Summer Hair Tips to Keep Your Hair Healthy
During the summer months we expose our hair to many different damaging elements. From chlorine to the heat from our hair dryers, our hair is put to the test this time of year. Learn from our expert guest blogger and Board Certified Hair Restoration Physician, Dr. Jeffrey Donovan, a few summer hair tips to keep your hair healthy!
5 tips for Summer Hair Health
Healthy hair is dependent on a variety of factors – genetics, diet, and more – but in the summer, specifically, there are certain measures men and women can take to protect themselves from harmful rays and ensure their locks look their best.
1) Lock in moisture: People only need to shampoo a few times a week, but they should condition every day. Products with the silicone ingredient dimethicone are especially good at protecting the hair cuticle and improving moisture content. Once a week, it’s smart to use a deep conditioner with protein or keratin for added protection and to combat frizziness.
2) Block UV rays: Hats and scarves help to block UV radiation, but there are a number of products that can also effectively block these harmful rays. Seek out products that contain benzophenones or cinnamates – these act as an SPF for your hair.
3) Prepare for the pool: Chlorine not only dries hair out, it can cause split ends as well. Dry hair is like a sponge and will absorb more of the pool chemicals than wet hair. To lessen the damage, soak hair with non-chlorinated water before getting into the pool, and rinse immediately following.
4) Get trim: Getting a monthly trim immediately improves the look and condition of hair. New ends are also less prone to static and frizz. Try to avoid salon treatments like bleaches and dyes in the summer months as hair exposed to sunlight is more likely to break after being subjected to chemical treatments.
5) Stay cool: Favorite beauty tools like hair dryers, curling irons, and straighteners all contribute to damaging the cuticle of the hair by drying it out, leaving it susceptible to breakage and split ends in warmer summer months. Air dry hair at least 80-90% before styling to give the follicle added protection, or avoid artificial heat completely.
What is your favorite summer hair tip to keep your hair healthy?