With the heat and humidity at an all-time high, hair can become severely damaged by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Your hair loses moisture, causing split ends. Hair becomes dry, brittle and frizzy. Styling becomes even harder to do, not to mention the added damage that styling products cause to your hair. Following are seven tips that can help improve your hair’s overall health.
Washing Your Hair
Try to wash your hair every other day, instead of washing every day. Your hair needs to absorb natural oils to maintain moisture. When you wash your hair, rinse with cold water to close up the cuticles. This helps to prevent further damage.
Shampoos, Conditioners, and Styling Products
Use products that contain sunscreens to help block the sun’s rays. Avoid products that contain alcohol. Alcohol dries out the hair. Cream-based conditioners add moisture and help to repair damage.
There are several different types of oils that can add moisture to your hair. Olive oil is great because it also stimulates blood circulation. This causes an increase in the absorption of nutrients in the scalp and hair. Jojoba oil adds softness, moisture and shine to your hair. These oils can be used as a deep conditioner, by massaging the oils into the scalp and hair. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. For a quicker method, mix a small amount of oil in with your conditioner.
Hair Masks strengthen and repair the hair and scalp, by adding extra nutrients and oils. You can purchase these masks at your local drug store, or you can make your own mask using ingredients right out of your refrigerator. Bananas, avocados, honey, mayonnaise and olive oil are just a few ingredients that can work wonders for your hair. Massage the mask into your hair and scalp, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
To prevent chlorine damage from the pool, soak your hair in fresh water before swimming. You can also rub in a little olive oil or conditioner prior to getting into the pool. Once your done swimming, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Rinse with cold water.
Taking vitamins also help to improve the hair’s texture and appearance. Vitamin A is important because it strengthens the keratin, or protein, in the hair. B-complex supplements provide nutrients, while vitamin E improves blood flow to the scalp, increasing the absorption of moisture.
A balanced diet is important for healthy hair. Lean proteins, such as nuts and yogurt, help to produce keratin. Fish contains essential fatty acids, which nourish dry hair. Fruits and vegetables also provide nutrients that help to promote healthy hair. The sun’s rays can do just as much damage to your hair as a hair dryer or curling iron. Many steps can be taken to not only prevent further hair damage, but also to repair already damaged hair. Protect your hair from the sun as you would protect your skin.