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Summer Hair Maintenance Tips

The summer sun can be damaging to your hair. Your summer hair needs moisture and many oils to keep it shining, full bodied, and healthy.When exposed to the  sun, your summer hair can be robbed of these and it can cause a lot of damage.

It is vital that the proper preventative steps be taken to ensure that your summer hair does not get damaged. There are many ways to prevent the sun from drying out your beautiful summer hair. If you’re in the sun for long periods of time, you can cover your hair up with a scarf or hat. This keeps your summer hair safe from the sun, but make sure whatever hat you are wearing is not too tight so as to cut off your circulation.

If you do not have a hat to wear, try putting some leave-in conditioner with sunscreen in your hair before going outside. However if you’re outside and don’t have leave-in conditioner with sunscreen in your hair, you can just put regular sunscreen in your hair. Just be sure to rinse it out when you return home. You can also help your summer hair stay healthy and hydrated by rinsing it in warm or cool water instead of hot water. Your hair needs to be refreshed with moisture, especially during the summer, and the most refreshing is with warm or cool water. Staying hydrated during the summer is not only important for your summer hair, but also for you as well. Be sure to drink enough water during the summer season! The happier and healthier you are, the happier and healthier your summer hair is. Hairboutique.com has some more tips on how you can protect your summer hair!

Summer may bring glorious visions of natural highlights and long windblown hair.
The reality? Summer sun, spiraling hot temperatures and related humidity may damage your hair’s cuticle resulting in dry, drab, split, brittle or frizzy hair and ragged ends.

Sun exposure can be just as damaging to unprotected tresses as a super hot blow dryer.
All types (fine, medium, thick), textures (straight, wavy, naturally curly, coiled) and conditions (healthy, damaged) of hair can suffer from too much summer sun which can result in dryness, frizz and moisture loss.

Summer Hair Care Tips

Consider some of these basic tips for preventing unnecessary damage and having great summer hair:

1. Give your tresses a summer shampoo break

Shampoo less often to allow tresses to absorb natural oils. Or switch to more gentle cleansing methods which won’t dry out sun exposed strands. Opt for Conditioner Only (CO) or Diluted Shampoo (DS) washes.
Hair needs to be treated more gently during the summer. Consider switching to a more moisturizing and overall gentle shampoo formulas like Phytonectar, Phytojoba or similar.

When possible, finish with a cool to cold rinse to seal the hair cuticle and impart natural shimmer.

2. Go natural

During summer months when hair tends to be moisture deprived, limit use of hair chemicals (bleach, hair color, relaxers, chemical straigteners) as much as possible.

Depending on your hair type, texture and condition you may wish to consider avoiding hair care products which contain known ingredients (some forms of alcohol) which may be drying to some type, textures or condition of hair.

Consider switching to hair care products which are as natural as possible.

3. Back off heated hair styling tools

If you normally use hot styling tools (blow dryers, hot irons, rollers), give your hair a rest during summer months. Air dry whenever possible or opt for easy chic styles.

Braid damp tresses waves which create natural waves as the hair air dries. Play with half up/half down styles or Boho side braids.

If you’re attached to your blow dryer and can’t give it up, use a leave- in conditioner designed to protect your hair against dryer heat. When you do blow dry, dry on high heat.

Why? It’s actually much better to dry with high heat because you expose your hair to heat for a shorter period of time than you would if you used medium heat.

4. Amp up rinse-out conditioning treatments

When you cleanse be sure to apply a rinse-out conditioner appropriate for your hair, type, texture and current condition.

After towel blotting tresses apply a drop or two of a great leave-in product, like Phyto’s #7 or Phyto #9, to the palms of your hands. Rub hands together and then distribute leave-in products completely through your strands.

With these tips, you can enjoy a carefree and healthy summer! If you really want to try something new this summer, you can also get a shorter haircut. With shorter hair, you cut your hair maintenance in half! But even if you want to sport a lengthy look, with a little attention to your summer hair you can avoid damage and manage to keep it looking healthy.

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