A lot of us are unfamiliar with how much wear and tear we can create on our hair throughout the Summer months. A few years ago, one of my regular guests returned from Punta Cana with what looked like severe heat tool damage. After having a discussion with her, I realized that her hair was actually sunburnt. Summer is a time to let your hair down and enjoy yourself on the beach, but here are some things to remember.
♡ Yes, your hair can get damaged from the sun.
Exposure to the sun for long periods of time can severely damage your hair cuticle. This is the same type of damage you would see from over processed color or over using heat tools at home. Dry, brittle strands, broken ends, frizziness, and discoloration can all be signs of UVA or UVB damage caused by the sun.
♡ You're not crazy, your color does fade faster.
The rays from the sun actually break down the chemical bonds present in hair color. Your hair will fade much quicker if you are often exposed to the sun.
♡ Green hair, don’t care.
We know chlorine is a big no for blondes, but what about everyone else? Chlorine is not good for any hair type. It sucks the natural oils from your hair and weakens the hair strands, causing split ends. It can also cause chemical reactions. I have seen it first hand when a swim instructor decided she wanted a balayage: hello, smoking hair.
A few other things we don’t always think about, but NEED to stop doing:
Putting our hair up while it is wet.
Pushing our sunglasses out of our face and then ripping out a chunk of hair with them.
Putting your hair in extremely tight pony tails or top knots.
Btw, I am guilty of all of this.
So how can you protect your hair?
Now that we realize how evil Summer months can be on our hair.
♡ UV Protectant
Find a haircut product with UV Protectant. (this is different than heat protectant) Using a UV Protectant will ensure your hair does not get damaged and your color lasts longer. Ensure your combing this through so the product is evenly distributed. Kevin.Murphy has a few greats products: Leave.In-Repair, Heated.Defense, Shimmer.Shine.
♡ Wear a Hat
This is the simplest way to shield your hair from the sun and you’ll look cute, too.
♡ Cold Water Rinse
Do a cold water rinse prior to going into the pool. This will close your hair cuticle and not allow the chemicals to get inside. You could also coat your hair in conditioner. It works as a barrier for the chemicals.
♡ Take Care of Your Hair a little Extra
On top of all of these things, the best you can do is amp up your hair regimen at home. Use the proper Wash + Rinse for your hair needs, use a masque once a week and visit the salon on a regular basis.
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