Southern summer humidity is not kind to hair. Neither are pool chemicals, salt water, sunshine and the 50 different ways we devise to pull our hair up to cool us down during the summer. Simple things, like the way we brush, type of brush used and how hair is pulled back plays a huge role in how many split ends we have and how frizzy our hair will be today. Use these summer hair care tips to keep your tresses smooth, shiny and healthy.
Start the summer off with a hair trim to get rid of any dry, split ends that may have developed over the winter. Opt for an easy-care summer hairstyle that requires no-heat (or at least minimal heat) for styling. Hair is exposed to a lot of harsh elements and chemical during the summer, so the less styling heat needed, the fewer split ends you’ll develop.
Brush This Way
The old school ‘one-hundred strokes’ a-day hair brushing technique is not justifiable and can even damage hair if brushing is done improperly. Don’t start at the top of head when brushing, this applies pressure to the hair strands and causes breakage. To prevent breakage, gather a small section of hair at mid-shaft and gently brush out the ends first. This will remove tangles and styling products without putting undo stress on hair. Brush ends all around the head, then start at the top and gently brush downward.
A paddle brush has rounded bristle tips that are spaced farther apart than most brushes, making it gentler on hair and the best choice for medium-to-long hair. A natural bristle boar’s hair brush is great for medium-to-short hair and always use a wide-toothed comb (regardless of hair length) on wet hair.
Up and Over
Scrunchies, gator clips, elastic bands and various pins and clips are used to pull hair up and over our heads. Those needed hair care items also place stress on the hair and will cause breakage and splitting if not used properly.
Opt for styling aids that don’t have metal clips that can get caught in hair and break individual shafts. Use fabric-covered scrunchies and apply a small amount of your favorite conditioner right where it will be located. Hydrated hair is less likely to split or break.
Sun exposure damages hair much like it damages skin, so protect hair with an thin application of condition or sunscreen when spending time outdoors. After swimming, rinse hair and apply conditioner as soon as possible to help prevent split ends and frizzy hair.