10 Summer 2023 Hair Care Tips — Expert’s Guide to Taking Care of Your Hair in the Summer
Between long afternoons spent in the sun and frequent dips in the pool, summer can be a damaging time of year for your hair.
In this article, discover the best ways to prevent drying and breakage due to dry heat or chlorine-filled pool water. With the right hair care tips from experts, you'll be able to make sure you stay on top of your hair care routine for healthier hair this summer.
1. Use UV protection.
It’s not just your skin that benefits from protection against harsh UV rays when you are spending more time outdoors. Excessive sun exposure can cause split ends, hair breakage, and even hair loss. Look for a UV protection hair spray to use on your hair before exposing it to the sun. Some shampoos and conditioners also contain UV protectants.
2. Trim off split ends regularly.
A general rule of thumb is to get your hair trimmed every four to six weeks to control split ends, but this becomes especially important in the summer. If you are planning a vacation or have another reason to anticipate spending a lot of time outdoors or in the pool, get a trim beforehand to avoid split ends causing damage to the healthy parts of your hair.
3. Wear a hat.
Another way to protect your hair from the sun is to wear a hat or other head covering when outdoors for an extended period of time. This can also help your hair retain moisture, which will further protect it from damage.
4. Saturate your hair with clean water before getting in the pool.
One way to minimize chlorine damage from swimming is to saturate your hair with clean water before you get in, either by dipping or rinsing. This prevents your hair from absorbing too much chlorinated water. You can achieve a similar effect by saturating your hair with leave-in conditioner or a leave-in hair mask.
5. Don’t style with heat.
Regardless of the season, heat styling is incredibly damaging to your hair. Avoid heat styling tools such as:
Summer is the perfect time to let your hair air dry after washing it, but if you don’t like the idea of going to work with damp hair, consider showering at night and letting your hair dry overnight.
6. Use a wide-toothed comb on dry hair only.
To hair breakage and root damage, avoid rough brushing that can yank out hair and snap fragile strands of hair. This is especially true for wet hair, which is more delicate than dry hair, so it is generally a good idea to wait until your hair is dry before detangling. Wide-toothed combs are also gentler on your hair and scalp than brushes.
7. Avoid over-washing.
Though it may feel refreshing to wash your hair every time you shower when it’s hot outside, experts recommend washing your hair less frequently in warm weather to avoid drying out your scalp and the strands of your hair. Remember, your hair needs all the moisture it can get in the summertime, so it’s important not to wash out its natural oils too often. Aim for 2 to 3 washes a week if possible, unless you are swimming in lakes, rivers, or the ocean, in which case it is important to wash your hair after each swim to avoid pathogens and infections.
8. Take cold showers.
When you wash your hair, cold water is better (for both your hair and skin) than hot water. Hot water is bad for your hair because it leaves hair overly porous, making it more vulnerable to damage from sunlight and chemicals such as chlorine, as well as stripping more moisture and natural oils from it.
If you can’t stand the thought of standing underneath a freezing cold shower, try using lukewarm water or washing your hair over the sink.
9. Don’t forget to take care of your scalp.
Scalp care is extremely important for the health of your hair, because damaged hair follicles produce damaged hair or may stop producing hair altogether, leading to hair loss. Make sure to pay attention to your scalp when washing and conditioning your hair.
10. Avoid harsh dyes and chemicals.
If you’ve been considering getting a perm or bleaching your hair, hold off until fall. These activities are damaging enough on their own without the added chemical and UV exposure.
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