Summertime Blues


Getting a load of strong, hot summer sun is absolute bliss if you like that sort of thing. (I know I do.) But be careful with your hair. We’ve all felt the pain of sunburn at some point and remember to slap on sunscreen before going out. Hair though, is usually forgotten. I’m guilty of that one, and I ought to know better. It’s usually feeling quite worse-for-wear by the end of a summer holiday. The sun really does dry hair out, it lightens its colour and can leave it feeling damaged on the ends. The best way to protect it, of course, is to wear a hat. Another way is to comb coconut oil through your hair and leave it in.

The colour fade thing I don’t mind so much, it usually it fades to a nice, lighter version of my usual colour. If you’re not so happy about colour fade, a semi-permanent will not only refresh the colour but also add some shine to your hair. If you’re happy with the colour and feel it just needs some shine, a clear gloss semi-permanent will do the trick. You just get the shine without the colour.

Use treatments in your dry hair as you would after-sun on your skin. Or, if you have an aloe vera plant to hand, you can apply the pulp from it’s leaves directly to your hair, too. Just pull off one of it’s spikes and scrape out the pulp from inside with a spoon. Other things you may have at home that are full of hair nutrients are avocados, honey, egg yolks or olive oil. Mush together whichever you have and squish the paste into the ends of your hair. Leave it to sit for a bit before washing out. Or if you’d rather just eat those things, just use an actual hair treatment instead.

The good thing for me about hot days is that I blowdry my hair less. If you can, lay off the heated styling for a bit and embrace some summer hair freedom. If you do really need to blow-dry your hair, make sure you put in some heat protector first. Dry it until it’s nearly dry rather than bone dry then let the warm weather do the rest. Heated styling does the most damage on hair that has already dried. If you use straighteners or curling tongs to style your hair, try and let your hair air dry first to cut down the time your hair is exposed to heat.

And if it’s all getting a bit tangly because the ends are dry, be gentle when combing or brushing your hair. Try to use a wide tooth comb while the conditioner’s on your hair in the shower. It’s much easier than trying to do it once it’s dry. Start from the ends and work up to the roots to get the knots out. If you have split ends it’ll be more prone to snapping and creating more split ends so don’t be too rough with the comb or brush.

Then when you’re back from your holiday, book in for a hair cut. Even just a trim. The only way to repair split ends is to snip them off. Apparently your hair does grow more in the summer, so don’t worry if you’re growing it!

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