Frolicking in the summer sun can be great fun, but it can also be harsh on hair. The hot summer sun dries everything, including hair. It can contribute to dry scalp, dandruff, split ends and color fading. Summer humidity can also turn healthy, bouncy hair into limp and lifeless hair and it can turn up the frizz.
Over-conditioning can be a mistake; washing your hair every day is never a good option; and not washing your hair for extended periods is also not a good idea. So, what can you do to protect your hair from the summer elements?
First, go easy on the chemical hair treatments in the summer months. Try to color your hair the month before the summer sun is expected to become its strongest. Then, go as natural as you can. The summer sun is already turning up the heat, so also try to keep blow dryer, curler and styling iron use to a minimum. Protect your color by wearing a hat or a scarf if you are going to be in the direct sun. Use a mild shampoo, and only shampoo the scalp (not the ends) during the summer. Dry shampoos in between regular shampoos are a good way to keep shampoo time to a minimum. Use a rinse-out conditioner that suits your hair type to restore moisture. Some conditioners even contain sunscreen, which is a great addition for the summer months. Keeping hydrated helps hydrate your skin and hair, so remember to drink lots of fluids. Opt for ponytails, knots, buns and other up-dos to reduce sweating and frizz, and keep your ends trimmed for optimal health.
Swimming is an entirely separate matter. Never shampoo before taking a swim. If you do, you will leave hair more vulnerable to pool chemicals. Using a bathing cap is always a good idea. Take a quick shower after swimming in a chlorinated pool to rinse the chorine from your hair. Also use a good leave-in conditioner after swimming in a chlorinated pool.