Hair care is something you just can’t afford to take lightly, especially if you want to adorn your style with gorgeous hairstyles. As we approach summer, when our hair gets a pretty rough ordeal between the sun, the sand and the water, you need to prep it for the season.
As you slather your skin with sunscreen, you will also need to up your hair care game. Many people tend to forget that the sun can actually damage the hair. The heat, humidity, UV rays and sweat can lead to damage, dryness, and dull, lifeless hair. Fortunately, all these can be tackled with the right products, naturally without having to amp your daily chemical intake.
While the common chemical haircare products can provide quick results are readily available in the market, it’s hard to know when they may backfire and cause some unprecedented side effects. Therefore, organic hair care is your best and safest bet, especially if you have sensitive or vulnerable hair.
Get a Trim
Getting a trim at the beginning of summer will ideally get rid of any split ends and damaged hair, and will generally make your feel ‘lighter’. Since most hairs are in their growing stages during late spring and summer, you might want to visit your stylist once more before the season ends in order to keep your hair beach party and photo ready.
Use a Hair Mask
Hair experts agree that applying a nourishing mask once a week at home is enough to cajole your hair into a healthy condition. However, the very thick, dry hair might require a lot more. So, for pre-holiday healthy hair, nourishment is vital, as similarly so post-holiday recovery.
To make an herbal hair mask at home, combine a teaspoon of Triphala powder, which you can purchase online, with a tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel in a small amount of water to form a paste. Wet the hair and apply the paste to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes or more and rinse.
Heat Protection for Your Hair is a Must
Heat is not the only vice you should protect your hair from. The UV rays from the sun can not only damage your hair but also cause it to age. That’s because when hair is exposed to sunlight, it gets hot as it would under a heat tool or a blow dryer. The harmful UV rays can produce an aging effect on the hair, making it duller and lighter.
It’s recommended that you apply a natural heat protectant to damp hair before you step out in the sun, even when air drying, to help prevent damage. A good hair protectant coat should also protect your hair color from the damaging rays of the sun. Cinnamon oils and wintergreen oils can help to keep your hair color vibrant and true to itself.
Dry hair usually draws moisture from the air, which causes the hair shaft to swell up, leading to breaks in the cuticle. Keeping your hair moisturized helps to prevent the resulting frizz.
Various summer play and other activities, as well as the dirt and sweat, can result in more frequent hair washing. It’s therefore wise to use a natural shampoo and conditioner to moisturize and hydrate the hair more effectively.
Nonetheless, the humidity and heat can make it difficult to manage hair. So, be sure to treat your hair using a natural, deep-conditioner every few weeks, and use a serum that adds to the shine and smoothness. Uber-moisturizing ingredients such as sunflower and coconut oil will do a great job at sealing in the moisture and de-frizzing the hair, making it more manageable, sleek, soft, and shiny.
Always Condition your Hair
This is a must during the summer months. Applying an overnight hair mask once a week can really do wonders for your hair and give it a new life after the cold winter. After the long winter season, hair is usually in need of repair and using deep moisturizing ingredients to treat it will help it look fuller, lustrous, and healthy.
Including organic deep conditioning treatments in your hair regimen can also help to alleviate problems such as split ends and dryness. One quick natural way to condition your hair is to rinse it with apple cider vinegar diluted in water. Use shea-butter or coconut oil to de-frizz, smooth, and moisturize your hair after washing.
Have your Hair in Loose, Comfortable Styles
Putting your hair up in a messy braid is effective at keeping your hair under control and reducing its exposure to the sun. Tighter hairstyles can make it susceptible to damage since they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if it’s dry from the summer heat.
Get that Beach Hair Look (even if you haven’t been there)
Make some sea salt spray by mixing 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of sea salt in water and putting it in a small sprayer bottle, can easily give your hair the beach hair look. The coconut oil is included to offset the dryness caused by the salt.