Summer can wreak havoc on your hair! If you spend a lot of time in the sun or in the pool, your locks can easily become dry and damaged. And your scalp can get sunburned just like your skin, no to mention dry, flaky, and irritated.
Here are seven simple ways to help keep your hair and scalp healthy this season.
Apply conditioner before you jump in the pool. This will add a layer of protection between the chlorine and your mane. If you've had your hair colored, a bit of conditioner can help prevent fading and slow the absorption of hard metals, like copper. These metals are responsible for turning blonde, platinum, or white/gray hair green after repeated exposure.
Rinse your hair when you're done swimming. This will help remove most of the chlorine, chemicals, and salt that zap your hair of hydration and cause scalp irritation.
If you don't have conditioner, wet your hair before you swim. This may sound strange, but if you soak your hair with clean H20, the strands won't absorb as much pool or salt water.
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Wear a scarf or hat if you're going to be out in the sun for a long time. A sunburned scalp is never pretty! In a pinch, regular sunscreen can be used on your head. Just be sure to wash it out when you get home. And remember...just because it's cloudy or overcast doesn't mean those rays aren't reaching you.
Use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to remove chemicals. Clarifying shampoos help remove chlorine, iron, copper, and minerals, as well product build up, returning your hair to its natural pH balance. You can also have your stylist use a deep clarifying treatment once a month.
Use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners in the summer. Ask your stylist for recommendations on products that will keep your hair hydrated without weighing it down. Moisture keeps your hair shaft strong and your scalp conditioned.
Treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment. Not only will this add extra moisture to your hair, but it feels fabulous. If you really want to pamper yourself, ask your stylist for a scalp massage. This will stimulate your hair follicles and relax your muscles.
Use these simple tips to protect your strands and scalp this summer. You'll be rewarded with shiny, healthy looking, manageable locks.
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