In the peak of summer, most people tend to think of protecting only their skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays. However, our hair needs extra care and attention from the scorching heat too!
If you have no idea about giving your hair the extra love it deserves, you’ve come to the right place! Read on for some great tips on caring for your hair in summer.
Sport a Summer-Ready Hairstyle
A hairstyle that is easy to maintain and isn’t affected by the heat and humidity is best for summers. Avoid shaving off all your hair as doing so will only expose the delicate skin on your head to the sun’s rays.
Go for a short crop- it’ll allow heat to escape from the back of your neck and your scalp. A short hairstyle also makes rinsing hair easier and less time consuming.
If you don’t want to chop off your long locks, keep them tied up in a bun or ponytail.
Not just on your skin, but also on your scalp! The thin skin on your head is prone not only to sunburns but other skin problems including skin cancer as well. So be sure to apply sunscreen liberally on your scalp before stepping out in the sun.
If you have long hair, you will find it difficult to apply sunscreen on your scalp; however, your locks will protect your scalp from the strong sun rays. Be sure to apply sunscreen in the part and near the hairline carefully though.
Most importantly, use a hat to cover up your hair and scalp when you head out to prevent damage.
Shampoo As Needed
You are bound to be more active in summers and as a result, your hair is sure to get dirtier than it usually does in the other months. However, you don’t need to shampoo every day; shampooing more than is necessary can dry out your hair and scalp by stripping them of natural oils.
Stick to shampooing every other day or twice a week if you don’t sweat a lot. If your hair gets excessively oily and dirty, you can wash it every day using a mild shampoo.
Be sure to choose a shampoo that suits your hair type! If you’re not sure what works for your hair, buy small-sized packs or order free samples online to find the right shampoo for your hair.
Keep Your Hair Moisturized
Keeping your hair moisturized in summers is as important as it is in winters even if you have oily hair! The heat and humidity can suck moisture out of your hair, making it prone to breakage. What’s more, the salts in your perspiration can further damage your hair! Keeping hair moisturized will ensure that it stays put without becoming frizzy.
For oily hair, you can choose to use a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner. Alternatively, choose a light moisturizer and reserve the heavy one for winters. Also avoid applying conditioner right on to your scalp to prevent your head from getting messy in the heat.
Protect Hair from Pool and Sea Water
It’s easy to forget about protecting your hair from the elements especially when you’re engaged in activities you love. But pool water and sea water can do a lot more damage to your hair than you can think of, so remember to take extra care before you take a dip.
Rinse hair with clean water before going for a swim. Heading straight into the pool or sea can cause your hair to absorb harmful chemicals along with the water and you certainly don’t want that!
Do rinse your hair after a swim too; this will help wash away chemicals and salts and prevent hair damage.
Avoid Styling Products as Much as Possible
Most hair styling products are alcohol based and can strip your hail and scalp of moisture and natural oils. Furthermore, certain products like waxes and pomades leave behind excess oil residues which can be hard to wash away and can damage your hair.
If you must use styling products, opt for gels or hairsprays that are free of alcohol.
As a man, caring for your skin and hair might not come naturally to you. But with the tips given here, you now know that caring for your hair is easy. So get started on giving your hair the attention it deserves!