With the temperatures on the rise, summer heat and intense UV rays can be detrimental to your hair’s health. Fortunately, there are several easy-to-use products that you can use to rejuvenate tired, dry hair and keep it looking great all summer long.
Sulfate and Sodium Chloride-free Shampoo
Ditch your old shampoo (especially if your hair is color-treated) and try one that is sulfate and sodium chloride-free. These common shampoo ingredients, which are typically used as fillers in less expensive shampoo, dry out hair and strip it of essential nutrients leaving it prone to fading, dryness, fall-out, and split ends. Look for a salon-quality shampoo and you will notice a difference in the health and cleanliness of your hair this summer.
Leave-in Conditioner with UV protection
Sunburn your hair? Sounds silly, but it does happens. Because hair can be damaged by UV rays just like your skin it is equally important to protect it from damage. To keep your hair protected from the elements, spritz on a leave-in conditioner that contains UV protection after washing your hair. This will help keep your hair from drying out while protecting it from the harmful rays and keeping it free from split ends.
Reconstructing Hair Treatment
This summer to keep dryness and damage at bay, use a reconstructing treatment once or twice a week to soften, strengthen and nourish hair. Look for a hair treatment that is made of natural ingredients and botanicals which offer the best results. Finding one for your hair type (dry, oily, color-treated, etc.) is crucial to keeping hair looking great all summer long.
Moisturizing Shine Serum
Locks looking dull and dry? Serum is a great way to add moisture and shine to hair, tame flyaways and de-frizz hair in one easy step. Apply a small amount to hair and blow dry or air dry naturally. Look for a moisturizing serum that is made with quality ingredients, especially for your hair type and stay away from silicone-based serums.
High Quality Hair Bands
Long, flowing, beautiful hair? Be sure to protect it from the wind this summer by putting it in a loose ponytail with a high-quality hair band to prevent it from blowing around. Look for one that is made of soft materials like cotton, without any metal clasps. If your hair is especially susceptible to breakage, be sure to avoid hair clips and super-tight ponytails which tend to add to the damage.
Because the scalp produces it’s own natural oils, most stylists say to wait at least a day in between washes. But if you’re like me and can’t stand to skip a day, try using a dry shampoo to freshen hair instead. Dry shampoos remove excess oil from the hair, matte the texture and freshen hair in a matter of seconds. Look for a dry shampoo made for your type of hair and use it specifically on the roots, where the most oil builds up. Then, just comb it through and voila!
Scarf or hat
In addition to protecting hair from the sun’s effects by using a UV spray, double-team the damage by adding a soft scarf or loose fitting hat to protect your hair when you are spending the day in the sun. It will provide extra protection to keep your hair from drying out and will keep your scalp from getting sunburned. Look for one that covers the top of your head and one you can tuck your hair into if you have long hair.