Summer is the favorite time of year for many of us. What more could you want from life? Unfortunately, this time of year is not so popular with our hair... The effects of harmful external factors such as heat, sunshine, wind, salt or chlorinated water are definitely not to the hair's liking. The same goes for lack of UV protection and proper hair care, which unfortunately everyone forgets to do. The sleek look keeps gaining popularity because it is elegant, slimming, and sexy.
Hair exposed to the sun dries out very quickly. The heat and sunshine cause the cuticles to split open, causing the hair to lose moisture quickly. When this weakened hair is exposed to the unkind wind and salt water the smooth and shiny hair may turn into a broom after a week of beach vacations and the carefully groomed hair color may fade.
Now that you know how summer affects your hair, try to give it some holiday comfort. The simplest solution is to shield your hair from the sun's rays. A light hat or an airy scarf will do them good. As for sea bathing, here the best solution would be... a swimming cap. But if you're not that determined, simply rinse your hair in fresh water after getting out of the sea, dry it gently with a towel and let it dry, preferably in the shade.
Hair on Vacation
During your daily walks, not only on vacation, it is most beneficial to put your hair up in buns, ponytails or braids. This reduces the amount of sunlight your hair is exposed to. Another advantage of such hairstyles is that they are natural and don't require straightening or curling irons. Your hair will rest from the daily "torture" and your suitcase will be lighter. If you must use a hair dryer, take your time and dry your hair with a cool breeze. If you can't do without waves or curls, roll your hair on curlers or use a hairpiece for a change - it's a much less strenuous way to get the hairstyle of your dreams.
Cosmetics are our trusty ally in the fight for beautiful hair. The first rule of thumb: Only cosmetics with sun protection should be purchased for the summer. This applies to shampoos, conditioners and styling products.
Long-term and frequent colouring of your hair, daily blow-drying, straightening and curling, improperly applied perms and inadequate care are bad for your hair. They damage and destroy their structure. They make your hair dry, brittle, tangled, clumped and falling out. It lacks shine, bounce and softness. What can you do to save your damaged hair? And is there any rescue for such extremely damaged hair?
Of course, there is a rescue for extremely damaged hair. But what you need to know is that when your hair is in really bad shape, there is no such thing as an instant fix. It's going to take a lot of work, time and patience to restore damaged hair to a healthy condition. But if you approach the subject carefully and take it seriously, after a few weeks you will start to see the first results, which will certainly motivate you to continue the fight for healthy and beautiful hair.
Step 1: A visit to the hairdresser
First of all, the most damaged part of your hair needs to be cut off. Unfortunately, you can't avoid it and even if you start the regeneration process without cutting your hair, the most damaged parts will sooner or later break off by themselves. Therefore, visit a hair salon at the beginning of the fight against damaged hair. You can have the entire damaged area cut off right away, or if you're really worried about changing the length, cut your hair a few centimeters shorter and make another appointment after a month.
Step 2: Give up what is damaging your hair
Surely you are able to identify what is really causing damage to your hair.
At least for a while, until you manage to restore the health and good looks of your hair. Otherwise, the whole plan of hair regeneration and restoration, will have no chance of success and despite your efforts, you will not achieve the desired results and the effect will be far from satisfactory.
I guess it may not be easy. A few years ago I was faced with the dilemma of what to do with my already damaged hair, which had been bleached and straightened for several years. I decided to stop bleaching my hair, cut it down considerably, and started to cover my roots with natural vegetable hair dye. I also gave up on straightening and let my hair curl naturally, pinning it up until the curl started to feel nice (dry, crushed and weak hair has a weaker curl and frizzes a lot) and I was able to start letting my hair down. This way I went back to my natural hair color and forgot about the straightener altogether.
Step 3: Gently Washing
If you don't have to, don't torture your hair by washing it every day. Check the labels and ingredients of the shampoos you use to wash your hair. At least for a while try to stop using shampoos with SLS and SLES and replace them with ones that contain milder washing agents.
Step 4: Forget Heat
Washing your hair in very hot water, blow-drying it, straightening it and styling it hot with a curling iron - your hair does not like it. And even if you use products, which are supposed to protect your hair from the heat, you are still damaging it. So skip the blow-dryer and let your hair dry naturally. If you can't always afford it, blow-dry your hair in cooler air in batches, letting it dry naturally in between, and use heat-protecting products. Rinse your hair with lukewarm rather than hot water and if you really want curls, use curling tongs instead of a curling iron.