Healthy Hair? Try These Summer Care Tips
However, a regime you might be overlooking this season is your hair and how to care for its heightened sun exposure! Even your summer wardrobe could mean more intensive shaving or hair removal practices.
This month’s issue is all about hair care tips that will help you how to protect and manage your summer hair!
The summer is heating things up and it’s safe to say that most of us are thankful for the warm weather and sunshine! With the sun shining so bright, it’s not too hard to remember to protect your skin by using sunscreen or looking out for shady areas.
First Off, Let's Start With the Scalp...
Whether you have hair up there or not, it is important to protect your scalp from the sun. The top of your head is often in direct contact with the sun’s rays and that can cause a pretty serious burn, most likely one you weren’t even expecting.
On an even more serious note, conditions such as skin cancer need to be taken into consideration. A damaged scalp can also negatively impact hair growth. To protect your scalp, consider wearing a hat if you’re going to be in direct sunlight. If hats aren’t your style, be sure to use sunscreen, especially on parts of your head that are more exposed such as a part. You’ll thank yourself later!
Protect your Luscious Locks!
You might be thinking it’s a little silly to consider a hair care regime. However, skipping sun protection could leave you with dry, brittle, and dull hair. Salt and chlorine also won’t help these conditions either. The best and easiest hair care tips to protect your hair is to apply a product before running out into the sun or pool. There are products you can buy in the store that specifically contain SPF hair protectant. But you can also have some fun making all-natural DIY versions right at home! To protect:
Dilute two teaspoons of a low SPF sunscreen in a cup of water and add 3-4 drops of rosemary oil. The rosemary strengthens hair at the roots and even stimulates growth! Just put into a spray bottle and spritz into hair and you are ready to bathe in the sun! To De-Frizz:
If your hair is already in the midst of the summer heat, dried out strands mixed with humidity can create a lot frizz. Aloe is a perfect hair care solution for restoring moisture to help seal out humidity and add shine. Take one cup of water, 2 tablespoons of aloe, 1 teaspoon of argan oil, which also helps to hydrate hair, and a teaspoon of glycerine and spray away. To Condition: One of the awesome hair care tips is using Coconut milk. Coconut milk is high in fat and vitamin E to help nourish your hair from root to tip. This works against dry damaged hair and split ends.
Good To Read: The Many Uses and Benefits of Coconuts Take ½ cup coconut milk, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. You can either lightly spray into your hair for a day treatment or use as a conditioner and de-tangler!
Facial Hair Solutions!
Don’t forget about your facial hair too blokes! You might also experience dryness and increased breakage in mustaches/beards during the hotter months.
Give your facial hair some extra attention and moisture with beard oils. Maintaining this hair care practice will result in a softer more resilient beards and mustaches.
Try to make your own with essential oils!
1. Fill a dropper bottle ¾ of the way with a base oil of your choosing such as almond, apricot or jojoba oil. 2. Add 2-3 drops of your selected essential oils Tea Tree: Helps to heal tiny cuts caused by a razor and serves as a disinfectant Cedar wood: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this oil is perfect if your beat is irritated or itchy Lavender: Has a relaxing scent and promotes healthy hair growth 3. Fill the remainder of the bottle with vitamin E oil, which nourishes skin and moisturizes the hair follicles. Use a few drops and work the oil mixture into your beard during your morning routine! Don’t forget about your facial hair too blokes! You might also experience dryness and increased breakage in mustaches/beards during the hotter months.
Maintaining this hair care practice will result in a softer more resilient beards and mustaches. Give your facial hair some extra attention and moisture with beard oils.
Razor Bumps.. Help!
With the warm weather comes less clothing, which let’s face it, often means more frequent shaving. Underarms, faces, legs, bikini lines are all sensitive areas where pesky razor bumps love to pop up. Here are some tips to help prevent irritating razor burn:
If you know you are prone to razor burn and are trying to look your best, it is best to shave the night before. This gives your skin more time to relax is affected by razor burn rash.
Whenever possible, let it grow. Now this is not always a realistic, or the most magical answer, but when you do have razor bumps your skin will thank you for a small break from shaving.
Be sure you are using a sharp/fresh razor. Using an old razor means more bacteria is going into your skin. Sharp fresh razors cut through hair easier and drag less against skin.
Don’t shave dry! Use a good shaving cream or moisturizing body wash to help the razor glide over the area you are shaving. This creates less friction meaning less risk of bumps.
When drying the area after shaving, pat dry rather than rubbing to help reduce irritation.
More hair care tips - some home remedies:
Aloe Vera: Apply to the affected area for some relief
Hot Compress over the area will open up your pores and allow for healing
Apple Cider Vinegar: Dap a cotton ball in the vinegar and apply it to the area, letting the cotton ball dry on the spot, then rinse with water. It has anti-inflammatory properties and will help against infection
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