When we think of summer time, we think of tanned, glowing skin, gorgeous sun-kissed highlights, and air-dried beach-y waves. And while summer can be a time for beautiful hair, in reality, the season can also be one of the worst times of the year for your long, healthy locks. Chlorine is an obvious culprit in the case of summer damaged hair, but there are many other factors that are causing breakage, dulling colour, and overall damage to your hair without you even knowing it.
So, in order to help you save your hair, we've put together 5 things that you would never suspect were damaging your hair this summer.
While air conditioning may be helping us keep cool when temperatures rise, it isn't doing our hair any favours. Air conditioning sucks the moisture right out of your strands, creating dry, dull and brittle hair. Whether you're chained to your desk at the office, or blasting the air when you sleep, you need to make sure that you're conditioning your hair accordingly. Opt for leave-in conditioners, masks, or other treatments that provide hydration on the regular.
Shades may be an essential part of your summer wardrobe, but they're also causing permanent damage to your hair follicles. When you pull them back and forth from the top of your head to over your eyes, the metal detail is catching the hairs around your hairline and causing damage. To avoid this, tuck them into your handbag before putting them on, or be extra careful when placing them back on your face.
TOP KNOTS AND HIGH PONYTAILS
Top knots and high ponytails are a major hair trend this summer, seen on runways and celebs galore. They also happen to be extremely ideal in hot summer weather when it's simply too hot to leave your strands grazing your shoulders and contributing to the sweat on your neck. However, when you wear top knots and ponytails for extended periods of time, the taut styles can be damaging to your hairline, even causing alopecia in the worst-case scenarios. Hair ties are also a major problem contributing to hair damage, so when in doubt, let your hair run free this season.
You probably already know that baking your head in the sun isn't great for your hair. But it's not just a matter of wearing a hat at the beach. You need coverage on your hair at all times, whether it's a sizeable topper or a heat protectant – especially if you've coloured your hair in the past. If not, you'll experience dullness, discolouration, dryness, and even breakage on your hair, meaning head-to-toe SPF is a must.
Whether you're a beach babe, poolside enthusiast, or just shower more often in attempts to get the sand out of your hair, chances are your hair is wet more often during the summer, meaning it's more prone to damage. When your hair is dense with water, you shouldn't be throwing it up into a messy bun or mindlessly brushing away knots. Be patient, and brush from bottom to top, using a smoothing or detangling product to prevent breakage.