Fun in the Sun
Summer has arrived & we all know what happens in the summer.. Fun in the sun. Sun, salt, sand and chlorine, these are all important elements to essential summer fun and relaxation. However, these are also four elements which can ravage our carefully coiffed hair. With the proper precautions and tools, though, your hair can stay perfectly moisturized and protected all summer long. Who knows, maybe this year you’ll even achieve those perfect summer beach waves! Below I’ve listed the best ways to protect your hair, but still do the exciting activities that come along with this summer season.
Use a sulfate free shampoo.
Shampoos containing sulfates can be damaging to the hair follicle. While using a sulfate free shampoo is a good idea year round, it’s particularly useful in the summer months to prevent dryness and scalp irritation. Sulfate free shampoo will also cut down on unwanted frizziness in your hair, particularly if you live in an area with high humidity during the summer.
Wet your hair with regular water before swimming.
Whether you’re getting into the pool or ocean hair is like a sponge. If it’s dry, it will soak up whatever liquid it comes in contact with. I recommends dousing your hair with regular water and even applying a strong hair masque before taking the plunge. My favorite is the Brazilian Blowout Masque. This will create a barrier from soaking up so much chlorine or salt water.
Use a deep moisturizing hair masque as a conditioner.
Chlorine, salt and sand can all dramatically dry out your hair. If you’ve been in the pool or at the beach, skip the normal conditioner and swap it out for a stronger, deep moisturizing hair masque in the shower. Not only will a hair masque deposit intense moisture to your hair, it will also increase shine and soothe your scalp.
Wear a hat.
Throwing on a hat in the sun will prevent color from fading so quickly and will also decrease the chances of your scalp getting burned. As an added bonus, your face will also be shielded from those harmful UV rays!
Can you add to this list? What are some ways you protect your hair while enjoying the summer sun? Let us know in the comments below!