Caring for Your Aging Hair this Summer

Daniella Cressman
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I remember walking on the beach during a vacation to Hawaii, breathing in the refreshing ocean air and thanking my lucky stars that it was summer, only to be greeted by my frizzy reflection in the mirror when I walked into the bathroom: My locks were not responding elegantly to the humidity! If you’ve ever had hair mishaps during the sunny summer months, I’m sure you can relate.

THE TWO CULPRITS BEHIND HAIR DAMAGE: HUMIDITY AND WATER

You may be wondering why your hair is always so unruly in the summer: This is probably because you enjoy traveling to humid places that are right on the water whenever you get the chance to vacation, and why wouldn’t you? The atmosphere of the ocean waves crashing on the beach is one of romance, peace, and relaxation. It’s the perfect summer getaway.

Unfortunately, these types of climates can wreak havoc on your hair. However, all of your hair woes are actually avoidable, at least most of the time.

1. HUMIDITY

Humidity can be very hard on your hair, especially if your strands are on the dry side. You can easily prevent this issue by opting for deeply moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

2. WATER

Both salt water and chlorine can be very hard on your hair: They strip your strands of their natural oils, leading to an increase in breakage. If you’re a blonde, you may even find that your lovely golden locks turn a hideous shade of green after you get out of the pool. Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent this unwanted occurrence from taking place.

3 WAYS TO PRESERVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN LOCKS WHEN YOU GO FOR A SWIM IN THE POOL

Many blonde-haired beauties may be afraid to go swimming because they fear that they will walk out of the pool with green strands. Fortunately, there are several ways to remedy this issue. These tips are stylist-approved!

1. PREP YOUR TRESSES

Chlorinated water often contains copper compounds which bind to your hair cuticles and oxidize them, creating a sickly green hue. Thankfully, there’s an extremely simple solution to this issue: All you need to do is spritz some clean water on your hair before getting into the water. If your hair follicles are filled with clean water, it’s much harder for them to absorb copper compounds, chlorine, and other substances.

If you want to add an extra layer of protection, you may also want to incorporate a leave-in conditioner into your routine: All you need to do is apply it to your lovely golden locks and put your hair into a swimming cap before you jump into the pool!

2. SHAMPOO YOUR HAIR AFTER YOU’VE FINISHED SWIMMING

You’ll want to wash your hair immediately after you get out of the pool because your hair will likely get worse the longer the chlorine stays on it. Simply take a shower and wash your hair with a clarifying or deep-cleansing shampoo for the best results!

3. USE TOMATO PASTE, SAUCE, OR JUICE

Unfortunately, even the most cautious blonde beauties can sometimes experience green hair. If this happens, using tomato paste will usually reverse this effect. You’ll want to look in your kitchen for tomato paste, sauce, or juice. As long as you have one of these ingredients on hand, you’re set.

Directions:

  1. Soak your hair in something tomato juice, sauce, or paste for 5–20 minutes.
  2. Shampoo and condition your tresses.

This strategy usually does the trick, but if your hair is still not cooperating, it might be a good idea to take a quick trip to the salon. Don’t let anything ruin your summer fun though! It’s important to keep calm and carry on.

6 STYLIST-APPROVED TIPS TO CARE FOR YOUR HAIR THIS SUMMER

Julia Papworth, who has worked with the likes of Sarah Silverman, Cameron Diaz, and Elijah Woods has some amazing tips to tame your tresses while you’re enjoying vacations and sunshine this summer!

1. GET A TRIM

Hair does actually grow faster during the summer because your strands are in that particular stage, and getting a regular trim can truly work wonders. It will prevent split ends and breakage.

2. PROTECT YOUR LOVELY LOCKS FROM THE SUN

Who doesn’t love to spend a day lounging on the beach near the ocean or swimming in your favorite pool? You may enjoy the sun so much that you’d rather spend every day outdoors: That’s what the summer’s for, after all. Unfortunately, too much sun exposure can leave your hair feeling fried.

Sadly, the term “fried” isn’t just a figure of speech: According to dermatologist Jessica K. Grant, ultraviolet rays do “actually cook the hair shaft!” To make matters worse, dry hair is far more prone to frizziness.

Thankfully, there is a very straightforward way to remedy this issue. All you need to do is apply a hair care product that contains UV filters to your lovely locks every day. They’ll protect your beautiful strands from sun damage. If your hair is color-treated, applying these treatments will stop the brilliant hue of your hair from fading. This is an excellent habit to adopt during the hot summer months, because it will also protect your ears and scalp from damaging rays that could otherwise lead to skin cancer.

3. SWITCH TO A MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

It’s natural that you may be inclined to be a lot more active during the summer, taking long bicycle rides or going surfing if you live on the beach. You’ll likely end up washing your hair far more frequently as a result, and it’s important to ensure that your strands are sufficiently hydrated: A deeply moisturizing shampoo and conditioner should do the trick! You may also want to incorporate a clarifying shampoo into your routine once a week in order to clear up leftover buildup and chemicals on your scalp.

4. SATURATE YOUR STRANDS BEFORE YOU TAKE A DIP M

Many of us love to dip our toes in streams and rivers during the summer. If you live near the ocean, you may enjoy marine pastimes so much that you’re seldom on land! Unfortunately, certain activities can wreak havoc on your hair, especially if you don’t take certain precautions: Your strands absorb pool chemicals and salt water, which can leave you with unwanted breakage. Fortunately, the solution is quite simple: All you need to do is spritz a bit of water on your hair or apply some leave-in conditioner to your lovely locks before you go for a swim and take a quick shower after you’re done exercising in the water. If you’re in a pinch, you can always just bring a spray bottle with clean water in it to the pool and apply it to your hair when you’re finished with your swim.

5. SKIP THE HOT TOOLS

Hot tools such as blow dryers are damaging to your hair at the best of times, but your strands are particularly sensitive to them during the hot summer months. You’ll want to avoid using these tools whenever you can. Papworth recommends utilizing heat treatments once or twice a week at most.

Thankfully, you can still ensure that your hair will be dry by the time you wake up if you have to go to work in the morning: All you need to do is shower the night before and put your hair up in a low bun, a braid, or a ponytail before you turn in for the night. You’ll wake up with beautiful beachy waves and dry tresses! If you want a more professional look, you can add a thin headband or elegant barrettes to your sexy hairdo!

6. OUTWIT YOUR FRIZZ

Many of us have suffered from frizz over the years. It can be difficult to tame, particularly if you’re vacationing in an unfamiliar climate, but have no fear! Tackling frizz is actually extremely easy: All you need to do is apply one to two tiny drops of anti-frizz oil to your hair on a regular basis. Papworth recommends products that contain argon oil. Adding this easy step to your routine will also lead to silky smooth, shiny locks.

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT INGREDIENTS

It’s so much fun to go to the hair care aisle of a store and feast your eyes on the many items before you. As you do, it can be easy to get caught up in the myriad of styling and color options. While these are important, your health is essential as well. Certain products can contribute to issues such as hormonal imbalance and cancer later in life. We recommend practicing caution when shopping for hair care items. Here are several amazing wonderful brands that are free of harmful chemicals such as parabens:

While it’s ideal to avoid frizz, it’s also important to save yourself from experiencing unnecessary stress: In some cases, frizziness will occur, and it’s not the end of the world. If you’ve tried all the steps above and your hair is still a bit unwieldy, you may want to simply embrace it and opt for a fun and flirty side braid, a slick ponytail, or a carefree high bun. After all, summer is the time to embrace the freedom of expression and try out new things!

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