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Whether you're enjoying the summer season in the bustling city, serene suburbs, or tranquil countryside, the scorching heat can present challenges for your hair health.
However, don't let this deter you from basking in the sun and having the time of your life.
In this article, we're diving deep into hair care tips during the summer - so let's embark on this journey to healthier hair together!
Does summer damage men's hair?
Summer signifies a time of fun and relaxation. Yet, under the sunlit skies and amidst beach outings, your hair might not be having an equally good time. A plethora of enjoyable summertime activities can potentially lead to hair damage, taking away from the joy of the season.
Why is summer particularly challenging for men's hair?
The answer lies primarily in the increased exposure to sunlight. Various studies, such as the one published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, highlight the impact of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays on hair health.
These rays, while providing warmth, can adversely affect the hair shaft. This is the underlying reason behind your hair getting naturally lighter with more time spent under the sun.
However, this change often corresponds with hair damage, manifesting as dryness and frizz.
Is swimming bad for your hair?
Swimming is a much-loved summer activity that, unfortunately, can have harsh consequences for your hair. Chlorine, the chemical responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of most pools, also disrupts the natural balance of oils in your hair. Continuous contact with chlorinated water can lead to dry, porous, and damaged hair, as pointed out in a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
Ocean swimming or dips in a saltwater pool can cause similar damage. High concentrations of salt can lead to dehydration, affecting your hair as well. Since hair primarily consists of water and protein, an abundance of salt exposure can result in dry and brittle strands.
To balance the desire for a beach-inspired look and the need for hair health, consider using our specially formulated Bondi waves sea salt texture spray. It has just a kiss of sea salt, just enough to absorb excess oil and help with dandruff, but not so much as to dry your hair out, especially given that it also has moisturizing aloe vera juice. We’re all about balance!
How can I protect my hair in summer?
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are some things men can do to protect their hair in the summer:
- Skip the hot styling tools - It’s already hot enough, mate, so put down the curling iron and flat iron and set the blow dryer to cool. Or better yet, skip the blow dryer altogether, jump into a convertible, and use the gorgeous weather to naturally dry your hair!
- Cover up - summer’s the perfect time to bust out that natty straw hat to cover your locks and protect from excess sun. A baseball cap will do as well, but a nice wide-brimmed number can help protect your skin in the summer as well. And when you jump into the pool or sea, a swimming cap will keep your hair protected.
- Soak your hair pre-swim - if a swimming cap is out of the question, getting your hair completely soaking wet with fresh clean water from your tap or using a high-quality leave-in conditioner before you swim protects your hair by not allowing as much salt or chlorine to be absorbed into the shaft.
- Rinse your hair post-swim - we know the sea and pool smell like pure vacation and it’s tempting to leave that delicious aquatic perfume in your hair for a while.
Sadly, the best thing for hair is to rinse it with fresh water as soon as possible post-swim. The less time chlorine and salt sit on your hair, the less damage!
Get a haircut - it doesn’t have to be a major new style, mate, we’re talking about a little trim. Get rid of any burgeoning split ends to start summer with a healthy hair base looking as fresh as a daisy!
How do I reverse summer hair damage?
If you're already grappling with dry and damaged hair, fear not, help is at hand. Switching to an all-natural moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can work wonders in restoring much-needed hydration to your hair. This approach aligns with a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, suggesting that natural ingredients can significantly improve hair health.
Remember, hair growth originates from the scalp, and maintaining a healthy scalp is essential for overall hair health. The scalp houses the sebaceous glands that produce sebum, the oil that forms a protective layer for your hair. If your hair is parched, consider investing in a scientifically-formulated men's scalp treatment. By cleansing, soothing, and moisturizing your scalp, it can create the optimal environment for healthy hair growth.
With these scientifically-backed hair care strategies, you're ready to face the summer with confidence and style. So, go ahead, make the most of this magical season, and let your hair reflect the joy of summertime!