Wouldn’t it be great if gorgeous summer hair was as easy as our favorite magazines and celebrities make it look? Unfortunately, not all of us wake up with flawless, rich and healthy beach waves.
Here are some of the more common hair problems you are likely to encounter this season and ways to keep your mane manageable without a trip to the hair salon.
Three Common Summer Hair Problems
- Chlorine Green: Wacky hair colors were all the rage last season, and pastels are still a persisting trend, but few celebs are hitting up the salon for that “chlorine green” dye job. If you have naturally blonde hair, you’ve probably noticed it once or twice. Too much time in the pool really can give your lovely yellow locks a nasty green tint. Contrary to popular belief, however, it is not due to the chlorine. Rather, your hair turns green when the copper that can be found in pool water is oxidized in your hair.There is one super easy solution that can prevent chlorine damage from wreaking havoc on your hair – before taking a swim, rinse your hair under tap water. The regular water will bind to your hair, making it more difficult for the chlorine to penetrate. You can also use a leave-in conditioner or a weekly hair mask to seal the cuticle.
- Grease: It has been drilled into our heads over and over again: washing too often is harmful to your hair and scalp. But the summer plays by its own rules. In fact, some hairstylists recommend washing your hair more frequently in the summer as chlorine, salt water, and sunscreen can all cause their own unique type of damage to your silky strands. Your hair gets dirtier faster in the summer, causing it to become greasy. If you think you need to wash it, feel free to lather up, rinse, and repeat.
- Frizz: If you have curly hair, you know the struggle. In the summer, humidity is not your friend. When your hair shaft absorbs moisture from the air, it breaks the chemical bonds that keep the hair smooth and it roughs up the cuticle, robbing it of its shine. The best way to tame your wild locks is to use a silicone-based product that can smooth down the cuticle.
Women generally have 104 different hairstyles during their lifetime. In fact, nearly one-third of women change styles or dye their hair following a break-up or divorce. If you are smart, you change your hair care routine enough between the cold to warm months to manage these and other summer hair problems. If the struggle persists, talk to a professional about additional options. There are approximately 663,300 hair stylists employed by quality hair salons in the nation. If you have any additional problems, solutions, or hair salon tips, feel free to leave a comment below.