Spending time outdoors in the summer is inevitable, since you want to soak up as many of the not-so-endless days as possible. But while the sun, surf, and pool are favored activities, they have a less-than-desirable effect on your tresses. Here’s how to combat the elements so that you can retain a healthy head of hair under your sun hat.
Get A Trim: This rule is particularly important for those with long and/or color treated hair — especially all of you blondes out there. Ditching the split ends can make it easier to maintain a healthy head of hair, as they will only get worse when your tresses are dry. There’s no need to lop off three inches. Simply dusting off the ends can have a big impact.
Take Advantage Of The Sun: Use the sun to your advantage by slathering on a deep conditioning treatment and allowing the warm rays to give you a deep, intensive treatment for your parched tresses. Just think of it as Mother Nature’s version of a pricey in-salon service.
Dampen Before Taking A Dip: If you head straight into the pool or ocean with dry hair, the chlorine and salt water can damage tresses faster because the hair is thirsty and porous. Instead, saturate your hair with tap water first before combing through a generous amount of conditioner from root to tip.
Apply A Sun Protectant: There are several UVA/UVB hair protectants on the market that are designed to protect locks from damage and faded color even when the hair is wet.
Shampoo Less Frequently: It can be tempting to shampoo your hair daily due to the fact that hair is greasier in the warmer months. Instead, limit your suds sessions to every other day — less if you can pull it off — to prevent drying out your strands. Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner so you’re not stripping the hair any further. Stock up on dry shampoo to keep your hair fresh in between washings.
Shield Your Mane: Experiment with a chic head scarf or wrap or sport a wide-brimmed hat (also beneficial for protecting your face) to provide additional protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
Banish Green Chlorine Hair: Rinsing your hair with fresh, lukewarm water each and every time you get out of the pool can eliminate blondes from obtaining that dreaded green tint. What causes color to go green? It’s the oxidized metal particles (think copper and iron), not the chlorine itself. Next, wash your hair with a shampoo designed for swimmers — it should contain chelating ingredients or EDTA to help break down and remove the metals. Just make sure not to overdo it as this formula can cause dryness. Alternatively, you can go the natural route by making your own DIY concoction comprised of a ½ cup white vinegar and tomato or lemon juice. Work through hair, wait ten minutes, then rinse. For more protection: sport a swim cap or apply a silicone-polymer conditioner to the hair before swimming, to prevent copper particles from attaching themselves to the hair.
Try a Supplement for Hair: Despite your best efforts to protect it, your hair can become damaged from the sun’s UVA rays over time. Sun exposure can cause dry, brittle hair, and split ends. You may even notice some thinning or frizziness. What to do about it? At this point, your best bet may be a supplement which works from the “inside out” to build and strengthen hair. Clinical studies have shown that BioSil® increases hair volume (diameter of hair shaft) 12.8% and strengthens hair by 13.1%*†‡.