It’s no lie, hair takes a beating during the summer, especially women’s hair. More time outdoors means increased sun exposure, humidity, and wind-blown chaos. When it comes to nourishing your hair and keeping it in great healthy hair care tips during this summer.
3 Best Healthy Hair Care Tips
№1 Protect Your Hair
Did you know that UV rays from the sun can damage your hair like they can your skin? Signs of sun damaged hair may include:
- Brittle and dry strands
- Split or broken ends
- Dull, dry texture
Just as you apply sunscreen to your body when spending lengthy amounts of times outdoor, so should you cover your head and hair with a scarf or a hat to protect it. In addition to preventing sun damage, a hat helps your head retain moisture and keeps longer locks, especially, from getting wind-blown and tangled. Bonus tip: After rubbing your body down with sunscreen, run your hands through your hair to give it a leg up against the sun too.
You also want to guard your hair against the chlorine and hard metals like copper found in pool water if you spend a lot of time swimming during the summer. It helps to wet your head prior to entering the pool because that can lessen the amount of chlorine your hair absorbs. And for blondes, prevent the green tint that often happens to your hair when repeatedly exposed to pool water and rinse with 1:8 ratio of apple cider vinegar to water after each swim.
№2 Eat for Your Hair
Do you know what vitamins and minerals play a role in keeping your hair looking beautiful? By modifying your diet to include more foods with nutrients like vitamin E and biotin in them, you can enhance not just your lovely locks but your skin and nails as well.
Vitamin E is best known for its powerful properties as an antioxidant which helps protect cells from oxidative stress and free radicals. When it comes to hair, vitamin E supports the protective barrier on the scalp which helps lock in moisture and balance oil levels. Consume healthy portions of vitamin E in nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, and pine nuts as well as in foods like avocado, mango, sweet red peppers, and sunflower oil.
Biotin, on the other hand, is actually part of the vitamin B family and is believed to support the structure of keratin, an essential protein that makes up your hair. Generate healthy amounts of biotin in your diet with foods including bananas, mushrooms, egg yolks, walnuts, peanuts, and legumes.
If you find yourself struggling with symptoms like unexplained hair loss accompanied by a poor immune system and frequent fatigue, you may want to talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter biotin supplements. These can accompany your existing diet and reinforce your body’s immunity and hair, skin, and nail health.
№3 Avoid Overwashing
With heat indexes rising all over the country, chances are it is fairly warm where you live. If you find yourself sweating more and more when you’re outside, the tendency may be to increase the number of times you are washing your hair. Experts agree that this can actually strip your hair of the critical oils it needs to protect your scalp and keep your strands healthy and strong.
Avoid overwashing your hair (i.e. every day) and wear loose hairstyles like messy braids or loose ponytails when venturing outdoors to prevent pulling at your hairline (which is already dry from the hotter temperatures). You also want to avoid blow drying your hair too much. Excessive heat exposure can make hair brittle and more likely to break as well as dry out your scalp.
One final tip for summer hair care is to take it easy on the brushing. Humidity, wind, pool and sea water can all make hair tangly and knotted. The urge to ferociously run a brush through your hair can actually do more damage than good leading to strand breakage and split ends.
When it is time to brush your hair, opt for a wide-tooth comb or paddle brush and only brush your hair when it is dry. Brushing in the shower when your hair is wet can actually result in more breakage since the hair shafts are weakened by moisture.