July 1, 2013
With Fourth of July weekend almost here, the heat around the nation is certainly growing by the second. While you might enjoy spending ample time at the beach or lounging by the pool to cool down, there are a few steps you should take prior to doing so to improve the health of your hair. Sure, you might think it's your skin that you need to fret over while sitting poolside, but your locks can suffer similar amounts of damage as well.
Mask your problems
The same UVA and UVB rays that can cause damage to your skin, or even cancer, can also wreak havoc on your roots, so prepping your hair for time in the sun is a must. According to Cosmopolitan magazine, a great way to protect your locks before heading to the beach or pool is to slather on deep conditioning hair products to help keep salt water, sun and chlorine-based damage at bay.
You could also opt to nourish your hair with a heavy duty mask like the Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask once a week during the summer. The mix of jojoba oil and sweet orange help repair and revitalize the hair without weighing it down. While keeping hair hydrated is crucial for all ladies, it may be even more beneficial to those who color their hair.
Chop away dead ends
Another way you can help keep your locks healthy all summer is to visit the salon more frequently, The Huffington Post reports. Trimming split ends on the regular will help to ensure the damage doesn't travel up the hair shaft, creating more permanent problems. Visiting the salon ever four to six weeks may be best not only to keep sun woes at bay, but also to improve the overall look of your cut.
Turn down the heat
With humidity at an all-time high in the summer months, some ladies might spend more time in front of their fans or air conditioners using straighteners and other tools to try and tame their manes. Even though you might prefer sleek, chic locks, using such tools can actually cause major hair damage during the warmer months. This is because the air is moister in the summer, making it take longer for hair to dry and upping the amount of time you spend using styling products.
While opting to pull your hair back more frequently or letting your natural waves or curls fly free this summer is the best option, if you must use hot tools try to also use heat-protecting hair products to ease the damage.