Friday, July 26, 2013

Keep Your Hair Healthy and Beautiful All Summer



Spending a day at the beach, the pool, or a back yard BBQ is a favorite summer tradition, but what is it doing to your hair? Heat from the sun dries hair out and overexposure to UV rays breaks down proteins in your hair making it more brittle and more likely to break. Not only can the sun damage hair strands and ends, it can also damage the follicle itself. Salt water and the chemicals in pools can create buildup on your hair that, in time, will cause it to break or shed. But don't worry!  There are quite a few practically effortless ways to reverse these concerns.  If you're like me, you really love being out in the sun so...

Here are some tips to keep your hair healthy and beautiful through the summer:
  • Wear a hat while outside to avoid the damage caused by heat and UV rays. 
  • Use a UV protectant. You use SPF on your skin to protect from UV rays, but did you know the same protectant you use on your skin can also protect your hair? A great way to protect your hair on the go is to mix 3 teaspoons of your sunscreen, preferably SPF 25, with 3 and a half cups of water in a spray bottle and shake until well blended.
  • Wet your hair thoroughly before getting in the water to minimize the amount of chlorine or salt your hair absorbs.
  • Use a protectant such as coconut oil to help minimize chlorine penetration and keep your hair moisturized.
  • Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner along with a protein treatment to lock moisture in your hair
[photo courtesy of glamour, source: hairfin]

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