Fun in the sun (and the wind and chorine) can really take a toll on your hair. While most of us are meticulous about protecting our skin from the harsh rays of the sun, not so much with our hair. Most of the time out in the heat we might just twist it up-which will provide some protection for your scalp and ends, but a bit of extra nourishment now and then will help keep your hair healthy and strong.
We’ve talked a bit about the difference between dry skin(lacking a protective layer of oil) and dehydrated skin (lacking actual moisture) and the same holds true for your hair. Your hair needs nourishing oils to keep your scalp healthy and to smooth the hair shaft and provide elasticity. Humectants such as aloe, glycerin and honey draw moisture to your hair and scalp keeping it healthy.
When you know you are going to be in the sun or the wind for an extended period, take the time to either wear a hat as a physical barrier for your head, scalp, hair and face or twist your hair up without a part. Physical barrier (zinc oxide) sunscreens are the most effective (free of harmful chemicals)for you skin but not so practical for your hair.
If you are swimming in a chlorinated pool or the ocean be sure to thoroughly wet your hair with clean water before diving in. When hair absorbs unchlorinated water first, there is less chance for it to absorb the chlorinated water or salt water when exposed. Spreading a tiny amount of conditioner over your hair will add another layer of protection. (Look for conditioners that do not contain cyclomethicone and dimethicone as these ingredients do not dissolve and are damaging to aquatic life.) Rinse chlorinated water from hair as soon as possible.
Here are a few deep conditioning treatments you can try to keep your summertime hair shiny and healthy using raw honey. Honey is a classic beauty treatment for so many reasons. It naturally draws moisture, adds incredible shine to dull hair, cleanses very gently removing buildup from scalp and hair, soothes burns and itching.
Dilute ¼ cup of honey with one tablespoon of water to make it a bit more spreadable. Wet your hair and divide into sections. Work the honey into your scalp and then down each section of hair. Twist up and keep on for 20 minutes of so. Honey is completely water soluble and will rinse easily from your hair when you are finished. See how soft and healthy your hair feels!
Here are some variations:
Itchy or sunburned scalp? Add a tiny bit of organic sugar into the honey and rub your scalp gently to exfoliate the flaky skin off. Sugar and honey both rinse easily.
For extra conditioning benefits mix 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil with the honey. Apply to scalp and hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Depending on how dry your hair is you may need a bit of shampoo to get a clean rinse.
You can also add a tablespoon or so of raw honey to your regular conditioner to boost the moisturizing benefits. Rinse as usual.
I’d love to hear your ideas for summer hair care….