It’s always summer somewhere in the world and the weather is so erratically ever changing, it’s good to learn how to manage summer hair problems or at least the effect of summer activities to the hair. Here we have tips from chlorine to grease, frizz to split ends.
Summer hair is almost always depicted as shiny beachy waves in magazines but truth is, it’s far from reality on a regular hot day. We’ve gathered tips on how to solve hair problems that your tresses will likely encounter during the summer or when the weather is too hot.
- Chlorine damage
It’s not a myth. If your hair is exposed or immersed in swimming pool water for too long, it can actually change the color of your hair. Light colored hair is more prone to this effect. However, it’s not because of the chlorine content in the water like one would easily assume. This is because of the amount of copper in pools caused by imbalanced chemicals in the water. Although chlorine gets trapped in the hair, it’s not what is directly causing the color change. Chlorine oxidizes the metal particles absorbed by the hair, and one of the products of that is oxidized copper.
But it doesn’t mean chlorine is off the hook because it makes hair more brittle as it seeps into the hair strands through broken outer layers of the hair cuticle. Swimmers whose hair are dyed or straightened are more prone to this because their hair’s integrity has already been compromised.
A simple way to decrease the chances of these things happening is to simply rinse the hair under tap water or a shower before swimming or taking a dip in the pool. Water binds to the hair and this makes it harder for chlorine to seep into its core. Massaging conditioner on the hair before a swim has the same effect and can be an alternative to plain water. A hair mask every week also helps repair any damage caused by these pool chemicals.
It is highly recommended to wear a swimming cap and washing off with shampoo and conditioner that are especially formulated for swimmers so there is less moisture lost.
Sometimes in the summer, a bath or a shower just doesn’t feel enough. We bet that you’ve also heard that it’s not advisable to wash your hair every day. But during the summer, it’s best to wash more frequently. Our hair is exposed to chlorine, salt water, and sunscreen which make dirt and other pollutants stick to our hair more easily. And because we tend to sweat more in the summer, this adds on to the sticky feeling. If you feel your scalp feeling oilier than usual, wash your hair and lather with a good shampoo and conditioner.
- Sun Damage
Your hair is also affected by the same UV rays that harm your skin. The sun’s rays destroy the bonds that make the keratin of the hair strong and this weakens the strands and fades their color. Wearing a hat can help save your hair just like covering up your skin can help avoid sun damage.
There are also a lot of hair products available in the market now specially formulated to protect your hair from UV rays. These products should be applied to the hair like how a conditioner is applied to you are covering as many hair strands as possible.
Use a moisturizing leave-on conditioner for sun-dried and damaged hair.
While you’re protecting your skin and hair from sun damage, don’t forget about your scalp while you’re at it. If there is a part of the scalp that is always exposed because of the certain way you’re usually wearing your hair, apply sunscreen on that area. If you like wearing your hair in a ponytail, put on sunscreen all the way up to your hairline and don’t underestimate the power of wearing a hat.
Using hair products with ingredients that boast antioxidant properties also help. Look for products with ingredients like green tea, soy, and Vitamin C.
For areas of the skin at are sunburnt, use cool water when taking a bath or a shower and apply products that soothe sunburn. Products that have aloe in it will help, and even naturally derived aloe straight from the plant will get the job done.
High temperatures and humidity create greater flyaway strands in the hair so it’s not just in the summer that our hair goes through this trauma. Our hair normally has a smooth surface but this is compromised when the hair shaft absorbs moisture from the air and breaks the chemical bonds keeping the hair straight. This is what causes the hair to have a coarser feel and it loses its smoothness and shine.
To manage frizz, use lightweight hair products when looking for an anti-frizz serum or spray. Using products with dimethicone (silicone-based) can also help make the hair cuticle smoother.
If you have more tips on how to solve summer hair problems, share them in the comments!
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