Summer is a time of adventures and days spent poolside or in your favorite creek or river. Sun and swimming can wreak havoc on your precious locks, leaving them dry, brittle, and damaged. Fear not! As a seasoned hairstylist, I’ve seen it all and have some tried-and-true tips to revive your hair from the summer’s toll. With a little care and attention, you can restore your hair’s health and shine, just in time for the fall season. Let’s have summer healthy hair!
1. Deep Conditioning Therapy
After a summer of exposure to the sun and chlorine, your hair is thirsty for moisture. Treat yourself to a nourishing deep conditioning treatment to replenish lost hydration. Apply the deep conditioner from the roots to the tips, and leave it in for the recommended time to let it work its magic. For an extra boost, consider using a warm towel or shower cap to trap heat and enhance absorption.
2. Trim Away the Damage
Sun, saltwater, and chlorine can lead to split ends and breakage, leaving your hair looking frayed and dull. Schedule a visit to your hairstylist for a clean up to get rid of those damaged ends. A fresh cut will not only remove split ends but also give your hair a healthier and more vibrant appearance.
3. Minimize Heat Styling
While you’re working on reviving your hair, try to limit your use of heat styling tools, such as blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. Excessive heat can further damage already weakened hair. Instead, opt for air-drying or use heat protectant sprays when necessary. Embrace natural hairstyles and let your hair breathe.
4. Clarifying Shampoo
During the summer, your hair accumulates a lot of product buildup, sweat, and impurities. A clarifying shampoo can help remove all these residues, giving your hair a fresh start. It can also help with hard water build up that so many of us living in the Hudson Valley are used to. Use it once a week to cleanse your hair thoroughly. However, avoid overusing it, as it can strip natural oils, causing dryness.
5. Sunscreen for Hair
Just like your skin, your hair needs protection from the harmful UV rays. Invest in a hair sunscreen or protective spray with UV filters to shield your strands from sun damage. Before heading out for a day in the sun, apply the product generously, especially if you’ll be swimming or spending time outdoors.
6. Overnight Hair Masks
Give your hair some extra love by using overnight hair masks. These intensive treatments work wonders while you sleep, deeply nourishing and repairing your locks. Apply the mask to damp hair, cover with a soft cloth or a shower cap, and let it work its magic overnight. Rinse it out in the morning, and you’ll wake up to silky, revitalized hair.
7. Eat Hair-Healthy Foods
Remember, what you put inside your body can also impact your hair’s health. Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins to promote hair growth and strength. Foods like fish, eggs, nuts, and leafy greens can work wonders for your hair’s overall health.
With the right care and attention, you can repair the damage caused by the elements and restore your locks to their former glory. Embrace these hair-saving tips, and soon you’ll be flaunting healthy, radiant hair that’s ready for any season. Summer isn’t over yet!