Summer is a time when we want to look and feel beautiful from head to toe. Healthy and shiny hair is an integral part of our beauty, so it is worth taking special care of it during the summer. However, long hours at the beach, bathing in salt water or exposure to the sun can adversely affect the condition of summer hair.
But don't worry! In this article, trichologist and specialist in medical micropigmentation of the scalp, Luke Budzynski, M. D., will share with you the best tricks and secrets of hair care that will make your hair radiant, smooth and full of life.
Effects of UV radiation on our hair
UV radiation in excess, especially in summer, has a negative effect not only on the scalp, but also on the hair. Too much exposure to the sun promotes their dryness, frizz, loss of sulfide bridges and, consequently, excessive brittleness. Bleached hair requires special care, as the sun further intensifies this process.
To protect your hair from the sun's rays, make sure to moisturize it regularly by using the right cosmetics, and include products with UV protection, such as mists, in your daily hair care routine. When swimming in the sea or pool, protect your hair from salt and chlorine. If this is not possible, get rid of these substances with regular daily washing, so as to reduce the risk of drying and dehydration of the hair.
Proper hair cleansing in summer
Summer is a time when our hair requires increased care and protection. Exposure to the sun is longer, and warmer days promote faster scalp oiliness and the secretion of more sebum. So be sure to cleanse and use a scalp scrub regularly and properly.
Some good tips on how to take care of your hair:
- Before shampooing, comb your hair so that it is not tangled. After washing, also comb your hair without too much tugging;
- Apply the shampoo to the palm of your hand and only to the scalp, massaging it gently;
- The water temperature should be moderate. At the end of care, you can rinse the hair itself with cold water;
- Rinse your hair and the products you use thoroughly;
- Don't go to bed with wet hair! Moisture is the perfect place for fungi to grow and thus dandruff to form.
How often should we wash our scalp in summer?
There is no clear-cut answer for all individuals. Frequency of washing and hair care depends on individual needs and various factors, such as:
- Daily routines (e.g., playing sports, the conditions in which we live on a daily basis),
- scalp type,
- The length and type of hair,
- care products used.
Therefore, hair should be washed as often as it needs it. However, the general rule of thumb for hair care is that it's a good idea to wash the scalp more often during the summer because of the heat, causing excess sebum and atmospheric pollution.
Remember that individual factors such as physical activity, humidity and hair styling can affect the need to wash your hair more often. If your hair looks "clean" after a few days, it doesn't mean you shouldn't wash it. Every day they come into contact with a variety of contaminants, the dust and dirt of everyday life settles on them.
Should men and women take equal care of their hair?
As a rule, women wash their hair every other day, it is recommended to wash it twice, that is, we wash our hair with shampoo - rinse with water and repeat the process once more. Remember that the shampoo should be tailored to our scalp, not our hair.
If you feel the need to wash your hair more often, choose shampoos that are designed for daily care and do not cause severe irritation to the scalp.
Men generally wash their hair daily to refresh it, using gentler shampoos.
When using hair products (conditioners, masks, etc.), be sure to apply them to the hair itself without rubbing them in or coming into contact with the scalp. These products are good for the hair, but not necessarily for the scalp itself.
The condition of the scalp is very important, so don't forget to use a scalp scrub regularly (use the cosmetic 2-4 times a month). Properly performed scrubbing allows you to get rid of not only dead skin cells, but also residues of hair product ingredients, such as styling cosmetics, which are difficult to wash off. Well-cleansed skin functions better, with the added benefit of stimulating microcirculation. A good scalp scrub is an enzymatic or mechanical-enzymatic scrub (with fine microbeads).
By the way, a scalp scrub is a very pleasant and relaxing treatment.
Proper scalp care is essential for maintaining beautiful, healthy and shiny hair.
|Remember a few basics
1) Wash your hair as often as it needs it
2) Use a shampoo tailored to your scalp, not your hair
3) Don't rub conditioner into your scalp
4) Don't go to bed with wet hair
5) Support cleansing by doing a regular scalp scrub 2-4 times a month