Now that we are officially into the summer months and the sun has finally decided to make an appearance, we all know the importance of protecting our skin and how to keep it sun safe. We all invest in SPF, scrubs and moisturisers to help maintain the best looking skin possible, but we often forget about protecting our hair and scalp. Follow my quick guide to keep your hair looking, feeling and behaving at it’s best throughout the summer.
Step 1. Protect
Even if you’re not on spending your whole summer laying on the beach, your hair is still vulnerable to UV damage. UV rays act on the hair much like bleach and as a result can lighten the colour. If you’ve spent your hard earned cash perfecting your shade, that can be frustrating. UV rays can also damage the proteins in your hair, causing breakage and a brittle hair shaft. To help protect against this, spritz a sun protective spray through your mid-lengths and ends before stepping outside. For the convenience, and the gorgeous smell, I opt for L’Oreal Solar Defense Spray 125ml.
Step 2. Avoid Water Damage
Whether you’ll be dipping in a swimming pool filled with chlorine, or keeping it more natural with salt water at the beach, these water types can wreak havoc on your hair. Salt and chlorine can be very drying and with the added bonus of sun exposure added to the mix, it can lead to more than a few bad hair days. Now, I’m going to share with you the best piece of hair related advice I’ve ever been given. Your hair is like a sponge…it will absorb water, but only a certain amount. The trick is, to make it absorb the right type of water. Rinse your hair in a poolside shower BEFORE you get in the water. It can only absorb so much and the fact that your hair is already wet will act as a barrier to the salt or chlorine from being absorbed. Genius.
Step 3. Scalp Safety
Your scalp can burn, just like your skin, so it’s important to protect it as much as possible. Using the right shampoo before you step into the sun can help protect your scalp and provide UV protection. Try L’Oreal Solar Sublime Shampoo 250ml and EVO Ritual Salvation Care Conditioner 300ml
Step 4: Fight Frizz
We all know that sun + heat + humidity = frizz. Fact. Don’t stress though, there is a solution. Use a weekly conditioning treatment to strengthen your hair, close the cuticle and restore moisture. This will make it more manageable and less likely to frizz. Redken Extreme Megamask 200ml is a great option. Just leave on for 3-5 minutes after shampooing every 3 days and you’ll be set. When you are out in humid weather, make sure to apply a product that will create a barrier between your hair and the moisture in the air. I always recommend L’Oreal Tecni Art Liss Control + Serum 50ml.
Have you got any sun-safe tips to share? Pop them in the comments below. I’d love to hear them.