Summer is finally here and the heat has officially begun to wreak havoc on our hair! The heat, sun, sea salt and chlorine have our tresses looking dry and damaged. Dryness is the enemy to our hair, because it leads to breakage. At Rapunzel The Future of Hair, we have the steps needed to repair damage and prevent further harm to your hair during this season.
Tips to keep your hair hydrated, which in turn will allow you to retain length.
- Increase your washes and deep condition your hair after each wash. Instead of washing and deep conditioning once a week, increase it to 2-3x’s a week. Remember: water is moisture.
- Moisturize often. Moisture is the key step to maintaining the hair you have on your head and adding to it. Moisture is needed to avoid breakage and dryness. You should be moisturizing your hair with a water-based moisturizer (water should be the first ingredient listed on the label) twice a day. If you find your hair needs more moisture, you may choose to apply a moisturizer as often as three times a day.
- Wear protective styles. Opt for easy styles like naturally curly/braid outs, buns, pony tails, French braids, or a wig for protection against heat. These styles, with the help of a daily moisturizer, lock in moisture and prevent breakage, which will help to retain length.
- Beat Frizz. Frizz is caused by dryness, therefore; the best way to prevent dryness is to keep the hair moist.
- Air dry. Using heat too frequently during humid weather can really rob the hair of moisture leading to unnecessary dryness and breakage. Try to eliminate the blow dryer from your regimen as much as possible. Research shows that air drying dry hair is typically the best drying method for hair because the moisture just added to it by washing and deep conditioning will not be immediately depleted by intense heat (curling irons, pressing combs, blow dryers). Air-drying may take longer, but it is much healthier for your hair.
- Protect your hair when swimming at the pool or beach. Chlorine can be very damaging to both natural and chemically treated hair. If you’re hitting the pool frequently, chlorine can lead to breakage and splits ends. If your hair is color treated, beware of salt water. Salt water can make the color treated hair look dull or even change color if hair is exposed frequently. Always wash your hair after a dip in the pool/beach.
Remember to be proactive in your summer hair care to keep your hair healthy, moisturized and shiny.