Instead of a makeover, I decided to write about hair tips and care for these hot, humid summer months. The sun and salty air really take their toll on our hair. They are extremely drying.
You can compensate by using an extra moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. These products will help to counteract some of the damage the elements can bring on.
Perspiration is also extremely acidic which can strip hair color and again makes it very dry. There are great products in the salon (not grocery store) that will help to protect the hair.
You might have heard hair being referred to as porous. It is very much like the pours in our skin. The outside layer of the hair opens and closes with hot water, sun and chemicals. Our goal is to keep the porosity to a minimum.
If the outside layer of our hair is closed, the hair reflects and is shiny. The color molecule stays inside the hair where it belongs. (Happy hair.)
Instead, if the pours are open, the color molecule goes down the drain quickly. This is fading. The hair is dull, not shiny, no reflection. The moisture is gone. This makes hair look fuzzy and definitely not happy.
If the hair has any tendency to curl, or wave or just have a halo of fuzz, this is inevitable when the hair is dry and the outer layer is lifted. Oil or silicone based products help keep the fuzz at bay on a temporary basis. They will coat the hair making it less permeable to the outside elements. It will also slick down the outside making it shiny and reflective. They definitely help coarse, wiry hair to be manageable. People with fine hair need to be more careful in the weight of the oil based products because they will weigh the hair down and make it greasy looking if the product is too heavy.
It is true that if you rinse the hair with fresh water before swimming (don’t towel dry or wring out) it will help the hair not to be stripped by the salt or chlorine in the water. Wearing a vented hat that helps protect the hair without perspiration is the best thing to protect the color and integrity of the hair. Regular trims and conditioning will help keep your hair healthy year round especially in these hellacious summer months!
If you’d like to be the subject of a future hair makeover for this column, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you soon! Happy sunning!!