Summer is the season when everyone wants to look their best. Sandals, swimsuits, sundresses...all of the most popular summer staples are designed to put one thing front and center: You! In addition to working hard for that bikini body, keeping your skin smooth and supple and making sure your pedicure is perfect, you're probably going to need some haircare tips as well. Why? Because summer is also a very active season, and sunshine, saltwater and chlorine – not to mention heat and humidity – can all take their toll on your tresses. Here are some hints for keeping hair healthy during the hottest months of the year--without going to the hair salon
- Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to the hair, comb through, and braid. Secure with a metal-free elastic band and you're ready for a day at the beach! This easy style will keep long hair free from tangles, and the conditioner will protect hair from sun damage and dryness. At the end of the day, simply unravel the braid and run your fingers through your hair for sexy waves fit for a hot summer night.
- In the shower, rinse with cool water instead of hot. No one's saying you have to take cold showers (although it can be awfully refreshing when the temperature's high!), but a brief cool water rinse at the very end can help seal your hair's cuticles and allow it to retain moisture more effectively throughout the day.
- Avoid heat styling tools as much as possible. Let your hair air dry – it shouldn't take long when it's hot outside to begin with – and skip the curling iron or flat iron. Instead, embrace your hair's natural texture, or find easier ways to add a little body, such as braiding hair when wet to create fuss-free waves, as described above.
- If your hair is looking a little dry or dull, smooth a little sesame oil onto your ends. The oil provides natural UV protection and should help reinvigorate your locks without adding harsh chemicals or heavy product.
- Try an herbal tea rinse to revive your color. Sun, sea water and chlorine from swimming pools are all major culprits when it comes to sapping the life out of your hair color, but a quick rinse with some herbal tea can help reverse the trend. For the rinse, boil one gallon of water and add four tea bags to steep for five minutes. Allow it to cool, then pour over your head and put on a shower cap. Let the mixture soak into your hair for 10 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual. For best results, use lemon or chamomile tea for blonde hair, black tea for brown or black hair, and “red zinger” tea for red hair.
- Finally, if all else fails – or you know in advance that you're going to be out in the hot sun for several hours at a time – wear a hat! Beach hats can be fun and summery, and they go a long way toward protecting your hair from the elements. Related Articles:Keratin Hair Treatment: An Introduction