Stay safe, strong and shiny with our seven natural summer hair tips.
Swimming, sandy beaches and strong rays – the summer season is great for keeping us active, but it wreaks havoc on our hair. If you’re spending too many hours in the sun, you might notice one or more of the following:
- Discoloration, both on natural and dyed hair
- Dry feeling tips
- Brittle strands that break easily
- Split ends
- Extra frizz
- General thinning
- More difficulty styling.
So, how can you prevent sun damaged hair and protect your scalp this summer? Try these simple summer hair tips.
Avoid sunning in peak times
Akin to sunburn prevention, you should stay out of the sun when it’s at its strongest – usually between the hours of 11am and 3pm, though this can be longer on particularly hot days.
Use extra protection
We can’t rub sun cream into our hair, but we can protect it with clothing! Consider a larger sun hat or even a baseball cap. Not only will this protect your hair from the sun, it will also stop you from squinting – great for preventing those dreaded crow’s feet.
Rinse your hair
Summertime invariably means more time spent in the pool. If you’re spending a lot of time in chlorinated water, always make sure you rinse it out afterwards. Chlorine has been proven to damage hair, and in the cases of those with bright blond shades, can even turn it green!
Make a natural hair mask
While we’re on the subject of avoiding chemicals, you can also make your own organic, cruelty-free hair mask. The best formulas rely on a few key ingredients such as coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. With its antibacterial properties, it can also prevent itchy scalps, and is full of vitamins.
Blend six to eight fresh strawberries with one tablespoon each of coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey. Dampen the hair, then apply evenly and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Be wary of other skin conditions
Often, people mistake sunburn for eczema or psoriasis, but damaged skin can exacerbate the condition. If you do suffer from conditions that make the skin flake, consider using specialist products for skin conditions, including conditioners and hair dyes.
Avoid excessive styling
Now is the time to embrace those natural waves – ditch the straighteners! Products which rely on heat can dry out the hair, causing it to become brittle and break easily. You can soon tell if your hair is damaged – it will feel dry and may not curl or style as easily. Try to limit styling and always apply a heat protection spray before you reach for the appliances.
Eat your way to good hair
Goodness starts from the inside out! Your hair will have a glossy shine if you add oily foods to your diet, including fish, dairy products, eggs and avocados. You can also up your vitamins with nuts and blueberries.
Above all, remember to limit your sun time, and always use sunscreen!