Just like our skin, our hair suffers lots of damage from UV exposure. Sun damage on hair shows up in the form of discolouration, dry and brittle texture, visible breakage or split ends, thinning, and frizziness. It will likely be difficult to manage as it won’t hold a curl or a blowout.
Wondering what you can do to keep your locks healthy and soft this summer season? Read on below for our summer hair care tips!
- PROTECT, PROTECT, AND PROTECT!
Protecting your hair with a hat or a scarf is highly recommended whenever you step outside. This will reduce damage caused by sun and the wind––especially if your hair is prone to tangling. Not to mention, this protects your scalp and colour-treated hair by keeping hair colour from premature fading.
It is also recommended to apply an SPF to the exposure areas of your scalp, like your part or hairline. While you can’t exactly apply regular sunscreen to your hair, some summer haircare products actually contain a UV protection and are a good investment for the summertime.
Also, keep in mind that the chemicals found in pools (like chlorine) also dry out and damage your strands. To protect your hair, give it a quick rinse before and after you take a dip.
- AVOID THE HEAT
Because sunlight is super drying, the worst thing you can do is add the daily use of heat tools on your hair. Your hair will probably air-dry quickly, anyways––so give the blow dryer a break, embrace your natural look and rock that effortless, beachy look!
- GET A TRIM
Because your locks tend to dehydrate in the summer, they become thinner and weaker. This means they are prone to extra breakage, starting from the ends and progressively going up the hair shaft. To avoid unnecessary damage, it is recommended to go for a chop every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the warmer months and always apply an oil to your ends.
The trim will barely show, yet you’ll cut hair breakage in half (no pun intended)––a must for those trying to grow their hair!
- GO GENTLE
Opt for haircare products that don’t include harsh chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, or drying alcohols. Invest in a wide-tooth comb and avoid pulling brushes through your hair when it’s wet, since that’s when it’s most susceptible to breaking.
And lastly, you should always (always!) follow up a shampoo or a swim with a conditioning treatment. In fact, you can deep condition your hair weekly in the summertime due to the extra wear & tear it suffers.
Deep conditioners, like the Graydon Hair Smoothie, have a more noticeable impact: they detangle hair easily, decrease frizz, increase smoothness, and immediately make the hair more manageable. A summertime must!
Have any specific haircare questions for the summertime? Feel free to drop us a comment below or reach out on our Instagram!
Until next time,
The BSE Team