Summer is now in full swing across Australia, with temperatures soaring, humidity levels rising and the sun shining ever so brightly as we fast approach the end of year. With Christmas parties and days spent lazing on the beach on many people’s social calendars, summer can also be a time of high strain for our skin and hair – a big downside to what is otherwise the most festive time of year. Whether you prefer to spend your summer downtime lazing under the sun’s powerful glare or swimming in the wide open ocean, prolonged sun exposure can damage your hair just as much as your skin – cooking the hair shaft and leading to a dull appearance. Meanwhile the chlorine from pools can strip your hair of its natural oils, also leading to frizz and a less than stellar appearance. Thankfully, targeted hair care products can protect your crowning glory from the dangers of too much sun, whilst restoring moisture and volume already lost. Keep on reading for 5 simple hair care tips to get you through summer:
SUMMER HAIR CARE TIP #1 – Begin Summer with a Stylish Trim
Our hair grows faster in summer, meaning there’s a greater chance of suffering split ends or the dreaded frizz. One easy way to combat these enemies of good hair is to give your locks a trim at the beginning of the season. Not only will shorter hair be faster and easier to manage, it will get rid of split ends and refresh your whole look. Even better, if you don’t like your new style, you won’t have to wait too long for it to grow back to its former length (provided you don’t cut it too short)!
SUMMER HAIR CARE TIP #2 – Protect Your Hair from the Summer Sun
Here’s one summer hair care tip you probably haven’t heard before, just as you would apply sunscreen to your face and body, you can also apply it to your hair for extra protection from the sun’s harsh rays! Take a regular sunscreen product like our Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15, apply a small dollop to your hands and lightly run through your hair from the roots to end.
SUMMER HAIR CARE TIP #3 – Hydrate with Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner
Moving on to one of the more obvious haircare tips, using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner regularly, but not too often (three times a week is ideal in summer if you live in a humid climate) is an effective way remove excess oil and product build-up whilst restoring lost moisture and keeping your hair looking as healthy and luscious as possible. It’s worth mentioning that whilst two-in-one combo hair care products are popular, it’s far better to use shampoo and hair conditioner separately as each is designed to play a specific role – shampoo to remove build-up of products and sweat in the hair by opening the follicles and conditioner to moisturise the hair shaft and close the follicles.
SUMMER HAIR CARE TIP #4 – Apply Hair Treatments to Trouble Spots
Despite doing our best to keep our hair clean and well-moisturised, we can still suffer from those stubborn, super annoying issues like itchy scalp/dandruff, labyrinthine tangles and knots or general dullness in colour and tone. We’re only human after all! Thankfully, specific problems can be spot-treated with varying degrees of effectiveness by specially-formulated hair treatment products. Itchy scalp and dandruff can be targeted with refreshing products like our Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo whilst messy, tangled manes can be tamed with our Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter.
SUMMER HAIR CARE TIP #5 – Keep Tidy with Wide Toothed Hair Brushes
Our final tip for easy summer haircare is to keep your locks looking smooth, neat and stylish through regular brushing. Keeping in mind that over brushing your hair can cause undue stress and potentially lead to breakage, we recommend brushing no more than once a day, ideally with a wide-toothed comb or hair brush that will gently untangle knots and distribute natural oils. Another important tip to keep in mind is to only brush your hair when it’s dry, as wet hair is far more susceptible to breaking.