Summer is fast approaching, as spring is officially in full bloom. Soon, those cooler nights and amazing days will become hot, humid days, with the humidity lasting well in to the evenings. Your hair will definitely feel that difference as well.
We love to go outside when it is warm out, get some awesome sun. What do you normally do when you’re going to be outside a lot on a hot, summer day? You put on sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause all sorts of damage. Do you put sunscreen on your hair though? No, is probably what you are thinking. “Why would I?” Well, the sun can damage your hair just as bad as it damages your skin!
In this two-part article, I’ll first go in to detail about what kind of damage the summer season can do to your hair, and follow-up in the second part with what you can do to lessen the impact and keep your hair and scalp healthy throughout the warmest months of the year!
I touched on humidity earlier, but have you ever stepped outside and just felt you could cut the air with a knife? What about the feeling of your shirt feeling like it is stuck to your body because of all the moisture in the air? Well, humidity can also go crazy on your hair. My own hair is naturally heavy, but during the summer it becomes a lot less easy to manage, especially when I have it longer than normal. Depending on your hair, the high humidity either weighs it down, or can cause that awesome frizz that I’m sure you love.
When it’s hot, we sweat, really no getting around that. Sweat can cause problems for your hair and scalp, as well. It can lead to issues like dandruff, split ends, and an increase in hair fall, or shedding. Speaking of hot, so are those rays of sun. They dry out anything in their path, including what’s on your head. You’ll want to avoid using blow dryers, straighteners, and other items that can subject your hair to heat as much as possible during the summer months.
Your scalp is also not immune to the summer, as it can become dry, and also sunburned! Yep, even if you have a full head of hair, your scalp can still get that lovely red color and be a real pain, both figuratively and literally. Not only can it itch and cause dandruff, but also it can damage the roots of your hair, causing issues with hair falling out.
Does your hair feel super greasy from either sweat or all that sunscreen you’ve been putting on? Or maybe it feels super dried out from the heat? Do not immediately reach for that shampoo and conditioner! It’s super alluring to want to wash your hair every day during the summer, you feel gross cause of how your hair looks and feels, but you don’t want to do that. Over washing and over conditioning is very much a real mistake, and you want to avoid doing that. Though this does not mean stop washing or conditioning your hair during those hot months! As stated before, a build up of sweat can cause your hair to fall out quicker.
Summer is a great time to be outdoors and soak up the sun, just make sure you know the risks of sun exposure on your hair. Next, I will be talking about the stuff you can do to prevent your hair from getting damaged by the sun. Stay tuned!