During summer, our hair can suffer significant damage due to various outdoor activities. By taking a few precautionary measures, it is possible to maintain healthy, shiny hair throughout the season. Although we often prioritize skincare, our hair also requires protection from harmful elements like chlorinated pools and the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Sun exposure can cause harm to our hair, especially for those with lighter shades such as blond or gray, which lack the melanin pigment that provides natural protection against UV damage. Dr. Pratik Sheth, M.D. dermatologist, states that UV damage can lead to dry, brittle, and frizzy hair.
Swimming in chlorinated pools can also have detrimental effects on hair health. Chlorine dissolves hair lipids, making hair more vulnerable to damage and split ends. Furthermore, chlorine can interact with copper in the water and be absorbed by the hair, resulting in a green tint.
To protect your hair, dermatologists recommend applying oil or a leave-in conditioner before swimming, creating a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. Other protective measures include:
Using sun protection: Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your hair from the sun, and use hair care products containing SPF. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and seek shade whenever possible.
Timing salon visits: If you regularly color your hair blond or get highlights, avoid doing so before a sun- and pool-filled vacation, as this increases your hair's susceptibility to UV and chlorine damage. Coloring your hair darker does not increase the risk.
Wearing a swim cap: For pool activities, consider using a swim cap to protect your hair. Alternatively, apply oil or a leave-in conditioner before swimming to create a barrier against chlorine.
Rinsing and washing after swimming: Immediately rinse your hair after swimming, and wash it with a swimmers' shampoo to remove chlorine. Follow up with a deep conditioner to restore moisture.
In conclusion, it's essential to give your hair some extra care during the summer months. Incorporate additional steps into your routine to preserve and protect your hair's health and appearance.
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