuticle become more exposed. This makes your hair more vulnerable.
ou've often heard us say: A shiny cuticle is a happy cuticle.
This is because the cuticle of the hair is built up of a bunch of downward-facing scales, like shingles on a roof. Those with dense, tight cuticles often seem to have no affect by water. Those with porous, damaged or fine (low cuticle layers) hair can seem to soak up water and "poof out" in humidity while feeling dry.
It's confusing - we know. We're here for you.
All of that to say, when you're seeing frizz, you're seeing a raised cuticle. When it's raised, your hair is vulnerable and asking for assistance.
This is why adding moisture and protection to the hair in these months is so vital. Many issues are from dehydration so added moisture is a key.
Add moisture with better products that aren't counterproductive (with drying ingredients) and include a regular deep-conditioning day. Leave in protection with UV and heat blockers are essential.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Some other tips to manage the summer:
- Get a haircut to seal up the ends of your hair. Split ends are like runs in stockings in that they will travel up the shaft of the hair. Dump them so they don't kill your summer vibes.
- It bears repeating to use quality products in your life, but adding moisture, a masque and increasing that protection is essential.
- Remember to pre-game before a swim and cleanse / repair after.
- Extension / fashion color ladies - no submerging for you.
- Use heat tools less often. Don't put 350 degrees on your hair then sit in 100 all day
- Oxydation, atmosphere, pollution and sun all have affects on color and moisture retention. A proper plan will help you win the battle of tonal and texture frustrations.
- Shampoo and condition more often. Avoid trying to create the next record for most consecutive dry shampoo days.
Remember that spring and summer also has more of your follicles in the growing phase (anagen) so you're more apt to grow more successfully if you're encouraging and protecting these follicles. Loving your scalp and hair will be key to successful high-growth period.