SUMMER HAIR? NO THANK YOU
Summer, that season of joy and happiness, where temperatures soar and humidity levels rise. These high temperatures play havoc on our hair and skin, as hormonal imbalances cause acne breakouts, body fluids such as sweat and oil collect on the scalp, clogging follicles and slowing down hair growth. How do we deal with this summers hair woes? Join me for a gross but informative list of natural solutions to summer’s hair woes.
Ways to get rid of oils and wrinkle natural hair
One of the main and most common hair problems is dealing with unwanted oils that result from either the scalp or skin’s natural sebum production, pollution, and other outside factors. To deal with this, I recommend trying the following: spraying a solution made from lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) and water on your hair before you shower. Before drying it should be washed out thoroughly. Doing things like wearing a scarf to bed or using a dry shampoo can also help eliminate petroleum-based oil build up that might contribute for as many hair woes in summer as it does in winter!
Tips on Heat Protection
One of the most difficult hair-related problems to deal with during summer is heat damage. Hair can look vulnerable and frazzled as it heats up. Luckily, there are a few simple things that you can do to make sure your hair stays healthy!
Tips on how to care for your hair this summer
Summer can be damaging to your hair in many ways. The best way to preserve the health of your hair is to limit how long you are in the sun, which is typically for an hour or two during peak daylight hours. When you do go outside, it’s a good idea to wear a hat for protection. Avoid high heat hairstyling practices that can dry out and damage your hair such as blow drying or flat ironing. It’s important that you drink plenty of water to stay properly hydrated and eat foods rich in omega-3s like nuts and seafood to keep skin and hair healthy from within.
Alternatives to sun quenching sprays
You will find our skin also requires some protection as we spend time in the sun. Here are a few DIY substitutes for sun quenching sprays that you can use on your hair and scalp to protect it from UV rays.
- Aloe Vera: Rubbing aloe vera on the scalp and hair provides instant protection from UV rays.
- Rosemary: Local, wet branches of rosemary have been found to lower the level of DHT, an enzyme responsible for thinning hair.
- Essential oils: Put lavender oil onto your head, massage gently and then wash out using lukewarm water; you will feel refreshed as it cools your head too.
Balding prevention and regrowth tips
Summer can be tough on your hair. Sweaty days and barbecues may lead to embarrassing bald patches or even more extreme cases of shedding. Summer is also the time when we are most active outdoors, which can compromise hair health in the event of ultraviolet (UV) rays and environmental pollution. We suggest June, July, and August should be filled with hydrating hair routines while giving your scalp a chance to repair itself. There are several things you can do to protect your scalp:
Some tips for regrowth include using hair oils to combat breakage and avoid harsh shampoos that create too many tangles and cause excess damage to your tresses; making sure you have a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week; and styling products that are rich in vitamins A, C, D, E and CoQ10.
Different Styles for Summer Hair Care
One stylist’s summer haircare strategy is to “shift low-maintenance styles towards atypical texture, while retaining the refreshing quality of a blowout.” This can come in many different shapes– meaning anything from roughed up porous curls to faux slicked back look. One fun style is Johnny Bravo: high fade bald, with a coarse but glossy pomade-crayon wax mix.
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.