Summer is in full swing, and while the feeling of going on holiday and enjoying a dip in the pool along with a warm, salty, summer breeze is incredible, it’s important to pay some attention to your hair as it can get damaged in the sun.
Can the Sun Damage your Hair?
In short, yes it can. In similar ways to how the sun can be harmful to your skin, it can damage your hair too. Unfortunately, UV rays from the sun are not the only thing that can harm your hair. Other factors such as saltwater from the sea, humidity, sweat, sand and chlorinated pool water are all responsible for damaging your hair. So how can you take care of your hair and protect it in the sun?
Tips for Healthy and Gorgeous Summer Hair:
Get a cut
The tips of your hair usually get the most damaged in the sun, resulting in dry, brassy and split ends. Summer is the ideal time to give yourself a new haircut, but if you don’t want to shorten the length of your hair, opt for a small trim to get rid of any split ends and dry tips, leaving your hair looking smooth and healthy.
Make conditioner your new best friend
Conditioning your hair regularly will help bring back the moisture that your hair needs to stay healthy. Consider using a leave-in, deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to restore your hair from any heat or sun damage.
Try the Hydrating Cream Conditioner by Innersense to hydrate and restore dry brittle hair.
We know it might be tempting to brush your hair more than usual when you’re in the sun being blown about by that glorious summer breeze. But we recommend using a wide-tooth comb instead of a regular hair brush as it is less likely to break your hair when you detangle it.
Be wary of shampoo
You might find yourself washing your hair more frequently during the summer months. Especially if you’re on holiday and taking a swim in the pool or the sea. We recommend using a gentle shampoo, and focusing on the roots and scalp thoroughly without scrubbing shampoo through your hair.
Try Rahua’s non-toxic scalp and hair treatment to strengthen your hair roots, balance scalp moisture levels and soothe your scalp.
Stay away from the hot tools
If your hair is already being exposed to the sun’s rays, limit the amount of extra heat exposure by avoiding heat tools such as hair dryers, and allowing your hair to air-dry instead where possible. However if you will be blow drying, curling, or styling your hair with heat, keep the hair dryer on a low temperature and opt for a serum to protect your hair. We recommend Sun Bum’s Heat Protector Spray which works great with all heat tools and also has UV-protecting properties.
Keep your head above water
We mean this literally, not metaphorically. While relaxing by the pool or the sea is wonderful, saltwater and chlorine can strip your hair of its natural protective oils. Try not to submerge your hair in the water every day. Instead, keep your head above water, or cover it up with a swimming cap to protect your hair from any damaging chemical elements such as chlorine.