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If you have mastered the rules for skin protection, do you know how to protect your hair from sun and other damaging elements? Sun’s damaging rays have the power to reach the inner structure of the hair, leaving your hair dry, brittle, with broken or split ends, weakened and thinning, frizzy.
Apart from the sun’s rays, even humidity and sweat are your enemies. Cooling off in a swimming pool, that is chlorinated water, can also be very harmful for the hair. Although it may seem as we always have to be on alert during warm months, protecting your hair from sun’s UVA and UVB rays, and other damage-causing factors, is in fact very easy and not so time-consuming, once you know what you need to do.
1. Block the exposure to the sun!
The best way to protect your hair from the sun’s rays is to keep the hat on! Most of the hats provide complete protection from the sun’s rays, whether you choose a baseball cap, boater hat, bucket hat, flappy hat, wide-brimmed hat or any other. However, if portions of your hair hang out of the hat, you need to protect that as well.
2. Check the basics first before reaching for cosmetics!
By now you should know the basics about your hair type (straight, curly, wavy, colored, treated, permed, straightened and more) and scalp type (oily, dry, dandruff, itchy, or a combination, and even medical condition), and surely you do know, however, in time, some products may damage hair more and cause dandruff, or medical conditions, or increase the dryness of the hair, so even if you have found products that suit you the best, every summer you need to double-check their properties before applying them on your hair.
3. Be careful with cosmetics!
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Although I prefer to use homemade and natural hair care products (we are going to cover this topic in some of our next posts), some chemical hair care products may be very beneficial. However, you need to understand that warm weather already causes damage and dries hair, so you need to go easy on chemical treatments. For instance, you may think twice before coloring your hair.
Be very careful with UV protection shampoos and conditioners. Many conditioners and shampoos have SPF in them, but the question is how high the SPF should be. The general consensus is to opt for an SPF of 10-15 in hair products. Many hair product manufacturers opt for SPF 12, this seems to be a very popular choice.
4. Shampoo your hair with care and appreciate your conditioner!
The most common mistake you should avoid is shampooing your hair every day, this in fact may do more harm than good to your hair. Too much shampoo can dry your scalp and hair even more. Mild shampoos are very good for the summer, especially if your hair gets greasy and sweaty easily.
When washing your hair you should shampoo your scalp, not the hair, because while rinsing your scalp you will also clean your hair. Rinse-out conditioner is crucial during warmer months, because you need to restore the moisture in your hair. If you are going to swim, do not forget the conditioner.
5. Avoid heat!
Sun is already putting enough heat on your hair, so avoid the additional heat as much as possible. Do not use the blow dryer, or if you have to use it, go slow on it by washing your hair half an hour earlier so that your hair gets some time to air-dry. More importantly, avoid using the styling iron and curlers, and nurture your hair as naturally as you can.