As the weather gets warmer, everybody gets excited about spending more time outdoors and heading off on that much needed holiday. But with all that glorious sunshine and salt water it can be tough to keep hair looking good. If your hair is dyed you might find that the combination of UV rays and chlorine causes your shiny, vibrant hair to become dull and dehydrated.
It’s not all bad news though, follow our top tips to keep your hair in great condition this summer and avoid looking frazzled.
Get a hair cut
It’s a good idea to head down to your local salon for a trim at the beginning of summer. The sun’s rays can cause extra damage to hair that’s already dry, so removing those dead ends will give you a head start to achieving healthy looking hair. At the end of the summer, you can visit your stylist for a conditioning treatment and get your ends trimmed and refreshed again.
Drink lots of water
We need water for almost every bodily function, and this includes having healthy hair. Lack of water causes dehydration, but very few people know that dehydration has a direct impact on hair growth.
If your roots are lacking in required water levels, your hair will become brittle and dry and stop growing at its normal rate. This is the simplest and cheapest way to keep locks looking luscious – so grab a bottle of water and aim for at least eight glasses per day. Your whole body will benefit from this, your skin will be glowing too, so it really is a win-win situation!
Hydrate in the shower
We tend to wash our hair more often on holiday, due to days at the beach or in the pool, so it’s important to choose a nourishing shampoo and conditioner. Opt for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner which will moisturise sun-kissed tresses – and make sure your products don’t contain harsh sulfates, parabens or sodium chloride.
The power of coconut oil
If there’s one product you should definitely keep handy this summer, it’s a pot of coconut oil. One of its many impressive benefits is that it protects your hair and scalp from the sun as it contains a natural equivalent of SPF10. It doesn’t stop there though – try smoothing a spoonful of coconut oil into damp hair before jumping in the water to protect hair from chlorine and salt water damage.
As the oil is hydrophobic, the chlorine and salt in the water will be repelled. This magic oil also acts to detangle hair, and can help to reduce the damage caused by wind exposure. Just apply a small amount and brush through which will seal the cuticle of your hair and reverse wind damage. Is there anything this super food can’t do?
Use sun screen
We’re all aware of the damaging effects the sun can cause to our skin and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves. But it’s just as important to remember to shield your hair from UV rays. Sun damage can cause highlighted hair to dry out and dark hair to go brassy or red.
There is an array of finishing products designed to protect your hair from harmful rays – from UV-based hair sprays to leave-in conditioners. While they won’t protect your hair entirely, they’ll certainly make a difference when used in combination with a good hair routine.
Protect against chlorine damage
Chlorine damages your hair by stripping it of natural protective oils, which results in a loss of shine and flexibility. Coloured or chemically treated hair is more prone to damage and can take on a straw-like texture.
A great tip to reduce chlorine damage is to saturate your hair with clean tap water before getting in the pool – this will mean your hair is less likely to absorb as much of the chlorinated water. Once out of the pool, rinse your hair again with clean tap water before using a nourishing shampoo and a hydrating conditioner to replace moisture and protein.
Wear a hat
The easiest way to protect any part of your body from damaging UV rays is to cover up, and with so many hats to choose from this season, it can be a really fun option. If you don’t consider yourself a hat person, you just haven’t found the right hat yet. From boaters to straw hats and from casual baseball caps to beautiful, printed head scarves – the high streets are adorned with an array of fashion-forward headgear to suit everybody this summer.
Now you’ve got your beauty regime in gear, all you need is a beautiful holiday somewhere in the sun.