Summer hair care tips

It’s coming up to the summer months and this is the time when you start thinking – tan, bikini body, holidays, cocktails – but do you ever think about summer hair care?

Our hair is one thing that gets the most damage during the summer.  We always use sun creams with high factors to protect our skin but what do you do to protect your hair?  Natural elements such as the sun and wind, along with the free radicals that are present in the air around us, cause natural lightening of the hair.

Within the air around us there are oxygen particles present in the form of free radicals.  Oxygen molecules are made up of two atoms of oxygen and very much like part of being a duo.  They can get separated due to the energy from the sun, creating free radicals.  It’s in their nature to want to find another partner so they attach themselves to their nearest molecular structure which could be you sunbathing peacefully on the beach.  If they attach to your skin you know that they are present because you can feel them when the skin starts to burn.  The problem occurs when they attach themselves to your hair.  This aggressive form of oxygen rushes into the hair therefore causing a lightening action.  At the same time it causes deterioration in the natural protein of the hair (keratin).  This causes the hair to become sensitised and all colour results will be affected.

Here are a few summer hair care tips to help protect your hair while out in the sun:

hat1Hats

Hats are the best thing to protect your hair whilst out and about in the sun.

You don’t have to think of them as the ugly frilly summer bonnets your mum used to dress you in when you were a child.  They are quite a fashion accessory these days!  There’s the trilby, wide brim floppy hats, baseball caps, snap backs, cowgirl style hats – the list goes on.  They can be used to protect your hair from the sun’s rays and acting as a fashion accessory at the same time.  So you can sunbathe in style and with peace of mind that your hair is staying nice and unstressed.

You can also use your hat to jazz up an outfit for the night and keep you cool from the humidity.  Add a trilby to a shorts and shirt combo to add a bit of a smart casual feel to your outfit.

L’Oreal Professionnel Solar sublime sun protection homecare products

Solar Sublime ShampooL’Oreal Professionnel has a yearly sun protection home care range called Solar Sublime.  There is a Shampoo, Conditioning Masque and an Advanced Protection Conditioning Spray.

  • Solar Sublime Shampoo – This is an after-sun protecting shampoo, which has a UV filter to help protect the hair fibre after exposure to the sun.   It has an instant repairing action that counteracts the drying effects of the sun.   It cleanses the hair fibre after exposure to the sun by eliminating salt and chlorine residues.   It leaves the hair feeling soft and light with lasting radiance.   The  peach aroma, instantly makes you think of holidays!
  • Solar Sublime Nourishing Balm – An after-sun nourishing balm, which intensely nourishes the hair fibre to help it recover suppleness and softness after exposure to the sun.  Use this after the shampoo as you would a conditioner but leave on the hair for 2-3 minutes before rinsing to ensure it has penetrated deep enough to repair and nourish the hair.
  • Solar Sublime Conditioning Spray – The advanced protection conditioning spray gives instant protection for hair during exposure to the sun.  With a non-greasy texture, a light protective film is formed around the hair fibre to keep it nourished and protect the radiance of hair.  Hair is left feeling supple and light with a natural looking shine.  We always recommend using the spray as often as you re-apply your sun screen.  Treat the spray as sun screen for your hair and always keep it in your beach bag to add a spritz when you feel necessary!

Alterna Bamboo Beach homecare products

Alterna offer organic hair care products.  They pride themselves in having completely pure products that are 100% paraben and sulphate free.

bambooIn their Bamboo Beach collection they have various different products to create style, protect hair and also add to your natural hair to make it look a bit more tousled and boho chic.

  • Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo – Save the water for the ocean and refresh hair between washings with this silky, talc-free hair powder.  It provides tousled texture and a clean, summer-fresh scent.  Perfect tucked into a beach bag for on-the-go styling.
  • Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves – A lightweight texturizing spray for sexy, just-back-from-the-beach hair.  Provides weightless volume, moisture lock and wavy texture for all hair types.  Formulated with Colour Hold technology for maximum colour protection.
  • Bamboo Beach Summer Sunshine Spray – Instantly add shine and control summer frizz on any hair type.  This weightless spray is formulated with UV filters and Colour Hold technology.  It creates a veil that helps protect your hair colour from the sun.
  • Bamboo Beach Sun Recovery Spray – Instantly revitalize sun-parched hair with this nourishing leave-in conditioner that adds moisture and shine.  It improves manageability and protects the hair from any future damage.  Formulated with Colour Hold technology for maximum colour protection.

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