Warm, humid weather can cause substantial damage to your hair. Here are some tips to achieve beautiful, summer-proof hair.
Summer is a season of joy, wouldn’t you agree? The sun shines bright in the clear, blue sky, making it the perfect time to accept that pool party invitation or to take a trip to the beach. However, when you finally get ready to head out, you notice that your hair looks rather…funny.
Along with many other factors, the hot and humid summer atmosphere can contribute to a substantial amount of damage to your hair. As said earlier, summer is a season people enjoy. If you don’t want to let a bad hair day spoil your plans or lower your self-confidence, then keep on reading!
What Causes The Damage?
One of the most dangerous constituents of sun rays is ultraviolet light (UV). UV is like an invisible fire that will “burn” by drying your hair out and giving it a rough texture. This happens mainly due to the UV ray that tends to damage the smooth outer layer of the hair called the hair shaft. If you ever wondered why your hair gets so puffy during summer, then you’ve got your answer.
Of course, in the summertime, your hair will be coming in contact with large quantities of saltwater and chlorine in the sea and pools. Saltwater dehydrates your hair; the salt content of seawater is very high, and therefore it causes moisture to evaporate from your skin and hair. Chlorine works by eliminating your body’s natural protective shield around the hair – the oil or sebum produced by the subcutaneous glands (glands in your skin). This is bad news for people with blonde hair; Chlorine tends to discolor their hair, leaving a weird green tint.
Ultimately, you’re left with hair that’s unpleasant to touch and look at. What’s worse? Continuous damage leads to hair loss.
Summer-Proofing Your Hair
Let’s face it, you have places to go, and can’t sit around worrying about your hair looking a mess. Luckily, there’s a self-care routine for every season, and summer is no exception. Here are some tips that will help you get the hair looking healthy and fabulous.
Hair and scalp damage may result in hair fall in the long run. Although there are many other underlying causes of hair fall like certain genetic conditions, age, or excessive styling, the weather is also a big factor. Unfortunately, it’s not just the heat, but also the air pollution that slowly messes up the hair.
Let’s say that you’re doing a good job at protecting your hair from sun damage and cleaning it routinely, but you’re still losing some strands here and there. In this case, you can try hair supplements to help with hair regrowth. Folexin is an example of a great supplement. If you want to read more about it, go through the detailed review at
Supplements will give you the nourishment needed for stronger and healthier hair which will be more resistant to environmental damage.
SPF All The Way
As you may have guessed by now, your skin isn’t the only part of your body that needs SPF (Sun Protection Formula). Before hitting the beach or heading out for a stroll in the park, apply hair care products that contain SPF. I would recommend trying dry shampoos; That is the easiest and most convenient way to give your hair a sun shield.
SPF will not only fend off harmful UV rays but also help to protect the scalp from developing skin cancer. Avoid formulas that contain anything below SPF 50. SPF 15-20 will last for a short while and will not provide all-day protection.
Consider styling your hair so that it’s more summer-friendly. You can start off with split ends or areas where the length is a little uneven. Cutting it short might also be a great option, as it’ll help your head feel lighter in the hot weather. Don’t worry about the time it needs to grow back, as hair grows fastest during the summer, so you can expect it to return to a good length by the beginning of fall.
When it’s hot, your scalp is bound to accumulate dirt, grime, and bacteria. Summer demands you to take frequent showers, not only to refresh yourself but to cool down after a day of hard work.
Regularly washing your hair with shampoo will help keep it clean. It’ll also ensure that it doesn’t suffer any further damage. However, when I say regularly, it does not necessarily mean you have to do it every day. If you do that you’ll end up overwashing your hair, which will only dry it out more. You do not need to shampoo your hair every day. Just washing your hair with cold water will work.
While we’re on the topic of shampoos, you might want to switch to hair care formulas that are more nourishing, moisturizing, and have something to combat frizz. The formula will deal with the dirt, get rid of chemicals you might have accumulated from other products or the pool, and make your hair appear less frizzy.
Who can resist the temptation of jumping into the water on a hot day? I know I can’t. Before taking a dip in the pool or the sea, you can try wearing a water-resistant cap. You can use the one made of rubber(normally worn by professional swimmers) or you can just opt for a good old shower cap.
If you don’t have either of those, drench your hair in clean water or use some leave-in conditioner. That way, your hair will not absorb more chemicals or saltwater.
People with long hair can tie their hair up in a bun to avoid contact with water, as wearing a cap or using conditioner might not be of much help for them.
Set Aside Styling Tools
Every once in a while, make it a habit to give your hair a rest. Stay away from your hair styling tools. Adding more heat to it by ironing or blow-drying will only make matters worse. You can instead try heatless curls by watching a tutorial on YouTube.
If you absolutely cannot do without styling, then at least use a good heat-protecting spray and a hair mousse to reduce the damage.