You likely know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun when you’re out enjoying the summer weather. But what about your hair? Yes, your locks need some summer love too. Here are five summer care tips to protect your hair from the heat, sun and chlorine all season.
- Start the summer with a trim
The first step to keeping your hair healthy all summer long is to start off the season with strong strands that are free of split ends. However, don’t be surprised if you need another trim before the fall. Hair tends to grow faster in the summer because more strands are in their growing stage than during the cooler months.
- Shield your hair from the sun
The sun’s harsh rays can dry out your locks and quickly fade colour-treated hair. Make a habit of applying UV-protection products, such as a spray or leave-in conditioner, every morning. On days when you plan to spend a lot of time in the sun, be sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat. This will shield your hair from the sun completely and provide additional protection for your face, ears and neck.
- Wet your hair before swimming
Both chlorine and salt water can wreak havoc on your hair. The only way to avoid dried ends and tangled hair is to keep your head out of the water entirely. However, there are ways to minimize the mess if you want to take a dip. If you soak your hair in fresh water before you go swimming, the strands won’t be able to absorb as much of the offending water.
- Avoid styling tools
At least once or twice a week during the summer, give your hair a break from heat-styling tools such as blow dryers, flat irons and curlers. For an effortless style, wash your hair at night, separate it into two sections and braid both sides. When you wake up, you’ll have perfect waves without the heat.
- Don’t shampoo too often
While your hair might feel dirtier during the summer than other times of the year, it’s best not to shampoo more than once every two days. If necessary, refresh your hair with dry shampoo or simply pull it back into a sleek ponytail.
Your source for summer style
For more seasonal hair care advice, visit a Canadian Beauty College hair salon. Our medi-spa clinics also offer essential summer services like waxing and pedicures. And if you have a special event coming up, book an appointment with a makeup artist to ensure you look your best. Call us today to make an appointment or find out more about our exciting cosmetology programs.