Summer hair- care tips

ROKer and sweetheart, Sahar, asked for some summer hair -care tips, and after my recent dive into Argan oil and the Moroccan oil treatment, I thought it would fit quit nicely with a post on just that.

Hair protection is something I have to get better at. I’m known for being a sunscreen-Nazi when it comes to my face, but more or less always forget to add protection to my locks, which are also exposed to the damaging effects of UV radiation.

While hair does not get sunburned, it is still damaged by the sun, wind, salt water or chlorinated pool water. Exposure to these elements disturbs the otherwise smooth cuticle layer of the hair. As a consequence, the hair gets dryer, rougher and more brittle to the point of appearing straw-like. The hair’s color pigments are bleached out at the same time.

Top tips:

1. Nothing beats physical protection; so opt for a hat when you know you’ll stay outdoors for a while.  A broad brimmed hat will deliver protection to your face and décolleté as well.

2. Invest in a SPF containing treatment oil, or hair spray such as the Kérastase Soleil Huile Celeste £16.05(which I’ve stolen from my mother and used on and off when on holiday) and Moroccanoil oil treatment £30.45 (Reviewed here) as sun bleaches natural and artificial hair colors alike.

3. Try switching to a sulphate free or milder shampoo such as Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash £6.95, which also makes a great travel product as it can be used as both shampoo and a body wash.

4. Limit swimming in the ocean and pool-water. Seawater or pool water can be pretty hard on hair. After a swim in the ocean, salt crystals may form in your hair and increase the damage to your hair. The crystals work like tiny burning glasses, which bundle and focus the sun’s rays. Whenever possible, you should therefore rinse your hair under a fresh water shower after a swim in the ocean. Pool water has its own hazards for hair. Disinfectants like chlorine or copper may turn blonde or grey hair green (yikes!)

5. Shower in warm or if you’re very brave, cold water (!), as opposed to hot. Hot water dries skin and hair, adding to that summer hair- crunch you’d rather avoid.

6. Limit the use of hot irons, curling irons and blow dryers, which all have damaging and drying effects on hair.

7. Use a moisturizing hair mask regularly to add shine and protection. I like Redken all soft heavy cream £17.25, or you could try Kérastase Masque Uv Defense Active £22.25, if you color your hair.

8. Leave your house with a hair mask treatment on to add continuous moisture and protection during your day at the beach.

9. Opt for hairstyles such as braids, or knots to shield hair, and protect split ends.

I'll leave a link to a youtube video of how to make your own, done by Kristin&Lauren HERE.

10. Eat healthy! I’ve touched upon the use of antioxidants a number of times now, and it seems that they don’t only help our skin stay young and guarded, but do the same for our hair. Eat foods rich in vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene. Examples include: berries, spinach, kale, broccoli, nuts, avocados and apricots.

For more skin and hair food tips visit my posts on the 10 best spices for your skin, and antioxidants.