May 9, 2019
Summer is truly a magical time of year. From long days at the pool to evenings at a backyard barbecue, we love the warmer weather. However, one thing we don’t love about summer is dry, brittle, frizzy hair. If you know the struggle, here are a few things you can do to combat summertime hair concerns!
Damage from Chlorine
An excessive amount of chlorine will be detrimental to your hair, especially if you’re blonde or a lighter shade. Damage is not caused by chlorine alone. Other chemicals like bromine are used in swimming pools to keep the water sanitized. While not everyone may end up with green hair after swimming, chlorine is still damaging, especially over time. If you notice significant hair breakage during the summer, chlorine is probably the culprit.
You can do any (or all) of the following to protect your hair from pool chemicals:
- Use olive or coconut oil to nourish your hair if you’re swimming regularly.
- Wet your hair with non-chlorinated water before swimming.
- Use a leave-in conditioner while swimming.
- Wear a swimming cap.
As you’re putting sunscreen on your skin, don’t forget about your hair. The UV rays can be just as damaging, affecting the keratin of your hair. This will cause it to be weaker, and the color to fade more easily. To protect your hair against the sun, avoid spending excessive amounts of time outside between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. This is when the strength of the sun will be the strongest. When you do go outside, wear a hat or other protection to block the UV rays from reaching you directly.
Those who have any amount of curl in their hair know the woes of trying to struggle through frizzy hair. This gets especially bad during the summer months with an increase of humidity. This takes away the smoothness of your hair, causing problems with the additional moisture.
Instead of weighing your hair down with an excessive amount of products, look for the right ones. Try a lightweight, serum, mousse, or anti-frizz spray to straighten out this problem.
Your hair doesn’t only suffer outdoor damage in the summer. When the air conditioner is blasting day in and day out, it can dry out your hair and skin. Make sure you’re not overdoing the AC and keep on top of moisturizing those locks. You can do this with leave-in conditioner, serum, and hair masks!
Want to Learn More Hair Hacks?
At Avalon School of Cosmetology, we can teach you how to prevent hair damage and much, much more! Contact us to learn more about our cosmetology, esthetics, and student instructor programs. We also offer advanced training in makeup, hair extensions, and eyelash extensions. Get in touch with us today to get details about the application process!