Enjoy Great Looking Hair This Summer
Summer can really get busy with beach BBQ’s, impromptu picnics and sea or pool swimming. With all this going on it can be easy to forget to give your hair some care.
Your hair and scalp need to be hydrated and cared for and that doesn’t take much effort. Just a few steps and some science can give your hair the necessities of life to keep it looking healthy and strong.
The life of a hair strand
Your hair takes a beating from the wind, rain and the sun’s rays which affects the look and feel of your hair. The harsh sun’s rays can cause damage to your hair’s cuticles. The hairs you have are made up of inner cortex, which is full of protein and pigment and that is protected by an outer layer called the cuticle. When a cuticle lies flat then this usually means the hair strands are healthy, but the sun or heat that comes from styling tools often can result in raised and open cuticles. If this happens then UVA and UVB rays from the sunlight to penetrate the cortex which will result in dehydrating your hair.
The sun also acts as a natural bleach, which affects the protein in the hair, reducing its elasticity so that it can break more easily. That’s when the split ends start. But no fear, the right hair care can ensure you maintain a happy and healthy summertime style.
The use of hair conditioners and treatments work to smooth the cuticle layer of your hair strand and it adds moisture back into it. If you think your hair is feeling particularly delicate because of the sun, using essential oils found in conditions and treatments can be a great remedy. It is important that you condition the ends of your hair as often as possible as the ends are more prone to damage as it gets older.
If you have hair that is fine then it may require a lighter touch. Hair conditioners for fine hair offer protection from the sun and help to protect the cuticle from damage as it locks in moisture.
If you are going to be out in the sun for any length of time, your scalp can still suffer from irritation. If you have thinning hair and your scalp is exposed to the harsh rays of the sun, your scalp can become irritated and even burned from the sun. There are some leave-in conditioners that offer some UV protection but your best bet is to wear a hat or some type of protection from the harshness of the sun.
Laser hair therapy is a great way to give your scalp an extra boost and if you suffer from thinning hair, laser therapy can for many individuals increase hair strength and encourage hair growth. This type of therapy uses cold lasers to stimulate the scalp and increase blood flow to the follicles. This can often help to assist your scalp in healing and it is this stimulation to the scalp and hair follicles that can make your hair grow more thick and healthy.
The summer months are the perfect time to experiment with your hairstyle. Whether you are going to a festival, hitting the beach, or just throwing a BBQ with friends, there is a lot you can do with your hair. Whatever you do, try to minimize the heating elements you use on your hair. That means curling or flat irons and blow dryers. On a daily basis, that heat can damage your hair. Today there are a number of hair products that you can use to create nearly any look but you want to use quality products that won’t rob your hair of its moisture.
We all love to spend time outside this time of year and with a little care, we can enjoy our time with friends or doing our favorite activities and have hair that is healthy and looks great.
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