After a hard winter, everyone looks forward to the warmer months. Maybe you have a beach vacation planned, or just spending more time out in nature enjoying the warmth of the sun. You may have spent the cooler months preparing your body for summer attire. But have you considered preparing your hair for summer? For most people, summer means a lot more activity and tons of fun, but it can be the hardest season for your hair. However, you can take some steps to help protect your strands from summertime damage. Here are five ways to help you get your hair ready for your summer excursions.
Protect Your Scalp from Sun Exposure
If you are going to be out in the sun, and particularly heading to the beach, your scalp needs protection. When you are outside, the scalp is most vulnerable as it can be exposed to the sun the most. Not only can the sun cause a dry scalp, but your scalp can also become sunburned. This can damage the roots. Sunlight is very good for your body as it helps raise your vitamin D levels and improves your mood. But too much sun exposure can harm your scalp. To protect your scalp this summer:
- Avoid direct sun exposure to your scalp as much as possible.
- Don’t go out without bringing a hat.
- Scarfs protect your hair from losing moisture and fading.
Use Hair Oils to Lock in Moisture
Hair oils are useful for helping your hair and scalp remain moisturized. The humidity and heat of summer can cause your hair to lose its luster and become limp and lifeless. Pay closer attention to your hair during the warmer months. Hair oils help lock in the moisture and provide the nourishment and conditioning your locks need. Here are a couple of tips for hair oiling during the summer.
- Use a high-quality hair oil like Lilyam’s Liquid Gold C+A.
- Don’t use hair products that dry out your hair. Choose appropriate shampoos and conditioners that soothe and nourish your hair.
- Go all-natural for hair care. Try a hair treatment of shea butter and coconut oil. Another great natural conditioning treatment is made by combining mayonnaise and egg.
- Let hair dry naturally. Drying hair too quickly causes the fibers to swell and contract.
Change Up Your Hairstyle
It can be extra work to style your hair during the warmer summer months. In the summer, split ends tend to grow faster, and hair is more easily damaged. Chlorinated water or beach water can cause hair damage. Wearing tight ponytails can lead to hair breakage. You might want to trim your hair a bit and wear a looser style for the summer. Loose braids can minimize exposure to the sun and wind and feel cooler when it is hot outside.
Your Diet Affects Your Hair
A proper diet and adequate hydration can help keep your locks lively in the summer. Actually, your diet can have just as much of an impact on your hair as the heat. During the summer, eat foods high in protein like yogurt, fish, and eggs. Eat a well-rounded nourishing diet to keep your hair healthy. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, your hair becomes starved for moisture. It may start to look dry, dull, and frizzy and all you need is to drink more water. Try to consume between eight and 10 glasses of water every day. Fresh juice and herbal teas are also hydrating.
Keep Your Hair Clean
Keeping your hair clean during the summer can help reduce dandruff and prevent scalp infections. When you are hot, your head sweats too. It’s exposed to more dust and dirt which makes it more prone to split ends, frizz, and dandruff. You may want to wash your hair more often in the summer to keep it clean. However, be cautious about washing it too much with harsh, drying shampoos.
Let Lilyam Hair Oils Help
Your hair needs to be nourished and cared for all the time, but in the summer, it may need a little more TLC. If you already use natural hair oils on your hair, you may consider using them more often for their nourishing, conditioning, and protective effects during the summer. If you haven’t oiled your hair before, now is the perfect time to start! Please contact us to learn more about our natural hair oils and how to use them. We can help you find exactly what you need to keep your hair gorgeous all summer long!