Borrowing from Mark Twain, rumors of my (blog’s) demise have been greatly exaggerated. Posting will probably always be erratic, but I’ve decided I can live with that.
What I can’t live with is the beginnings of “summer hair” I’m experiencing. I don’t live near a beach and haven’t spent any time in the pool, but the wind and sun are doing bad things to my Brazilian-bronze-with-honey-caramel-highlights tresses. Time to switch to summer hair care mode!
The best tool for fighting sun damage is a hat! Any old hat is better than none at all, but there are hats on the market (no affiliation) that have UV protection built into the material. Check THIS LINK for tips on selecting a sun hat.
If a hat is out of the question, you can always use a styling product with UV filters. Or make your own UV hair spritz using 1 part sunscreen to 2 parts water. (Choose a paraben- and sulfate-free product if you can.)
I have oily hair, but even a few walks in windy weather have it looking like dried-out straw. All that blowing about can damage the cuticle and weaken the hair shaft. This will eventually lead to breakage. I don’t have enough hair to afford any breakage.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: an old-fashioned pony tail. Also, some extra conditioning time works wonders. For short hair, a little leave-in conditioner may hold hair in place.
Chlorine is also damaging to hair. An easy way to limit the amount of chlorine your hair absorbs is to thoroughly wet your hair with lukewarm water before you get in the pool. Hair can hold only so much water, and if it’s wet already, it won’t soak up as much chlorine. (I learned this from a lifeguard.)
A good way to combat the drying effects of salt water is to use leave-in conditioner before going for a swim. The conditioner will act as a buffer between the salt and your hair. Or you can use a bit of olive oil and consider it a hot-oil treatment.
I’m no hair stylist, and you can tell by my hair that I don’t visit my stylist nearly enough, but I’ve used each of these suggestions in the past with good results.
Do you have summer hair care tips to share?
Photo credit – lindawild via Flickr