Summer Hair Ahead: Your Guide to Protecting
Your Locks from the Summer Sun
Summer is in full swing and everyone at Helix Hair Labs has been enjoying the sun and staying cool with pool and ocean dips. We love basking in the sun and are always good about our SPF, but protecting our hair from the sun and water activities had us searching for solutions. Excessive sun exposure can lead to dryness, color fading, and overall damage. Exposing hair to salt and treated water can also take its toll. But fret not! In this guide, we'll explore effective ways to shield your precious locks from the summer elements, ensuring they stay healthy and radiant all season long.
Cover Up in Style: Hats and Scarves to the Rescue
Your favorite straw hat, baseball cap or scarf has got you covered (literally). Not only do these accessories add flair to your summer outfits and protect your face, but they also provide a barrier for the top of your head. Opt for wide-brimmed hats or lightweight scarves made from breathable fabrics to keep your scalp and hair shaded. And we'd be remiss if we didn't note that Sleep Sleeve will definitely help keep the sun off of your hair and scalp :)
Shield with Sunscreen for Hair
You already know about SPF for your skin, but did you know your hair needs protection too? Enter haircare products with SPF! Seek out leave-in conditioners, serums, and styling products infused with SPF to create a protective barrier against the sun's damaging effects. These products not only shield your hair from UV rays but also keep it hydrated and silky smooth – perfect for when you find that good light.
Hydration is Key
Staying hydrated during the summer isn't just essential for your body—it's crucial for your hair too. When you're properly hydrated, your hair is less likely to become dry and brittle. Incorporate water-rich foods into your diet, and consider using hydrating hair masks or oils to replenish lost moisture. Look for products containing natural oils like coconut, argan, or jojoba oil to nourish and lock in that much-needed moisture. Don’t just rely on product though, drinking lots of water will take you far.
Air Drying and Protective Hairstyles
We are not anti-heat, but summer is the perfect time to give your hair a break from heat styling tools. Embrace air-drying and let your hair flow freely (seriously - give it a try!). We also know that summer is popular for protective hairstyles because they can be lower maintenance and can significantly reduce your hair's exposure to the sun. Braids, buns, and updos can also help keep you cool on hot days. Just remember not to tie your hair too tight, as this can cause stress and breakage. Silk SlipTie will give all hair types that easy, breezy updo and help keep you cool without snagging or pulling on hair. Also, leaving protective styles in for too long can backfire if not properly cared for, so make sure to give your hair breaks in between styles. And if you’re going to use heat styling, always apply a heat protectant before styling to shield your strands from the sun's double whammy!
Rinse and Condition After Swimming
Pool days are a summer staple, but chlorinated water and salt can be harsh on your hair. Before taking a dip, rinse your hair with regular water to minimize its ability to absorb chlorine. After swimming, use a clarifying shampoo followed by a deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture and vitality.
Summer is all about getting outside whether it’s beachside, poolside or rooftop-side. By following these tips and incorporating protective measures into your hair care routine, you can keep your locks looking luscious and radiant throughout the season. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in preserving the health and beauty of your hair under the summer sun. So, go ahead and savor those sunny days while keeping your hair happy and healthy! 🌞🌴