Now that the sun is slowly coming out and soon it will be summer there is plenty to fear about the season in regard to hair care. From grease to frizz and nasty split ends, no hair is safe from the harsh conditions often seen throughout in the next two months. There is good news amid the bad, though. There are plenty of natural ways to protect hair and treat locks to recovery.
Don’t underestimate the power of chlorine in damaging and weakening hair. While it can indeed have adverse effects, there is are also other hair troubles lurking beneath the water to worry about. Chlorine molecules can get trapped in hair and oxidize metals found in the water, like copper, that can turn hair green. To protect hair from the pool, rinse it with tap water before taking a dip. The tap water will bind to your hair, making it harder for chlorine to do its damage.
Greasy hair can be a definite mood killer. There’s often confusion about how often to wash our hair, which can lead to grease build up if not careful. Some dermatologists recommend washing more frequently during summer time. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is the heightened exposure to chlorine and long hair that touches the back, which may become oily due to sunscreen.
Skin isn’t the only thing affected by the harsh rays of the sun. Hair is also capable of suffering a blow. The sun can break down keratin bonds that make hair strong, which can lead to fading color and weak strands. Wear a hat on your hair for extra coverage. Some hair products offering UV protection are also useful in protecting hair. Work it through the hair like you would conditioner.
Don’t ignore the scalp when protecting hair during the summer. Be sure to use sun screen on the part of your hair in the sun as scalp exposed to the sun can differ vastly from scalp protected by hair. You may also use products containing antioxidant ingredients like soy, vitamin C and green tea to aid in defending locks.