The sun’s out, the beach is calling and the party season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean your hair should suffer while you’re busy living it up. Follow these cardinal rules of summer hair care for locks that stand up to the heat.
1 Hats on
Hair burns too so don’t let it fry in the sun. If you’re at the beach, remember to protect it by covering up with a stylish hat. Better yet, sit under an umbrella and protect your skin and body, too. When venturing out of the shade (and if you’re wearing your hair in a style with an obvious parting) use a lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen on areas of visible scalp to prevent a potentially painful burn.
2 Add UV protection
Spritz your hair with a leave-on conditioner containing UV filters. This will help to offer a little protection from the sun as well as prevent your colour from fading. ‘UV filters do help, but they don’t block the rays,’ says Miriam Grove, L’Oréal Professionnel SA educator. ‘You have to keep reapplying them and stay out of direct sunlight where possible.’ She also advises staying away from hair products that use a lot of alcohol, as this can dry hair out. Watch out for products such as hair sprays and gels – anything that dries very quickly – as these usually contain alcohol.
Summer must-haves L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Color 10 in 1 Perfecting Multipurpose Spray (R295), Dove Colour Radiance Leave-In Conditioning Care Spray (R72,99) and Revlon Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment (R350, get it here).
Tip Stay away from hair oils under the sun, as these will fry your hair. Just like applying a body oil bakes your skin, so hair oils literally cook your hair when exposed to UV rays. Save these nourishing treats for home use when you’re not spending time outdoors.
3 Under the mask
Salt water and chlorine are disasters for hair, especially hair that’s bleached. If you’re spending time in the water, apply a hydrating hair mask beforehand to damp hair. This is also a great way to keep hair nourished under the sun. Beauty bonus? After you’ve taken that dip and rinsed it all off, your hair will feel super soft and silky. ‘Wet your hair with clean water before getting into the pool or sea,’ advises Shelene Shaer, co-owner of Tanaz Hair, Body & Nails. ‘This way, your hair is already wet and not absorbing as much “bad” water.’ Remember to always rinse your hair well with fresh water after swimming.
Tip Go through all your half-used hair masks (you know, the ones you always swear to finish up but never do). Make a point to keep one in your beach or pool bag and apply it regularly. Hair that’s wet and conditioned well wont absorb as much chlorine or salt.
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