Summer, the season the water gets warmer while the drinks get colder and the music gets louder while the nights get longer, all basically making life generally better. As well as all that get-up-and-go and enjoyment, the sun does wonders for our health, like better immunity, more Vitamin D and a boost in creativity.
However there is a downside to all that wondering around and basking under the sun while at the pool or beach. With the days getting hotter, the UV rays getting stronger and humidity getting higher, the season can be very harsh on our hair and have long-lasting negative effects. The heat and UV radiation, teamed with dry hot winds, can strip the hair and scalp of moisture, leaving it dry and brittle.
Going back to the good news, there are certain steps we can take to help us maintain happy, healthy tresses during summer and beyond. With over 30 years of experience as a hair stylist, Linda Flowers undoubtedly has some surefire, easy professional tricks up her innovative sleeve. Here are the top five tips from the Stylist Expert at HASK Beauty and creator of iconic Hollywood looks like the Katniss Everdeen braid and colourful Effie looks from the “Hunger Games” franchise.
Add Conditioner To Your Beauty Routine
It’s important your hair is always conditioned during those fun-filled summer months because the sun, saltwater and chlorine can strip hair of its moisture, leaving it extra dry. To prevent this, ensure you find the right formulas that will help restore parched strands. If you go swimming, coat the hair with conditioning masks to block penetration of chlorinated water. Additionally, deep conditioning treatments can also be mixed with oils while basking in the sun to provide intense hydration.
Steer Clear Of Extreme Heat
When you can, avoid using styling tools that direct heat straight on to the hair as this weakens protein bonds and affects overall hair health. When using tools for your locks, use them alongside products that will prevent loss of hair protein. Plus, it’s advisable to use a heat protection hair spray to reduce the damage that can be caused by those useful but harmful heat-based styling tools.
Cut Down On Hair Washing
Washing your hair too often can be damaging for your hair, especially if it is coloured, has been chemically treated or is naturally very dry or porous. Using shampoo every day tends to strip away natural oils and proteins that we need to maintain healthy hair and scalp. Although we tend to shower and shampoo more frequently in the summer months, it is recommended to curb hair washing to three times a week. In between wash days, you might want to consider using a natural dry shampoo with long-lasting oil absorption, which can help with any flatness created by natural oils.
Don’t Let Frizz Take Over
Moisture in the air causes summer frizz, however you can tame those tresses by using leave-in sprays. One thing you can try doing is apply deep conditioning masks on the ends of your hair if you have dry hair and split ends. Additionally, aim to wear your hair in loose, comfortable styles as tight, sleek hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull on the hair.
Make Staying Hydrated A Priority
Remember to drink loads of water in the summer since healthy hair starts from within. As well as sipping all day to hydrate those hair cells, you can support hair hydration by using the right hair products that deeply moisturise. For example, Hask’s Cactus Water Shampoo and Conditioner helps revive and hydrate parched locks thanks to being infused with cactus water, which is known for its electrolytes.