Hair has been a passion of mine since I was a kid, I love everything about it; the way you can express who you are by the style or colour of your hair. I love that no ones hair is the same and the happiness you can bring to someone by giving them good hair. One of the foundations of having good hair is to look after it and make it as healthy as possible. That is why I have come up with some tips to look after your hair and scalp now that the summer seems to be well and truly on it’s way.
1. Wash Less
One of the most common misconceptions is that hair, especially greasy hair needs to be washed every day. This isn’t the case and can actually strip the hair and scalp of natural oils, making your hair and scalp greasier as it starts stimulating an additional production of oil.
To try and stop your hair and scalp of becoming oily, wash around twice a week and rinse with cooler water. Doing this will close the pores on the scalp, close the cuticle of the hair and lock in moisture, making your hair and scalp look and feel it’s best.
2. Reduce Heat
Heat is awful for your hair, although everyone uses it – including myself. If you are going to use heated appliances on your hair make sure it isn’t regularly and that you use a great heat protection to protect it from scorching.
If going out and about in the hot sun make sure you are doing everything to protect your hair and scalp from the harmful rays. You can do so by wearing a hat or using a deep conditioner with an SPF, both will help protect your hair from damage and your scalp from getting burnt.
3. Limit Chlorine Damage
When summer arrives we all want to get in the pool, whether it be while on holiday, a lido or the local swimming baths we can’t help but go for a dip. Chlorine can be highly damaging to the hair, especially dry hair as it sucks it all up like a sponge and can leave the hair feeling straw like. A good way to prevent this is to give your hair a good rinse before entering the pool as it limits the amount of chlorine that’s absorbed into the hair.
Another thing chlorine can do is give a green tinge to dyed hair, especially blonde hair. Try to avoid this by rinsing hair before going in the pool, wearing a swimming cap and getting a good shampoo to get rid of the chlorine afterwards. Apparently tomato ketchup also works on neutralising the colour, but I haven’t personally tried it!
4. Drink More Water
Water is good for you in general and I encourage everyone to definitely drink up. Water is not only vital to keeping our bodies and organs healthy but it is also a vital ingredient in keeping our hair and scalp healthy.
The water hydrates you hair and scalp meaning less dry flakes with gorgeous shiny, manageable, healthy hair.
5. Eat Hair Healthy Food
You don’t have to change your whole diet but adding a few things like avocados, seeds, green leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes can not only do wonders for your own well being but also, do wonders for your hair. They can help make it stronger, healthier and promote hair growth.
6. Tackle Problems Head On
One of the major problems most people encounter in the warmer weather is dandruff, which is created by the heat and humidity in the air. It’s easy to tackle with a treatment shampoo – I personally love Neutogena T Gel Shampoo, it doesn’t smell all too great but it really tackles a lot of scalp problems.
Try to keep your scalp and the back of your neck cool during the summer months by wearing your hair up and not adding a lot of product. This will stop your head from sweating as much and should help with any problem scalp issues that may arise.
Another thing to tackle is sunburn on the scalp which we touched on a little in tip 1. A lot of people suffer with thinning hair, hair loss and male pattern baldness, all of which can make your scalp open to the elements. In the summer a sunburnt scalp doesn’t look good nor does it feel good.
An SPF spray or cream suited for the scalp would work perfectly for helping to deal with sunburn in this area. This will stop the sun from damaging your scalp, destroying the fragile hair around and causing awful sunburn.
Some people might want to take a look at hair restoration procedures which can help protect their scalp more long term as well as bringing back some confidence that they may have previously had. Although like I’ve mentioned before an SPF is still a good option.
Do you have any other tips you could add to keeping your hair and scalp healthy throughout the summer? I would love to hear them!