Summer Hair Damage

Summer is often associated with healthy beach hair and flowing waves but it can actually be the cause for numerous types of hair damage. During these hot months, your hair is exposed to sun, wind, chlorine, salt water, and air conditioning. All of these factors can lead to dull, weak strands if you aren’t careful.

Of all the damaging summer pastimes, swimming and sun bathing are the most dangerous to your hair.  Fortunately, there are some tricks to avoid excess damage.

Sun Damage

So much focus is placed on the effects that sun can have on your skin and it is usually forgotten that hair can suffer too when not treated properly. Hair that has been exposed to UV rays can be dry, brittle, weak, and thin. Colored hair will fade quickly and you can become more prone to split ends.

Some action can be taken to prevent and repair UV damage:

  1. Keep your hat on to block rays from both your face and hair.
  2. Create a protection spray for hair with 3 parts water and 1 part sun block.
  3. Choose sulfate-free shampoos to maintain a healthy balance of protective hair oils.
  4. Avoid lightening products or anything with alcohol that can speed up damage.

These four steps will ensure that hair remains soft and healthy even when the sun is shining bright.

Chlorine Effects

Everyone enjoys pool parties on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, your hair doesn’t. The effects that chlorine can have on a strand of hair are incredibly damaging. Sebum, your hair’s natural moisturizer, becomes diminished and leads to cracks in the hair cuticle. Your hair will lose its natural shine and begin to split at the ends.

It is important to remember these key tips if you plan on enjoying pool time this summer:

  1. Reduce the frequency with which you use heat styling tools or hair dyes.
  2. Always rinse hair and use a gentle shampoo after chlorine exposure.
  3. Use only a wide-tooth comb on wet hair to prevent breakage.
  4. Treat hair with a moisturizing mask or oil that contains healthy hair ingredients like argan oil or coconut oil at least once a week.

These 8 tips combined will protect you from sun and chlorine, as well as any other damaging factors your hair could be exposed to this summer. Now that you’re prepared, enjoy these few months and the healthy hair you’ll have during them!

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