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Summer Haircare Tips: Keep Hair looking Healthy and Hydrated this Summer

Once the cold, winter months pass, there is an instant anticipation for the summer-time. The warmest, brightest time of year, the summer is usually associated with blue skies, long evenings, and radiant skin. As for the hair, the expectations are beachy waves or a golden shine. However, a well known fact at this point is that the sun brings with it as much destruction as it does glory. Without protecting the skin from the sun’s rays, it will become damaged and burn. Similarly, it is important to consider some summer hair care tips to prevent the sun from turning the tresses from shiny and luscious to dull and brittle.

Discover the summer hair care tips to keep the hair looking healthy and hydrated during the warmer months.

Does the sun damage your hair?

To begin, does the sun damage the hair? The answer is yes, and this damage can be significant if no efforts are made to prevent it. All hair types can be damaged by the sun, no matter the color or texture.

Secondly, how does the sun damage hair? If the hair has prolonged exposure to the sun, the rays can break down the outside cover of the hair strand and weaken the protein structure. The damage can result in discoloration, dry strands, broken ends, and frizziness.

How to protect hair from sun

Just like the skin, to protect the hair from the sun it’s best to avoid the hottest part of the day. Try to limit time outside mid-day and instead, aim for the morning or late afternoon. While the sun is still shining at those times, the rays are far less damaging.

Another way to protect the hair from the sun is to add a luxurious elixir to the strands that has been formulated to help safeguard against heat.

Christophe Robin’s Regenerating Serum with Prickly Pear Oil offers a fast-absorbing hybrid texture to infuse hair with a soft, sumptuous feel. It enhances shine while protecting hair from artificial heat up to 230°C. Not only this, it also helps to improve the appearance of split-ends and frizz, so will work to conceal any signs of hair damage that may have already occurred.

As tempting as it may be, try to limit heat styling as much as possible in the warmer months. Any extra exposure to heat that can be avoided, should be. Try a Hydrating Melting Mask to limit the dependence on hairdryers and straighteners for a silky sheen finish.

Lastly, a summer hair care tip that shouldn’t be overlooked is to switch up your hair’s regimen when high temperatures are involved. To keep the hair healthy and hydrated, add some moisture into your haircare. For one wash a week, implement a hydrating shampoo to restore moisture levels that the sun may have depleted.

Does Chlorine and Salt Water damage hair?

The sun, however, is not the only cause of damage during the summer.

Anyone with blonde colour in their hair may have been warned that regular dips in the swimming pool can turn the hair shade brassy, leaving it with a greenish hue. However, does chlorine damage hair aside from this? Yes, in fact, chlorine can even make the hair more vulnerable to the stresses of heat. Chlorine damages the hair by stripping it of its natural oils which keeps it smooth and vibrant. Chlorine can also damage the hair by causing chemical reactions, which is why blondes often turn brassy and each hair strand can weaken, causing split ends.

Chlorine-filled pools aren’t the only water that should be swam in with caution. The sea’s salt water can also damage the hair due to the heavy salt content’s ability to draw moisture from the strands and the skin. The result is not only dehydrated locks, but a brittle feeling in the scalp.

How to protect hair from chlorine and saltwater

Many summer hair care tips advise to simply tie the hair up if entering a pool. However, this will soon become futile if the head goes under the water. To protect the hair from chlorine, saturate it before entering the pool. The hair is like a sponge, and if it is already full of water, then it has little to no room to absorb the chlorine. The same method applies when swimming in the sea.

For extra protection against chlorine and salt, you can also use an oil to repel the water. Applying the Regenerating Serum with Prickly Pear Oil  to the ends will act as a barrier that prevents the water from accessing and damaging the hair.

The final step to protect the hair from both chlorine and salt water is to rinse immediately after swimming with a clarifying shampoo. The less time the chemicals or salt stay in the hair, the better.

If a holiday has been locked into the summer plans, take a look at this guide on the essentials to Keep the Hair Healthy on Holiday.

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.