Here are my 10 fun and effective tips to help protect your tresses from the hot summer sun.
The scorching heat we’re enjoying at the moment can wreak havoc on your hair leaving it dry, brittle and lifeless. But fear not! With a little care and attention, you can enjoy the sunny season while keeping your locks healthy and radiant.
In this blog, I’ll explore the top 10 most beneficial ways to look after your hair in the hot summer sunshine, ensuring that you shine like the Sun itself!
So poor yourself a Pimms, plump up the cushions and ready yourself for some helpful expert advice.
1. As always, hydration is key: just as your body needs hydration in the summer, so does your hair. Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp moisturised from within. Hydrated hair is less prone to breakage and maintains its natural shine even under the scorching sun.
2. Shield yourself with a stylish hat: fashion meets functionality! Go out in style with a trendy hat or a chic scarf to shield your hair from direct sunlight. Not only does it add a touch of style to your summer outfit but it also provides valuable shade preventing your hair from getting damaged by the sun’s harmful UV rays.
3. Suffer not with the SPF hair products: just like your skin, your hair needs protection from the sun’s UV rays. Invest in hair-care products that offer SPF protection. Look for leave-in conditioners, sprays or serums formulated with UV filters to create a protective barrier and minimise sun damage.
4. Deep conditioning delight: pamper your hair with regular deep-conditioning treatments. The sun’s heat can zap moisture from your strands leaving them dry and brittle. Treat your luscious locks to a nourishing hair mask once a week to replenish moisture, restore shine and repair any damage caused by the Sun’s rays.
5. Swim smartly: pool parties and beach escapades are summer essentials but chlorinated or salty water can wreak havoc on your hair. Before taking a dip, wet your hair with fresh water and apply a leave-in conditioner to create a protective layer. Afterwards, rinse your hair thoroughly to remove any chlorine or salt residue.
6. Embrace natural hairstyles: Summer is the perfect time to embrace effortless, natural hairstyles that require minimal heat and styling. Opt for those loose braids, topknots or beachy waves that not only look stylish but will also protect your hair from excessive heat and sun exposure. Just embrace the beauty of your natural texture!
7. Trim for triumph: keep your hair healthy and free from split ends by getting regular trims. Sun exposure can exacerbate hair damage making split ends more likely to occur. Schedule a trim every 6 to 7 weeks to keep your hair looking fresh and prevent further breakage.
8. Gentle cleansing: frequent washing can strip out your hair of its natural oils leading to dryness. In the summer, aim for a gentle cleansing routine by opting for a sulphate-free shampoo and washing your hair every other day. This helps retain moisture and prevents your hair from becoming dull and frizzy.
9. DIY cooling hair spritz: prepare a refreshing and revitalising hair spritz to cool down your locks on hot summer days. Mix water with a few drops of essential oils, like peppermint or lavender, and spritz it onto your hair for an instant burst of freshness. And the great bonus is, it smells amazing too!
10. Healthy diet – healthy hair: lastly, nourish your hair from the inside out by maintaining a healthy diet. Include foods rich in omega 3, fatty acids, vitamins A and E and biotin to promote hair health. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish are excellent choices to boost your hair’s natural shine and strength.
Well, these are my top 10 tips for summer hair. I hope they prove useful and needless to say, the Aylesbury salon team are always on hand for personalised advice and expert guidance on your particular tresses.
Until next time…