While you’re having a grand old time this summer-lounging on the beach, dipping in the pool or playing your favorite outdoor sport-your hair is not. Summer is the season of fun in the sun for you. For your strands? Every day is a battle.
Heat, air-conditioning, chlorine and salt water all do a number on the health of your hair. That means your regimen should be altered throughout the summer season to help tresses handle the elements. Here are a few ways to protect your hair from damage from celebrity hairstylist Sean J. of the Juan Juan Salon in Los Angeles, CA.
Be wary of water
“If you are going into seawater often or swimming in pool water, you should defend your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine,” says Sean. He recommends applying a conditioner to hair prior to swimming, to lock in moisture and keep hair sheltered from the chlorine and salt water. If you have blonde hair and notice a greenish tint after swimming, “tomato juice will get rid of any green discoloration from chlorinated hair.”
Block the sun
You coat your skin in sunscreen during the summer, so why not protect your hair with sun defense as well? “It is a excellent way to prevent damage, as well as prevent your scalp from burning. Quite a few product lines supply a sunscreen to defend your hair,” says Sean. Try Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray SPF 16 ($30), which is water-resistant and will protect your hair and scalp from damaging UVA and UVB rays. But remember, if you are out in the sun for an extended period of time, this needs to be reapplied throughout the day, just like your regular sunscreen. So toss it in your beach bag.
Drink Lots of water
“It’s cliché, but drink lots of water-it is a great way to make sure you are hydrated and a fantastic way to make your hair and skin glow,” says Sean.
Moisturizing remedies for your hair
If hair is feeling dry and brittle, use a homemade rinse. Grab some apple cider vinegar and combine it with herbs such as lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, lemon verbena or rose water to eliminate or mask the vinegar smell. Then, combine one-cup water and one-cup of your vinegar concoction with a handful of mint leaves. “Bring all of the elements to just a boil, strain and put into a jar. After that, basically lather it onto your scalp and all through your hair and leave it on as a refreshing mask,” says Sean.
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