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Everyone loves the summer. It is a great time to chill at the beach, lounge in the pool, and spend as much time in the great outdoors.
You may be having fun achieving that sun-kissed skin complete with tan lines, but your hair tells a different story. By the end of summer, you'll notice how your hair has taken a beating from being too much under the sun. No doubt, the frequent exposure to chlorine and heat hasn't done it a favor.
It is time to say hello to dry, limp, brittle, and sun-damaged hair. But you can say goodbye sooner than expected and get your healthy and vibrant hair back. There are proven ways to revive your sun-damaged hair, and the best news is you can do most of it in the comfort of your home.
One of the first steps to bringing back your healthy hair is to trim your hair. Don't worry because, fun fact, your hair grows up to 15% faster during the hot summer months, so you can afford to trim your hair's dry and straw-like edges.
Letting your hair remain as it is can eventually lead to split ends and further cause hair damage. You don't have to chop off too much of your crowning glory. One inch off the ends is more than enough, and then you can kick-start a good routine for your sun-damaged tresses with a moisturizing shampoo and a hydrating conditioner.
Going to a professional can be a treat for you and your hair, but you can also re-hydrate your hair and scalp at home.
Imagine all the chlorine, sun, and water damage your hair had to go through during summer, plus all the hairstyling you exposed it to. This paves the way for lipid degradation and the loss of proteins and amino acids in your hair.
So don’t wait until the end of summer to replenish some nutrients and moisture back to your hair from the roots to the tips.
You can try nutrient-packed hair mask treatments like an avocado or coconut hair mask. These are packed with essential oils and shea butter that can make your dry and frizzy hair more manageable.
When sun-damaged, your hair is thirsty for hydration. You can help your tresses absorb more moisture by using the right kind of shampoo and conditioner.
The best ones contain nourishing oils like argan, coconut, and jojoba oils. Skip the hair care products that have parabens, sulfates, and other chemicals because they will add to the dryness of your hair.
At this point, remember that you need to protect your hair's natural oils and help boost their production. Keep in mind that shampoos are for your scalp while conditioners are meant for the length of your hair.
Do not over wash your hair because this can make your scalp and hair drying worse.
Salt and too much sun are not a winning combination. This can cause brassy and unpleasant hair, in appearance and texture.
One solution for this is to treat your hair to a full-color revamp. Some may think this is too much, especially in terms of the budget, so a hair gloss may be a friendlier solution.
A hair gloss is a semi-permanent coloring procedure that counteracts the damage to your hair. It reloads the shine, caps the ends, and makes your tresses slick again.
Your hair can only take so much heat, and heat styling can lead to significant hair damage. Give your hair a break from blow-drying, hair curling, or hair straightening.
In the meantime, use no-heat styles to keep your hair looking great. You can try leave-in conditioners and go to sleep to achieve those natural curls and waves in the morning.
You can also put some moisturizing hair spray, then put up your hair using claw clips so it can breathe and recover. If you can, try air drying and let your hair get its much-needed rest.
Having great-looking and healthy hair is everyone's goal, and you can enjoy your summer activities while still protecting your tresses.
Thankfully, there are plenty of solutions that you can adopt pre, during, and post outdoor activities. You can even make your summer looks more versatile by using hair extensions, caps, hats, and other protective accessories.