The summer is here, and we want to get out and about. However, the team at NUYU notice a lot more damage to hair because of the sun. UV rays have a band habit of breaking down the cuticle and so leaving your strands frizzy, damaged and dry. In our continued desire for healthy, we have put together some of our best tips. Here we suggest ways to care for your hair during these sunnier days.
Look after your scalp
Most of us remember to slather sunscreen over our bodies to keep them safe from the sun. But what do you do for your scalp? If you have a healthy scalp, it usually means you have healthy hair too. The best idea is to use a leave-in conditioner that is designed to help the scalp. This hair milk is intended for sin-exposed hair and can be applied post-shower. You don’t need to worry about it clogging up your hair and leaving it lank, as it is lightweight enough to refresh your hair and leave it looking healthy.
You should also consider specialist sunscreen for your scalp. You need something that will filter UVA and UVB, the same as your sunscreen, but without the stickiness. There are hair drying sprays that contain these filters and can be applied to the hair when using your blow dryer.
The application of protection to your scalp is also more than just an attempt to protect your hair. Your scalp, like the rest of your body, is skin that is susceptible to burning and then to damaged cells that can later cause problems.
Shield your strands
Next, you should work to protect the strands of the hair from heat damage. Your hair can dehydrate too and then weaken. Therefore, apply a heat mask treatment as you wash your hair will go some way to preventing this drying out. Some oils protect the hair, which you can use on your hair before you enter the sun. As your hair and scalp are naturally more porous, such oil treatments are absorbed quickly and so offer successful treatments.
To thoroughly protect your strands from damage, brush in a nourishing oil and then wrapped your hair into a bun. The bun will naturally protect the hair from the sun, and the oil will hydrate and repair any previous damage.
Reduce your shampooing
Our hair contains natural oils that will protect it from the sun. However, if you wash your hair every day, you will remove this protective oil. Therefore, you should not over wash in the warmer months. You could go down to two or three washes a week. If you really want to protect from over washing, you can use a dry shampoo or once a week or so user a cleansing conditioner that is designed to retain the natural oils in the hair.
There is a tendency to over wash our hair in the summer because we shower more often. Remember that you do not need to treat your hair every time you go for a shower. You should use a shower cap to keep from wetting or washing your hair. You will also likely swim a more and feel you should wash your hair after being in salt water or chlorine. It is best to wear a swimming hat. However, if you have to wash your hair after swimming, use a specialist shampoo designed to be used in this situation.
Opt for a hat
We are quick to put a wide-brimmed hat on a child before they go to play out in the sun. Yet, how often do we remember to wear a hat ourselves? The hat will obviously protect the covered hair from the UV rays. Being sensible, the hat should have a brim that covers the face and neck too – offering exposed and sensitive parts of our skin protection from the sun too. Be aware that straw hats may be cooling, but they do not have the same protective power as tightly woven hats.
It is worth knowing that some hats carry a UV protection factor number. You get bonus points for hair and skin health if you have sourced one of these beauties.
Hat hair then becomes another problem, and you need to carefully consider your hairstyle for any time when it is polite to remove the hat. A tight bun at the nape is again a great option here. Nobody wants to get embarrassed by an unruly mop full of static.