As we start shopping for sunscreen products for the approaching summer months, we need to start thinking about protecting our hair as well as our skin. We all know that the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause severe skin damage, but the sun’s harmful rays can also damage our hair from the outside in.
Sun, salt, sand and chlorine are all harsh on your hair. The best way to protect your hair from these elements is to cover it.
When you are going to be outside in the sun for long periods of time i.e. a trip to the beach, outside concert or fair, use a silk/satin scarf, silk/satin lined cap or hat, or even an umbrella to protect your hair.
Another step you can take to protect your hair from summer elements is to moisturize.
Sun, salt, sand and chlorine all rob your hair of moisture, which is an integral part of maintaining healthy hair.
Make sure to use a leave-in conditioner like Sexy Hair Concepts Leave in Conditioner, as a part of your hair care routine. This Leave in Conditioner moisturizes, reconstructs and repairs. It is safe for color treated hair and is a detangler.
In the summer months using deep conditioners and hair masks will help prevent damage by coating the hair so that there is a protective barrier between your hair and the elements.
Oils such as Sesame oil, Avocado, Jojoba, Coconut, Aloe Vera, and Macadamia Nut oil are all natural sun screens that can provide UV protection.
After washing your hair rinse with cool water to close your hair cuticle (the outer coating of the hair). Apply a small amount of oils like coconut oil to the hair, this will make hair smooth which helps with frizz and add shine without the need for silicone products which will cause product build-up.
Try to stay away from heating appliances, flat irons, blow dryers etc. and opt for wearing protective styles such as braids, twists, updo like a Side Bun to protect your hair in the summer months.
Trim your hair when needed, and seal your ends for extra protection.
A healthy diet and exercise also help with overall hair health. Vitamins A, C, D, E, H, Selenium, Beta Carotene, Zinc, and Potassium also help with conditioning and protecting your hair.
If you spent a lot of time at the pool, you can use a swimmer’s shampoo like Paul Mitchell’s Clarifying Shampoo Three, which helps remove chlorine and other impurities like dust and dirt. It can also help hydrate hair while protecting it from the sun.
Conditioning your hair before swimming will also help protect your hair from the effects of chlorine.
Deep condition hair the day before or the day of swimming, rinse your hair really well before getting into the pool, this will allow your hair to absorb chlorine-free water - keeping the saturation of the chlorine-filled water to a minimum.
Rinse or wash your hair after swimming to get rid of the chlorine and salt.
Try a leave-in hair tea rinse – Chamomile, Green Tea and Calendula tea rinses can help soothe and cool your scalp as well as protect your hair from the sun.
On-the-go tea rinse - fill a spray bottle with your tea rinse, add a little of your favorite essential oil and/or conditioner use it to cool your hair after being out in the sun all day or use before you go out.
Leave your rinse in the refrigerator to keep it cool and you can also pour a little in a mini spray bottle to take it with you to use throughout the day.