You may be nearing the summer getaway you’ve been planning since the start of the year, or your human resources department has scheduled an activity-filled company outing. You’ve got it all prepared, from the right amount of sunscreen you’ll be wearing throughout the trip to the swimsuit you’ve been itching to wear.
However, you may be neglecting an important part of your body that needs protection from the heat of the sun and the chlorine-filled pools: your hair. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep it fresh and damage-free during your summer activities.
When you get to your destination, you want to make the most out of it by immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the area. Unfortunately, this also means that you have to brave the sizzling heat. The sun’s UV rays can damage the protective layer of your hair and cause your locks to dry out and become brittle. Plus, a dry scalp creates flakes that appear visible on your hair. Prevent sun damage by wearing a hat on your trip. For extra protection, use a natural dandruff shampoo to minimize the appearance of flakes.
Taking a Dip
There’s nothing like taking a dip in a pool during a hot summer day. However, chlorine from the pool can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving you with weak and rough strands. It also causes discoloration for both natural and dyed hair. Apart from showering before taking the plunge, apply some coconut oil to your hair. The Hair Professionals Career College says that the oil acts as a barrier against pool water, minimizing the chlorine your locks absorb. Once you get out of the pool, rinse and shampoo your hair immediately to keep it fresh and moisturized.
Trying Out a Sport
You’re bound to get your hair dirty when playing summer sports, especially if you’re the kind to go on triathlons. While tying your hair is a necessity, knotting it too tightly may result in mild hair loss, and in some cases: headaches. Consider lowering your ponytail or using a headband to free up your strands. If you find that your long hair is just way too hot for your liking, it’s time to cut it shorter. While your new look will take some getting used to, the benefits of having a fresher and more manageable scalp are worth it.
Having little to no access to running water for showers is one of the biggest challenges of camping out. Because you don’t have the time or resources to shampoo your hair, you could end up with a greasy and icky scalp. Luckily, you can MacGyver your way out of oily hair by applying some baby powder to your roots. Not only will it control grease, but it will also keep your har fragrant during your stay with mother nature.
Your summer vacation won’t be as enjoyable if you end up with dry and frizzled hair. Moisturize and protect it as much as you can. It may seem like a lot of effort, but at least you won’t be fighting frizzled and dry hair with a comb when you finally get home.