Yes, it’s spring, but in some parts of our sunburnt land, it feels like summer has already hit. We’ve talked before about the effects that warm conditions have on our skin, but today we’re going to help you take care of your hair through the havoc of summer.
Retreat from the heat
Hot and humid weather usually means bad hair days thanks to dry hair and an oily scalp. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to protect your hair from excess heat:
1. Avoid heat styling as much as possible. Although we all love sleek, ‘just-done’ hair, in the long-run your hair will look healthier if you can find ways to style it that don’t require daily blow-drying and straightening.
2. Cover your hair with a hat or scarf when outdoors to avoid direct exposure to the sun’s rays.
3. Apply a leave-in conditioner to give your hair a moisture boost.
4. Look for hair products with coconut oil, which is ultra-nourishing for hair.
5. Wash your hair less often. Yes, it may sound counter-intuitive to wash less when your hair is oilier. But, washing strips your hair of its natural oils, so the scalp is actually triggered to produce more.
6. On the days that you don’t wash your hair, rinse it with cold water to seal in the moisture.
Protection from summer’s evil: chlorine
We know it all too well – that greenish tinge that comes from swimming in chlorinated pool water. But, it also leaves hair limp and dull. Here’s what you can do about it:
· Rinse hair with normal cold tap water before swimming. Dry hair acts like a sponge when you wet it. So, by wetting it with normal water first, it won’t be able to absorb as much of the chlorinated water.
· Rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as you get out of the pool. Then when you get home, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. This helps restore your hair by removing any chlorine build-up.
While these are our top tips for protecting your hair from the outside, you should always drink plenty of water to hydrate every cell in your body and protect your body from the inside too.
To learn more about looking after your hair naturally, check out this post from our blog.