We all love the summer months, those hot lazy days and long summer nights. However, while the summer season may be the time we look forward to each year, it can play havoc with our hair.
We are all familiar with the warnings about too much exposure to the sun and the damage it can do to our skin, but people are less aware of the damage the sun can do to hair. Prolonged exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun can damage hair, from the cuticle to its inner structure. Exposure to the sun can make hair brittle and dry and it can make it more susceptible to split ends.
Hair that has been chemically bleached or lightened is more vulnerable to the effects of the sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even healthy untreated hair can be damaged. Natural brown hair can develop a reddish hue from prolonged exposure to the sun and chemically treated hair can become yellow, dull and faded.
It is not just your hair that can suffer from the effects of the sun; the scalp can also be damaged. The best way to protect your hair from the effects of the sun is to wear a wide-brimmed hat. If you expect to stay in the sun for more than a few hours, a hat will protect your hair and the skin of the face.
Another good tip is to avoid the sun when it is at its fiercest, which is usually between the hours of 10am and 3pm. Use leave-in conditioners that contain zinc oxide and use hairsprays or leave-in conditioners with UV protection. If you find yourself outdoors without hair protection then you can comb ordinary sunscreen through your hair for protection.
If you go swimming in the local swimming pool or the sea, you must wash your hair immediately afterwards to remove the chlorine or salt. You can also use a gentle shampoo that is suitable for frequent washing, to remove any build-up of chemicals in the hair. If your hair is inclined to become frizzy in the shower, then apply styling products while it is wet. Serums can be used to add strength to the hair strands so they are less likely to become damaged.
If you are intending to speed up the natural lightening effect of the sun, do not use peroxide, lemon juice, alcohol, or other sun-activated sprays. Instead, go for a temporary colour that is free from peroxide and ammonia. You should start protecting your hair long before the summer months, but if you do find your hair dry and listless then try a deep conditioning treatment to bring some life back to your locks. A top salon such as Toni & Guy Liverpool will be able to offer plenty of advice on how to prepare your hair for summer, or how to treat hair that has been damaged by too much sun.
Look after your hair in the summer, perhaps choosing a lighter style, and you can enjoy the summer while keeping your flowing locks in peak condition.Read More