Essential Summer Hair Care with Elwin Evans
By Tony Elwin // With our recent warm spring weather, we’re getting that feeling that summer is just around the corner. Yay! But with Taranaki’s wild ocean, salt spray, warm winds and pools, summer can also be a nightmare for our hair. Especially when you add humidity to the mix, which leads to dryness, breakage, hair colour fade and the dreaded frizz.
So, here are some simple tips for combating the elements and looking after your hair this summer:
Use the sun’s heat
Apply a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to your hair and wrap into a high bun or ponytail before you head off to the beach for the day. The sun’s heat will help the product penetrate the hair shaft, plus the treatment will prevent sun, saltwater or chlorine damage.
Fight the Frizz
In summer, switch to a moisture-based shampoo and conditioner and consider the benefits of washing your hair less often. Over shampooing can strip natural oils and increase the fluffy ends. Try rinsing and conditioning and skipping the shampoo. Applying dry shampoo to the roots can extend the time between washes too. Spray onto the roots and blast for a few seconds with a blow dryer—more volume, more movement, less oil.
Ditch the irons for a bit
Embrace your beachie waves. Instead of constant ironing, braid or plait your hair before bed, undo in the morning and voila one of the seasons hottest looks!
Opt for menu options that are high in omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, eggs, spinach to name a few). These will help to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Plus, as always, drink plenty of water.
Get a hair cut
Keep split ends away with regular trimming. Dry, brittle ends increase the effects of humidity and give the hair a dull, lifeless patina.
Avoid the colour fade
Protect your hair with colour-safe shampoo and conditioners. They really work to keep a vibrancy to your colour, plus many of them contain a UV filter—sun screen for your hair! Consider an enhancing toner between your regular colour or highlights to keep it looking fresh and to eliminate any sun and water fade.
Embrace the ponytail
Pulling your hair back into a pony tail or bun helps to protect if from external elements and combats the issue of coastal wind.
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