In the summer, hair is stressed at home with sweat, sun, wind, swimming in the sea or in the pool. Here's how to keep them healthy, hydrated and fed
It is known that in summer the hair is affected by high temperatures. They are always tied up, they are frequently washed with the help of heat and sweat but, above all, they are severely tested by wind, salt, sea, sand and chlorine. They therefore need extra treatments and pampering and some extra care, especially for those with colored hair.
1. Do not wash your hair every day if it is not necessary
In summer we tend to wash our hair more, both because of the heat, sweat and countless showers, and because between the pool and the sea, at the end of the day it is essential to do so. But, in truth, the hair is not really dirty and therefore, instead of washing it every day with shampoo, it is possible to resort to more delicate methods.
For example, after a swim in the sea, if you have not applied large quantities of oil, it may be sufficient to simply rinse them well with water and apply a little balm, then proceed with the stilyng or letting them dry naturally. Another alternative is to use the "cowash" method or a washing carried out only with the conditioner. The amount of surfactants, i.e. washing ingredients, contained in the conditioner is less than that of the shampoo, therefore the hair will remain soft, soft and clean and will not be too stressed. Choose a light and moisturizing conditioner, not too nourishing, to avoid making them grease faster.
2. Use protective sprays during exposure
Like sunscreen, hair also needs protection. Here, therefore, a whole series of protective hair products make their way, which help to keep them hydrated and healthy, despite the wind, sun, heat, salt and chlorine. There are any for each type of hair, the oils are indicated for very dry, dehydrated, bleached or treated hair, while for oily hair the spray waters, gels or milk are more suitable, which grease the hair less. Alternatively, you can also use coconut oil or shea butter which contain sun protection factors naturally, albeit very low, which is why it is not recommended to use them on the skin during exposure.
3. Use a mild shampoo for frequent washing
Even if you can wash them less frequently, keeping them tied or simply rinsing them with water, during this period it would be better to use mild shampoos to wash your hair. They are usually light and moisturizing, but less aggressive, with ingredients also suitable for sensitive skin. This way you will stress your hair less, which will be less frizzy and less dehydrated. Another option, then, are shampoo and conditioner with sun filters inside, perfect for protecting the hair without having to add other products.
4. Choose rubber bands that don't tighten too much
Keeping your hair tied can help keep it healthy, as it ties and spoils less, but at the same time it could make it worse. Here, therefore, the choice of the elastic becomes essential: it must support the hair, must not pull it, must not cause a headache, and must not tighten. Choose spring elastics, which have excellent hold without leaving marks and, not being made of fabric, they are ideal at the beach or in the pool because they do not need to dry and do not leave hair wet. Scrunchies are also very fashionable, the colored elastic bands to match your outfit, soft, but with a smaller seal. To avoid, however, those that are too thin or with steel welding, because the risk is that of leaving the hair entangled, tearing it.
5. Once a week, pamper them with a pre-shampoo treatment
Another good habit is to make a compress to the hair at least once a week. In this way, just like with face masks, you will give them a boost of hydration and nourishment, going to replenish them. You can choose specific products on the market or make your own pack, with simple ingredients that you find in the kitchen. An excellent compress for stressed hair, for example, is made with egg yolk, olive oil, honey and a few drops of essential oil to perfume it. Or, more simply, you can apply a good dose of olive or coconut oil on all lengths, let it act for at least an hour (but also overnight) and then proceed with normal cleansing.
6. If possible, avoid the use of hairdryer, plate and iron
In summer, thanks to the hot days, it is possible to reduce the use of hair dryers and hot tools, such as straighteners and curling irons. The ideal would be to let them air dry with a method that does not involve the use of heat to blow dry them, but not everyone can afford not to. Those who suffer from cervical or headache, for example, can only dry the nape of the neck and behind the ears or use the jet of cold air to finish drying, and then proceed by creating hairstyles that give movement to the hair, once it is loose.
7. Watch out for colored hair!
Colored hair needs some more attention, because with the sun and the salt the color could turn towards green or yellow, leaving them with unwanted reflections. First of all it would be better to avoid dyeing or bleaching them a few days before exposure and, above all, it is imperative to use protective products specially designed for treated hair. Starting from the moment of exposure to washing at home, to be performed with colored hair treatments, which are more sensitive and already sensitized. Excellent, then, the anti yellow or anti red shampoos, while for the green highlights it is better to leave it to the hairdresser, they are more difficult to manage.