Who doesn’t enjoy long summer days? Unfortunately, our hair bears the brunt of our enjoying swimming and sunbathing. Salty water, summer breezes, and UV rays leave it brittle and dry and more prone to breakage. Heat degrades amino-acids that protect our hair from free radicals, which in turn destroy keratin. When the summer is over, we are left with dull, frizzy, and damaged tresses.
Fortunately, there are some tips that can help you repair the damage and restore the shine and softness to your hair.
After the end of the summer, you must have noticed that your hair has more split ends than usual. Do not worry – no drastic measures are required. Trimming your split ends is all that it takes for your hair to recover. You can even DIY at home.
Use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner
Ever since Procter & Gamble introduced the first modern shampoo as we know it today, shampoos have come a long way. The newest discovery concerning hair care products is that sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners are much gentler on your sun damaged hair. Although sulphates are great at what they do (which is eliminate dirt from your hair), they also eliminate natural oils that lock the moisture, leading to clean yet dry strands.
Benefits of argan oil
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, which have proven over time to be very beneficial in hair treatment. It is a perfect moisturizer. The oil penetrates deeply into hair cuticles and nourishes the hair, thus improving hair growth, fighting brittle hair, and rehydrating it. It is easy to use. You can opt for hair care products containing argan oil, or apply pure argan oil directly to your hair. Theorie hair products include some of the best argan-based regenerating hair treatments.
Benefits of shea butter
Shea butter is another great moisturizer. It has been used for centuries by the African people for its miraculous benefits in hair care. It is mostly used for dry and damaged hair as it moisturizes hair from roots to the very ends. Applying shea butter during summer will also protect your hair from UV rays and heat.
Cut down on using hair colourants
Whatever you do, never dye your hair during and immediately after summer. The season itself is harsh enough, and you don’t want to put any unnecessary strain on your tresses. Hair colourants contain a list of harmful ingredients, such as alcohol, ammonia, and peroxide. Once your hair recovers a little bit, consider changing the colour with natural colourants and organic hair dyes, like henna, coffee, tea, or walnut.
Style your hair without heat
Heat is the one of the worst enemies of hair cuticles, so hair dryers, irons and rollers should be avoided whenever possible. Let your hair air dry instead, while the weather still allows it. There are some styling products and techniques that do not require heat. You can simply go for a natural look.
Home-made hair treatments
If you can afford high-quality products – excellent. But if you are on a tight budget, consider some home-made options. From DIY trimming, to hair styling, to homemade masks, the possibilities are limitless. You will be giving your hair the most natural treatment, plus your wallet will thank you for that. Once you try them, you will fall in love with home-made hair masks, as they can be made of virtually any ingredient you can find in your kitchen: eggs, honey, beer, olive oil, etc.
Restoring healthy hair takes time, but the results are worth the effort.
What will you do for your hair this autumn?
About the Author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie literature graduate who has been writing novels and short stories as long as she can remember. Her passion is makeup and she loves to spend her free time hiking and of course – make up shopping!
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