The sun, hot, dry air, chlorine and salt water.... are sure to torture our hair throughout the summer months. No wonder we complain about split ends, oily scalp and dull, lifeless locks. However, with the help of a few essentials, you have a good idea to keep your hair healthy all summer long.
Trim your tresses. Summer seems to be the easiest time for hair growth, when you find yourself in messy buns and braids as opposed to an updo or sleek blowout. However, it's important to trim split ends before they get worse. The desert heat dries out everything - including the shaft of our hair. As your hair grows, it continues to split, causing more damage and the inevitable need to cut it off even more than you originally wanted. Book an appointment now and dust off your ends.
Cover up your coif. Your hair is like any other part of your body.... It needs protection from harmful UV rays. Also, it is a misconception that our hair will protect our scalp from the sun's harmful rays. To protect your scalp and protect your hair from burning (yes, it's true), use coconut oil. Not only is coconut oil an antioxidant that keeps harmful rays at bay, it also has a natural SPF. Coconut oil can be applied to damp hair as a deep conditioner, repairing and protecting your dome, all while lounging in the pool. After all, why not make it a multi-tasking solution? Make the most of your time in the pool and let the sun's warmth work its magic.
Just say no to daily shampooing. If you don't shampoo your coconut, washing your hair daily is really not recommended. While seemingly counterintuitive, frequent washing actually increases oil production, leading to an even oilier scalp and dry, brittle hair - not a good look at all.
Instead, use a dry shampoo that helps reduce the amount of oil on your scalp without drying out your luscious locks. For brave souls, try this DIY treatment to control oil secretion:
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of coconut water with lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage for 5 minutes before rinsing with cold water. For best results, do this as a weekly treatment.
Water yourself. Like all living things, we need water to exist. The importance of drinking plenty of water cannot be overstated, especially during triple digit mercury readings. The correct amount of water each person needs is different, but newer research indicates that eight 8-ounce glasses a day is really not enough to properly hydrate. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough water to produce nearly colorless urine. Feel good about sipping, knowing that water is our first defense against lifeless locks.
No matter how you tame your mane, the most important factor in achieving healthy summer hair is to spend your days thinking happy thoughts, creating a sense of peace and calm within, and inspiring others to do the same.
Cheers to happy, healthy hair!