Although most people know of the adverse effects of using hot tools like flat irons and curling wands, you might be surprised to find out that hot weather can be just as harmful. Looking for ways to beat the heat? In this article, we’ll look at a few ways you can protect your hair in the hot summer heat.
Get Regular Trims
Hot weather can suck the life from your hair and leave it feeling dry and brittle. Unfortunately, that means your hair is much more prone to developing breakage and split ends. When you get split ends, the damage can travel upwards and cause your entire strand to fray and unravel. Split ends can’t be mended, so the only way to get rid of them is with regular trims.
Cut Down on Heat Styling
When temperatures are rising, the last thing you need to do is fry your strands even more. High heat damages your strands, so try to limit your use of hot tools and opt for heatless styling methods whenever possible. When you do use heat, make sure your strands are protected with a high-quality heat protectant and keep the device on a low heat setting.
Condition Your Hair Often
Even though you can't control the weather, there are measures you can take to minimize its damage. Heat dries out your hair, so counteract the drying effects by using plenty of hydrating conditioners and hair masks. And never leave the house without spraying your tresses with a hydrating leave-in conditioner. These products will help repair existing damage and strengthen your hair so it can withstand summer’s harsh environmental conditions.
Shampoo Your Hair Less Often
When the temperature rises, give your hair and scalp a break by washing it less often. Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and unprotected. However, summer also means sweat, so you’ll still need to keep your hair clean. Instead of shampoo, try washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner or co-wash a few times a week. In addition to giving your hair a moisture boost, co-washing keeps your hair sleek and shiny.
Wear Loose, Casual Hairstyles
There’s a reason why summer is known for beachy waves and free-form curls. In addition to being more comfortable, loose hairstyles keep you cool and prevent the friction-related damage and hair loss that tight hairstyles can cause. You should also aim to embrace your natural texture so you aren't exacerbating environmental damage with styling damage.
Limit the Time You Spend Outside
The best way to protect your hair against heat is to limit your hair's exposure to it. Make sure you head inside if you start to feel overheated and give your hair plenty of breaks. If you are going to spend a significant amount of time outside, use a hair sunscreen or head covering to protect your strands from damaging UV rays.
Remember, hair is fragile, so you should try to protect it as much as possible. Now you’re armed with all the information you need to keep your hair safe and healthy, even during the hottest time of the year.
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.