There is no denying that summer is the season for sunbathing, swimming and beaches, especially after being stuck in quarantine for months. But let’s not forget to protect our hair from the million harmful effects of the sun, chlorinated water and salty water.
1. The Sun.
The sun doesn’t only harm your skin but it also harms your hair. When your hair has an extended exposure to the sun, the ultraviolet A-rays (UVA) and the ultraviolet B-rays (UVB) can damage the cuticle which is the outside cover of the hair strand.
The damage can come in the form of split ends, dry strands, thinning, discoloration or frizziness. Also, damaged hair has a dry feel to it and is unmanageable.
The best way to protect your hair from the sun is by wearing a hat or a cap. But if it is too hot for that you can easily use a leave-in conditioner with SPF that works exactly like a sunblock but for your hair.
2. Chlorinated and Salty Water.
The Chlorine in the pool strips the hair of its natural moisturizing oils which causes the hair strands to dry out and crack leading to loss of shine, breakage and split ends.
And the salt found in sea water attracts more water to your hair which then forms more salt crystals that dries the moisture from your hair causing it to be dry, brittle and fragile.
The best way to protect your hair from chlorine and salt is to use olive oil or coconut oil. They are really effective at coating your hair with a protective layer so, the chlorine and salt don’t come in contact with it. They are also great for reinforcing sebum produced by the scalp and nourishing the hair. But if you have blonde hair whether it’s dyed or natural it’s better to use coconut oil seeing as olive oil can be harmful for your hair.
Make sure to take care of your self this summer and Stay Safe!!!
By Sara Goda.