Everyone wants strong, healthy and youthful hair, but maintaining good locks in the peak of summer can be challenging. When the sun is beating on your head, you are in and out of chlorinated pools, and the salt water of the ocean is drying, maintaining your hair is hard. However, there are several tips on how to have healthy hair, even in the harshest of days. These tips are actually useful year-round.
Be Careful with Heat and Hot Appliances
Heat can be extremely damaging to your hair. Curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryer can often do more damage, long term. It can make your hair dry and brittle, causing breaks in the strands or split ends. Most people are not willing to give up on their hair appliances, so it is recommended to use a low or medium setting, instead of high. While it may take a little longer to get the desired effect, the long term implications of using high heat all the time will be reduced. Additionally, there are heat protectant products available that can help to reduce the damage to your hair, while still allowing you to have the desired look. These products essentially create a barrier between the tool and your hair to protect it and prevent damage, all while still curing or straightening your locks. [READ: How To Buy Best Wigs Online?]
Feed Your Hair
Your hair, just like your body needs vitamins, nutrients, and water to survive. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can actually help your hair.
There are plenty of fruits, vegetables, and vitamins that are healthy for your hair. If you are always on the go, a smoothie is a great way to get in those extra veggies, and help give your hair follicles what it needs to grow strong and shine.
You can also find different vitamin blends that are specifically made for hair health. These have just the right balance of essential nutrients that are found in:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Folic Acid
Wash Your Hair and Scalp
Overwashing your hair can be damaging, but under-washing your scalp is not healthy either. Hair needs a clean environment to grow strong and healthy. If your scalp is dirty and the follicles get clogged, this will slow down hair growth. Think about how unhealthy dredlocks look the next time you consider skipping the hair washing step of your shower routine. This is most important on days that you sweat a lot or spend time in a dusty, dirty environment.
Deep Condition Occasionally
Sometimes our hair needs more treatment than we can get from daily conditioning. When this happens, a deep conditioning treatment may be required. Deep Conditioning Treatments help moisturize and nurture our hair from the outside. Some products allow for treatment in just five minutes. Others need a half-hour to process. Be sure to read the directions before using. Leaving a product on your hair for longer than the directions state typically offers no additional benefits.
Wear a Hat
Hats and scarves can be beneficial when you want your hair out of your eyes and off your neck, but you don’t want to tie it up. Hair ties can be damaging to the hair when they are pulled out. A hat or scarf can be a nice reprieve from wearing it up day to day or if you will be at the beach and seeking shade on your head and face.
Get a Hair Cut
If you have dead, split, or damaged ends, it’s time for a haircut. Getting your hair trimmed allows for the strands not only to look healthier but also to absorb moisturizers that are applied.
Stress can actually make your hair fall out. It can also make your hair look worn out and drab. If you are particularly stressed, a massage may be an excellent choice to relieve tension and help your body to go to a relaxed state.