Tips to Protect Your Hair from the Hot Summer Sun

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The sun is out, the heat is on, and summer fun is in full swing. You can enjoy the warm weather without damaging your hair when you take a bit of time to protect your hair from both sun and water.

In fact, while you’re enjoying your time in the sun, your hair could be taking the brunt of the damage with faded color, split ends, and a dry, brittle texture. Here’s some tips to keep your hair safe and healthy without missing out on your summer fun.

Begin Summer with a Trim It’s a good idea to get your hair trimmed right as summer starts. This way, you get any dry, dead ends chopped off before the sun can damage your hair further. It’s also great to time it so that you can make it to the end of summer without a cut. Let the ocean, pool water, and UV rays beat up your hair before coming in for a fresh cut and deep conditioning.

Condition in the Shower If you’ve spent the day in the sun and forgot to protect your hair, there’s still time for some TLC. Make sure to invest in a good hydrating shampoo and conditioner. For styling products, opt for those with intense hydration. Make sure to use products free from harsh sulfates, parabens or sodium chlorine which can tend to weigh down your hair.

Always use UV-shielding Products You don’t hesitate to slap on the sunscreen before you go out in the sun. So why not protect your hair with as much care as you do your skin. There’s an array of products that are specifically designed to protect your hair from the harmful UV rays. If you’re unsure of what to use, our stylists can help guide you to the best products.

Spritz your Hair Before you go into the pool or ocean, spraying your hair with clean water can help protect by adding an extra layer of coating to your hair. This helps to keep out the damaging chlorine or salt water that will dry out your hair.

Brush with Care Your hair is most fragile when it’s wet so be careful after swimming to not brush your hair to harshly. Using a detangler and a wide-tooth comb will help to prevent breakage.

Use Strong Hair Bands It’s natural in the summer heat to constantly throw your hair into a ponytail or bun to keep your neck cool and the hair off your face. However, hair that is pulled too tight can tend to break easier. Believe it or not, pulling your hair back when wet is even worse. Instead, aim for loose bun and ponytails and always sleep with your hair down. If you change up the way you are wearing it – low one day, to the side the next, and even high the next day – it’ll help to not stress the same strands all the time.

Cover Your Head The absolute best way to protect your hair from the sun’s rays is to cover it. A scarf, a wide-brimmed floppy hat, a cowboy hat, and even a colorful turban can be used to cover your head and will give you a fashion forward look for daytime wear in the hot summer sun.

When you’re ready to get your hair ready for summer or just need some TLC for those locks, come on into Five Senses Spa & Salon. Our expert stylists can help you get the right products to protect your hair all summer long. Give us a call at (309) 693-7719 to book an appointment today. You can also visit us at: 7719 N. Grand Prairie Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615. Or better yet, book it through our mobile app! Our app is available through the Apple Store, Google Play, or Amazon.