Summer is just around the corner, and although the rain and windy remnants of winter are yet to disappear, the warmer months are set to creep up on us quicker than we can anticipate.
This can be good and bad news for our hair. Although our locks will get lighter, we will use less heating products and our natural wave will be the style of choice, it is also important to protect hair from the harsh summer elements as much as possible.
The combination of heat, salt, sun and days spent lounging by the pool can take serious toll on the health of your hair.
Hair can become dry, brittle and lifeless, not to mention tangled and damaged from constant exposure to seawater and chlorinated water.
So to help you tackle any hairy summer blues that you might experience this sunny season, read on as we have you covered for summer ’16.
Chlorinated water is notorious for turning blonde hair green, but it doesn’t matter if you have jet-black hair, the chemical will wreak havoc on your hair no matter what. Whenever you take a dip in the pool, chlorine can weaken the protein structure of your hair just like the sun, making it more susceptible to breakage.
Thankfully, there is a solution- we recommend lathering a layer of conditioner on the ends of your hair before you hop in the pool to create a defence against the chlorine that will otherwise stain your blonde locks green.
Once your swim comes to an end, leave the pool and use a gentle cleansing shampoo and conditioner as soon as possible so as to remove the effects of the chlorine.
Taming seaside tangles
Now, don’t get us wrong, we love salt spray. Nothing compares to it when aiming to achieve that coveted gritty texture and rumpled waves.
But the sprays that you buy in store are often spiked with conditioners and oils to cut the super-drying effect, meaning salt from the ocean isn’t exactly the same thing.
Pure and undiluted, it adheres to hair, roughs up strands and causes them to stick together, leaving you with a mess of tangled knots.
So we have some advice to help you leave those pesky knots behind. The real damage from sea-soaked hair comes when you try to rip out the slew of knots with your fingers or a brush. The best way to avoid this is to head straight to the shower and rinse the salt out and most defiantly do not comb out the knots until you have a chance to use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner.
So, you have managed to turn your scalp a nice crisp pink colour and not to mention the damage that is being caused to your hair’s protein structure. The sun reacts with your hair’s melanin, affecting its natural pigment, so naturally the best thing to do is to remember your hat.
Never fear, if you have forgotten your hat, you can still avoid being burnt and sore in your part line. Simply lather on a layer of sunscreen for protection, remembering that your hair will become greasy so make sure you lather on moisturising shampoo and conditioner as soon as your beach day comes to an end.