To put it simply, healthy hair is hydrated hair. As the weather gets warmer and you spend more time out in the sun, ocean or swimming pools, you’ll need to put in some extra effort to keep your hair moisturized. After all, dry hair not only breaks easily, but it has a dull, coarse appearance. Spring and summer should be your chance to show off your healthy, shiny and silky locks.
Up to 85% of women in the US use some type of chemical processing on their hair such as color, a straightener or other type of treatment. If you combine this with the harsh environmental factors of summer such as wind, sun, saltwater and chlorine, you have a bad recipe for your hair. Here are some tips to ensure your hair stays hydrated and healthy in the sun:
- Protect Your Hair: Just as you put SPF on your skin to avoid UV damage, you also need to consider protecting your hair. You can choose to spray your hair with an SPF product or put on a hat for ultimate protection. This will significantly reduce the chances of your hair drying out while you play or relax in the sun.
- Rinse Well: Never forget to rinse after a swim in the ocean or pool. Salt and chlorine cause excessive drying of the hair shaft. In addition, copper particles in pool water can deposit into the shaft of blond hair, resulting in a yellow-green tint. Look for a shampoo for swimmers and choose a heavy conditioner.
- Go Natural: Spring and summer months are a great time to skip the blow dryer, even if it is just on the weekends. Give your hair a break and let your hair dry naturally. This will help your hair retain as much moisture as possible throughout the day.
- Limit Harsh Products: If you must color or highlight your hair, make sure you are letting a professional do it. There are effective ways to treat your hair that do not cause damage – it is worth the extra investment.
If you are concerned about the health of your hair, see your dermatologist. Remember that dermatology includes your skin care as well as your nails and hair. Olansky Dermatology Associates specializes in helping both men and women with the effective hair care they need through all stages of life.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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