Ah, summer has arrived! The season of fresh local berries, warm summer evenings, lazy beach days, and parched, brittle hair. That’s right – summer hair can be an uphill battle!
The good news is that you can help protect your tresses from the effects of UV rays, heat, pool water, or whatever summer throws your way with the help of these five summer hair tips:
1. Trim Regularly
Begin summer with a fresh trim to get rid of split ends. When left on, split ends can travel upwards along the hair to cause more damage. By trimming your hair regularly, you can help keep it looking and feeling healthy all year round.
2. Protect From UV
Just like your skin, hair is susceptible to sun damage and oxidation from its UV rays. In fact, high sun exposure is one of the most common causes of structurally damaged hair . Protect your hair (and face!) by wearing a wide brim hat or applying a hair product that contains UV filters.
3. Rinse Off
Swimming in chlorinated pools and the ocean is a summertime staple, but it can also damage your hair. Help protect it by thoroughly rinsing and conditioning your hair before and after swimming. Rinsing beforehand helps saturate hair follicles to reduce its absorption of pool water, while washing and conditioning after helps remove damaging chemicals and drying salts .
4. Give Your Styling Tools a Vacation
Hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons put a lot of stress on your hair, contributing to dryness and breakage. Help preserve your hair’s health by letting it dry in the warm summer air, embracing your own natural waves, or sporting a casual, timeless summer braid.
5. Eat a Balanced Diet
Just like the rest of your body, what you eat affects the health of your hair. It relies on a sufficient intake of protein, iron, and a broad range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and zinc .
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 American Academy of Dermatology. Tips for Healthy Hair. Web. 1 June 2016.
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