The three things that we love the most about summer are usually the same things that wreak havoc on our hair. Sun, water, and wind can really damage your hair if you didn’t take good care of it. Read below to learn how each of these factors can cause your shiny locks to look dull and dry and how to fix this issue.
How sun, water, and wind affect your hair?
UV rays damage hair lipids, so photodamaged hair is dry and dull, as sunlight damages disulphide bonds – the protein links that create elasticity and essentially “holds your hair shaft together”. In addition, color-treated hair, already deprived of its natural moisture is more likely to dry and become brittle after exposure to the sun. Hair devoid of natural lipids, is subject to static electricity, fractures easily and appears frizzy.
Each strand of hair is a complex, multi-layered protein that when aggravated by harmful sun rays can result in loss of natural pigment, dullness, or less elasticity.
Well, the obvious offender we always point to is salt (sea) water, but did you know that freshwater can also lead to damaged hair? Saltwater does have its beneficial elements like minerals and vitamins, but when working together with the previous hair enemy, the sun, it makes for a hair’s worst nightmare. Freshwater can also contain less than stellar hair results due to bacteria, dirt, or unwelcome microbes.
Chlorine is one of the harshest chemicals your hair encounters in the summer. While soaking in the pool, chlorine is damaging even the healthiest hair. When your hair is exposed to chlorine, it is stripped of its natural oils (you know, the ones that make your hair soft and shiny), and can cause your hair cuticles to break.
So that jump in the pool, without proper hair preparation, cools you off but leaves you with dry and brittle hair vulnerable to split ends and breakage.
Oh, and don’t forget your scalp. Chlorine exposure to your scalp can cause dryness, irritation, and excessive dandruff. And of course, those who have dyed their hair beware, chlorine quickens the fading process and strips hair color.
Oh how much we enjoy a good summer breeze playing with our hair. While we might look like a care-free with our hair whipping around, we’re actually creating tiny knots or snags which can lead to length damage later on, which in turn leads to more split ends. Oops!
How To Fix Dry Hair During Hot Weather?
1 || Wear Sunscreen On Your Hair
Hair, just like any other body part we religiously protect from the harmful UV rays during summers by the pool is widely vulnerable to the damage that comes from both the sun and extreme weather conditions. Create a protective barrier against the sun and maintain your hair color as well by considering CIIN’s lightweight, water-resistant hair sunscreen.
2 || Protect Your Hair Before Swim
A little treatment prior to jumping into a pool protects the hair and prevents the stripping of oils from your hair. Simply massage some coconut oil into your hair from the roots all the way down to the tips of your hair before swimming.
3 || Rinse Your Hair After Swimming
The laps are done, so it’s time to rinse off. Definitely make sure to take your first post-pool rinse as soon as you can. A short shower with a little bit of natural shampoo, like our Briogeo Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, will help rinse out any damaging pool chemicals and scalp buildup like chlorine.
4 || Switch To Moisture-rich products
Do your hair a favor and change your hair care products to shampoos, conditioners, and treatments designed to rehydrate those dry strands. After all, what works in December may not do the trick in the blistering heat of August. There are plenty of options out there. You can also try hair masks or oil treatment to re-hydrate, replenish, and soothe your hair and scalp. You can find plenty of DIY hair masks on the internet. Try taking your favorite carrier oil (like jojoba) and leaving it in your hair for 20-30 minutes.