For most people summer is the most awaited season of the year. The days are longer, the weather is warmer and life seems simpler - so many good things are happening at the same time!
However, with the sun, the sea, parties and festivals, your hair may not love summer as much as you do. As humidity is higher during the summer the hairstyle you worked so hard to create before leaving the house can be completely ruined in a few hours. On top of that, a prolonged UV exposure can lighten your hair colour. If you have coloured hair, be careful as your hair can change into a colour that you never wished for!
But don’t worry – these seven simple tips will keep your hair healthy, shiny and happy!
1. Eat Carrots, Dark Leafy Greens and Oysters
Eating certain types of food can result in healthier hair as well as giving you essential vitamins to fight this hot stifling weather. On our infographic below we’ve outlined some key food to eat this summer to keep hair healthy.
- Carrots provide your body with vitamin A which leaves your scalp feeling healthier and helps your hair to grow faster. Carrots are also known to help limit hair loss as vitamin A makes your hair shinier, stronger and thicker.
- Dark Leafy Greens contain many different vitamins and minerals. They provide your body with vitamins A and C as well as iron and calcium. On top of keeping your hair beautiful they also keep your skin soft and smooth!
- Oysters are a great source of zinc which is a very important element when it comes to hair. Indeed, zinc regulates the production of androgens, a crucial element for the hair as, when lacking, dandruff start to appear and hair grows very slowly.
2. Brush Your Hair With a Wide-Tooth Comb
During summer time your hair can become fragile and needs more attention from you. However, as the saying goes: “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. After taking a shower do not brush your hair with a regular comb as it will do nothing but break it.
On wet hair – and even dried hair – you should always opt for a wide-tooth comb as it does not tear your hair as much as the other types of brushes. Wikihow have some informative videos on how to brush your hair without damaging it.
3. Wear a Hat
The sun’s UV rays can cause great harm to your hair such as removing the natural moisture of your hair. You wouldn’t let your skin go out in the sun unprotected, and the same should go for your hair.
That’s why we recommended you wear a hat when you are staying outside for a prolonged period of time. Moreover, hats can reduce the effect wind has on your hair such as curving or tangling it.
4. Blow-Dry Your Hair Less Often
Heat is bad for your hair and with hot weather, blow-drying is not recommended. Of course you can do it from time to time – even if the best option would be to never use it – but if you do it on a daily basis, this could damage your hair.
5. Use Oil to Refresh Your Hair
During summer apply oil to your hair to avoid dryness and to keep the moisture locked into your hair. Oil also strengthens the hair, reduces tangles and helps hair grow.
Of course, there are many different oils for hair such as coconut or flaxseed oil, but each type of oil depends on your needs, so choose carefully. Also, be careful not to overuse oil as hair only takes what it needs and rejects the excess. A great way to add oil into your hair care regime is with a coconut oil based shampoo.
6. Do Not Wash It Too Often
Washing your hair with shampoo too often will make them very dry at first as natural moisture will be removed from the hair. The drawback is that the more you wash it, the faster it becomes too oily and the faster you feel the need to wash your hair again: it is a vicious circle. So resist the temptation - in particular during summer - and try not to wash your hair with shampoo more than 2 or 3 times a week. WebMD offer some great tips on how often you should wash your hair.
7. Drink More Water
While this may seem like an obvious thing to say, water is your best friend, especially during summertime! And, with the heat, our body needs more water in summer than in other seasons. Dehydration can have all kind of consequences on the body that we all know about.
However, a lack of water will not only affect your skin but also your hair. If your hair is dry it tends to break more easily, and if it is kept hydrated it will be stronger and grow faster.
Now you are ready to enjoy a great summer without even worrying about the state of your hair in September!