While the summer sun leaves your hair looking beautiful, the UV rays are seriously detrimental & you have to treat your hair with care, just like you do with your skin. To ensure that your hair stays healthy & hydrated all summer long, we have amazing expert tips!
There is nothing better than being out in the sun all day long and feeling like you just left the salon because all of your natural highlights come out. Even though your hair may look good, especially after you took a dip in the ocean and you have mermaid waves, exposing your hair, (and scalp!), to the sun is super damaging. Luckily, we have simple and expert tips from the pros on how you can protect your hair against the harsh summer environment while helping fight frizz and humidity!
Rebecca Kazin, MD, of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology, shared helpful tips on keeping your scalp & hair safe from the sun:
1. Embrace Hat Hair –
“The scalp is skin too and needs protection from UV rays and DNA damage. The best way to keep your scalp (and hair) safe is by wearing a hat – floppy brims offer good coverage for the face too.”
2. Switch Up Your Part –
“Make sure you cover your part when you’re out in the sun and try to alternate the way your part hair from day to day to avoid one area soaking up all the sun exposure.”
3. Explore UV Fabrics –
“If you’re a beach bunny, try a hat with built in UV protection from a brand like Coolibar.”
4. Cancel Your Weekly Blowout –
“You may think that hair acts as a protective layer over your scalp in the summer, but your strands are susceptible to sun damage, too. Cumulative exposure to damaging UV rays causes hair to be brittle, break easily, and leaves it dehydrated and unmanageable. Give your hair a break between blowouts, especially in hot, humid weather.”
5. Style Smart –
“If you must heat style, use a leave in conditioner and don’t blowdry or iron your hair without using a heat protectant first. For summer, I like the Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray. It is easy to use because it is a spray on product and works to rehydrate over exposed frazzled hair.”
As for tips from a professional hair stylist, AJ Lordet, master colorist at Pierre Michel Salon, said:
1. “I recommend switching out your everyday conditioner with a moisture mask, even if it’s only 3 or 4 minutes instead of 20 when you shampoo. I recommend eSalon Keepin’ It Rich.“
2. “Also be sure to rinse out your hair whenever getting out of the pool. Chlorine can stay in the Hair and become a bit drying!”
What do you guys think of these tips? How will you protoect your hair from the sun this summer?