What to expect for your hair in summer time
Summer doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days.
Just as the sun damages your skin, it can damage your hair too. Saltwater and chlorine also take a toll on our tresses. The not-so-pretty outcome: A few weeks into summer, hair that was shiny and easily managed looks and feels fried.
Fried crown isn’t just a figure of speech. The ultraviolet rays of the sun actually cook the hair shaft. The damage is most obvious when we see color-treated ones becoming faded, bleached, and brassy.
Even the ones that isn’t colored will suffer from sun-induced stress. Those UV rays dry out strands and rough up the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of the shaft.
The dryer hair is, the more likely it is to suffer from a summer malady that’s even more irksome than mosquito bites: frizz. That’s because parched strands soaks up the extra humidity in the air, causing the shaft to swell and leading to breaks in the cuticle. Strands puffs up and goes every which way but smooth.
Swimming beats up your crown, too. Take a plunge in a pool and while you’re doing the breaststroke, chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural protective oils. If you’re a blonde, you may find your locks taking on an unflattering greenish cast. That’s caused by the copper molecules and other pool chemicals that bind to the protein in the shaft. A dip in the ocean stresses foliage in another way. The heavy salt content in seawater draws water out of your strands and skin.
Summer causes htresses loss due to damage caused by heat, chlorine salt water, and sun exposure; hair can be brittle, dry, and prone to damage after summer. Hair Follicles that survive all year are no longer needed as a shield against the sun, so they just fall out. That’s why you might notice that your strands falls enough in the summer. There is no reason to panic. If you have seasonal tresses loss, there are ways to reverse the damage and bring your best crown forward.
You’ll get rid of split ends and refresh your style. You might need a mid-season cut, too. Tresses really does grow faster in the summer. That’s because there are more hairs in the anagen, or growing, stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter.
Make a daily habit of applying a strands care product that contains UV filters (these can be in spray, gel, or cream formulas). These products protect strands from sun damage and help keep color-processed hair from fading. If you’ll be spending lots of time outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat. Not only will it keep your strands from getting scorched, it will also protect your scalp and ears, areas that are vulnerable to skin cancer.
If your strands is drenched with clean water or leave-in conditioner, it won’t absorb as much saltwater or pool chemicals. It’s also a good idea to try to rinse your crown after a swim. If there isn’t a shower nearby, keep a spray bottle filled with fresh water.
You may be washing your strands more frequently to deal with summer’s sweat and grime. We also suggests using a clarifying, or anti-residue, shampoo once a week to clear away product buildup and chemicals. Just be sure to follow with a deep-conditioning treatment.
At least once or twice a week, give your crown a break from blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. We reccommend washing your strands at night and piling it up in a bun, a braid, or ponytail before you head to bed. When you wake up, you’ll have a nice beachy wave. It’s the perfect look for weekends, or make it work-ready with accessories like a thin headband or pretty barrettes.
Strands that’s healthy and well-maintained is your best defense against frizz. Along with regular trims and conditioning, a drop or two of an anti-frizz oil or serum can help smooth hair and add shine. Use only “a teeny tiny drop” of oil, or you can end up weighing down your strands, especially if it’s fine or limp. But let’s face it: When the air is so thick with humidity it feels like molasses, frizz is going to happen. Don’t waste your summer trying to fight frizz. Instead, find an easy go-to hairdo like a slick pony, high bun, or side braid for those high-humidity days.