A healthy mane of full and flowing locks is the ultimate accessory, especially during the summer months. But be warned when you’re on your hols, over exposure to sunlight and swimming pools will damage your hair causing dreaded split ends and making it dry and unmanageable.
There are loads of things you can do to make sure you take care of your locks and enjoy frolicking in the sun, instead of hiding away in the shade this summer.
Go for the chop
It’s a great idea to get your hair trimmed before the summer heat sets in. Whether you’re off on your jollies, or staying put. The sun adds extra damage to hair that is already dry, so removing the dead ends will set you up in much better shape for the coming weeks.
Let the sun and the salty air do it’s worst over the summer and then go for a second trim. Your hairdresser will refresh it and fix it up ready for autumn.
Where are you going?
The closer to the equator you’ll be when you jet off, the sun is likely to be much more intense. If your hair is coloured, this spells bad news because it will dry it out and oxidise the colour.
You’ll also need to consider that a change in atmosphere can easily change the texture of your hair. Work with it on holiday and protect it as soon as possible.
Protect from UV
You’ll wear sunscreen on your skin when you sunbathe to prevent it from burning, even more health risks… so why not use UV protection on your hair? There are loads of products out there to block the rays from damaging your delicate locks, from shampoos to leave-in conditioner. Scour the shelves and you shall find!
I’m not joking, you need to start in the shower so choose a super hydrating shampoo and conditioner to give your hair the nourishment it needs.
Take extra care
Hair is infinitely more fragile when it’s wet, so don’t be tempted to just rip a comb through it to detangle. Give it a spritz with some detangling spray and use a wide-toothed comb to glide through your hair. This will stop you breaking and snapping the strands and keep your hair looking sleek and shiny.
Pull it back
In the heat, especially if you have long thick hair, you’ll want to pull it back off your face and lift it up off your neck. This is great until you learn that if your hair is already damaged, this can cause even more breakage,
Aim for a loose bun or ponytail and alternate your style from day to day. Wear it high one day, and low the next to minimise the stress on the same strands. Hershesons have a huge range of clips, tricks and tips to keep your hair looking full and healthy whatever the weather…
Try to wear it down at night and never tie it up with hair band when it’s wet. Use a hair clip to twist it up on the top of your head it it’s too hot. This looks cute and prevents breakage at the same time!