Your Guide to Summer Haircare
Now that the days are longer and the sun is making more of an appearance, you’ll probably be finding yourself outside a lot more. Whilst we can’t complain, your hair, on the other hand, will be getting the short end of the stick. Harsh UV rays and exposure to sea water cause a lot of damage and it’s important to care for your hair as you do your skin during these months.
In New Zealand especially, strong UVA and UVB rays are harmful to hair and it’s the top layer that will get the brunt of the damage. If you’re a beach-lover or tanning-fanatic, you’ll want to take extra care in ensuring your locks are hydrated and protected against the elements, otherwise you’ll find yourself fighting frizz, combating colour-fade and going spare over split-ends.
Hydration is a major player in preventing cuticle damage and frazzled strands. Your scalp produces natural oils, which naturally hydrate hair. Over-washing your hair can cleanse your hair of these oils, meaning you have to manually rehydrate with the use of product. In the warmer seasons, this can prove difficult, as we swim, sweat and get sandy. Thanks to the SU range by Davines, you can have some peace of mind that there’s a solution to rehydration.
Part of the Essential Haircare family, the SU range features five specifically formulated products for sun-exposed hair and skin. Two products within the range which are perfect remedies to broken, damaged hair throughout the summer season are the SU Hair Mask and SU Hair Milk.
Apply to damp hair after shampooing. Leave on for 5-15 minutes, then comb and rinse. Proceed with styling.
For sun protection during sun exposure; apply to lengths of dry or wet hair. As a leave-in conditioner; after shampooing. Spray onto hair and comb through to distribute the product. Do not rinse.
Your hair already faces enough heat exposure in the summer without the added concern of hot tools. If you’re heading to a family BBQ or out on a date night and want to style your hair, make sure to take the essential steps in heat protection.
- Let your hair dry off before attacking it with a hairdryer. Applying direct heat to soaking wet hair won’t just take a LOT of time, it will damage the cuticles and leave you with extreme frizz.
- Add a heat protectant product, such as the MELU Hair Shield by Davines, formulated to defend your hair from heat stressed and prevent breakage.
- Make sure you’re using decent hot tools and ensuring they’re at a temperature that’s not too hot – everyone’s hair is different and you may find that you could crank down the gauge a few degrees.
Another heat protection tip is a pretty simple one… Wear a hat! Wearing a hat not only prevents damaged hair, but also protects your scalp from sunburn.
After a day in the waves or swimming in a chlorine pool, your hair isn’t going to feel too good. As noted above, it’s important not to over wash your hair, but it’s good to make sure you’re washing it properly. Especially for those with dry, curly or lightened hair, ridding your locks of salt and pool chemicals is an essential step to take.
Make sure to wash your hair with fresh water that’s not too hot and not too cold. Water that’s too hot will cause additional heat damage to your already weaker hair and water that’s too cold will encourage the follicle to close up and not absorb the shampoo.
Avoid shampoos and conditioners with the following ingredients and choose brands and products which contain natural, hydrating ingredients.
- Non-water-soluble silicone (this coats the hair shaft and the follicle, resulting in lack of oxygen to the scalp and in-turn, hair loss). This can also interfere with some in-salon chemical services as is creates a barrier on the hair shaft.
- Alcohol (as this can dry out the hair out further)
Use a hydrating conditioner or hair mask. Leave the products to sit in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing, enabling softer, shinier hair.
HAVE A TRIM
If you really want to fight against split ends and encourage growth, have a trim. The ends of your hair are the driest and most susceptible to breakage – so simply get rid! Book in at the Academy Salon for just $26 women’s cuts and $15 barber cuts.