7 TIPS FOR HEALTHY SUMMER LOCKS
The sun has a reputation for wrecking havoc with your skin, initiating breakouts from excess sweat, sun burns and can even result in skin cancer. It’s been said for years you must wear sun protection with incredible UV protection, however how often are we told how to take care of our hair through the heat?
The hair is overlooked through the season as it only becomes a nuisance, getting in your face, making you feel even hotter and suddenly losing its ability to stay calm. The sun only means 3 things for your hair through the heat:
1. Dry ends
3. Oily/Greasy Roots
It seems much easier to tuck it all away and lounge in the heat instead, enjoying your tan. Despite its harmful affects, we have the tips to help you soak up the sun rays whilst giving your hair some much needed TLC. We’ve looked far and wide, up and down, left and right and found the absolute best tips to keep your hair healthy and dazzling next time you’re at the beach.
MN’s TOP TIPS TO HEALTHY SUMMER LOCKS
1. EAT WELL
If you have been following us on Instagram, you will have seen our post on the affects your diet can have on the hair. A good diet can aid in maintaining the health of your hair, skin and nails. To nourish your hair and keep it looking smooth and healthy, a diet rich in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids will help to retain moisture and create a silky smooth appearance. We recommend incorporating Salmon, leafy greens, avocados and berries when and where possible.
2. USE HOT OIL TREATMENTS
As the sun can dry the skin, it can also affect the hair in the very same way. To combat the dryness that comes as a result of over exposure to the sun, a hot oil treatment can have an instant effect on minimising the appearance of dryness and revitalising the hair. You can do this by heating up any pure oil and applying it to the roots of the hair follicles, all the way down to the ends. Massage the warm oil through the hair and leave as a mask for 15 minutes, then rinse off in the shower. The effects of a hot oil treatment almost always show immediately. (Note: heat oil till it is warm, not boiling hot! Test it on your arms prior to hair application, and make sure it is not too hot. We do not want you to burn!!)
For this treatment, we recommend Argan Oil as it contains properties that treat all the effects of sun damage. We never compromise on quality, which is why our Argan Oil is of the highest quality of its kind. Find out more about our Argan Oil here.
3. AVOID HEAT STYLING AND CHEMICAL TREATMENTS
The sun will harm and damage your hair inevitably, but adding heat styling and excessive chemical treatments will only result in excess damage, dryness and leave hair looking and feeling coarse. Be kind to your hair and stay away from harmful products! Yes, this also applies to hair dyes.
4. LIGHTEN UP NATURALLY
Fear not, we know how it feels to be tied to your root touchups and your occasional hair dye treatments. Many want to go blonde for the summer, but the sun will lighten your hair colour naturally so you don’t have to. Want highlights? When tying your hair back, leave an occasional few strands out and they will soak up more of the suns rays and create a natural highlight effect.
5. WET YOUR HAIR BEFORE A SWIM
Whether its a dip in the pool or a swim at the beach, neither water is good for your hair as they are either filled with chemicals or pollution and salt. To swim without risking the health of your hair, try wetting your hair with fresh water. Once the hair is wet, it can only leave so much room to retain any other moisture. Do your hair the courtesy of allowing it to soak up good water first.
6. SUNSCREEN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Another tip to keep hair healthy and safe from the sun is to apply a small amount of sunscreen to the top. After putting sunscreen all over your body, use the remaining product in your hand and run it over your scalp and over the hair. It’s strong UV protection will keep the hair protected from further damage.
7. KEEP IT LOOSE
If you have medium/long hair (and if you don’t, we envy you!), the sun can be quite a pain as it can leave you feeling even more hot and bothered, and even dreading the summer months. However, tying your hair up into a tight ponytail may have further harmful affects on your hair. Tying your hair up a little too tightly is never a good idea as not only does it encourage your hairline to be pushed back, but the elastics in the band promote breakage and drying. If you must tie your hair up, we suggest tying it loosely so as that it is not in your face, but it’s also free to breathe.
We hope these tips prove helpful to you in the next few months. Have a lovely week ahead, everybody. For all things Moroccan Natural, visit our Twitter page @MoroccanNatural, Instagram @Moroccan_Natural or find us on Facebook @ Moroccan Natural.