Sweatproof Your Summer HairBlog ▸ Beauty Tips | August 15, 2018
The bright, yellow orb in the sky is casting light and heat upon us for the summer months. Along with the joy that sunshine brings, some not-so-great effects of high temperatures and humidity arrive to wreak havoc on our hairstyle. Don’t sweat it out. Read on to see how to stay gorgeous when the mercury rises and the summer steam melts our self-confidence.
It’s Science, after all. Both cosmetologists and scientists agree that the reason for hair texture struggles in summer is due to extra water content in the humid air, and lack of water in dry, hot air. As dry air loses moisture and leaves hair lifeless, humidity does the opposite and adds water molecules, making strands swell. Curly hair gets frizzy and straight hair is weighed down, leaving us all flustered.
Find a winning style strategy. There are two ways to win the summer hair wars: either go au naturel by rocking a free-spirit vibe (this takes confidence) or get equipped with weapons already in your arsenal (a.k.a. hair products) and fight back with a vengeance! Since you can’t truly fool Mother Nature, the first approach is easier. But for those of us who won’t dare go non-glam, here are some tips to help cope:
Smooth it, and add oil.
Treat tresses of all types with a smoothing shampoo/conditioner duo, especially those with nourishing oils. Coconut oil and shea butter are great for smoothing the cuticle and adding shine. In addition, these products fight damage brought on by too much sea and sand.
Seal before drying.
Try an anti-frizz product to seal in moisture and act like a shield before styling. Apply while hair is still wet, but be careful not to over-apply. Too much can make hair look greasy. And if your hair is fine, avoid silicone as an ingredient, as it’s too heavy for thin locks.
Minimize the hot tools.
It’s pretty simple, adding heat when fighting heat isn’t a winning solution. Blowing hot air on the cuticle too long leads to a frizzy finish, and flat irons can sizzle down the volume when temperatures are high. Use a thick, absorbent towel on wet hair, and allow for as much air drying as possible before styling.
Embrace your natural texture.
The heat fight is more easily won by selecting a casual style that embraces your true hair texture. Don’t force curls to lay super-straight, and don’t over style fine hair for extra volume. Adding too many products in summer will have a melting, sticky effect that leaves hair unmanageable. Work with your hair’s natural tendency and go easy with a simple loose braid, messy bun, or cute barrette.
Dry shampoo to the rescue.
In excessive heat, try not to over-wash hair. This will remove its natural oils and lose elasticity. Try a good alternative in the form of dry shampoo. Choose one that suits your hair type the best. It not only gives a quick clean, it takes away perspiration and adds volume. Opt for a beachy scent to get a summertime boost.
For Best Results...
Consult your hair stylist with summer hair concerns. A licensed cosmetologist is not only trained to create flattering styles with all hair types but can also suggest summer styling products to keep hair bouncing back and shining on.
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