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Caring for Your Hair in Summer: Hair Hacks for Hot Weather
We are loving this warm weather (despite not being able to travel far, have Pimm’s in the pub or picnic with friends). But that hasn’t stopped many of us to still take in the warm weather, from small barbeques in the back garden to sunbathing on the balcony - it's been nice. It’s a time of fun, enjoyment and soaking up some Vitamin D, and as much as we want to look our best too, there are a few factors working against you when it comes to your hair – faded colour, spring like fly-aways and split ends.
Say goodbye to faded hair
The sun can be lovely for enhancing your natural highlights which we all have (some people’s are more obvious than others). The sun however is one of the biggest culprits for fading your dyed hair and your extensions. If you have red hair unfortunately you are more likely to lose your pazzaz in the sun. Although everyone’s hair reacts differently but the way to imagine it is that the sun causes something like cracks and your colour leaks out of them.
Hold on to your moisture
We all like our hair to feel silk and not straw like but much like a tomato, the longer that our hair spends in the heat of either our styling tools or the sun. This is not a new problem which is good because that means that some clever people have found solutions. There are some fantastic serums that help lock in your hair’s moisture by sealing the outside layer.
Condition, condition, condition
During the summer, conditioner is vital for keeping your hair frizz free, and you should use it religiously during humid days to keep any frizz at bay. To prevent any weather induced frizz, you can use an anti-humidity lotion before drying your hair. Try an anti-frizz and flyaway gel to stop daily hair dramas – but be careful not to overload your hair as this may lead to grease and product build up. When hair is wet, try and wait a short while to let it dry naturally before brushing your hair starting at the tips. Gradually work tangles out with a wide toothed comb.
Summer is hot enough without exposing your hair to a hairdryer. Rather than using heat during your styling routine, let your hair air dry or simply braid it to keep it in place. During summer months when hair tends to be moisture deprived, limit use of hair chemicals (bleach, hair dye, relaxers, chemical straighteners) as much as possible.
Don’t forget protection
When you’re lazing out in the sun, reach for a hat to cover delicate strands. Why not opt for a stylish floppy straw hat, allowing you to look stylish and protect your hair.
Switch your brush
This, again, is to prevent extra pulling on your hair. This is even more important if you brush your hair when it is wet. The best thing to get your hair tangle free without dragging it is a wide-toothed comb. There are a lot of great ones out there that are made from bamboo so are eco-friendly too. We would always recommend using a special design extension hair detangler though, just to be on the safe side.
Hair Care Products for hair extensions
Cliphair Satin Touch: Detangling Hair Extension Brush
Moisturising Silky Hairspray For Extensions 150ml
Make sure you go loose
The sun can damage your hair and make it weak. Treating your hair is important of course, but the way you style your hair can also be a huge help. Wearing loose styles like a half up, half down style or a loose braid will not cause extra tension on your hair which can make it fall out. When in doubt, go loose.
Use a scarf
Satin scarves are brilliant hair accessories for adding colour to your hairstyle during summer, but they are also a great way to protect your hair from sun damage. Why not put a scarf on your bag for decoration and transfer it to your head when you need it. This can also really help your neck not get sunburnt and is an absolute must if you have colour treated hair or Cliphair extensions.
Use apple cider vinegar
This is one of your hair’s best friends. Diluted with water apple cider vinegar is fantastic not only for conditioning your hair but also to prevent your hair from going brassy after swimming (if you’re one of the few people lucky enough to have a swimming pool at home).
Summer Haircare Dos & Don’ts
1. Remember that your hair needs protection from the sun too – cover up with a hat or headscarf or use a serum with SPF while out in the sun.
1. Don’t forget to do regular deep conditioning treatments throughout the summer to keep your hair soft and shiny.
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