Solving Your Top Summer Hair Dilemmas
In part one of this series, I talked about how to solve your summer skin dilemmas – now it is time to tackle hair issues. Summer can wreak as much havoc on our hair as it can on our skin. Humidity, heat and chlorine can change our silky, cooperative tresses into a dry, frizzy mess. We’ve scoured the web for the most effective products out there. Here is a list of tips and tricks to help conquer your summer hair troubles.
1. Dry Hair
If you already have dry or coarse hair, summer’s rise in temperature can exacerbate the problem. The lack of moisture in the air can leave your locks as parched as you are after a walk in the midday sun. To help restore moisture to your hair, try using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo and conditioner are great options, as they contain nourishing ingredients like baobab. If you’re like me and have the unfortunate combination of dry ends and greasy roots, a shampoo and conditioner containing oils may treat your ends, but will only add to an already oily scalp. Try using a dry shampoo, like Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray, on your roots to avoid washing your hair everyday. We all love hot showers, but unfortunately they can dry out our locks even more, so unless you want to decrease the temp, opt for a dry shampoo.
A hydrating mask is a fabulous treatment whether your hair is dry or combination. You can apply the mask where you need the extra boost of moisture, so us oily-scalped girls should avoid applying it to our roots. Bumble and Bumble Deeep Masque is a great multi-purpose product for summer. It is specially formulated to treat parched, sun-damaged hair. Just apply it to your hair, wait a few minutes, rinse, and you’ll be left with silky soft tresses.
2. Frizzy Hair
Dry hair is usually accompanied by unwanted frizz. Frizz is the result of moisture in the air, which causes hair molecules to rise. To combat unslightly fuzz, use the preceding tricks to help restore your hair’s moisture level.
Furthermore, there are products you can use when styling your hair to cut down on frizz. Try applying Organix Anti-Frizz Serum, Revitalizing Pomegranate Green Tea to towel-dried hair before you style. The anti-oxidant properties of the pomegranate and green tea nourish locks, thus eliminating frizz.
For extra defence, use a finishing cream – but be wary of products with silicon. Silicon is a powerful frizz fighter and a little goes a long way. If you apply too much, you will be left with a greasy mess. L’Oreal EverSleek Finishing Creme is a fabulous silicone-free product that is just as effective at fighting frizz, thanks to its argan, sunflower and olive oil formula.
If possible, avoid touching your hair, as that will only increase the fuzz.
3. Dulling Color
Whether you color your hair at home or go to a salon, fading color is a common problem in summer. How is it that the same color that lasted you all winter now looks dull and mousy? You have the sun’s stronger rays and more hours spent outside to blame. To make your color last as long as possible (and to get the most value from that expensive salon visit!), try to avoid washing your hair every day. This is important after you first get it dyed to allow for maximum absorption. To keep locks looking fresh between washes, use a dry shampoo like Batiste a Hint of Color Dry Shampoo, which has different products for specific hair shades.
When you use regular shampoo and conditioner, ensure you choose one that is specially formulated for color treated hair. The John Frieda line is amazing for colored hair. The products are personalized for each hair color, and sometimes further divided by shade to keep your locks looking as good on wash 30 as they did on wash one.
Before you venture outside, it is worthwhile to apply a protective shield to your tresses, ideally with SPF protection. ALTERNA Bamboo Color Care UV + Fade Proof Fluide protects hair from both UVA and UVB rays – and never underestimate the effectiveness of a hat.
4. Chlorine Damage
We want to make the most of summer by spending as much time poolside as possible. Too bad the fun isn’t without consequence. Pools contain high levels of chlorine, which can create numerous problems for our hair. Blondes, bottled or au naturale, are particularly prone to chlorine’s damaging effects. It is not uncommon for our lovely flaxen locks to turn various shades of green. To keep your locks from getting a green tinge, try John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo. It contains brighteners and lavender to restore your hair’s true hue.
After your swim, always try to rinse your hair with non-chlorinated water. It is ideal to wash hair with a clarifying shampoo to prevent chlorine build up. UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo, is specially formulated to remove chlorine build up in just one use.
5. Oily Scalp
Like with our skin, summer can cause an increase in oil production on our scalps due to heat and excess sweating. To rectify the problem try utilizing a balancing shampoo and conditioner like Phyto Phyto Phytocedrat Sebo Regulating Shampoo. Use it twice weekly to restore the equilibrium of oils on your scalp.
What is your pesky summer hair dilemma? Visit the style exchange and let us know what tips and tricks you’ve discovered to combat it.
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