No doubt, summer can take its toll on hair. Sun, heat, chlorine, salt water. You've probably already noticed a difference in the texture of your hair, with many months to go. However, a little preparation and TLC will help protect those beautiful locks, creating a better hair day, every day.
Here are some tips to abide by this season for fabulous hair:
Trim It Up
Keeping hair healthy is even more important during the summer months. Start off the season with a trim and end the season with a trim. And perhaps, one in between.
Rinse hair with cool water before you hop out of the shower. Cold water closes the scales, known as the cuticle, that the hair shaft has on its surface. You can also hit the cold button for a minute on your blow dryer once your hair is all the way dry.
Air Dry vs. Blow Dry
Blow dyring can be a mute point in 90+ degree temps. Celebrity colorist Nelson Chan of Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills offers these tips for a styled air dry look: apply a light hold gel, comb through hair and twist it with your fingertips to get a soft curl. For short hair, comb a texturizing paste through wet hair to give body, texture and hold. To get curlier tresses, braid sections of hair, let air dry, then remove the braids. Larger braids produce bigger waves.
Ultraviolet light breaks down the pigment in hair. Cover it with a hat, scarf or umbrella. With slicked back hair being big this season, put a little conditioner on dry hair and comb it back or pull it up. For scalp burners (like me), apply sunscreen along your part line with fingertips or a Q-tip. Dry sunscreens works well, too.
Treat Treat Treat
There are many treatment options for sun-abused hair — from sprays to balms to masks to oils. Many of which can be left on hair overnight for added hydration. Consider pampering your hair at least once a month during the summer.
Photo from Janko Williams
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