Well here we are. August. It's been a lovely summer so far and I for one do not intend on declaring it over until September 21. I will cling on until the bitter end. Just praying the weather cooperates with me. I'm hoping to squeeze in more park laying, at least two more beach days, and I am still holding out hope that I will find a pool somewhere in this godforsaken city! And thanks to my undercut and baby bangs, I haven't suffered as much as I usually do in the summer heat... at least not as a result of my hair.
What the hot summer sun CAN do is mess with my color and texture, and I know I'm not the only one with this problem here. Between frying your hair in the harsh sunlight and swimming in chlorine, your locks really take a beating. If you have dyed hair, the sunlight just wreaks pure havoc on your color. I actually stopped dying my hair last fall to avoid the summertime rusty color that my hair always fades into. It always goes from a shiny dark brown to a drab burnt orange, like a tween who's put too much Sun-In on her hair. So now I just have to contend with the greys that have taken up permanent residency on my head. But that's an issue for another day!
First things first, having a healthy and balanced diet, as well as drinking LOTS of water goes a long way in improving the quality of your hair (and skin and all the other junk in our bodies.) You want to eat lots of healthy fats like avocado, foods with silica like cucumber and celery, and fish! Taking fish oil pills are also really effective, if you don't mind the gross fish burps after. Drinking water seriously does wonders for your hair and skin, It's one of the few things I am militant about in my life. I'm CONSTANTLY drinking water. Some might say too much, but to them I say, "Hey buddy, check out my healthy hair and skin." Make drinking water a priority. I know lots of people hate the flavor of water, but I promise if you force yourself to drink it, it'll grow on you.
One easy solution for really dry hair is to give yourself a DIY treatment at home! Sun damage, heat, and chlorine can lead to major hair dryness. And for those of you who love hanging out in the pool: all those chemicals that keep you from marinating in your own filth are also sucking the life out of your poor hair. Olive oil, argan oil, and coconut oil are amazing at restoring the condition of your hair and making you feel like you just had an expensive treatment at the salon. They are super affordable and can be found at your local drugstore or supermarket. Just make sure that the coconut oil says "Organic" and "Virgin."
Use it on dry hair by rubbing it in like you would any serum or product. You can also rub it into your hair when you are in the shower, after you shampoo and condition. Leave it on while you shave your legs, or wash your body, or whatever it is you do in there. Then rinse it before you get out of the shower. Remember that a little goes a long way! Also, NEVER put any type of oils higher than your ears. It will make you look like a total grease ball. My sister made that mistake once and it was HILARIOUS.
And here are some of my fave products that will help protect and restore your hair.
Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer is wonderful as a masque, leave-in conditioner, or heat protector. After I wash my hair, I run it through the ends of my hair before I blow-dry or use a curling iron. It also smells absolutely divine.
If you're looking for a shampoo and conditioner to help heal your dry or damaged hair, check out Davines Love Shampoo and Conditioner. It smooths out frizz and hydrates. To be honest, Davines has a solution for any kind of problem your hair may be having. I highly recommend checking them out. It's definitely a bit pricier than I would normally want to spend on shampoo, but towards the end of summer when my hair is starting to look a little fried it's worth the investment.
If you're blonde, another problem that can arise is hair turning green from swimming in chlorine. While I have never personally had this happen to me, many of my childhood friends did. I thought they looked like mermaids, but their mothers did not agree with me. So make sure that when you get out of the pool, regardless of hair color, that you rinse your hair in cold water ASAP to get those chemicals out. If it's too late and your hair has already turned green, you can get it out with a simple mix of vinegar and lemon that you can make at home.
Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar and squeeze a couple of fresh lemons into a bowl, then pour it into your hair. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
Of course, prevention, as always, is the most effective and easiest solution for avoiding damaged hair. Brush it often so that the natural oils from your scalp are distributed throughout your locks and don't shampoo every day so that your scalp has a chance to develop those oils. Covering up is also a great way to keep your hair looking fresh. I love a big sunhat that protects not just my hair, but my delicate face skin as well. They also look really cool.
How's your hair holding up this summer? Enjoy these last few weeks while you can, but take care of yourself too!