Summer’s barely started and the UK has already enjoyed temperatures that are almost Mediterranean. Hopefully there’s a lot more of this gorgeous weather still to come and, if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to take advantage of every warm sunny moment! But, while you’re slathering on the sunscreen to protect your precious skin (you promise us you’re doing that, right?), please don’t forget that your just-as-precious hair needs some summer protection too. The good news is, it’s not going to take hard work. Just follow these five simple haircare tips and your locks will look beautiful all season long!
Relax, we don’t mean staying trim in the gym – we mean taking a few blissful minutes every few weeks in your stylists’ chair! Dryness caused by the hot summer sun takes moisture out of your hair and creates split ends, so a regular trim will help to keep your hair healthy and prevent any already-split ends from moving further up the strand and becoming worse. Research has also shown that treating your hair with oil (i.e. olive oil or coconut oil) can reduce split ends too. You don’t even have to wait until you wash your hair to apply it – whenever your hair feels dry, just rub a small amount of oil into the ends of the strands for an instant moisture rejuvenation.
And while we’re on the subject of hair washing…
Wash your hair less!
Some people believe that if they wash their hair more during summer it will help to control the oily build-up on their scalp. But the fact is that if you wash your hair too often it will encourage even more oil because you’re stripping your scalp of the natural oils it needs. Solution? Wash your hair properly every second day and, on the days in-between, simply rinse your locks with cold water to seal in the moisture. Nothing could be easier!
Watch out for chlorine
Whether you’re at home or abroad, who doesn’t love a refreshing dip in the pool on a hot sunny day? But the chlorine in swimming pool water can spell havoc for your hair and - especially if you’ve got blonde or light-coloured hair - you could even find yourself stepping out of the water with an unwanted green tinge. Don’t panic, though. If you rinse your hair with tap water before you go into the pool it will significantly reduce the absorption of chlorine, and if you rinse your hair with a combination of water and apple cider vinegar after your swim it will stave off chlorine damage even further. Give it a try and kiss the green hair blues goodbye - after all, nobody wants to leave the pool looking like the Grinch who stole Summer!
We know – as advice goes, this sounds like a no-brainer doesn’t it? But when we’re having fun in the sun it’s easy advice to forget it. If you’re anticipating a long hot day ahead, keep your hair safe by applying a deep conditioner with SPF protection and then, when you’re out of the shower, avoid styling your hair with heat as much as possible. In fact, why not completely ditch the dryer or straighteners and stay stylish with a loose messy braid or up-do instead? And caps, hats and scarves are a vital summer accessory – not just to keep your hair and face protected from the sun’s damaging UV rays, but to prevent tangling from the wind. Remember: tangling and knotting increases the risk of hair breakage.
Drink more water
Drinking six to eight glasses of water each day isn’t just crucial to our overall well-being, it’s important for our hair and scalp too. But when the weather is especially hot you should try to drink a little more than the usual recommended intake, especially if you’re sweating a lot. And if you’re going to do some exercise, always make sure you’re properly hydrated before you begin. Allowing yourself to become dehydrated can be dangerous, but it’s easily avoided if you take regular sips of water throughout the day… and did you know that water can even promote healthy hair growth by activating the photosensitive nerve endings in the roots and scalp? It can help prevent dandruff and hair thinning too.
See, we told you these tips were simple! Now your hair is going to look gorgeous from the first sunny minute to the last so get out there and enjoy the summer - but come back soon for more great LHAA advice!